Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill Review
Propane grills are often prized for the ease and convenience. The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D gas grill addresses this demand by offering a versatile propane grill with three burners. It has been specifically designed to be compact when needed for people with small outdoor grilling spaces, yet it has a large enough cooking area to accommodate a significant number of diners.
The powder-coated steel, side tables can fold down to accommodate a limited space or simply for easy storage. Once set in place they are rated to be able to support up to 25 pounds, which should hold most preparation and serving platters. They also include tool hooks and towel bars to keep everything you need close at hand.
Its three-burner elements are aligned front to back and each has the ability to be controlled separately. This is designed to provide you with the ability to hybrid grill with indirect heat before searing over an open flame. It also allows you to adjust direct heat temperatures when cooking foods that need different temperatures.
The burners are rated to provide 36,000 BTU’s. The elements have been coated in porcelain-enamel to help protect them against long-term corrosion as well as improve ease of cleaning.
The cast iron grates have been glazed with porcelain to provide 507 square inches of cooking space. This helps with heat retention and searing as well as reducing your chances of having to deal with stuck-on material during clean up.
Dyna-Glo also offers a custom grill cover that is specifically designed to fit the DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill. However, it is sold separately and does not come with the grill. Yet some retailer may provide the grill cover as a bonus perk. So, it’s worth looking into when shopping around for the grill.
Construction & Ease of Assembly
Dyna-Glo used steel, powder coating, and porcelain glazes to help augment the quality of the DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill. While many components have been addressed, there are still some exposed areas near the supports that may become prone to long-term rusting issues. This could also be an issue if the protective coating on a burner become chipped or scratched. The tents that help protect the burner elements can also be prone to long-term corrosion issues.
With some basic tools and mechanical skills, the DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill is relatively easy to assemble. However, it’s compact design might challenge your fine dexterity when working in some of the tight spaces.
Each of the grills three propane burners is rated to produce 12,000 BTU’s for a total maximum capacity of 36,000 BTU’s. This should be sufficient heat for a high-quality sear. They are laid out from front to back with independent control knobs for each. This allows you to cook with different zones at different temperatures.
You can also adjust them for hybrid grilling where you could cook a rack of short ribs with indirect heat. Then glaze them with barbecue sauce and move it over direct heat for final caramelization.
One thing to note is that the DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill is designed to run on liquid propane or natural gas. If you have natural gas hookups at your house and you purchase the propane version of the grill there is no conversion kit available.
The DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill offers 507 square inches of cooking space. This is divided between a 390 square inch primary grill and a 117 square inch warming rack that is integrated with the lid. The size and position of the warming rack can also help cooking foods that don’t require an immediate direct heat sear.
The porcelain glaze on the cast iron grill grates also helps with heat retention and ease of cleanup. They are also removable which can help if you need to soak them to remove any stubbornly stuck-on material.
Ease to Clean
The porcelain glaze on the burner elements and grill grates helps provide a semi-nonstick surface to help remove any drippings or burned on material. The burners also have small tent structures to further prevent direct contact between drippings and the elements.
The DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill has a slightly sloped pan under the burner to help direct drippings toward the drip pan. This helps speed cleanup and reduces the amount of burned on material developing in what could be considered a hard to reach place.
The drip tray needs to be emptied after every use and any stuck-on material needs to be gently wiped away with a lightly wet sponge. If you are having trouble cleaning the tray under the burner elements, you might want to use a narrow pair of tongs to firmly grasp the sponge or a folded paper towel.
The Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill comes with a 1-year overall grill warranty, with an addition 1-year warranty on the grill grates. Some sellers and retailers also offer an additional limited warranty for a small, yet reasonable fee.
If you have a limited amount of outdoor grilling space and you appreciate the ease and convenience of propane grilling, the Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill can be a good option. It’s folding side tables and optional custom cover can help keep it tucked neatly away when not in use.
The 507 square inch cast iron grill grates provide you with enough space to grill for a family of four. However, if you plan to grill larger pieces of meat or you frequently need to accommodate a large number of diners, you might find it a little too small.
Beware the potential for rust in the burner tent-deflectors and the lid supports. Taking small steps such as lightly coating them with a neutral oil like peanut oil might help as improvised rust proofing.
- Compact size for cooking areas with limited space
- Independently controlled propane burners
- Cast iron grill grates with porcelain nonstick glaze
- Easy to hybrid grill
- Might be too small for many diners
- Some components may be prone to rusting
- No natural gas or propane conversion kit available