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Smoker Grill Reviews: Top 5 Dyna Glo Grill Units [January 2019]

Dyna Glo Grills are quickly becoming more and more popular these days. The quality of construction and relatively cheap price point has helped launch the brand right to the top of the list when it comes to picking a new unit.

The GHP Group own the Dyna Glo brand. GHP Group specialise in the manufacturing of  BBQ's, grills, smokers, electric fireplaces, and portable heating solutions.

They have a great range of units to suit everyone. Form a space saving 3 burner grill all the way up to a 952 square Inch grilling machine. 

If you are in the market for a new Dyna Glo grill, let me help you make your decision a little easier. Below I have picked up my top 5 Dyna Glo units from each grill category and tested them out. 

I hope these reviews help you choose the Right Dyna Glo Grill for you! 



MyTop 5 Dyna Glo Grill Picks - Comparison Table

For Grilling On The Go


Dyna Glo DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Smoker Grill

DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill

The Backyard Smokers

The Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker Grill

DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker

The Tailgaters Dream

The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Smoker Grill

DGB390SNP-D 3 Burner

Value For Money Steal

Dyna-Glo DGU505BAE-D Electric Smoker

DGU505BAE-D Electric Smoker

The Grillers Choice

The Dyna-Glo DGSS675CB-D Charcoal Grill

DGSS675CB-D Charcoal Grill

What Products Do Dyna Glo Make?

Dyna Glo have an ever expanding range of BBQs, grills and smokers. They are a mid range price point unit that rivals more expensive units with ease. Being at a mid range price point Dyna Glo offer a large range of different styles. 

Each different style of unit has their own pros & cons depending on what your personal cooking style and preferences are. In each review I will try my best to break down what each unit is best for and who it is aimed at. 

Some of the units in the Dyna Glo line up are: 

  • Cabinet Smokers: The cabinet smoker is usually fuelled by electricity or propane. They are a fantastic option for those who love low and slow cooking with minimal effort. They are a basic unit that are set up perfectly for smoking everything from fish to racks of ribs and pork butts. Cabinet style smokers usually come with 1 or two main doors. One for accessing the main cooking chamber and the other (if included) allow you to tend to the heat source, drip tray or water tray. They come with anywhere from 2 - 4 adjustable racks which allow you to customize your cooking area depending on what you are cooking. 
  • Gas Grills: The gas grill is typically the style of grill that you will find in the average backyard. Gas grills are the most common style of grill out there. You can run a gas grill off propane bottles or connect to the natural gas line at your home. Gas grills usually have 2 - 6 main burners and often come with warming racks and additional side burners. Grill grates range from grates to flat surfaces. 
  • Pellet Smoker Grills: The pellet smoker is one of the more versatile units and are great for the 'low and slow' style of cooking. This is because the automatic auger keeps the small wood pellets feeding into the heat source as they are needed, allowing you to entertain your guests or play with the kids while the food cooks. Pellet smokers have more technical parts than other units which is something to think about if you are not so tech savvy.
  • Charcoal Grills: Nothing beats cooking with charcoal. Charcoal grills are very simple, however, they do require a little more skill than other methods. This is because the heat is controlled by the coals alone. If you are a traditionalist you will love this style of cooking. 
  • Electric Smokers: Electric smokers do not require any gas, charcoal or other fuel. Electric smokers use electricity to generate heat to burn your choose of wood chips or chunks. Because they don't use any other fuel, they are a good option for those of you who don't have a large outdoor area. Electric smokers are often the vertical/cabinet style and are a great option for low and slow style cookers. 
  • Offset Smokers: Offset smokers are a very simple and classic design. They are regarded as the most popular smokers out there. Many competition smokers use offset smokers. They produce the most in depth smoke flavour and can be easily changed into a grill.

What To Look For When Buying A Grill

When buying a new unit there are several factors that you need to keep in mind. This will ensure that you buy a unit that suites your specific cooking needs.

