GMG Daniel Boone Wifi
Pellet Grill Review
by David Strader | updated December 12, 2018
Comes packed with WiFi that’s easy to use and reliable
Automatic shut-off and ash blow out
GMG mobile app (full control of your grill)
Hopper holds 17 lbs of pellets & has a hopper clean-out system
Optional right shelf
No front or bottom shelf
Only 1 inside rack by default
Still requires manuel clean-out from time to time (but all pellet smokers do!)
Overall, the Daniel Boone with WiFi is a well-round pellet grill packing more features than your standard grill at this price point. Green Mountain Grills customer service has been truly amazing which goes a long way when making a large purchase on a grill with a lot of moving parts and technology. If you value a larger hopper, more shelf space, and perhaps a higher quality frame over price and WiFi capabilities, there’s likely a better fitting pellet smoker for you. However, if you’d like to step-up your grilling game signfigantly and enjoy the flexibility WiFi gives, the Daniel Boone with WiFi is truly a great choice.
- Price Score 95% 95%
At around $700, the Daniel Boone Wifi Pellet Grill is a very competitive option. GMG and your local dealers will even run specials at times which can lower the price even closer to the $550-$630 range.
Considering the features and elements we’ll discuss below, I give the Daniel Boone GMG an 95 out of 100 rating on price.
- Usability Score 90% 90%
Using the Daniel Boone Pellet Grill on a daily and/or weekend basis has proved to be an absolute pleasure. Even when I’ve had extended time in between cooks, I’m always happy to see that the grill cranks up just as it did the first time I turned it on. Most importantly, the pellet grill cooks does a fantastic job smoking meat. So far, I’ve done several pork butts, a brisket, hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken but will be trying veggies here very soon.
Easy to get started & operate
Getting the grill ready for your first smoke is a piece of cake. Green Mountain Grills, of course, provides a very professional and detailed manual explaining how to get started but they went the extra mile to provide a handy quick-start guide so you can get to smoking your first rack of ribs sooner rather than later. Operating the grill on a regular basis is easy and enjoyable.
WiFi & GMG Amp
The Daniel Boone WiFi really opens up a whole new world in the grilling/smoking arena and I’ve been impressed with how reliable this fester is. You can control the grill temperature, monitor the internal temperature of your meat, set up cooking programs and set timers.
Connecting to WiFi is a breeze. You can connect over your local network then switch to the GMG cloud servers to take control on the go. I wouldn’t own a grill without this feature!
Low Pellet Warning
When your hopper is running low on pellets, not only do you hear an alarm on your pellet grill but if you’re connected to the app, you’ll also get notifications that you’re running low as well. Handy feature!
Shelves & Racks
With the GMG Daniel Boone, you do get an optional shelf to the right side of the grill and I’ve found myself using the top of the hopper as another small shelf. This grill does not have a bottom shelf nor does it have a front shelf which is one of the largest usability cons in my opinion.
While there are some usability options I’d like to see added, the Daniel Boone Pellet Grill gets a 90 out of 100 usability rating.
- Quality Score 75% 75%
The Daniel Boone pellet grill functions perfectly and is built well overall. A big majority of the grill (everything except for the lid) is built using 14-gauge steel—the lid uses 13-gauge steel—which is why it comes in at 155 LBS. The steel construction and weight really make the pellet grill feel like it was built well to last but the stand itself feels weaker than other pellet grills on the market. The 4-wheel construction could also be improved as it’s harder to move on anything less than a flat/concrete surface, but I’ve honestly not had to move it since buying it.
I’ve personally owned the GMG Daniel Boone for over a year with little to no problems. Even if I did have an issue, I feel confident the GMG customer service team would help correct any legitimate issue, even if it was beyond the 3-year limited warranty.
This was a tough one but I’m going to give the Daniel Boone WiFi a 75 out of 100 on overall quality.
- Design Score 80% 80%
Of course, this is a highly ‘personal preference’ attribute in our Grill Newb Rating Matrix but one I’m passionate about. That being said, while I think other pellet grills on the market have a sleeker design overall, I really dig the design and black finish on the Daniel Boone GMG. It’s a grill you’ll be proud of aesthetically in every way.
The key design feature on this pellet grill that you’re bound to love is the height of the lid itself. Green Mountain Grills designed the Daniel Boone pellet grill with a 13.5-inch height clearance inside to handle taller recipes like Smoked Beer Can Chicken. Sure, some other pellet grills can accommodate recipes like this as well but it’s often very tight.
All things considered, the Daniel Boone Wi-Fi pellet grill gets a 80 out of 100 aesthetic and design rating.
|Hopper Capacity||17 LBS|
|Grilling Space||458 sq in.|
|Number of Racks||1|
|Meat Probe Included||Yes|
|Sear Box Included||No|
|Hopper Clean-out System||Yes|
|Ash Cleanout System||No|
|Bottom Shelf Included||No|
|Side Shelf Included||Yes|
|Front Shelf Included||No|
|Warranty||Limited 3 Year Warranty|
|Grease Tray Material||12 Gauge Steel|
|Boby Material||14 Gauge Steel|
|Lid Material||13 Gauge Steel|
|SS Lid Material||14 Gauge Steel|
|Wattage||240W start/60W cont.|
|Dimensions||51"H x 56"W x 24"D|
|Auger Motor RPM||4.7-5.2|
|Fan Motor RPM||0.45A; 4100 RPM|
|Igniter (Hot Rod) Diameter||.625 in.|
|Height of Cooking Surface to Lid||13.5" clearance|
|Wheel Material||Hard Rubber|
|Cooking Grate Material||Porcelain Coated Steel|
|Controller Type||Push-button PID|