Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker Review

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Roomy chamber

Easy control


Works with charcoal and wood chips combination


Coated steel a little thin

Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker Review

The Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker is a solid unit that's perfect for people who want to smoke delicious and savory foods on a budget. The unit does take some modifications to get up and running properly, but if you feel comfortable making them, then the unit becomes a dependable and roomy smoker. The large vertical design of the unit gives you 784 square inches of smoking area, and its offset firebox allows you to control the cooking chamber's heat without disturbing the food inside of it.

When people use the Dyna-Glo to cook their food, they are able to recreate the smoky taste and texture of authentic barbecue, and the unit's roomy cooking chamber allows them to cook up to 150 pounds of food at one time; users can adjust the six cooking grates inside of the cooking chamber to accommodate almost any meal. The 20.2 x 34.5 x 47 inch unit is made of heavy-duty steel, and it weighs in at about 57 pounds.

The unit uses a combination of charcoal and wood chips to give your food its authentic flavor; you can play with different combinations until you find a seasoning that is perfect for your tastes. When you get the unit's charcoal burning, different wood chips will affect its flavoring; home chefs love that they can use wood chips to create unique recipes that have a personal flare. The vertical design of the smoker makes sure that your meat is smoked evenly, so you never have to worry about hot and cold spots inside of your smoker.


Offset design for more cooking room
Steel porcelain-enameled charcoal and wood tray
Six adjustable cooking racks; 784 total square inches of cooking space
Dual door design for easy access
Steel frame; powder coat finish for long-lasting protection

What Do Customers Like About The Dyna-Glo Offset Smoker?

Plenty Of Room

The vertical design of the unit gives users the chance to cook a lot of food at one time. There are six racks inside of the cooking chamber, and you can adjust them to fit anything from sausages to pork shoulders. The unit's heat comes from the attached firebox, so the cooking chamber can be completely filled up with food without smothering the heat source.

If you notice that the firebox is leaking when it is attached to the unit, you can use some heat-resistant caulk or rope gasket to make sure that it has a good seal. Once you do this, your unit should stop leaking; this lowers cooking times and increases the unit's efficiency.

Dual Door Design

The manufacturers of the Dyna-Glo created this unit with dual doors, and this allows you to place a lot of food inside of the unit without having to worry about maneuverability issues. Front loading units make it easy to place food inside of the smoker without overcrowding it, and you are able to easily move your food while it is in the process of smoking.

Easy Assembly

The Dyna-Glo unit is perfect for people who want to get up and running quickly. The unit comes with simple assembly instructions, and most people can set the unit up within a half hour. Its intuitive design makes assembly a snap, and the unit is fairly lightweight, so you don't need more than one person to put it together.

Powder Coated Steel

The coating on this unit makes it ideal for outdoor use. The steel is a little thin, but if you keep the unit covered when it is not in use, it should last you for a long time.

The great thing about the steel is that it maintains your cooking temperatures well when you are smoking things. You are able to set the unit up, add wood chips and leave it until your food is ready. If you can keep this unit protected from the elements, it'll last you for years to come.


The Dyna-Glo is probably one of the most inexpensive units on the market. The unit does occasionally leak smoke when you first put it together, but some simple caulking can properly seal your unit up. Once you get the Dyna-Glo up and running, you'll be surprised by the quality you get from this inexpensive unit.

Who is This Smoker For?

The Dyna-Glo charcoal offset smoker comes with a unique design that a lot of people love. Although it looks slim and tall, it has a large room which is sufficient to smoke a fairly large amount of meat. Its steel frame gives it that sturdy looks which is a requirement for durable smokers. Whether you need a smoker for home use, or to go camping with, the Dyna-Glo offset smoker is definitely one that you should consider. Below are the kind of people that would enjoy this smoker. And if you think it doesn’t fit your requirements, check out some of our other brands.

The first set of people that the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker is meant for are those who want a direct substitute for electricity. Take for instance, the price of charcoal is cheaper than electricity in certain regions of a country. People living in such regions would definitely want a reliable charcoal smoker and this Dyna-Glo unit is definitely one of the best out there. Although charcoal smokers are not advisable to be used indoors, some people still use them indoors. Rather than following that trend, you can carve out a small section just outside your kitchen to install and use the smoker.

The second set of people who this smoker is best for are those who prefer using traditional smoking methods. Smoked foods evolved from the early times when people prepare their games simply by seasoning it and placing it over a burning firewood. They rotate the meat over the fire at regular intervals to ensure that the heat goes round leading to a sumptuous meal. If you have probably had such experience then you may have found fun doing it. Or probably there is a particular outcome you love from using traditional methods. The Dyna-Glo Csmoker is for you.

If you are tight on budget and will want a more affordable smoker regardless of the type, then a charcoal unit like this may be your best choice. Although the smoker is not half as less as the cost of its electric smoker counterparts, you will still be able to save a few bucks. You should also note that the gas smoker units have a similar price range with the charcoal smokers.

One more set of people who would love this smoker are those who prefer having full control of the whole smoking process. Although it is possible to get the best from your meat with electric smokers that are programmed to set and forget, having full control of the smoking process gives you full flexibility. You can decide to raise or lower the temperature at certain periods, especially if it is required to achieve a certain texture you desire from your meat. As long as you have all the time in the world to check up on your meat and prepare it the way you want, the Dyna-Glo Charcoal Smoker is definitely the brand you should go for.


The Dyna-Glo Charcoal Offset Smoker is a great introductory unit for people who are just getting into smoking meats. If you don't mind making some modifications, then you can easily get the unit up and running quickly; once you reinforce all of its seals, the unit maintains a steady temperature over a long amount of time. Its vertical design lets you cook large items like pork shoulders, sausage links and brisket, and its two door design gives you easy access to the cooking chamber. If you're looking for an inexpensive smoker, then this unit is a great place to start.