The stainless steel charcoal grill from Dyna Glo (Dual Zone Premium) is a pretty grill that works great for high heat grilling but struggles with low and slow barbecue. There are some nice design features on this grill and if you have your heart set on stainless steel then this is probably the grill you want to get.
- MSRP: $350 but can be found online for less.
- Grilling Area: 816 square inches
- Cooking Grates: Porcelain enameled cast iron
- Weight: 112 pounds
One of the defining features of this grill is the dual zone capability offered by having two charcoal baskets with adjustable heights.
You can raise one basket to just beneath the grate to put a serious sear on some steaks while keeping the other basket lower for grilling some veggies or chicken legs. Pretty neat!
The grill has a large removable ash pan at the base of the grill for easy clean up and adjustable side air vents.
The body of the grill is primarily stainless steel. Other nice features of the grill include a stainless steel smoke stack, highly functional side tables, a built in bottle opener and a lid thermometer. I love the contrasting look of the steel charcoal access doors on the front of this grill. Sexy!
Here is a nice video walk through of this charcoal grill.
Without question, this grill looks cool and has some nice features. There are some downsides to this grill that you need to be aware of though.
The biggest issue with this grill is that it is not “tight”. There are a lot of little holes and gaps in the construction that let air flow into the grill at will. An abundance of excess air will always make a fire burn hotter and the end result that you simply can’t do low and slow barbecue with this pit.
If you have a separate smoker or have no interest in smoking a brisket for 12 hours then this won’t be an issue. If you do plan on using this grill as a smoker then you will need to spend some time using some high heat silicone to seal this guy up.
Another problem associated with the grill not being tight is water accumulation. If you leave this grill uncovered in the rain then the rain can easily get in and fill up the large ash pan. It is a mess. Some folks have solved this problem by drilling some holes in the ash catcher to let rain water drain out.
If you do buy this grill then make sure that you also get the cover 🙂
The last issue to be aware of on this grill is that, like Dyna Glo gas grills, it only comes with a one year warranty. One reason that people like buying stainless steel appliances is that they expect them to be higher quality products that last. Given that Weber offers a ten year warranty on their kettles it makes me wonder why Dyna Glo can’t do better on their warranty.
The Dyna Glo Dual Zone charcoal grill is a sharp looking barbecue that offers some nice features. As long as you are willing to keep this grill covered in the rain and accept that it will struggle at low temperatures then I think that this grill will make you happy.