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Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill in Graphite

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The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill features a compact size that is ideal for apartments, condominiums and patios. This electric grill offers an infrared cooking system that helps lock in flavor and moisture for great-tasting food. It provides a cooking surface of 320 sq. in. and can be conveniently stored when not in use.

  • 320 sq. in. porcelain-coated cooking surface offers space for cooking many of your favorite foods
  • 1,750-Watts of cooking power, plugs into any standard 120-Volt outlet
  • Electric infrared cooking system sears in flavor to help keep foods moist and juicy
  • Stainless steel premium cooking grate and temperature gauge
  • Cool touch handle and hinged lid for no-hassle access to your foods
  • Uses no exposed flames to help prevent flare-ups
  • Compact design for convenient storage
  • Chrome towel and accessory bar
  • Easy-access grease cup
  • Durable wheels for easy transport
  • Perfect for small outdoor areas
  • Thermostat control should be unplugged from unit and stored indoors when not in use
  • Assembly required
  • Protect your investment with a grill cover (sold separately)

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Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill in Graphite
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Does this grill have a removeable catch pan?

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Rochester, MI
May 26, 2013
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July 19, 2014
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Yes. Easy to wash and clean.
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Yes it does, but it's really small, and doesn't have a lot to do. By the the time the fats drain down to the hole most will have burned and stuck to the kettle. "Tru-infrared", remember? Works upside-down too. My little tray is really difficult to seat properly, but that's okay, just flop it in there, it'll still be under the drainhole. Check it every time BEFORE you fire up the grill, blisters aren't Read More
Yes it does, but it's really small, and doesn't have a lot to do. By the the time the fats drain down to the hole most will have burned and stuck to the kettle. "Tru-infrared", remember? Works upside-down too. My little tray is really difficult to seat properly, but that's okay, just flop it in there, it'll still be under the drainhole. Check it every time BEFORE you fire up the grill, blisters aren't fun. Read Less
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July 14, 2013
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Yes,it is about 8 inches in length and 4 inches in width. Easy to remove and clean and usually adequate to hold the oil residue of a single meal preparation.
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June 25, 2013
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Yes, size appears adequate, and it would be very easy to remove and clean, but mine did not have a rail to insert the pan into on one side, rendering it worthless.
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June 1, 2013
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yes it does...
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May 28, 2013
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Yes.
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May 27, 2013
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This Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill does have a gease tray that sits below the firebox that will catch grease. Please follow this link for more information on the Patio Bistro... http://www.charbroil.com/patio-bistror-infrared-electric-grill-graphite-17461.html
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Is the cooking surface porcelain coated cast iron?

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November 30, 2013
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Porcelain coated yes, cast iron no. It's common stamped sheet metal. An alloy yes, that can handle the heat without excessive distortion, but not to infinity. That metal is alloyed to not warp excessively, thereby not cracking off the porcelain. I could get it hot enough to shatter, but have better uses for my oxy-acet torch. The electric grill cannot get hot enough to harm the porcelain-clad alloyed Read More
Porcelain coated yes, cast iron no. It's common stamped sheet metal. An alloy yes, that can handle the heat without excessive distortion, but not to infinity. That metal is alloyed to not warp excessively, thereby not cracking off the porcelain. I could get it hot enough to shatter, but have better uses for my oxy-acet torch. The electric grill cannot get hot enough to harm the porcelain-clad alloyed stamped sheet metal. Read Less
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Helena, MT, USA
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May 28, 2013
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Yes
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April 21, 2013
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Yes, it is porcelain coated.
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April 15, 2013
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The cooking grate in this Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Grill is porcelain-coated steel. This is a versatile grill that provides tons of control and delivers delicious flavors every time.
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
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April 15, 2013
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The cooking surface is porcelain but it is not here (it is in our vacation townhouse) so I cannot verify if it is cast iron or not. Hope this helps.
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April 15, 2013
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Yes and can be removed to be cleaned when cool. A very nice grill ,works great.Thanks: Jim
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Did this grill (Charbroil Patio Bistro)take the place of the Patio Caddie CharBroil??

