Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro 240 Electric (Red) - Model 12601578

Model # 12601578

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The Char-Broil Patio Bistro is perfect for smaller spaces. With the patented infrared cooking system, your food will cook evenly and stay juicy. There’s no worry about flare-ups or gas with this electric grill; just plug it into any 120V outlet.

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The Char-Broil® Patio Bistro® TRU-Infrared™ Electric Grill represents the next evolution in patio cooking. With its compact size, quality design, and solid construction, combined with the company's continued expansion of award-winning infrared technology, yields a sleek grill and easy to use performance based grill.

  • 240 square inches of grilling surface cooks 8 to 12 hamburgers.
  • 80 square inch warming rack.
  • Uses 1750 watts and plugs into any 120V receptacle.
  • Porcelain-coated cooking grates.
  • Electric dial control.
  • Cool-touch handle.
  • Multifunctional cooking: steaks, burgers, hotdogs, pork chops, chicken, fish and veggies.
  • Easy to clean up.
  • Measures approximately 25.2"W x 24.4"D x 38.2"T

    *Note: Thermostat Control should be unplugged from unit and stored indoors when not in use.
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    Replacement Parts

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    Call Tag Part Name Price Each View Item
    A Grill Lid - Model 29102135 $ 39.99 Buy Now
    B Red Patio Bistro Firebox - Model 55710632 $ 49.99 Buy Now
    C Controller for Electric Patio Bistro - Model 29101991 $ 49.99 Buy Now
    D Patio Bistro Element Assembly - Model 29101987 $ 45.99 Buy Now
    E Wire Shelf - Model 29102002 $ 7.99 Buy Now
    F Wind Shield for Patio Bistro - Model 29102143 $ 7.99 Buy Now
    G Patio Bistro Towel Bar - Model 29102166 $ 4.99 Buy Now
    H Handle For Top Lid - Model 29101995 $ 9.99 Buy Now
    I Control Panel - Model 29103488 $ 12.99 Buy Now
    J Plastic Patio Bistro Wheel - Model 29101999 $ 5.99 Buy Now
    K Rear Leg Set - Model 29101974 $ 39.99 Buy Now
    L Front Leg Set - Model 29101969 $ 39.99 Buy Now
    M Grease Tray - Model 29102226 $ 7.99 Buy Now
    N Hubcap - Model 29102000 $ 2.99 Buy Now
    O Electric Patio Bistro Warming Rack - Model 29103492 $ 8.99 Buy Now
    P Patio Bistro Axle - Model 29102001 $ 4.99 Buy Now
    Q Temperature Gauge - Model 29103059 $ 7.99 Buy Now
    R Patio Bistro Cooking Grate - Model 29102163 $ 41.99 Buy Now
    S Cart Base Panel for Patio Bistro- Model 29101967 $ 19.99 Buy Now
    T Grill Cart Bracket - Model 29102172 $ 4.99 Buy Now
    U Leg Caps - Model 29101973 $ 3.99 Buy Now
    V Heat Shield - Model 29102162 $ 19.99 Buy Now
    W Inner Reflector - Model 29102214 $ 29.99 Buy Now
    X Patio Bistro Bezel - Model 29103483 $ 9.99 Buy Now
    Y Patio Bistro Electric Grease Tray Guide - Model 29102904 $ 15.99 Buy Now
    Hardware Pack - Model 42030559 $ 5.99 Buy Now
    Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill Assembly Manual (English) - 42804641 $ 6.99 Buy Now
    Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill Assembly Manual (Spanish) - 42804642 $ 6.99 Buy Now
    Patio Bistro Electric Grill Product Guide (English) - 42804643 $ 6.99 Buy Now
    Patio Bistro Electric Grill Product Guide (Spanish) - 42804644 $ 6.99 Buy Now
    Patio Bistro Grilling Guide (English) - 42804735 $ 6.99 Buy Now
    Patio Bistro Grilling Guide (Spanish) - 42804736 $ 6.99 Buy Now
    Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro 240 Electric (Red) - Model 12601578 is rated 4.274 out of 5 by 73.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy BBQ I was a bit reluctant to try an Electric Grill so after purchasing my Char Broil I kept my Gas Grill on hand. I can now say good-bye to the Gas Grill, I love my Electric Char Broil. The only disadvantages that I can find, is it is a bit slower, especially in cold weather, (Below Freezing) saying that, if you plan ahead and turn it on for 15 minutes it performs great. One advantage of being a bit slower, is I have yet to burn anything. It also takes up way less room than my old gas grill and is easier to clean. Plus it is legal to use in many condo's where Gas and Charcoal grills are not allowed.
    Date published: 2014-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red Hot! I bought this infrared patio bistro in red because they didn't have black at the store and I really wanted this grill. Well months later, I've been grilling everything on it to perfection! This grill is amazing! Just plug it in and watch the infrared action cook your food to perfection! The temperature gauge atop is extremely useful and th grease goes right into the drip tray below neatly. There's an abundance of space below to store utensils and other miscellaneous items. I highly recommend purchasing this grill because it is a sound investment that will last you!
    Date published: 2014-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot live without it A friend bought a furnished beach condo that came with an electric grill, which he didn't want, so he gave it to us, brand new. We tried it, loved it, used it every night for the next 6 months and basically killed it (note: do not leave cord plugged in on the balcony when you live in Florida, the points get wet/corroded & stop working). So we went right out and bought the larger, Bistro 240 model and continue to use it every night. We barbecue steaks, pork chops, chicken, fish, veggies...everything. Here's a tip: You can buy a metal (iron?) vented box at the hardware store, fill it with mesquite or other flavor wood chips, pour water over it and set it on top of the grill & once the chips heat up and start to smoke a little bit, add your meat/veg & cook. Makes everything taste mui delicioso!!
    Date published: 2014-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better design and easier cleaning I have had my Char-Broil for around 6 months now. It's the second one I've owned. My first one lasted me almost 10 years! I simply love the fast warm up and no muss of dealing with heating and disposing of charcoal. The new design is much better than the original. The cleanup is easier also. Makes it a pleasure to use when you know the cleanup will be easy. My only complaint is the nice chrome handle is already starting to rust. I live very close to the ocean and salt takes its toll even when I keep it covered.
    Date published: 2014-06-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Problems Takes a long time to get up to temp 500-550 (setting 5) to preheat. Then when it does and you put your steak on or whatever the temp drops 200 degrees or more, then you have to wait again, then when you turn over the meat the temp drops again, each time you open it. Don't like the grate, you don't get the grilled taste. Food is good but doesn't taste grilled. Temp control won't pull out to store indoors. Where do you put the wood chips if you want to use them, right on the grate with the food? You'll be eating wood chips. The manual says to put them right on the grate! Liked my old CharBroil better, had a regular open grate, temp control pulled out with no trouble, and the food tasted grilled.
    Date published: 2014-07-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best grill for apartment residents. This grill is very easy to maintain and clean, and it also has a very large grilling platform. It produces VERY juicy meat and a clean taste every use, but remember to always cook with the lid closed to maintain heat. I also recommend using dry wood chips every use and immediately cleaning your grate when finished cooking. Besides, what else are you going to do while you let that juicy meat rest for a few minutes in tinfoil?
    Date published: 2014-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from We purchased this BBQ about 6 months ago, upon recommendation of a friend. We were tired of having to refill the propane tanks, not knowing when they were about to empty and ruin our half cooked meals. Honestly, there is no difference in the taste of the food and the convenience is outstanding. I would highly recommend this electric BBQ hands down!
    Date published: 2014-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm so glad we got this! I bought this for my husband for Father's Day, and we've already used it several times. We had a kettle grill for decades, but hadn't used it for the last several years because there are just the two of us, and it was too much hassle to heat it up for the minimal amount of cooking we would have used it for, plus I was concerned about safety. This small electric grill is absolutely perfect for us. We've done brats, burgers, chicken legs and chicken breasts so far - and everything was perfect - and I am an electric grilling newbie!
    Date published: 2014-07-10

