The Bottom Line
One of the first things that anyone is going to put in a smoker is a rack of ribs. While many might want to smoke two or three racks of ribs, few will have the need to smoke more than that and if they are, regularly, they will probably be investing in an expensive and large smoker. This is neither of those things. The Dyna-Glo Vertical Gas Smoker has four relatively small cooking grates that just are not that big.
Add to this the shortcomings that most gas smokers suffer from and you have something pretty mediocre.
- Dual door design
- Limited quality construction
- Racks are relatively small
- Doors do not seal, leaking smoke and heat
- One 15,000 BTU cast iron burner
- Four 196 square inch steel wire cooking grates
- 784 square inches of total cooking area
- Powder coated steel sheet metal construction
- Porcelain-coated wood chip and water pans
- Dual door design with a large door to access the cooking chamber and a smaller door to access wood and water pans
- Electronic (AAA-battery) ignition
- Made in China
Guide Review - Dyna-Glo Gas Vertical Smoker
Dyna-Glo has been around for a few years now making grills and smokers, largely for big box retailers, but also available online. This is their gas powered smoker, something every brand seems to need these days. Like most the smokers in this category, it suffers from some basic problems, chief of which is its need to be lightweight to keep the price down.
This means that the doors have no seals and don't close tight enough to prevent smoke from leaking out. With a gas or electric powered smoker, airflow control isn't as important as it is with charcoal, but it is still a problem, making temperature control difficult on cold and/or windy days.
This is also something of an oddly shaped smoker, the kind of design you would get from someone who doesn't make a lot of barbecue.
If it were me, I would have designed this smoker with three larger racks instead of the four it has (that are about 16 by 12 inches). The use of space here isn't that efficient and that brings up one of the strange ways that this is marketed. If you look at this smoker online you will find what appear to be impressive measurements. These are not for the actual smoking box, but the dimension of the whole product, outside of the handle to the outside of the opposite handle. It is kind of like saying that the height of a car should be measured to the top of the antenna (back when cars had long antennas). This is a little deceptive to people buying this smoker online.
Aside from these issues, this is a lightweight smoker. The construction quality is limited. Metal parts that are exposed to the direct heat of the 15,000 BTU burner and thin and lightly to burn through. As with most gas smokers, the water reservoir is small, meaning it will need to be refilled frequently with higher temperature smokes. Fortunately, it does have a small door on the bottom making for easy access.