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September 27, 2011
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April 21, 2013
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You can go to the charbroil website to see if there is an answer to your question there.
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Yes it does. Read this.The Bistro is cute and the quality of construction is good but the functional cooking design is ridiculous. It takes a bit of time to put together but the instructions are clear and is not difficult. BUT, the Patio Bistro has TERMINAL Defects.
First, the Bistro is an non-insulated metal bubble with a large vent opening at the bottom and another large vent opening at the back/top Read More
Yes it does. Read this.The Bistro is cute and the quality of construction is good but the functional cooking design is ridiculous. It takes a bit of time to put together but the instructions are clear and is not difficult. BUT, the Patio Bistro has TERMINAL Defects.
First, the Bistro is an non-insulated metal bubble with a large vent opening at the bottom and another large vent opening at the back/top of the grille which cannot be closed. Consequently, with the heating element on hi the cool or cold air simply is sucked in the bottom of the grille and blows through right by the hot electric element unimpeded and the heat escapes right out the back. The Patio Bistro is energy inefficient (which is costly), doesn't reach adequate temps quickly and adds time to the cooking cycle. Cooking in cold weather is quite difficult and if windy and cold impossible...... All of your cooking will take longer than it did on the discontinued Char-Broil Patio Caddy (the predecessor to the Patio Bistro).
Second, the design of the grilling grate on the Bistro is faulty. It is made up of triangulated (not solid) pieces of steel with very little space between them at the bottom. When cooking, the meat juices run down the triangles to the narrow slots between the grates, cook and harden and block the flow of heat through the grates. In addition, a traditional metal grille brush will not work to clean the grate. You must use a knife to clean between the grates. Forget about using barbeque sauce while cooking!
Third, the Bistro has wheels but is easy to turn over when moving it due to the low location of its handle...very awkward and NOT well-designed.
The discontinued Patio Caddy design incorporated a high quality porcelain finish, Reflective aluminum pans on the bottom and top to reflect heat to the grate, used lava rocks which retained heat, and had a tight-fitting top which retained moisture and flavor when used with wood chips, held heat in, and prevented flame-ups. In addition, the metal grate on the discontinued Patio Caddy is exceptional for grilling , staying clean, and is easy to clean with a grille brush.
The Patio Bistro must be a typical Corporate America creation designed on a computer and released without any real-world testing. I would NOT recommend that anyone buy this PATIO BISTRO grille without a Char-Broil redesign. Luckily I kept my Patio Caddy and have cleaned it up for reuse as my primary grille. My Patio Bistro is sitting unused and will be only used as a backup or for overflow grilling. The Patio Bistro was a TOTAL waste of my money. Read Less
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November 29, 2011
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Yes. (Had three previous - the control went two times - at a replacement cost of $50 plus shipping - and the element popped - at a replacement cost of $30. Hoping this design is much more long lasting since it is outside the cooking area.
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October 11, 2011
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No. I had not grill at the time and prior to that I had an older gas grill.
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October 5, 2011
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yes, one bought in about 1995
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No, it did not take the place of the Patio Caddie.
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Is there a cover made to fit this BBQ?

