Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill: Review

Review of the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill

There were 240 customer comments and 49 answered questions for the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill as of this writing.  I've read through the reviews and condensed the results into this review.  I hope that this helps you when shopping for a charcoal grill.

Best Fea​tures

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    ​Large
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    Easy to assemble
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    2 separate charcoal baskets
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    Good storage areas
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    Can reach high temperatures easily 

Item Specifics

The Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill has2 charcoal basket adjustments tray systems that help with heat control options and cooking flexibility.   Also featured are 4 cast iron porcelain enameled heavy duty cooking grates that retain meat and can sear food and lock in the natural juices.  A stainless steel lid assembly with double wall liner with stainless steel smoke stack with adjustable flu cap and side vents are all included with this grill purchase.  A heavy duty 8 inch resin wheels with 3 inch locking casters provide great maneuverability.  There is a lot of storage on this grill with the side shelves and a storage basket.  A convenient bottle opener is also included which makes it nice for drinking while grilling.  816 square inch of cooking area makes this a large grill that should be able to handle a large cooking load.  It has been tested out to be able to cook 30 hamburgers at at time.  If you would like to protect your grill, Dyna-Glo sells a  premium cover that is sold separately.

Hood Hinges Not the Best

There were enough complaints about the hood hinges to include it in this review.  Some people reported that the hinges were either loose, stripped or weak.  Still most of those same customers gave this grill a good review.  Here is one of the comments about the hinges, "Yes, the hinges on the grill cover are somewhat weak. If you don't fling the cover open you should be fine, but I could see the cover slipping out of a person's hand while opening and then banging to the open position. That would definitely fatigue the hinges. Not a deal breaker though."

2 Separate Charcoal Baskets

People liked that there were separate sections that could have two different temperatures.  Here is one of the comments on the separate grill areas, "Love the 2 separate grills so I can adjust temperature. It's hard to find a good charcoal grill - everybody wants to use gas...Real chefs use charcoal."

Easy to Assemble

For being such a large grill one might think that it would be hard to assemble.  But the opposite is the case.  Here is one of the ease of assembly comments, "Extremely clear directions. It took about an hour to put it together all by myself (except for 30 seconds when my wife helped to lift the firebox onto the base (as the directions instructed)."

Easy to Reach High Temperatures

A grill isn't a good grill without being able to reach high temperatures.  The Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill scored well with customers in the ability to reach high cooking temperatures.  Here is what one customer had to stay about it's heating ability, "This is an excellent grill with a lot of cooking space. The double liner in the cover really works great to keep the heat inside. With charcoal at full blast and lid closed the temperature gets to 600 degrees quick.  Even mid-way thru grilling a dozen of chicken quarters the temperature still goes above 400 degrees easily."

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Pros

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    2 separate grilling areas
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    Easy to assemble
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    Able to reach high temperatures

Cons

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    Cheap hood hinges 
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    Price 

Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill Conclusion

The Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill is a high end grill that has a 816 square inch of cooking area.  One of the best features about this grill is that it has two separate grill sections for cooking.  This means that you can have two different temperatures going on in the same grill.  This grill is easy to assemble.  The most reoccurring complaint was that the hood hinges would bend, get loose and become stripped easily.  Other than that, the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill seems like a high quality and durable grill.

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying a Dyna-Glo Charcoal Grill. 

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    Does the grill with cast iron porcelain grates have to be seasoned?  Before your first cooking you should season the unit to enhance the cooking and to provide better overall durability on any grill.
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    Given the offset ability has anyone tried smoking things in it?  Yes, works pretty well.  It does not have a perfect seal but you will get the right temp and smoke flavor.
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    Is this 60 inches with the tables up or down? This grill measures 60" W with the tables up. Each table is 12" W.
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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