Some things to keep in mind when buying your unit include:

  • Fuel Type: Choosing your fuel type is one of the most important decision when buying a new unit. Think about convenience, cost and flavour when picking your fuel type. If you are looking into a gas grill for example - think about if you would prefer propane tanks or to be hooked up to your homes natural gas line. Each different fuel type has its own pros & cons. 
  • Price: Setting yourself a budget before buying a new grill will make the whole process much much easier. Think about what you can afford and go from there - you can always find a decent unit in your own price range.
  • Safety Features: Being safe around your grill is also something to think about. Do you need additional safety gear? Think aprons, gloves, tongs, safety fences etc. 
  • Cooking Space: Deciding what size of grill you need is essential. The size of your grill will dramatically dictate the price of your grill. If you only ave a small family and don't often cook for others think to yourself  'do I really need this 6 burner?'
  • BTU Output: The BTU output of your unit will let you know how much heat and power the unit is capable of producing. If you are planning on using your unit for only cooking low and slow you will not require a high BTU rating, however, if you are planning on using your unit for searing, charing and even cooking pizzas, you will want to purchase a unit that has a higher BTU rating.  
  • Cooking Accessories: Everyone loves accessories, accessories let us add a personal touch to our units. You can get side tables, hooks, racks, thermometers and other cooking aids. Just like price, before you set up to buy your unit make sure you have an idea of what you are going to really and and find helpful.
  • Warranty: Dyna Glo offer a 1 year  limited warranty to all parts except the charcoal /wood chip trays and paint (which are covered by a 90 day warranty). For more see the Dyna Glo Grills warranty.

MyTop 5 Dyna Glo Grill Picks - Individual Reviews

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The Dyna Glo DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill Review

Charcoal or Gas?
Settle the fight in your house once and for all.

Sometimes cooking with gas just isn't enough. You know what im talking about, those times where you just really feel like a nice piece of charred charcoal chicken. However, unfortunately cooking with charcoal is not as fast & convenient as gas and it is only really an option on weekends for most.

The Dyna Glo DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill

The great thing about charcoal is that it offers a unique, extra smokey flavor that gas just can't quite get.

So if you are the kind of backyard griller who wants the option to feast on delicious charcoal cooked food (when you have the time) the Dyna Glo DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill is a fantastic option for you.

Specifications

  • Weight: 92.6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 68.4 x 28.7 x 45.6 in
  • Warming Rack Space: 111 square inches on each side making a total of 222 square inches
  • Primary Cooking Space: Each sie has 365 square inches of primary cooking space making a total of 730 square inches

  • Total Cooking Space: 952 square inches
  • Fuel Type: Propane and charcoal
  • Burners: 2 x stainless steel burners
  • BTU Output: 12,000 each - 24,000 total
  • Wheels: yes

Key Features

  • Dual Fuel: We can't talk about the key features of this grill without first talking about the dual fuel versatility. After all, that is the main reason why you want to buy this unit. The unit can be run simultaneously by gas and charcoal. This is fantastic for several reasons. The first is so if you don't have the time you can just quickly use the propane side. However, if you are after the real deal you can always fire up the charcoal side and get that real flavor. It's not often that you get a dual fuel unit such as this that actually works really well as dual fuel or using each side individually.
  • Adjustment Hand Crank: On the charcoal side, you have a very conveniently placed hand crank. This hand crank raises or lowers the charcoal rack allowing you to control the temperature and enabling you to get the perfect char on your food. This feature came as a surprise to me on a dual fuel grill - and it is something that I really appreciate.
  • Adjustable Lid Dampers: On the charcoal side, the lid features adjustable dampers giving you more control over how much heat is inside the cooking chamber. this combined with the adjustable charcoal rack gives you a lot of control. this can take a little while to master. However, as they say, practice makes perfect! 
  • Cast Iron Cooking Grates: Both sides come with heavy-duty porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates. These hold in lots of heat and are perfect for creating a sear, transferring heat to your food and are actually nice and easy to keep clean. Since they can hold such a high heat these grates are perfect for keeping your food tender, moist and juicy.
  • Double Walled Stainless Lids: The lids on the are double lined. Essentially what this does is keeps more heat inside the grilling chamber. The handles on the lid are large and easy to grab and the lids both pull up smoothly. This is due to the weight of each lid. On the base ends of the lid are heavy gauge steel end caps, this helps keep the overall weight of the lid up and allows for a solid finish. 

