My sense is that the word broil has gone out of fashion because it's associated with bad home cooking using the oven. - languagehat.com: BROIL/GRILL.
I admit, due to a forced 4:30 pm commute which means, one setting away from 'broil', here in Oz, a lobster like shade now adorns my once goth self. - This Just In: I Bid You "Aduh" Until 2010
Turning the oven to its "broil" function starts up a roaring fire close to the broiler. - Archive 2007-12-01
Only when I sent a letter to the University, copied to the fire marshal, explaining that all was well because I found the room stayed pretty warm if I kept the oven on "broil" 24 hours a day and left the oven door open all the time, did I get any action to fix my heating. - Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » When Energy Cutbacks are Frightening
In five years of living and cooking in England, I have never ever found 'broil' used in the sense GrahamT gives. - languagehat.com: BROIL/GRILL.