Here’s another heavy-duty charcoal grill that’s built to last, the Dyna Glo Dual Zone Premium Charcoal Grill DGN576SNC-D. Made for grilling enthusiasts who like to cook for large gatherings. It’s extra-large, but it is of premium quality and looks impressive. This grill is similar, but a step up from the DGN576DNC-D, so there are some similarities and additional features.
Dyna Glo is one of the brands from the GHP Group Inc, a leading manufacturing company. Their range of grills are at the high end, so you know you’re only going to get good quality.
Although the DGN576SNC-D is suitable for any size of barbecue party, it is meant for larger ones and boy can it handle them! You also need quite a big storage area, so that needs bearing in mind as well.
Dyna Glo Dual Zone Premium Features
- 2 charcoal basket adjustment tray systems
- 4 porcelain enamelled cast iron cooking grates
- Stainless steel lid and smoke stack
- Large cooking area
- Stainless steel temperature gauge
- Heavy duty wheels
- Bottle opener
Two Cooking Areas
The good thing about this grill is that the charcoal basket has two adjustable trays. This makes it one of the better extra-large charcoal grills. It’s almost as if there are two cooking areas. The trays are removable so they can be easily cleaned.
A removable steel firebox divider allows you to separate the firebox into two parts. This gives you two cooking areas where the heat can be adjusted separately. There are two cranks, one for each side, so both trays can be independently raised or lowered to reach different temperatures.
Having the ability to have two areas of differing heat makes grilling much more flexible. For example, meat that’s almost cooked could be moved the side with the lower temperature to finish off and keep hot, while the next batch can be added to the hotter side.
With this type of “production line” of cooked meat, you’ll make sure all of your guests are regularly supplied with food rather than having to wait for the next batch to be ready. Another use for the partition is if you’re only grilling for a smaller number of people, you don’t have to use charcoal across the whole of the grill area.
Access to the firebox is protected by two cast iron and steel doors. That’s one for each side if you’re cooking at different temperatures and they will provide safety and keep the heat inside. Each side of the firebox has an adjustable air vent to give even more control of the heat.
Quality Cooking Grates
The cooking grates are split into four, making them easier to handle and clean. They’re made from cast iron which is a good metal for retaining heat and that’s important for charcoal grilling.
These cast iron grates are coated with high gloss porcelain enamel and that’s good for transferring maximum heat to the meat being cooked. The porcelain enamel surface is good for cleaning up too. There’s also a warming rack built into the lid, it gets into position when the lid is lifted.
You shouldn’t go short of cooking space with the Dual Zone DGN576SNC-D Premium, because like the DGN576DNC-D it also has an extra-large 816 square inches of cooking space. This is big enough to handle up to 30 hamburgers at a time.
The lid is stainless steel, giving good protection from the elements and an attractive look. It has a double wall galvanized steel liner which helps to keep the heat in and prevent it being hot to touch. The smoke stack is also made from stainless steel, it has an adjustable flue cap and side vents to control the amount of smoke inside and the temperature.
It’s important to have good heat control when grilling, the Dyna Glo Dual Zone Premium certainly has that with a dual firebox, two adjustable charcoal trays and the adjustable smoke stack. The temperature gauge lets you keep a check on the heat to make sure it’s just right. It’s also made with stainless steel so looks good and is durable.
With this being such a large charcoal grill, it needs to be easy to move around. There are 8” resin wheels on two of the legs, while the other two have 3” locking casters. This gives both good manoeuvrability and stability.
Other features to be aware of include useful side shelves, a storage basket at the bottom of the unit and a handy fixed bottle opener. Underneath the charcoal trays there’s a large capacity pan which collects the ash and grease, making it easy to get rid of.
Dimensions and Specifications
- Size: 60.2 x 50.5 x 28.2 inches
- Weight: 112 pounds
- Color: Stainless Steel
- Grill grate material: Porcelain enamel coated cast iron
- Cooking Area: 816 square inches
- Very well made – strong and sturdy
- Dual charcoal chamber system
- Two tray control crank systems
- Cast iron grates are porcelain enamelled
- Large cooking area
- Stainless steel lid with double lined walls for better grilling
- Adjustable flue
- Good portability
- Can be tricky controlling the temperature
- Full assembly required
This is, without a doubt, a premium charcoal grill. It looks very stylish, and its stylishness has also been used to add to its durability. Using stainless steel looks great, but it also makes the grill resilient, as does the use of cast iron and porcelain enamelled coating.
The Dual Zone DGN576SNC-D is the next step up from the DGN576DNC-D with its stainless steel finish and it’s extremely useful dual charcoal chamber system. Having this option probably justifies the additional cost in itself. These two features are the main differences between the two models.
Having the ability to effectively transform the huge 816 square inches of cooking area into two separately heated areas is ingenious. When you’re catering for a large amount of people and everyone wants their food NOW, it’s good to have the flexibility of different temperatures on the grilling area. There’s also the warming rack that’s built into the lid.
Some customers who have bought this grill have said that temperature control is difficult. A lot has been put into place to make it easier, such as the dual charcoal chamber with separate cranks, air vents on each side of the chamber, adjustable smoke stack and temperature gauge, but you have to remember, this is a raw fire that’s burning!
Because the unit is so large, it does mean that it needs to be fully assembled when you first get it. Some people don’t enjoy doing this, but it isn’t very difficult and there are full and easy to follow instructions in the user manual. The manufacturer estimates an assembly time of about 50 minutes.
The bottom line is that you probably can’t go wrong with the Dyna Glo Dual Zone Premium DGN576SNC-D if you’re looking one of the best large charcoal grills available. Cooking 30 hamburgers all at once is no mean feat, but this beast can handle it alright!
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