The Bottom Line
This model has been discontinued. It's closest replacement is the Char-Broil RED 3-Zone Infrared Grill (Model #463250509).
This low-cost infrared gas grill is the deluxe version of the Char-Broil RED. On one hand, you might say that this grill is little more than a gas fired box that roasts instead of grills. On the other hand, this grill can hit temperatures of nearly 700 degrees and almost never flares-up.
The design of this grill lets it cook between low and slow barbecue and steak searing temperatures. On the downside, this grill uses low-quality stainless steel and plastic parts that might limit its durability. This 4-burner version has an integrated LCD display that tells you fuel level and cooking temperatures.
- High, efficient heating
- Doesn't flare-up
- Integrated electronic readout tells tank level and temperature
- Low price all infrared design
- Low quality 430 stainless steel body parts
- Questionable durability of the trough section of the cooking chamber
- LCD readout needs protection from excess heat and sunlight
- Four 11,650 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 620 square inches primary cooking area with a total grilling area of 840 square inches
- 42,600 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 13,000 BTU side burner "oven" unit with griddle
- Integrated digital sensors tell you propane tank level and cooking temperatures
- Unique "infrared" design produces high temperatures from a low BTU output
- Heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Electronic Ignition
- Painted steel and stainless steel (400 series) construction
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Made by Char-Broil in China and sold through Home Depot Stores
Guide Review - Char-Broil RED 4-Zone Infrared Model #463250308
Hold your hand over a burning flame and feel the hot air rising from the fire. This is the kind of heat most grills use to cook food. This is the ancient power of cooking. Now place your hand to the side of the fire and feel the radiant heat. This is infrared energy. The heat you feel from the sun is infrared. For many years, grill makers have used a variety of techniques to produce infrared gas grills. The Char-Broil RED isolates a set of gas burners under a metal shell that keeps hot air out of the cooking area of a grill and radiates infrared energy at the food you want to cook. This low-cost solution isn't new, but the marketing certainly is. The result of all this is that this grill can produce temperatures low enough for barbecue and hot enough to sear a steak.
This grill comes equipped with Char-Broil's 13,000 BTU side burner "oven". Since the burners are isolated there is virtually no chance of flare-ups, so you won't need a rotisserie burner.
Inside this grill, under the heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates, are the two "troughs." These U-shaped buckets separate the burners from the cooking chamber, eliminating the flow of hot air and radiating infrared energy at the cooking surface.
The troughs are porcelain painted sheet metal that is labeled as easy to clean. One problem is how long they will last. Metal expands under high temperatures while porcelain doesn't. Once the porcelain cracks the metal underneath, usually from exposure to drippings and moisture, it will rust. As soon as there is a hole through this part, the grill will fail. Combine this with the low-grade stainless steel parts and plastic knobs and you have a grill with a limited lifespan.