    To be continued from Ron...then page 6 says "Set to high temperature and place steak on grate". Does that mean immediately when you turn on the grill to high?

    Asked by: RonR
    To preheat the electric Patio Bistro, turn the grill on and set the controller to 5. The grill should heat up in about 15 to 20 minutes and the setting can then be adjusted accordingly. Please give us a call at 1-800-241-7548 for more information.
    Answered by: DustinR
    Date published: 2014-10-20

    I need a replacement cord for the red patio bistro electric grill

    Asked by: Wendy14
    The controller for the electric Patio Bistro is model # 29101991 and available on the Char-Broil website.
    Answered by: DustinR
    Date published: 2014-10-14

    How do the fat drippings affect the element. How hard is it to clean the inside of the grill, including the elements?

    Asked by: Jake798
    The cooking grate keeps the majority of grease from falling down onto the heating element. The inside of the grill can easily be cleaned with warm soapy and biodegradable grill cleaner.
    Answered by: DustinR
    Date published: 2014-10-07

    Can I use charcoal in my grill?

    Asked by: Mazin
    Charcoal should not be used with this Electric TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro.
    Answered by: DustinR
    Date published: 2014-10-02

    Exactly where is the serial number located on model #12601578.  Please be specific.  I could not find it  as instructed in general instructions

    Asked by: Maggie19
    The model number and the serial number will be between the back two wheels near the very bottom of the grill.
    Answered by: WhitneyC
    Date published: 2014-08-28

    Is the controller available for the model 240 grill and what is cost

    Asked by: Wally1
    Your grill will use controller 29101991. It can be purchased online at for $49.99.
    Answered by: WhitneyC
    Date published: 2014-09-28

    I am not getting enough smoke from the wood chips. The wood Chips are too far from the element. Am I missing a part or is one of my parts upside down?

    Asked by: himk
    When using the chips in a Patio Bistro, the only place you are going to want to put them would be directly on the cooking grate. Please create a case with us to ensure that your grill is assembled properly:
    Answered by: Alyssa
    Date published: 2014-08-18

    Is there a manual available for this model? I purchased the grill as a floor model from the store and did not receive a manual.

    Asked by: Gladys
    You can find your models manual by following the link URL below.
    Answered by: WhitneyC
    Date published: 2014-08-18