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Dyna-Glo DGX780BDC-D 36" Vertical Charcoal Smoker
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- 4 cooking grates
- 784 square Inch of total cooking area
- Charcoal & ash management system includes charcoal chamber, charcoal grate & removable ash pan
- Protect your smoker with a custom-fit Dyna-Glo premium cover - Model DG784GSC (Sold Separately)
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|Item Dimensions||49.73 x 21.45 x 20.83 inches|
|Item Weight||56 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||DGX780BDC-D|
|Shipping Weight||64.6 pounds|
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Charcoal enthusiasts, take heart! With this Dyna-Glo vertical smoker, you can now smoke your favorite foods with your favorite wood chips AND your favorite fuel source, charcoal! Vertical smokers are ideal for capturing maximum smoke flavor, so we've included 4 height-adjustable cooking grates, with a total of 784 square Inch of cooking space, to accommodate different sizes and types of food. The double door design helps minimize heat loss when access to the food or fuel is needed. The porcelain enameled charcoal chamber is designed to keep briquettes stacked tightly for improved burn efficiency and the removable steel ash pan is designed to handle large amounts of ash for hours of maintenance free cooking.
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So why 5 stars? Two words: CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!
I remember specifically ordering this grill because I noticed that the company responded to nearly every negative review and even some of the positive ones. When a company stands behind their product that well, you have to give them a chance. I was not disappointed at all.
When I called about the missing rack rail, I was simply asked for my name, address, and the part number. I had the part in less than a week's time. I didn't need the part the first time I used it so that was plenty fast enough. When the smoke damper handle basically came apart in my hands, I started to worry if I maybe had bought a dud. I even procrastinated a bit before calling because I didn't want the company to think I was just stockpiling spare parts over here. Anyway, not to worry at all. When I called a second time (I'm pretty sure the same guy answered) and told him the part broke in my hand, he literally cried "Oh noooo!" like he was at the BBQ when it happened. He asked for my zip code, pulled the rest of my info right off his computer and said they'd get that part right out to me. I was off the phone in less than 3 minutes!
Notice I haven't even mentioned if the smoker works or not? It does, in fact it performs superbly. They did skimp on the smoker box by using steel instead of cast iron. It peels almost immediately and the heat quickly warped the lid and box so you can't really slide it out to add more wood. Instead you have to pull it out completely or risk one side falling off and dumping everything. I assume that's how they kept cost (and weight) down so I'll be looking for a cast iron alternative. At any rate, I've made two delicious briskets on it so far and I intend to really make use of the multiple racks this Labor Day.
I can honestly say that even if it totally sucked, I would've given GHP Group 5 stars just for letting me know that Customer Satisfaction is in fact still a real thing to some businesses.
The "Master Box" which protected the main body of the smoker was very thick and sturdy and included Styrofoam corners on the inside further protecting the smoker. All screws, parts, and assemblies were well protected and accounted for. Assembly was well explained in the manual and easily executed. With the exception of having to straighten out some warpage of some flat stamped metal parts, all holes lined up easily.
In the interest of complete honesty, I have to say that the weak spot in the quality control of manufacturing fell on the "Wood Chip Box." The fabricator of the box was clearly an amateur and the stamped metal lid which has warpage to it will not rest securely on top of the box. I have flattened the lid, but it still glides around on top of the box.
That said, It is a solid and well thought out smoker. It is large and versatile, and it looks real good sitting on the deck.
For my first cook, I got rather ambitious. After following all safety guidelines including testing the gas lines and fittings, and seasoning the smoker, I filled the box with pre-soaked hickory chips, filled the ample water bowl, and loaded my food. A 10 pound marinated and seasoned pork tenderloin cut into thirds onto the bottom rack. Above that went 3 full racks of pork ribs, each cut in half for easier refrigerator marinating. Above that I filled one side of the rack with miniature yellow and red peppers oiled and seasoned, 4 beautiful tomatoes halved, buttered and seasoned, and a very large sweet onion, again, halved, buttered, and seasoned. Above that went 6 ears of water soaked, buttered and seasoned corn in husk.
I fired it up and maintained vigil on temperature adjusting. The adjustments and throttling of the dampers was easy to do, but required more attention than what perhaps would be normal as it began to rain, and rained steady until just prior to the cook finishing.
Again, in complete honesty, I really screwed up the corn. It seemed a good idea to cook it in the husk, however, the loose and opened end of the husks allowed the first 3 or so inches to become itsy bitsy brown pebbles. It will be better next time. Smoking is learning. The flavor of the good corn was IMHO wonderful notwithstanding.
The tomatoes gave up their skin with ease. The onions and peppers smelled and looked so beautiful and tasted unbelievable. The onions, peppers and tomatoes were used to create a simple and out of this world smoked tomato soup, the recipe for which is below.
Ok, the meat of it. I brought the loin sections to 145+ internal temperature, removed them, wrapped them (after a sampling of course), rested them, and refrigerated them. The next morning I sliced each one completely into about one eighth thick slices for sandwiches. The slices were very nearly as red as a ham, juicy, and eyeball rolling delicious. "OMG" is so over used today, but O....M....G...!
The ribs weren't quite done yet so I removed each of the 6 half racks and wrapped them in tinfoil returning them to the smoker for about another hour and a half. They weren't quite fall off the bone, but man, man oh man, I've never had better.
A big plus, there are no drip spots on my deck. All the drippings were well managed.
For a first attempt with this new smoker, I have to say my first cook was largely a huge success. No doubt the credit goes to the Dyna-Glo Smoker. With two doors, I could maintain the chip box and water without opening the larger cook chamber door and as the doors each have a rope gasket you can rest assure your cook will be steady. I can't wait for the next cook, and I can't recommend highly enough that you purchase one of these smokers from Dyna-Glo.
My Smoked Tomato Soup
4 Tomatoes, smoked, seasoned
1/4 Sweet Onion, LARGE, smoked, buttered, seasoned
8 Peppers, red and yellow, smoked, oiled, seasoned
1/4 tsp Pepper (or to taste)
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Distilled white Vinegar (next time I'm using balsamic)
Run tomatoes, onion, and peppers through a high speed blender (I used a NINJA) to liquefy as much is possible.
Strain the puree into a pot and heat on a medium burner.
Add remaining ingredients and adjust for taste.
I didn't add salt. I have a low sodium diet. I recommend you try it as is and add salt if you feel you must. I coupled this soup with a grilled smoked pork loin and cheese sandwich. I'm telling you, I couldn't form words for an hour recovering from the bliss.
Happy Smoking, Don
When I received and unboxed it:
- Handles were seriously bent
- Dampers were seriously bent, and one damper handle had broken the cheap weld used (see pictures)
- Numerous cosmetic scratches in the powder coating across the large flat surfaces like top, sides, and doors
Pros are price, ease of assembly, and well-thought out construction (placement and size of water pan, smoker box, flexibility of rack placement, damper size and placement).
Again, bear in mind that this review is written without yet having smoked anything, just initial seasoning. I'll update this review once I have 1) used it twice and 2) hear back from the company re: broken parts.
Despite the drawbacks, I am actually looking forward to using this and I think with a few minor tweaks it will serve me well for a good while. Hopefully Dyna-Glo makes it right and replaces the broken components and perhaps strengthens their build quality a bit.
UPDATE 1: The company responded quickly to my request for replacement dampers and they should arrive in a week, so I added a star for good service. Once I use it a couple of times, if it does well, I'll update again and possibly add another star.
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