Ease of Setup

Although this rill seems to come in two boxes (which I thought was a little unnecessary) the unit is fairly straightforward to set up, although just a little time-consuming. It is not essential that you have a second set of hands to help you, however, its always nice isn't it?

By my count, you will need around 4 beers to set up this bad boy.

The instructions are very easy to follow and every park actually seems to match up to the book - which is a great start!

Overall the unit is fairly heavy and solid, even though it has small wheels I would recommend setting this up near where you plan to do most of your grilling.

For the set up you will only need a Phillips head screwdriver and around 3 hours - however, this includes unpacking, set up, a couple of beers and tidy up also.

Ease of Use

If you have never used a charcoal grill before, the charcoal side can be a little difficult. Cooking with charcoal is never the easiest thing in the world on even the best grill.

However, as far as charcoal grills go the DGB730SNB-D is easy to use. Cooking with charcoal is all about experience and trial and error.

However, the gas side is very easy to use. The gas side of the grill features two stainless steel burners which easily come to life thanks to the electronic pulse ignition o the front of the grill. The gas is controlled easily with the two large dials.

Both sides include a thermometer on the lid, when compared against my Weber iGrill 2 seemed to stay within about 10 degrees.

Durability

The unit is constructed out of enameled steel and is a solid unit. The heavy duty double walled lid keeps the top half of the unit feeling and looking solid while the dual cabinet doors and shelving below help keep the bottom half sturdy.

Although the entire unit is not the heaviest unit in the world it does feel strong, durable and doesn't wobble too much when moving around the concrete area of my driveway. The 4 wheels are small so this unit is best suited to a concreted area.

Cleaning and Maintenance 

Cleaning this unit is fairly straightforward.

The charcoal side has an easy to use removable ash pan, this allows you to easily remove any leftover ash before or after your cook (I would always clean as soon as the unit has cooled down to keep it in the best shape possible). This just leaves you with the grill grates and the inside of the charcoal chamber. The grill grates are removable so I always like to let them cool down (or use my grill gloves) to remove them and give them a good clean with warm soapy water, a bristleless grill scraper and a little bit of elbow grease.

The gas side doesn't have any features to help you clean, however, like most other gas grills it is fairly easy to clean if you keep on top of things. The grates themselves are easy to clean because of the porcelain coating. The rest of the grill can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a little bit of elbow grease after every clean to help stop nasty build up and a really hard to clean grill.

Do You Get Value For Money?

Considering you essentially get two grills for the price of one here, I would not hesitate to say you get good value for money with the DGB730SNB-D.

Not only do you get a decent sized gas and charcoal grill but you also get many additional features that you would expect from a grill at a higher price point, such as: 

  • Towel bars and tool hooks
  • Bottle opener
  • 2 x cabinet doors with storage compartments
  • Bottle opener
  • 4 x lockable wheels
  • 2 x temperature gauge
  • 2 x side tables for storage or prep

From the Manufacturer

What I Liked

  • Large cooking space
  • Versatile cooking options
  • Built in bottle opener
  • 2 large foldable side shelfs
  • Large storage space

What I Didn't Like

  • For a grill of its size its BTU output is fairly low

My Rating

Overall I really like the Dyna Glo Dual Fuel DGB730SNB-D.

I like how it offers two different cooking options, not only two different cooking options, but two different cooking options that actually work. Often you will get multi purpose grills that don't quite do either of their desired functions correctly. 

Dyna Glo DGB730SNB-D Dual Fuel Grill

The overall design is well thought out. It has a large cooking space big enough to grill around 38 burgers at one time on the primary grilling areas. 

The two cabinet style doors allow you to store your gas bottle, cover, charcoal and other cooking utensils when they are not in use.

The foldable side tables are also a big bonus for both prep work, extra storage (beer) and they fold away so if you don't have a huge amount of room you can still find somewhere to store it.

My final thoughts would be that this is a fantastic grill for anyone looking to add a little more flavour to their backyard grilling sessions. It You will be able to cook for a large family with ease and even have enough room to invite the extended family over once you master the charcoal side! 

