Converting a gas grill to a hybrid grill with the MADE2MATCH charcoal tray

Converting a gas grill to a hybrid grill with the MADE2MATCH charcoal tray

Converting a gas grill to charcoal – it’s easy!

Are you the proud owner of a Char-Broil gas grill but sometimes miss the smoky flavour of classic charcoal? Nothing could be easier! You don’t have to get your discarded charcoal grill out of the cellar. Simply convert your Char-Broil gas grill into a charcoal grill with the MADE2MATCH charcoal tray. How does that work then? We’ll tell you how right here!

Converting a gas grill to charcoal: how it’s done!

Attention all grill fans! If you have a Professional PRO, CORE or POWER EDITION gas grill, you can convert it into a charcoal grill in under a minute using the MADE2MATCH charcoal tray. With the exclusive Char-Broil charcoal tray, you no longer have to choose between a gas or charcoal grill! Firstly, remove the grates and emitter plates from your Professional PRO/CORE or POWER EDITION gas grill. The MADE2MATCH charcoal tray is then simply placed in the combustion chamber of the gas grill and filled with charcoal. Then just put the grill grates back on – and let the fun begin. 

To get the charcoal hot quickly, you can use the gas burners on your grill to light the charcoal. You’ll be working with hot coals within a few minutes. The charcoal is simply ignited using the gas burners, without the need for a grill lighter. If the burners are running at full speed, the coal quickly becomes hot and starts to glow. Now, all you have to do is switch off the burners and wait until the charcoal emits no flame, and the grilling fun can begin. Using gas, you can quickly reach high temperatures and, at the same time, create that unmistakable smoky flavour with the charcoal. You can easily convert your gas grill into a hybrid grill and also benefit from the advantages of your TRU-Infrared™ Technology gas grill when grilling with gas. 

Our patented TRU-Infrared™ Technology has a unique emitter plate that ensures that the heat is distributed evenly across the entire grate. Grilling with TRU Infrared Technology  ensures reduced energy consumption, and guarantees a particularly succulent grilling result. 


Take care not to stack the coal. You only need a few pieces of coal per compartment in the coal tray, evenly distributed next to each other. This is more than sufficient to ensure an optimum grilling temperature.

Advantages of a charcoal tray for your gas grill

The advantages are obvious. As the owner of a gas grill, you no longer have to choose or do without the traditional flavour of charcoal. Thanks to the MADE2MATCH charcoal tray, you can grill with the convenience of your TRU-Infrared™ Technology grill, and still enjoy the smoky flavour of charcoal whenever you want.

Hybrid grill thanks to charcoal tray

If you have a gas grill, adding a charcoal tray can be a cost-effective way to enjoy the benefits of a hybrid grill without needing to buy a whole new grill. The gas burners light the coal at the touch of a button – practical and safe. You can also continue to benefit from the high-performance sear burner and other features of your gas grill. 


Be it with a charcoal tray or as a stand-alone hybrid grill – you can look forward to the following:


  1. Flexibility: With a hybrid grill, you have the freedom to choose between gas and charcoal grills depending, on your mood or the occasion. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of both grilling methods without having to commit to just one.
  2. Flavour: Many grill enthusiasts swear by the unmistakable flavour that charcoal imparts on grilled food. With a hybrid grill, you can enjoy that smoky, authentic flavour whenever you want, and still enjoy the speed and simplicity of a gas grill.
  3. Speed vs. tradition: While gas grills generally heat up more quickly, some people prefer the traditional ritual of lighting the charcoal and waiting for it to glow properly. With a hybrid grill, you utilise the simple ignition process of the gas grill to light the charcoal.
  4. Temperature control: Gas grills offer precise temperature control, which is particularly useful when cooking dishes such as fish or vegetables. With a hybrid grill – such as our Gas2Coal – you can take full advantage of this level of control and enjoy the high temperatures and intense flavour of charcoal at the same time. 


Summary: A hybrid grill (or an additional charcoal tray for your gas grill) offer a variety of advantages that take into account both the practical aspects of grilling and the culinary experience. It is an investment that can benefit both beginners and experienced grill masters.


FAQ – Frequently asked questions about converting a gas grill to charcoal

What are the advantages of converting my gas grill with a charcoal tray into a hybrid grill?

Converting your gas grill with a charcoal tray gives you the flexibility to switch between gas and charcoal. You benefit from the fast heat-up time and temperature control afforded by the gas grill, and can enjoy the smoky flavour of charcoal at the same time. It is also a cost-effective way of utilising the advantages of a hybrid grill.

What safety precautions should I take when adding a charcoal tray to my gas grill?

The innovative air-flow system of the MADE2MATCH charcoal tray ensures even heat distribution and longer grilling fun. Lighting the charcoal with the gas burners makes it particularly safe. Note that the gas supply must be switched off completely as soon as the charcoal is glowing, in order to prevent gas leaks or unintentional ignition. 

How do I maintain and clean my grill after using charcoal?

Remove any ash from the charcoal tray as soon as it has cooled down completely. The grill grates must then be thoroughly cleaned of grill and charcoal residues. If the gas grill has only been used with charcoal for a long time, check the gas burners for any signs of a blockage.

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