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Assembly required, but not a headache with this Char-Broil grill

grill-partsAfter 10 years, we have finally retired our gas grill. We abused that poor grill through winters and rain and no proper shelter from the flaky Michigan winters. So, we went all out and got an infrared grill from Lowe’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love the grill. Infrared was definitely the way to go for us.

But I just gotta tell you about the packaging on this thing! You know how places like Lowe’s try to sell you the assembly, and, we, thinking we’re smart, decided to try assembling it ourselves. Usually that goes bad. We’ve made that mistake before, and yet we still don’t learn.

This time it was different.

Not only was this grill easy to put together, they even packaged all those tiny bits well. You know it – you open the box, and along with all the random big pieces, you get the wad of plastic bags with screws, nuts, and other silly metal things that are hard to identify.

"Which screw am I supposed to use?"

Not with this grill. It’s made by Char-Broil, and they’re smart enough to not only ditch the endless plastic baggies, but they also label these things well! Check out the picture. The front view shows how all the parts are laid out in one piece, and they’re visible. Turn that puppy over, and each piece is labeled not only by the name use in the instructions (imagine that!), but also with the size.

Char-Broil Infrared Gas GrillYes, it did require three different sizes of screws, but it was completely clear which one to use when. Simply punch where the cardboard is perforated, and you have a handy tray to hold all the pieces you’re not ready for yet. Forgot which one you were using? Well, that cardboard is sturdy enough to flip it back closed to read the size.

Nice job, Char-Broil! We actually assembled something without fighting, and without having to make last-minute modifications. Oh, and no swearing, either. Except when we dropped a screw between the slats of the deck. But that’s another story.

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  1. Pretty fancy-schmancy grill there, Brewer! I heard it is the self-seasoning edition? =)
    On another note, I got a bunch of stuff from Ikea last weekend and have already had trouble putting together a lamp. I can’t wait to try and put together the puzzle of a desk I got.

    Posted by: Kel L | April 23, 2008
  2. That is one snazzy grill!

    Posted by: Clayton | April 23, 2008
  3. Kel — yeah, we almost had Clayton on that self-seasoning thing… maybe he’ll now learn how meat is supposed to taste!
    Yeah, I think that’s one thing that definitely contributed to the “love factor,” is how this thing was packaged and how easily it went together. When you start out _not_ cursing at the product, that’s usually a good thing!
    Clayton, you’ll have to come and visit. But, please leave Grover at home… I know he loves the salmon skin, but I’d like to keep my window trim in tact. ;-)

    Posted by: Christy | April 24, 2008

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