4.8/5 Stars

The Dyna Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker Review

The backyard 'low and slow' smokers favourite

The Dyna Glo DGO1176BDC Charcoal offset smoker is the smaller of the charcoal offset smokers by Dyna Glo. I have picked this unit over the larger unit because to be honest, for your everyday backyard smoking needs, I don't think that it is necessary to need any more room than what is offered by this model.

The Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker

Smoking in the DGO1176BDC is a dream. The adjustable racks allow you to smoke everything from 100s of pounds of sausage to a whole turkey or several full racks of ribs. You can easily adjust the amount of heat/smoke with the top mounted smoke stack and firebox mounted airflow mechinism. This unit is perfectly designed for those who love long low and slow cooks over the weekend.

Specifications

  • Weight: 57 pounds
  • Dimensions: 21 x 35 x 50 inches 
  • Cooking Racks: 6 adjustable cooking rack capable of holding 25 pounds each

  • Total Cooking Space:  1,176 square inches
  • Fuel Type:  Charcoal or wood
  • Wheels: No, this unit has 4 x solid tapered legs

Key Features

  • Smoke Stack and Airflow: You can easily regulate the internal temperature and smoke levels of the main cooking chamber by adjusting the top mounted smokestack and the side mounted airflow adjustment. This can take a little bit of trial and error for those who are new to this style of unit, however, once you have a few smokes under your belt this will become second nature to you.
  • Rack Space: Having the option of using 6 fully removable and adjustable cooking grates makes this unit very versatile. You have the option of loading up the smoker with layers of fish, chicken wing, sausage, ribs or vegetables at a time. Or if you are planning on having Thanksgiving at home you can easily remove several racks to fit in a whole turkey. I have even seen users hang multiple racks of ribs from the top tray before. because of its vertical height, this unit can smoke nearly anything you can think of.
  • Removable Ash and Grease Trays: You will find that the firebox and the main cooking units have easily accessible and removable trays. The tray in the firebox allows you to remove any build up on ash during or after smoking. The tray in the main cooking chamber allows you to remove any grease or residue that has dripped down throughout your cook. Inside the main cooking chamber has a tapered bottom which helps direct any access into the tray. A design feature that I really appreciate.
  • Built-in Temperature Gauge: The built in temperature gauge on the DGO1176BDC seems to be fairly accurate to around +/- 20 degrees. One part of the thermometer that I really like is the greyed out section between 200 - 275 degree range or what Dyna Glo call 'the smoke zone'. This allow you to get a quick overview of the internal temperature of the smoker without too much trouble. I would recommend having a meat thermometer on your meat at all times to get a more accurate reading.

Ease of Setup

Setting up the DGO1176BDC is a straightforward process. As with most charcoal smokers there are minimal parts and it is fairly obvious where each part is meant to go.

The manual is easy to follow and from unboxing to your first 'season' smoke you are looking at around 1.5 hours - or 2 beers.

Setting up the unit can be done by yourself, just keep in mind since the unit does not have wheels you will want to set it up as close to your final cooking location as possible.

Ease of Use

For those who have never used a charcoal smoker before this unit can be a little difficult to master, to begin with. This is not because of the unit itself just the nature of cooking with charcoal.

Playing around with the airflow and wood/coal levels does take a lot of trial and error. However, to be honest this is a fun process and to be honest who can complain about lots of trial and error when the end result is smoked meat?

Durability

Overall the DGO1176BDC is a fairly solid and durable unit. The angled legs help this units stability.

When all 6 racks are at max capacity it is a heavy unit, however, there are no signs of stress or anything.

I would recommend a cover for this unit if you are storing it outside. If it is out in the weathers some user has reported that rust can start to develop.

Cleaning and Maintenance 

As I mentioned above at the bottom of the main cooking chamber there is a sloped bottom with a slope towards the back. This works as a runoff for any dripping, residue or moisture run off. This flows down into an easily removable grease tray for easy cleaning throughout or after the cook has finished.

The firebox has also had an easily removable tray which helps you remove ash. This can also be done throughout the cook or towards the end.

