Dyna-Glow Charcoal Offset Smoker
For many years, outdoor smokers have been a very popular piece of cooking equipment for experienced and aspiring chefs. Cooking with a smoker is fun and produces some of the most amazing meat you will ever taste. Many of us even try our own experiments with a wide variety of different cold and hot smoked food recipes.
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Smokers can be ideal for winter season, as smokers are capable of cooking cold smoked dishes such as cheese and nuts. Whatever reason we have for using our smokers, we always make sure that our outdoor smokers are fired up, ready to make our family gatherings or celebrations something special.
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There are many different types of outdoor smokers being offered on the market today. The brands and models of smokers all have different features, price points and available functions. The traditional model of smoker is typically fueled by charcoal or wood but many modern brands are electrically and digitally controlled, and can be operated by just pressing a few simple buttons. You can choose which of the two types of smoker you want to have for your home, depending on your needs and preferences.
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Because there are many brands and types of smokers being offered on the market, you may need to consider a few things before purchasing the right smoker for your individual needs. First, you need to choose a smoker that will fit in your budget. Usually, electric smokers are more expensive than the charcoal smokers due to their added features and functions. Though charcoal smokers are less expensive, you might need to make a little extra effort in terms of temperature control and initial preparation time.
You should also consider the unit’s durability and features and it is usually best if you spend some extra time doing some research by reading reviews on the Internet. To give you an idea, let us take a look at one of the charcoal offset smokers being offered on the market, which is the Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker.
Details of Construction
The Dyna-Glo DGO1176 BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker made in China and the primary color of the product is black, with the total dimensions at 20.2 X 34.5 X 47 Inches. The total weight of this charcoal offset smoker is 57 lbs.
This brand of charcoal offset smoker is constructed using heavy duty steel, which is intended for longer durability. It includes a heavy-duty porcelain enameled steel wood chip and charcoal tray. This cooking device is designed with dual doors, which aim to minimize heat lost while adding wood chips on the tray. The offset charcoal and firebox of the cooking device is designed to accommodate large amounts of charcoal and wood chips, and channel smoke flavor into the food as well.
For easy reading of temperature, this cooking device includes a thermometer. This allows you to check and make sure that your favorite dish is set at your desired level of temperature. The temperature of the cooking device can be easily controlled using the vents on each side of the unit. Though this charcoal offset smoker is not originally made in the U.S., you can rest assured that it will last for a long time and produce high quality smoked meat.
This brand of charcoal offset smoker is constructed with 6 height adjustable cooking grates. The total smoking area of the cooking device is 784 Sq. inches and each cooking grate has a total smoking area of approximately 131 Sq. inches.
Due to its large cooking capacity, this model of smoker can be used to accommodate large amounts of food. You can use it to smoke up to one hundred pounds of food in one cook and it can accommodate items as large as a whole turkey or large chicken.
This Dyna-Glo Smoker can be fueled with your preferred brand of wood chips or charcoal and because this is a traditional model of smoker, all the cooking processes are set manually. For easier fire setting, you may use one of the fire chimney starters available for purchase separately. You may want check your food from time to time to make sure that it has enough charcoal and wood chips, along with a stable temperature level. Making a small extra effort will ensure you produce high quality smoked food using this smoker.
This brand of smoker is designed to efficiently burn charcoal and wood chips, which means a longer lasting cook on a smaller amount of fuel. One chimney of charcoal is enough for 15 hours of smoking time 1 lbs. of wood chips will smoke your favorite food for 15 hours. Charcoal and wood chips are very economical to purchase in large quantities so the running cost for long cookouts is very reasonable.
As it was previously mentioned, this brand of charcoal offset smoker is designed with 6 adjustable height cooking grates, with a total cooking area of 784 Sq. inches. The temperature of this cooking device can be easily controlled using the vents on each side and it also includes a smoker thermometer for easy temperature reading and monitoring. This smoker is capable of cooking at a high temperature of 300 degrees; all you need to do is check and adjust the temperature from time to time to make sure that your food is cooked according to your desired tenderness, texture and taste.
The Dyna-Glo is intended for outdoor use only and is ideal for long cooks in large quantities. For your family lunch or dinner party, you might try smoking 12 lbs. of pork ribs or 10 lbs. of pork belly, and believe me, after 7 to 10 hours of smoking, you will have delicious and tender grilled pork.
