The Dyna-Glo vertical smoker was a simple one-person assembly job and the food capacity of this smoker is amazing! It has six removable grates and you obviously do not have to smoke with all six inside at the same time. This vertical smoker can be configured depending upon the quantity of food that is being smoked. It has a small hole in the bottom with included drip pan but I prefer to place an aluminum pan in the bottom with water in it, to double as a water pan and drip pan. The temperature is easy to regulate. Air flow can be adjusted using the vent on the side of the charcoal box, as well as the little chimney on the top of the smoker. Regulating temperature can also be controlled by the amount of charcoal in the side charcoal/wood box. Maintaining the optimal low-and-slow temperature for smoking is easy to master and keeping it going all day is simply a matter of adding more charcoal on top of the already hot charcoal as needed. As far as wood is concerned, you can use a variety of flavors. Be sure to soak the wood chunks for a half hour or so first, before placing them on top of the hot coals. This enables the wood chunks to smoke slowly, vs. burning up quickly. It’s the wood smoke that gives smoked BBQ that smokey flavor. There are several advantages to using a vertical smoker like this, vs. a barrel-style smoker. Should the charcoal and/or wood unexpectedly flare up, the coals and wood are off to the side and not directly below the food being smoked. If the smoker is opened while smoking to spray the food with apple juice, etc. it’s also able to regain temperature more quickly, after the door is closed. I love how this smoker included a built-in thermometer with an easy-to-read dial with a different color for the optimal smoking temperature range. This smoker does not have wheels, which I feel is a plus! I don’t move my smoker around but if I did, it has a handle on each side and I can move it myself. However, moving it should be a very simple task for two people. I have no complaints so far and love how the charcoal box door and smoker door close tightly while in use. It maintains optimal temperature very well without having to add costly modifications to it.


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