Dyna-Glo DGD381BNC-D Compact Charcoal Grill Review

At first glance of the Dyna-Glo DGD381BNC-D compact charcoal grill, you will be amazed by its looks. This is one of the best value charcoal grills on the market.

This product is a stunner in looks and has all the primary features along with the storage space where you can keep all the essential tools.

This product has surprised the buyers with its tendency to grill and smoke food. Let’s take a comprehensive view of the product.

Features and Specifications

Cooking Area

There is a total of 545 square inches cooking area in this product that is divided into a primary cooking area and secondary cooking area.

So, the main cooking area is 381 square inches which are directly exposed to the heat and where the temperature is at its most. You also get a secondary cooking area of 165 square inches where you can keep the grilled vegetables and food items for heating purpose.

This product has been manufactured thoughtfully to ensure that you get the most out of the product.


This model has been curiously constructed with stainless-steel material. You will find all the parts of this product made of stainless steel other than the grates that are made of cast iron.

Please note that cast iron grates bring a lot of strength of the table. They don’t just make the product robust but also give effortless grilling of the meals.

Thankfully, the stainless-steel is non-reactive to rusting and corrosion. You don’t have to worry about maintaining the grill. It does all it needs to do itself.

Ash Pan

Just like the Char-Broil American Gourmet 30-Inch Charcoal Grill, this one is also given a removable ashpan that collect the charcoal residue. It is enclosed with a door so that the ash does not run out of the pan if there is wind blowing outside.

Plus, there is an opening in the front to add the fuel without disturbing the grilling process. The capacity of the ashpan is large so you can enjoy seamless cooking without making repeated attempts to refill the fuel.

Storage Space

There are other products like Broil King 911470 Keg 5000 Charcoal Barbecue Grill that have storage space but this one has a huge storage space on the bottom of the moving cart where you can keep utensils and other things.

Also, there is a storage tray on one side of the grill to keep the sausages. All in all, there is a lot of space on the grill and the cart to keep your stuff.


The thermometer is a common feature that you can find in various charcoal grills these days. One of the leading models like Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill has an amazing thermometer.

Well, the thermometer of this product is also quite responsive. You get full control over the temperature inside the grill. You can regulate the temperature according to the demand of the food items.

The Good

Temperature Control

While you get the temperature control in many grills but this one has delivered the most accurate thermometer. You can adjust the temperature of the grill according to the need of the food inside it.


The manufacturers have been quite generous in providing large storage space in this product. You get storage rack on the moving cart of the grill. This is the place where you can store all the utensils and other things.

There is a side shelf where you can keep the prepared food or the sauces. The storage space is definitely a selling point of this model.

Easy To Move

The weight of the grill is decent and thankfully using the moving cart with two wheels and two legs with the foot covers on the end help in providing much stability to the grill.

You will find this product easy to move around in the garden or anywhere in the house. Although, you cannot pack it up and take along to places.


The Bad


I won’t deny the fact that stainless-steel is good to keep rusting and corrosion away. However, it is not a highly appreciable material for a product like a charcoal grill. The sturdiness is compromised.

Lack of Portability

So, the weight of this model is a bit on the higher side. This means that you cannot transport it from one place to another.

Who Is It For?

This model is for people with larger families. I mean, check out its capacity. If you have a small family, would you buy this product? My guess is that you will not. It is a suitably priced product and will be able to serve large families.


The Dyna-Glo DGD381BNC-D Compact Charcoal Grill can be considered by the budget buyers. This product is highly productive and appreciable. The quality is decent and you will not have to make extra efforts in the maintenance of the grill.