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November 30, 2013
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I would never have ordered my grill without a custom cover. It was $25.00, and worth every cent. You can throw a cheap tarp over it, and bungee-cord around the legs, but it will never fit right. If you want it to last 10 years and not rust out from condensation underneath, you must have a form-fitting cover.
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Yes
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April 21, 2013
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There is an AWESOME cover for this model, made specifically for this grill. Frankly this is the best grill cover and seems too good for the grill!
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March 25, 2013
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Home Depot sells a small grill cover that should fit.
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March 12, 2013
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The Char-Broil Patio Bistro Custom Grill Cover is made to specifically fit this grill. This is Model # 2886603. Please follow this link for more information... http://www.charbroil.com/grilling-smoking-accessories/grill-covers/patio-bistro-custom-grill-cover.html
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 166 reviewers.
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Flaws in the design of the disassembled product Once assembled, the grill worked great. However, the manual is not very clear and the disassembled product has some flaws. For instance, the wheels have come with their plastic cap attached, but one must secure each wheel on the axle with a clip. To be able to secure the wheel, the cap has to be removed. The cap has some plastic bolts that snap into the wheel, and you risk breaking the cap when you try to remove the cap. Given the time it takes to remove the cap without breaking it, the grill should come free of charge. Also, one of the parts came broken and the manufacturer wants the customer to pay for shipping the replacement part. May 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Surprising results. I bought this grill 2 months ago and although I had reservations about an electric grill I have been pleasantly surprised. Although as some people say the temperature drops when you open the lid I have not any problems cooking on this grill, nice grill marks, the BBQ flavour equals that of a propane BBQ. One very important piece a of advice is to make sure you have an adequate extension cord if using one. I used the 16 gauge cord that I had, 2 things occurred. First the temperature wouldn't go above 400f, second the cord got dangerously hot! I then bought a 12 gauge with much better results, temperature now reaches 550f. I would highly recommend this grill for those that have gas or charcoal restrictions. May 1, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by nice grill but nothing to rave about Cons:Not as sturdy as expected. Only had 2 months and paint is wearing off of front of base (not from moving -- grill is stationary). Cord is too short. Cools very quickly when opened (not great for roasting marshmallows, unlike my old charcoal grill). Pros: Cooks well and quickly. Haven't noticed any hot spots. Nice to be able control temp. Clean up is easy. Burn off food at end of the meal. If any thing left after, I take off the grate, brush it with soapy water and rinse in sink (small enough to just fit), air dry and replace. Nice not to have clean up coal ash or replace propane tank. July 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by This electric grill is a great size to have. This is a really great grill to have if you don't need a large propane gas grill. We have this on our deck and it is perfect. It is bigger than our last electric grill. I really like the warming shelf above. This came in handy when I grilled chicken on the grate, and the veggies were done. To keep them warm while the chicken finished, I just put the veggies on the skewer on the top and they stayed warm. I would recommend spraying the grate with non-stick cooking spray as suggested in the directions. I forgot to beforehand and the chicken did stick a bit at first. It also would have made it easier to clean afterwards. Definetly enjoying this electric, easy to use grill. May 25, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Works Great My apartment won't allow for charcoal or gas grills so I did a little research and purchased this grill. I put it together in a little less than 2 hours while watching college football. I had no problem with it, within 15 minutes it was completely heated up and cooked my steaks perfectly. As it says in the instructions keep the lid closed, after the first opening it lost around 100 degrees and after opening several more times stayed around 500. Leave on to help burn off the excess and then use a brass not steel brush to clean the grill. Besides that it gives directions on adding wood chips. So far this grill has worked out perfect for me since I am unable to use gas or coal. September 6, 2010
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bistro Patio Grill I bought this on sale three years ago with great expectations and for the most part, am greatly disappointed. It takes forever to heat up to high temps. and as soon as the lid is opened to place food on the grill it cools down so food is literally being baked rather than "grilled" because, again, it takes too long to reach that desired grilling temperature. It's a bear to clean even using commercial oven cleaners. It can be used indoors but who would want to put up with the smoke & odors inside the house. Conversely, this grill cannot be used in winter in areas in the U. S. unless you live in the desert because you'd never get it to a grilling temperature. I tried selling my grill twice on Craig's list with no takers. I could probably get rid of it by offering it for free! October 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Slooooow cooker I am disappointed in the performance of this grill. We have had a T-36D infrared grill for several years and absolutely love it. I bought this small electric grill to keep at our vacation home because I didn't want to deal with propane there, but wanted the infrared technology. Big mistake. I should have bought the propane version. This grill takes 15 minutes to get up to temperature, which would be fine. But, every time I open the grill to turn meat the temperature drops way off and then slowly rebuilds when the lid is closed. Start to finish, getting the grill hot and then cooking, even a package of hot dogs takes 40-45 minutes grill. I always use it with the temperature controller set to maximum. December 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Electric Patio Bistro Grill Wow! We love this grill! My husband put it together, no missing parts, and fairly easy to assemble. It heats up quickly, cooks the food to perfection! First time out we grilled marinated pork chops, seasoned thickly sliced sweet and white potatoes,, onions. I rubbed seasoning and olive oil on the veggies. Cooked much quicker than we expected. Prior to first use, we followed directions and turned it on for 15 minutes, to cook off any oil during manufacturing. Had a gas grill, but the no fuss, and ease of this is great for our live style. Cleans up well too. Bravo Bistro!! April 3, 2010
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