Happy New year and if you live here, happy grilling season. A 365 day grilling season is convenient and I try not to take it for granted. I want to build a big outdoor grilling station, but right now my time and moolah is required elsewhere. That dosen’t change the fact that a grill was needed. Not anything I want to drop coin on, but not a piece of crap that I’ll regret. After researching new grills, there was nothing worth buying under $250, but $350 was at my peak. Being a charcoal enthusiast, I had needs. Being married to someone that appreciates the simplicity of gas was also important. I wasn’t torn, I just new my parameters and was confident the was an answer. And there was…the Char-broil, Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill. At $250, it had a good rating, good company history, easily found parts, heavy iron grates, a side burner and the option to use charcoal. The only question was, did it produce the heat to suit my needs and did the charcoal insert work as advertised.
Aside from the lame red stripe and the needed panel modifications, I’m very happy. Back burner rages away nicely, the grill grates retain heat, the charcoal insert is easy and awesome. It is the easiest lighting and cooking of charcoal I’ve ever dealt with. No flare ups, and I was cooking fatty hamburgers. The aforementioned panel mods entailed unscrewing some bolts and attaching a magnet as the front panels are not designed to open. Forcing you to access the grill from the rear. Super inconvenient and irritating but easily fixed. I did the same with the red panel. I highly recommend this grill for anyone not wanting to invest long term and wanting a charcoal option.