Now when it comes to cleaning vertical charcoal smokers I would recommend cleaning after every use. This is so the unit doesn't get a lot of greasy builds up inside the cooking chamber. In my opinion, this taints the flavor of your smoke. Especially after smoking fish or other strong flavors.

For cleaning the main cooking chamber I would recommend a scraper and lots of hot soapy water. If you clean it after each smoke this job will not be a major.

Do You Get Value For Money?

Coming in at just under $200 this unit is a steal. Essentially you get a unit that has lots of space, is easy to set up, use and produces fantastic flavors.

For a vertical smoker that is designed for everyday backyard use you really can't ask for much more for the price.

If for any reason you require more space the wide unit is basically the same unit with an extra 700 odd square inches of cooking space in the main cooking chamber.

From the Manufacturer

What I Liked

  • Removable ash and grease trays
  • Very affordable unit
  • Lots of adjustable rack space
  • Secure locking doors on the main cooking chamber and firebox

  • Easy assembly

What I Didn't Like

  • No water pan included
  • Strong winds can effect temperature -  I would recommend setting this unit up away from exposed areas

My Rating

Overall this is my favorite vertical charcoal smoker from Dyna Glo. It is a perfect size for day to day family smoking.

If you are new to cooking with charcoal t may take you a little while to master cooking - but if you are anything like me you are up for a challenge with a tasty treat at the end!

Even with this smaller size, you get a lot of different options of what you can cook in there because of the 6 fully removable and adjustable racks.

Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker

The only real downside that I found to this unit was if you have it in an exposed area and you are prone to wind. The wind can affect the firebox and mess with your temperatures - or in extreme cases even blow your fire out at the beginning stages of your cook. Be sure to keep this unit in an area that is not prone to too much wind.

I would recommend this unit for anyone who is looking for a unit on the cheaper side but doesn't want the price to affect quality.

The Dyna Glo DGB390SNP-D Review

The Best Gas Grill For Limited Space

We live in a world where housing is becoming smaller and smaller. Unfortunately for a lot of people out there, this means that they are missing out on having space for a decent sized grill (if any at all).

The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D

The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D is a very small and simple 3 burner grill that has all the basic features you need to have a good time, in limited space. It is a grill that has all the basics found in larger models, it has fold down tables so you can store it away without taking up to much space at all. It is the perfect first grill for those of you out there who are limited with space.

Let's check out the features of the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9 x 23 x 45 inches
  • Warming Rack Space: 117 square inches
  • Primary Cooking Space: 390 square inches

  • Total Cooking Space: 507 square inches
  • Fuel Type: Propane or natural gas
  • Burners: 3 burner
  • BTU Output: 36,000 BTU
  • Wheels: yes

Key Features

  • Fold Down Side Tables: For a grill that is fairly small having foldable side tables is a welcome design feature. It is perfect for those who don't necessarily have a lot of space for storage of their grill. The side tables are big enough for prep or additional storage space when grilling. They are sturdy and can safely hold up to 25lbs.
  • Porcelain-Coated Cast Iron Grates: The grill grates of the DGB390SNP hold a lot of heat and are great for cooking, searing and are actually really nice and easy to clean.
  • Steel Construction: The Stainless steel and enamel and stainless steel construction are solid, you won't have any trouble with the quality of this unit. In true Dyna-Glo style, it is stylish, sleek and sturdy.
  • Electronic Ignition: The DGB390SNP uses Dyna Glos's easy push-button electronic pulse ignition system. To date I have never had any issues with this and each burner always starts first time, every time.
  • 36,000 BTU Main Burners: Together the three burners give you 36,000 BTU output. For a grill of this size that is plenty of grilling power to cook sausages, burgers, sear a steak or even cook a crispy pizza. The addition of enamel heat tents help keep 'flare ups' to a minimum and help keep your food tasting better.
  • Propane or Natural Gas: Having the option to go with propane or natural gas is really good. Natural gas is a fantastic option if you have somewhere where you want to place your grill long term and have the accessibility to setting up a gas main. One perk of natural gas is that you don’t have to change propane bottles.  Propane is a better option for people who will be moving their grill around, and that doesn’t have access to hook up to the gas main, such as apartments and smaller shared inner-city units.
  • Cooking Space: For a unit this size, there is a surprisingly large amount of cooking area. You get a secondary warming rack area of 117 square inches backed up by the main cooking area of 290 square inches. This is enough to have 20 burgers on the go at any one time. This is ample space for any small family or even a larger family.

