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Char-Broil CB940X Charcoal Grill

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Char-Broil

Char-Broil is an innovator in the popular gas grill arena with clever designs, low to midrange prices, and excellent customer service. For several years they have focused on infrared cooking. Starting in 2012 all new IR models were dubbed "Tru-Infrared". These grills are made with stainless steel tube burners that work in conjunction with a radiant surface to bring heat close to the food. The radiant surface shields food from direct flame and reduces hot dry convection heat rising from the burners.

As one of the biggest BBQ manufacturers in the world, Char-Broil offers a clear, low cost alternative to Weber and surpasses other price driven manufacturers like Brinkmann and Masterbulit with their infrared gas grill design innovation and focused marketing. Also in 2012, Char-Broil introduced Saber, a new, very high quality line of gas grills that goes head to head with Weber's Summit series in the premium grill space. They offer charcoal grills, smokers, fryers and a variety of accessories and tools.

Char-Broil is owned by The W.C. Bradley Company headquartered in Columbus, GA.  Roots of W.C. Bradley go back before the Civil War to The Columbus Iron Works. The first Char-Broil grill was made and sold in the USA in 1953. Now all Char-Broil grills are manufactured in China and distributed around the globe.

Char-Broil Charcoal Grills

Char-Broil's name appears on quite a few charcoal cookers. Many models are essentially discontinued, but continue to be sold while inventory lasts. Char-Broil's main focus is on their Tru-Infrared Gas lines. Like all Char-Broil products, design and manufacturing are cost driven.

Char-Broil CB940X Charcoal Grill

Top Ten Charcoal Grill 2014Char-Broil makes several charcoal grills in a range of sizes, prices, and qualities. Meathead's favorite is the Char-Broil CB940X Charcoal Grill. It has a nice large 540 square inch cooking surface with pre-seasoned cast iron cooking grates, adjustable height charcoal grate, a front door for easy fire tending, two adjustable dampers, removable ash tray, and two handy removable wooden side boards that double as carving and serving boards.

For straight forward grilling, it's all here with a big cook surface for parties. Be sure to season the cast iron grates after every cook our you'll be enjoying rust rub burgers the second time you fire this guy up. Get a cover because these grills aren't made to last and whatever you do: DON'T PAY LIST PRICE. You can easily fing a CB 940 for under $300. Check our Where to Buy section below.

Price: 

$399 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Where To Buy (Buying from these suppliers supports this website): 

Amazon: Free Shipping

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Home Depot: Free In Store Pick Up

Primary Function: 

Grill

Fuel: 

Charcoal

Primary Capacity: 

540 square inches ( about 26 burgers )

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

No

Review Method: 

Looked Closely At It

We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer,  owners, and other reliable sources.

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