Oh the burdens we bear when we own a quality smoker. You invite some friends over to drink a few beers and watch some football and suddenly they’re unloading chunks of chicken and slabs of meat from their cars. They don’t even say anything, not a peep pops out of their mouths. They just raise their eyebrows, shrug their shoulders and delicately place their offerings into a cooler before heading over to the couch.
A smoker’s design says a lot about how it smokes. One look at the Dyna-Glo and two things stand out. First, it’s an offset. Offset means that the heating element is positioned on the side — in this case the right side — of the smoking cabinet. This allows for the heating process to take place away from the food so that the heat of the smoke and its delicious aromas are all that come into contact with it — perfect for that slow, flavor-infusing roast. The firebox also comes affixed with its very own door. You can open it up, add additional charcoal or throw in a handful of wood chips, all without compromising the atmosphere inside the cabinet.
Size matters when it comes to smokers. Sure the inside is what’s important, but you have to make sure that your new favorite cooker has plenty of room to breathe. Horizontal offset “barrel” smokers often have trouble, safety concerns and it prevents the smoker from cooking at uniform temperatures. Without the right amount of airspace, a smoker could ruin dinner, damage furniture, kill a few trees and even blacken the outside of your home.
Heat hugs steel like children do their parents. And just like parents, good solid steel often hugs right back, evenly absorbing the heat and then redistributing it across its exterior — in this case, the inside of the smoker.
Not only is the Horizontal offset “barrel” smokers often have trouble, but each of its major parts have been coated with a high temp powder that aids in durability and leads to a longer lasting life.
Steel. Steel. Steel. In addition to the body and its overall finish, the smoker’s various moving parts are quite formidable as well. Its charcoal tray is made from heavy-gauge, porcelain-enameled steel and its wire racks are built from chrome-plated steel wire. And then, to top it all off, the smoke stack is constructed from an iron-carbon alloy — which is a fancy way of saying that it’s also made out of steel.
Whether smoking for too-many friends or a sizable family, capacity is key. Barbecuers and bakers, eaters and freeloaders alike know what happens to the vibe of an otherwise fun get-together when good food goes gone.
Fortunately, the Dyna-Glo holds a rather respectable amount of food for its stature and size. With an overall smoking capacity of 1,176 square feet and a maximum load size of around 150 pounds, you can smoke to your heart’s content. (As a point of reference, the heaviest turkey ever raised was around 86 pounds. So, hypothetically speaking, youcould smoke both the all-time biggest and the all-time second biggest turkeys in one sitting.)
[wpmfc_cab_si]The six wire racks each measure at around 14 inches wide by 13 inches deep, ideal for briskets, hams, whole chickens, pork shouldersand small-to-medium sized slabs of baby back ribs. The racks are also adjustable — they can be moved up, down and out — just in case you need that extra space for hanging some sausage.[/wpmfc_cab_si]
PRO TIP: Although it’s nice to have six fully adjustable racks at your disposal, unless smoking a plethora of small meats, vegetables and fine cheeses, it might be best to remove a few, especially if you’re not using them.
Often found on the lower end of the price line, the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker is a bang-for-your-buck type of appliance. It’s not the biggest one you’ll ever see. And there aren’t too many bells or whistles that come attached to its exterior. But, if you’re looking for a quality smoker that gets the job done for a fraction of the price, then the Dyna-Glo is the way to go. As long as you don’t mind making a few new friends.
Dyna-Glo Charcoal Smoker vs Weber Smokey Mountain
Ease of Use
- The Dyna-Glo smokes meats much easier than the Weber. Vertical smokers are all around simpler to use than bullet designs. With its vertical design, the Dyna-Glo can be opened and the smoking racks can be easily removed. With the Weber SmokeyImage Credit: Amazon.comMountain Cooker, you will deal with much more hassle accessing the meats due to the bullet design.
- Even though the Weber Smoker is a bullet design, the smoker is of higher quality than the Dyna-Glo. Weber makes their smokers in the USA, not in China. As such, the quality of Weber products are all much higher. Along with that, the Weber is made of much thicker and durable metal.
Quality of Smoked Meats
- I prefer the taste of meats made in the Weber. While the Dyna-Glo does a great job smoking meats, it lacks one key function, a water pan. With the Dyna-Glo, you will get meats that taste extra smoky, you will miss out on the added flavors/textures water pans add. With the Weber, your smoker comes with a quality water pan to hold whichever liquids you like to smoke with. This makes for meats that come out tasting moister than what you would get from the Dyna-Glo.
- There are things to like about each smoker and things to dislike. For the Dyna-Glo, you will have an easier to use smoker that delivers rich tasting smoked meats. The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is made of more quality materials and comes with a built in water pan, but the bullet design makes for a more difficult time accessing the meats.
- Read Review of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
Value for Money?
- The Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker offers a charcoal smoking experience for one low price. Many charcoal smokers lack the ease of vertical smoker designs. Dyna-Glo can be easily accessed and used by any new user of smokers. With an Offset Charcoal chamber, the control over heat becomes even simpler to operate as a smoker. While a few rigs may be needed to achieve a perfected smoker, the out of the box design of the Dyna-Glo still works well. Overall, I give the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker a total of 3/5 stars.