Ease of Setup

Assembly of the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D is straightforward. There are minimal parts and it is fairly obvious where each part is meant to go.

The instruction manual is clear and easy to follow.

The unit itself is not very big or heavy which means that you can comfortably set this up by yourself.

Setting this grill up by yourself, you are looking at just over an hour - or just 1 or 2 beers from unboxing to being ready to season.​

Ease of Use

From when you first ignite the unit everything is a breeze. The easy push-button electronic pulse ignition system works first spark every time.

As it is a traditional gas grill, grilling on it is pretty self explanatory and even first times will have no issues here.

Durability

For a grill that is cheap, small and flimsy looking you will be suprised at its durability.

Even when left outside over winter (with no cover) this unit stands the test of time. This is something about the DGB390SNP that I really need to take my hat off to Dyna Glo for. 

If you are after a unit that can withstand being out on the balcony of your apartment this is your grill! 

Cleaning and Maintenance 

Cleaning small units can sometimes be a little bit fiddle, however, the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D is an easy unit to clean.

The removable tray and grease catch can make the clean up even easier. However, I have heard a lot fo reports that the tray does rust very easily, even with proper cleaning and storage.

You can buy additional catch trays from Amazon, however, if you just construct or use an existing tray you can steer clear of this issue all together. 

You can download an owners manual online, or talk to their customer services via email or phone if you have any queries regarding cleaning and maintaining your unit. They are offer a really good service, even for those who have limited experience with grills.

Do You Get Value For Money?

If you live in an apartment and are struggling for space, the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D is a very realistic good cheap option for you.

This unit has all the essentials you need to cook for a small group of friends on an inner city balcony or shared unit. 

In my opinion don't think you will find another Dyna Glo unit built for this purpose.  

From the Manufacturer

What I Liked

  • Heat tents 
  • Compact design for tight spaces
  • Decent BTU output
  • Foldable side benches
  • Unbeatable value for money

What I Didn't Like

  • The heat tents can cause hot and cold spots throughout the grill

My Rating

If you are looking for a grill that has no fancy bells and whistles but gets the job done in almost any available space, then the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D is for you. It is easily assembled by one person and is one of the simplest to put together. 

Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D

This unit will not feed everybody you know in one sitting, however, that is not what this unit is designed for. It is designed to be a basic unit offering exactly what you need to cook delicious food in limited space.

I would recommend this unit for anyone who would love a grill at their house but simply does not have space. You will fit this unit on almost any deck, balcony or courtyard around the country. 

4.8/5 Stars

Dyna-Glo DGU505BAE-D Electric Smoker Review

The Electric Smoker Dreams Are Made From

The Dyna Glo DGU505BAE Electric smoker is a vertical smoker best suited to those who want a cheap, easy to use, easy to set up and consistent smoking unit. 

DGU505BAE electric smoker

Dyna Glo has designed the DGU505BAE to include many handy features, these features ensure that you will be smoking great tasting food every time. You get three adjustable cooking grates which allow you to cook many different types of foods and a side mounted entry to the wood chip tray ensures you maintain a consistent temperature and smoke level inside the main cooking chamber.

Specifications

  • Weight: 46 pounds
  • Dimensions: 35 x 23 x 18 inches
  • Total Cooking Space: 505 square inches
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Burners: 1 x 1650 watt burner
  • Number of Racks: 3 adjustable cooking racks
  • Wheels: No

