Trying to find a charcoal smoker that is budget friendly can be tricky…
The Dyna-Glo smoker has the potential to be a great smoker with a few minor adjustments.
Initially I was really put off with applying the modifications because a product should work right- right from the box, right?
But I couldn’t ignore how much room this smoker has and how reasonable the price was…
Plus, I was certain with a few tools that I already had on hand, I could fix this smoker right up with little or no downtime.
Here’s my overall thoughts on the Dyna-Glo smoker.
|Electronic Ignition System||Yes|
|Fuel Source||Charcoal Briquettes and/or Wood Chips|
|Smoking Area||784 Square Inches and Smokes Up To 100lbs of Food At One Time|
|Size and Dimensions||20.2 x 34.5 x 47 inches|
Right away, you’ll notice the vertical design. It’s roomy, so roomy that you get 784 square inches of smoking area with no interference from the firebox.
The firebox is contained separately in a smaller compartment from the main “tower” which allows you to add wood chips or briquettes to the box without interfering with the food that’s cooking in the main tower.
What compels someone like myself to use a smoker?
If you’ve ever been privileged to sample food that’s been cooked in a smoker, then you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that food that’s been cooked in a smoker has an unforgettable smoky but savory taste. It’s a taste that you can’t duplicate with even the best prize-winning barbeque sauce.
When it comes to an authentic smoky flavor there are no shortcuts.
And because this smoker has adjustable/removable grates, you can cook practically anything in the cooking chamber with very little fuss.
Weighing in at 57lbs, this particular smoker isn’t that heavy, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider it portable either.
It’s not that large size wise, but I think that this is one of those things that once you find a place for it on your patio, you probably want to make every effort to avoid moving it around too much.
Let’s brush up on how a food smoker gets your food to taste so amazing…
Depending on the smoker you pick up, the fuel source might vary.
Some use wood pellets, charcoal, or wood chips to create the proper cooking temps to cook your food.
But the “fuel type” you pick can also affect the flavoring of your food.
This smoker uses a combination of charcoal and wood chips to cook and infuse your food with that savory smoked flavor.
Some smokers have problems with keeping and maintaining heat consistently.
While the Dyna-Glo does have its shortcomings, the vertical design seems to eliminate this common flaw that you would find in most other smokers.
Another I dislike with this unit is that the temperature gauge that is fixed on the outside of the door seems to be off by a few degrees. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but certain foods do require you to stick within a certain temperature range if you’re going to consume or store it- safely, at least.
For this reason, I decided to pick up an infrared thermometer (I had one laying around already) so I can just point it at the unit and get a more accurate temperature reading.
Is it a necessary investment? Not really, but I would rather play it safe rather than sorry.
One of my pet peeves is equipment that is designed to be used outdoors that has cheap materials or isn’t weather resistant.
The Dyna-Glo smoker is so-so when it comes to the materials.
It has a powder coating that makes the unit appear matte. The steel that is used to construct the unit is kind of thin though…
So, I suggest picking up a cover or using a tarp to cover the unit when it’s not in use (and after its cooled down) to keep the weather from damaging the smoker.
Would I suggest the Dyna-Glo smoker to others?
It’s a so-so unit.
If I had to give it a score from 1-10 (10 being the best), I would probably put this smoker at a 5.
The chamber that contains the charcoal and the woodchips tends to leak heat.
I feel that design and quality materials are an important part to the overall function of a product like this, so it sucks that this small flaw was overlooked. I mean, it can be fixed easily at home, but the fact of the matter is that no one should have to fix their brand-new product before they can use it.
Know what I’m saying?
As far as price goes, I think this is a smoker that I could recommend to most people who are on a strict budget but want to enjoy their favorite foods with that savory smoke flavor.