For larger families or special events, why not fire up your smoker and cook 6 whole chickens or 2 whole turkeys in this smoker? This smoker will easily cook enough food dishes for your Thanksgiving celebration or parties with a large group of friends. If you prefer less fatty foods and a healthier menu, your favorite fish can also be cooked using this smoker. Just buy your favorite fresh fish at the market and create a wonderful meal full of flavor for your next dinner or social gathering. The large capacity and adjustable height cooking grates of the smoker enable you to cook your favorite foods in almost any size and any quantity. See a great recipe for smoked salmon here.
Cleaning and Assembly Process
The smoker includes specific instructions for cleaning and for the assembly process. The instructions are quite easy to follow, but you might need to spend a little extra time compared to some other models of smokers. Most of your time will probably be devoted to properly securing each part of the unit, especially the smoking chamber, firebox and cooking grates. You also need to spend some extra time seasoning the unit before its first use. We recommend you put a little bit of cooking oil on each cooking grate for easier and a more convenient cooking process. The maximum time for assembling this unit is approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
This unit includes a grease management system for easy clean up. This system collects all the oil, fat and other types of waste that is created throughout the cooking process. This feature allows you to minimize creating a large mess while cooking and minimize your efforts in cleaning up afterwards. You just need to clean the grease catcher by brushing it thoroughly, and rinsing it with soap and water.
You should also clean up the fire box and cooking area of the unit after every use. There is no special cleaning device included in the package, but there are many types of cleaning brushes and soap offered at reasonable prices. You can buy these cleaning tools in the price range of $10.00 USD to $20.00 USD.
We highly recommend the cooking device be cleaned as frequently as possible. This will avoid a big cleaning job later on down the road and will ensure that the smoker continues to work properly providing excellent results. Though this unit is not as easy to clean compared to other smokers, all the instructions for cleaning and the assembly process are explained clearly in the user manual of the product. Cleaning and handling your device with proper care is the main key for its long use and durability.
Just like any other brand of smoker, there are many different types of accessories that can go along with the Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker. Some of these accessories aim to add extra flavors into your favorite foods, while some accessories are intended to customize the specific features of the cooking device and cook your smoked food in a more convenient way. Let us take a look at the list of accessories that can go along with your charcoal offset smoker.
We firmly believe that having extra smoked flavors and sweet aromas will add extra richness to your favorite foods. For this reason, you may want to try putting some Weber’s wood chips and wood chunks in the fire box of your cooking device. These wood chunks and wood chips can be bought in different flavors such as apple, cherry, pecan, hickory and many others. These smoke flavored chunks are offered at a price of around $6.00 USD to $8.00 USD for a 3 lbs. bag. You can buy any flavor you want base on your desired flavor of smoked food.
For easy fire startup, you might be interested in the Weber’s Fire Chimney Starter. This fire starter is very portable and easy to use, and it can start a fire in less than a minute. You can buy these items at local stores or online at a price of around 10.00 USD.
This brand of smoker includes a thermometer for easy temperature reading, but just in case you need to have one on stand-by, there are many different types of thermometers offered for sale. One of them is the Weber’s Instant Read Thermometer. This digital thermometer is very accurate, and sold at a very affordable price of around 10.00 USD.
The Dyna-Glo DGO1176 BDC-D Charcoal Offset Smoker has a one year limited warranty. During that one-year period, the store or appliance company where you bought the device is obliged to replace the unit in the event of serious damage. They are also required to repair the unit if the damage is repairable. All you need to do is bring the cooking device to the store where it was purchased and show them the receipt.
This Dyna-Glo smoker is an excellent value and offers the full smoking experience. The charcoal or wood chip fuel gives the smoker that “traditional” feeling that we all get when cooking outdoors and grilling or smoking our favorite meat. The large capacity makes this smoker ideal if you like to have large groups of friends over to your house for social gatherings or you have a large family that enjoys the smoked flavor.
The design of this smoker is durable and it offers a full range of features that open up almost limitless possibilities of creating excellent smoked meat and other smoked food items. In our opinion, this smoker gives you a good “bang for the buck” in comparison to many other similar products on the market. We also like that the smoker comes with a full one year warranty as it gives you some peace of mind that you can rely on the quality of the product and expect results as advertised.
It is always a good idea to do your research and look at several models, but we think you would be making a solid choice buying this smoker. If you are new to smoking this smoker is easy to use. If you are experienced, you will be getting a product that has excellent capacity and is fully capable of a wide range of cooks.
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