Key Features

  • The Burner: The DGU505BAE comes with a 1,650-Watt burner. This is fantastic for maintaining consistent temperatures no matter how full the smoker is, or what the weather is like outside. You can always be sure that you can cook with confidence and perfect your skills.
  • Temperature Dial: One massive perk of the electric smoker is that making adjustments to temperature is as easy as pushing a couple of buttons. the control panel is easy to use and understand. Perfect for those who are new in the smoking world, or for those who are all about convenience.
  • Insulation: Having good insulation is paramount to perfecting your smoking. The double lined smoke box can maintain temperatures without any problems, even in the middle of winter where there is snow around.
  • Adjustable Cooking Racks: Having the ability to adjust your cooking racks ensure that you have the versatility to cook a wide range of foods, the DGU505BAE gives you three cooking racks that are all removable and adjustable. This allows you to cook everything from multiple racks of wings to an entire turkey. Great for anyone with a diverse pallet.
  • Wood Chip Loader: Replacing wood chips is something that needs to be done over a low and slow cook, some units make you reload your wood chips by opening the main cooking chamber door - this allows smoke to escape and the temperature to drop inside the unit. However, the DGU505BAE has a crafty little side entry that allows you to refill the unit without letting your precious heat or smoke out.

Ease of Setup

Since the DGU505BAE is an electric smoker, set up could not be simpler. 

It almost comes ready to go right out the box. Set up should take you around 15 - 20 minutes - or only 1 beer. You can also most definately set this unit up alone.

The instruction manual is clear and easy to understand, the easy to follow set up instructions will have you seasoning your smoker in no time! All you need is a Phillips head screwdriver and you are away. 

If you can follow easy to follow instructions you will breeze through set up. 

Ease of Use

Again as this is an electric smoker it is very easy to use. Simply add wood chips, fill the water pan, and set to the desired temperature.

If you have any trouble the user manual has a very detailed step by step guide on how to use it and some really great tips about what wood to use with what meat and other helpful hints and trouble shooting guides. 

Durability

As far as durability goes, the DGU505BAE is as durable as any standard bar fridge. The legs seem sturdy and you don't get much movement when loading the unit.

Even when moving the unit with the side handles it doesn't feel like it is going to twist, warp or break on you.

I suspect that with the proper care this unit will be in your family for many backyard sessions to come.

Do You Get Value For Money?

As this unit comes in at a little over $100 I would not hesitate to say that you get exceptional value for money.

This smoker is an easy to use smoker that you can rely on to give you great results almost at the push of a button.

For those who love sausage, wings and smoked cheeses you will love this unit.

From the Manufacturer

What I Liked

  • Well insulated Powerful burner that regulates a steady cooking temperature in all conditions 
  • The handy 'Smoke Zone' thermometer feature 
  • The side entry wood chip loader
  • The general sturdy construction of the unit, carry handles and legs

What I Didn't Like

  • The catch can could be a little bigger and placed better. It doesn't always catch all drippings
  • No front door

My Rating

All-in-all the Dyna Glo DGU505BAE electric smoker is a great electric smoker for anyone who just wants a reliable, cheap and easy to use smoker. As it is an electric smoker it is a very simple unit to use, just load up your wood chips, set your temperature and you are away.

Dyna Glo DGU505BAE

For the price of the unit you still get to achieve a great smoke flavor and space, adjustability to cook anything from sausage to bigger units such as whole chicken or Boston butts.

Overall you get a well-constructed unit that can maintain a consistent cooking temperature and the convenience of a true plug in and cook smoker.

The Dyna Glo DGSS675CB-D Charcoal Grill Review

The Charcoal Smokers Dream

There is nothing better than having all your friends and family over, having a few cold ones and enjoying each other company... except doing that while enjoying the smells coming from your Charcoal grill. 

The Dyna-Glo DGSS675CB-D Heavy-Duty Barrel Charcoal Grill

The Dyna Glo DGSS675CB is your new best friend when it comes to backyard get togethers. It is a cheap, durable and well performing barrel style charcoal grill. 

