The Char-Broil grill2go x200 Tru-Infrared portable grill is the full name of this nice portable propane gas grill that I use myself.
After looking for a portable grill I decided to go for this CharBroil X200 and in this review I will tell you all about my experience.
Char Broil 4 foot adapter hose for larger gas tank
I hoooked it up to a larger propane tank with the adapter hose that you can buy from Char Broil because I do not like to fool with the small gas tanks.
No problem to use it this way. I have used this hose now for a long time and it works great.
You can order one here on Amazon: Char Broil 4 foot hose
Can also be used for other types of table top grills to convert to a 20LB tank.
Package and assembly of the Char Broil X200
Package is good an sturdy. Easy to unpack an hardly any assembly to do.
Only thing I found that there were no instructions on the few parts that had to be used. But it was pretty easy to see where they had to go.
Char Broil X200 regulator
The assembly of the Char Broil X200 regulator could have been a little more clearer in the instructions.
All you have to do is line up the red dot on the regulator with the indent in the gas-line and then turn it left or right and it will be secured.
Removing it goes in reversed order.
X200 large grease pan
It comes with a nice and large grease catch pan compared to other grills I have used and like I always do I line it with aluminum foil or use the cheap aluminum pans you can buy at almost any grocery store.
Seasoning of the Char Broil Grill2Go X200
I have seasoned the grill like mentioned in the manual.
I just was out of recommended canola oil so used olive oil instead, like I did with many other grills
This grill get HOT. With the lid closed, like you always do when you season a grill, the temperature gauge got way over of what it could read in no time.
Later I tested it on the lowest setting of the regulator and, although it took longer of-course, the reading still got higher than the gauge its maximum.
Like I mentioned in many of my reviews these kind of thermometers are not accurate so I take that with a grain of salt. I tested it with my Ivation thermometer, but more about that later.
Grill2go gas regulator problems
There were a few people who mentioned that the regulator does not work.
That it just stays in high even when turned down.
I have tested this and I had no problem with it.
You can even hear the gas flow getting higher and lower when you turn the knob.
Char Boil Grill2go and windy situation
I read that this grill is not to good in windy situations and that the wind blows out the flame.
I have tested this on my patio at the day I seasoned the grill and had it on purpose sitting in the wind to test this and had to reignite it twice.
Turn the back of the grill to the wind and there is no problem.
So here is a word of advice. Be careful in the wind and watch it or shelter it from the wind.
If the flame goes out first turn the gas off and let is sit for few minutes with the lid open to air out the remaining gas before you re-ignite the grill. Safety first.
Char Broil Grill2go Infrared Feature
I have to be honest and tell you that this is my first experience with the Char Broil infrared feature.
To test I started with my infrared adventure with some burgers. I rather ruin a burger than a nice steak was my thoughts on this.
I have to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. I always thought that the “no flare ups” was a little bit of a sales pitch, but it is true. Absolutely no flare op and that is almost impossible with a hamburger that has a fat content of 20%.
On my other grills I always had to move it around to keep it away from the flare up and prevent is from burning.
Problem I always had that I like to pat my burgers loose and if you have to move them they are nor firm yet and sometimes fall apart. This is no problem with the X200 and I did not have to move them before I was flipping them over.
I had some great grill marks as you can see on the picture. This was the first time I used my handheld thermometer to check the internal temperature and this worked great.
The infrared system cooks faster than a regular gas grill but in my opinion the result is better.
For a full explanation you can look at our what is an infrared grill article.
Char Broil Grill2go X200 Main Features
|Fire Box||Cast aluminum|
|Cooking surface||200 square inches|
|Grilling grate||Stainless steel|
|Temperature gauge||In the lid|
|Dimensions||23.7 wide x 15.7 deep x 13.6 high|
|Propane tank||16.4 Oz disposable. Can be used with 20 lbs tank.|
Our opinion about the Char Broil Grill2go X200
I have been using the grill now for a few weeks and I am pretty happy with it.
The only thing is that it gets hotter then hot. Most of the time I use it on the lowest setting of the gas regulator and this is hot enough for my kind of grilling.
This grill will make some nice grill marks on your meat without having to leave it on there to long.
I like to use my handheld thermometer and cook my meat just to the right temperature and than take it of and let it sit for a few minutes before I cut it. This works real good with this grill.
The handles do not get hot at all. Like I think we should expect to be honest. The Char Broil company did a good job on this.
Like I mentioned in the features the Cast aluminum firebox and lid make this grill heat up pretty fast and you don’t have to wait to long to start cooking.
The other end is that it also cools of fast and that makes it even easier for me. No waiting for ever before you can put the cover back on. Within about 10 minutes you are ready to put to cover on.
Bad thing is that you have to clean it right away with your grill brush. If you wait to long the grill is to cold to scrape it of with the brush.
Although this grill gets hot you do not have to worry about where to place it on. There is hardly any heat coming from the bottom of the grill.
The legs and handles do not get hot at all and I was surprised by that.
I like to turn it on high for a few minutes while my meat is resting and than use a wire brush to clean the grill grates.
After the grill cooled of I use the metal scraper that comes with the grill and scrap in between the grill grates.
It says not to use the grill grate scraper on a hot grill. Got no idea why but I will contact Char Broil to find out the reason for this advice.
My only concern would be the push button ignition feature. I wonder how long this will last. I had some other grills with this feature and they all went out after a while. I am just happy that it is a push button and not battery operated. The batteries always run out on the most unexpected moment and I think for an outdoor grill manual is the better option, but this is my personal opinion.
Update: After more then 2 year the push-button ignition still works. After a winter of not using it the grill fired up at the first time.
I read that someone had a built in propane tank in his RV and connected the grill to this with a quick connect hose with no problem.
But make sure to have this checked by a RV dealer because the pressure needs to be correct or your gas grill will not work properly or can cause a dangerous situation.
Read more customer reviews here: Char Broil Tru-infrared Grill2go reviews
After using this grill for a while and getting used to the little adjustments to the Char Broil infrared grill system I have to say that I really like it.
Easy to start and easy to clean. Like I mentioned before the only negative thing is that the flame goes out in a windy situation. But once you know this you can prevent it by keeping it our of the wind.
This little portable grill get hotter than hot on its highest setting and just hot on the lowest setting of the gas regulator.
The no flare ups is one of the things I like the most in combination with the nice grill marks you can make.
Remember that this is a portable grill and that the size of the grate is limited. The rectangle shape however makes it fully usable.
I have not tested this yet with a digital probe thermometer but the temperature seems pretty consistent over the whole grill grate.
Just on a little windy day I thought that the side where the wind came from was a little cooler.
I have used a cheap little portable propane grill for a year to try if I would like to grill on gas and after that I decided to buy this one because of the infrared feature.
Char Broil Grill2go carry all case
The Char Broil X200 carry all measures 24L x 17W x 15 tall. Believe it or not, virtually exactly the same size as the unit itself. The case adds no additional size to the grill. Most of the time a grill carry case is a lot bigger and that makes them, in my opinion, useless. A portable grill is most of the time used on a camping trip and it always hard to find enough space already without having to deal with a big carrying case for your grill.
Buy from Amazon here: X200 Carrying case
Video of unpacking and assembling the Char Broil grill2go x200
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