You will surely know the product better by reading customer reviews of those who are really using the product. Unlike other reviews, this one was written by a person who personally owns a Char-Broil Magnum 500 4-Burner Gas Grill.
I own a similar Char-Broil grill and I can say that it works great. A Weber is surely much better than this one but it also costs thrice the price of Char-Broil. Yes, the materials of this grill are not that of very high quality but you should understand that high-grade materials do not guarantee better cooking experience. It also did not guarantee more palatable grills. It only lengthens the life of your griller.
For instance, a Char-Broil may last for three to four years and a Weber will last for ten to twelve years. However, the price of Char-Broil is only one-third of the Weber’s price. Considering the fact that for ten years you will need to replace the innards twice, would it be budget-friendly to invest for it?
I would rather have the affordable Char-Broil than the costly Weber. Whether your grill would last for years or not solely depends on how you handle your grill. . There are some ways of handling and taking good maintenance to these grills.
- After purchasing, coat all the steel pieces, the screws and the side burners with WD-40. This will prevent any moisture build-up.
- Get a good cover which you can easily put on and remove from the grill. It will protect the grill from dirt and moist.
- Apply Vasoline to all exposed screws. It will also prevent moisture, thus preventing rust. Do this before spring and winter season and you will be amazed of the result.
- Rusting cannot be avoided to happen in your burners. Be sure to replace burners every four years.
To sum up, I would like to recommend you to purchase a grill on sale. Char-Broil often offers great discounts unlike high-end brands which seldom offers discounts. I purchased my grill which comes with a rotisserie on the discounted price of $199. It also comes with two free propane tanks. The original price of this was $369 as of last year.
Char-Broil cannot be compared to Weber for it is like comparing a Camry to a Lexus. Lexus is certainly far better than Camry but they both function as a car. Camry comes in a small fraction of Lexus’ price and it can also give you the services of a Lexus. Same with grillers, why choose the highly expensive Weber if you can have same convenience with the affordable Char-Broil?
The Char-Broil M500 style 4 burner grill is similar to its N480 cousin but with a series of extra features that make it yet another great value in its own right. The grill has a great appliance style cart design with 2 doors, and a combination of stainless steel and porcelain coated steel construction. The 4 burners fire out 50,000 BTU’s of heat to cover the 500 sq. in. of primary cooking area and the 280 sq. in. of secondary cooking space. The 13,000 BTU side burner of course provides a great deal of versatility while grilling. The M500 features a new Char-Broil exclusive “Surefire” Electronic ignition as well as the Char-Broil patented “Dual Fuel” design which allows for the grill to be easily converted from LP to Natural Gas with the purchase of a conversion kit (can be converted in lass than 30 minutes). As with all grills, we recommend keeping the firebox clean to help avoid flare up as well as using a grill cover to protect your invest.
500 square inches of primary cooking area and 180 secondary warming rack
4 stainless steel burners with searing burner/50,000 BTU’s and 13,000 BTU Side burner–Dual Fuel Natural Gas Compatible
Porcelain cast iron primary cooking grate and porcelain warming rack
Stainless Steel lid and doors, with painted stainless control panel and fascia’s
Surefire Electronic Ignition