Specifications

  • Weight: 134 pounds
  • Dimensions: 51 x 34 x 60 inches
  • Total Cooking Space: 675 square inches 
  • Fuel Type: Charcoal / wood
  • Wheels: 2 x large heavy duty wheels

Key Features

  • Collapsible Front Work Station and storage shelf: When deep in a backyard session its good to have workspace - or just space to store your beer while you play with the kids. The DGSS675CB has a very generously sized heavy duty front work surface. Perfect for storing cooking utensils, food, beer or to prep last minute items on. It's a welcome design feature and something that isn't so common on this type of smoker.
  • Porcelain Enameled Steel Cooking Grates: The cooking grates on the DGSS675CB are constructed from heavy duty steel and are great heat holders. The porcelain coating helps create good sear on your food. The porcelain coating also helps aid in cleaning.
  • Side Access with Air Flow Adjustment: On the right hand side of the unit you will find the side entry point. This allows you to maintain the heat source without having to open the main lid. This helps keep a consistant temperature and smoke level inside the main cooking chamber. The side entry is also where the side airflow adjustment is. This airflow adjustment allows you to control the airflow into the heat source allowing you to maintain your optimal temperature.
  • Construction: The DGSS675CB is contructed using heavy gauge steel throughout the unit. This has helped construct a unit that is solid and durable construction. Even when you have a full main cooking chamber and several full plates on the storage shelf this unit maintains its solid state.

Ease of Setup

Included in this units parcel is a thorough instruction manual. Within this manual, there is an in-depth guide on how to set up this grill.

The instructions are easy to follow and it is clear which part goes where.

From unwrapping right through set up you are looking at about a half hour - or almost 2 beers.

You can set this grill up comfortably alone, but of course, having an extra pair of hands is never a bad thing. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver and an adjustable wrench for set up.

Ease of Use

As this is a charcoal grill for first time users it can be a little bit of trial and error first the first couple of cooks.

The instruction manual has a great guide on how to use the unit and you shouldn't have too much trouble.

The main area where first time users have trouble is maintaining temperature. This is not a design flaw this is just the nature of cooking with a charcoal grill. Once you have mastered cooking with this unit you will find that it is enjoyable and the results are worth the extra effort.

Durability

As mentioned above this unit is very durable thanks to the heavy gauge steel construction. The two wheels also seem to be fairly durable and are large enough to easily move over a whole range of different surfaces. Perfect for moving anywhere around your backyard - or even over to the neighbor's house.

However, from user reports this unit can be prone to rust, particularly on the welds. Be sure to always keep this unit covered and ideally inside out of the weather.

Cleaning and Maintenance 

Unfortunately, this unit does not come with any removable ash pan. This does make clean up a little more time consuming than other similar charcoal grills.

To clean you must wait until the unit has cooled down. Once the unit is cool remove the grill grates and scoop the used charcoal and ash out by hand. This is not the end of the world but is a downside.

To aid the clean up I would recommend lining the bottom of the smoker with foil to make clean up a little easier.

On the other hand, the porcelain coated grill grates are easy to clean, all you should need is a decent brushless grill scraper and a little bit of elbow grease.

Do You Get Value For Money?

Dyna Glo has priced this grill at a little over $300, however, you can pick it up on Amazon for a little over $250.

Considering the large cooking chamber and the genuine heavy duty construction I would say this is a product well worth the price.

If you are looking up up an ante this unit is also compatible with the Dyna Glo DGSS287CB smoker box. This is an additional accessory bug will allow you to use this smoker with a little more versatility.

From the Manufacturer

What I Liked

  • Produces a deep smoky flavour
  • Is compatible with the Dyna Glo DGSS287CB-D smoker box
  • Collapsible front work station
  • Large durable wheels
  • Easy side access

What I Didn't Like

  • The thermometer is placed quite high on the lid - so it does not give the most accurate reading
  • The welds are prone to rust if left in the elements

My Rating

Overall the DGSS675CB is a smoker that is designed perfectly for the backyard smoker who loves a good backyard session with the ones who matter most in your life. 

If has plenty of room to cook multiple kinds of meats and sides. 

The flavour that is delivered from this unit is fantastic, the placement of the smoke stack allows smoke to travel the entire way through the unit and get deep inside your choice of food.

Dyna-Glo DGSS675CB-D Heavy-Duty Barrel Charcoal Grill

Sure this unit has a couple of small downsides to it, and if you are a first time charcoal smoker it might take a little bit of trial and error to master.

However, in my eyes, the final result mixed with the durability and affordability of the unit is well worth the investment. The best barrel style charcoal smoker form Dyna Glo.

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Charlie

You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!

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