If you’re in the market for a mid-size pellet grill that nails all the basics and don’t want to spend extra for WiFi the Camp Chef DLX 24 is an excellent choice.
For quite a bit less money than a Trager Pro 575, you get a few features the Traeger doesn’t offer, like adjustable smoke levels and ash cleanout. With the option to add a sidekick grill or griddle you’ll have a super versatile grill.
I’ve been testing out the DLX 24 over the last few months to see how well it performs.
Camp Chef sent me this grill for free in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Camp Chef DLX 24 overview & first impressions
And as like the Woodwind, it comes standard with: a pellet change-out chute, a pellet ash pot cleanout system, and options to be able to add the Sidekick system for a grilling or griddle station.
Camp Chef DLX 24 specifications:
|Cooking Area||570 sq in (429 sq in lower rack + 141 sq in upper rack)|
|Pellet Hopper Capacity||18 lbs|
|Temp Range||160º F – 500ºF|
|Temp Probes||Two meat probes|
|Controler||Gen 2 PID controller with digital display|
|Exterior Material||Painted Steel|
|Price||Check Latest Price|
Although this grill doesn’t come with WiFi connectivity or a direct flame searing method, it still offers a great grilling and smoking experience.
What I like:
- Temperature accuracy and consistency – Few grills currently on the market have proven to show this level of consistency and accuracy (see our testing section below for the exact numbers)
- Ash cleanout – the Camp Chef cleanout system is one of the simplest and most effective features for regular cleaning out the firepot in your grill.
- Startup bypass option – In the event you ever have an electrical malfunction (electricity goes out momentarily, accidentally unplug grill, overload a house breaker circuit), this feature allows you to fire up the grill and bypass the startup mode, and get right back to where you were. If the fire is still burning when the grill is started back up, just bypass startup mode, and get back to it!
- Smoke control adjustability – There aren’t many grills that give you this much control of the level of smoke you can get from your grill/smoker. The DLX24 allows you to set the smoke level at any “low and slow” temperature AND gives you a Low Smoke and High Smoke setting automatically built in too. You want more smoke? You got it! You want less? You got it! You don’t like smoke? You’re reading the wrong article. Check out our flat top griddle reviews.
- Available add-on options – Camp Chef offers a great line of add-on accessories for almost all of their grills. Add ons include: bolt-on front shelf for food prep/cooking assistance, Sidekick add on system, protective covers, grill blankets, and jerky racks.
What I don’t like:
- Searing – Without a direct flame searing method, this grill only gets up to around 500~540°F. It just doesn’t do an amazing job searing. And the grates are small in diameter, so they don’t hold much heat. If searing is high on your priority list, this grill won’t impress you, at least, not without the Sidekick.
Unboxing and setup
I just could not have been happier with what I found when I opened the box. No scratches, dents, chips, scrapes, NOTHING! FLAWLESS. After unboxing many grills and smokers now, this was a refreshing surprise.
I have come to expect EVERY grill or smoker to have at least a couple of parts that have some blemishes, and after I saw the condition the box was in I wasn’t holding my breath.
This grill was easy to assemble, taking me about 50 minutes by myself. There were no strange connections of parts or vague instructions that left me guessing.
It wouldn’t hurt to have 2 people during the stage where you have to raise the grill up onto its legs, but that is not required for this size grill. I was able to easily do that by myself.
Either way, make sure you have cardboard underneath the grill body so you don’t scratch it when you bring it upright.
Tools used were: a screwdriver, and a cordless drill (for installing screws, not drilling holes). Power tools are not needed, but are typically welcome.
The fit and finish quality of this grill was top notch
I could not see a single blemish anywhere.
I was neither impressed nor disappointed in the strength of the parts of this grill. Each part appeared to be adequate strength for its task, but not overly stout.
The grates are adequate for the job but are a bit thin and flimsy for my preference.
Using the Camp Chef DLX 24
I found the grill to be very simple to use. I really liked being able to adjust the smoke level to my preferences with the turn dial on the grill control panel.
If you’ve suffered from a lack of smoke flavor on a pellet grill in the past you’ll appreciate this option.
The hopper held more than enough pellets for a nice long smoke.
The burgers I grilled turned out excellent, having a great flavor and just the right temp. I was a bit disappointed in the max grill temp of the grill. It just didn’t get to the hot searing temp I prefer, especially for my steaks.
If you want to grill and sear at high temps you’ll definitely want to add the sidekick on. Check out my Woodwind review where I do an in-depth look at the sidekick.
The grill maneuvers around easily with integrated grill wheels and hopper handle.
On the Low Smoke and High Smoke setting, the grill provides a light steady puff of smoke.
Cleaning the inside of the grill is straightforward. I clean the ashpot after every cook using the cleanout system that Camp Chef created. It looks kinda like a coffee cup just below the firepot. You pull the handle on the side of the grill, which is connected to a trap door under the firepot.
The ashes drop down into the “coffee can”. You then just take the can off and dump the ashes.
The pellet feed feature makes it easy to prep the grill for use after the grill has been completely purged of pellets in the auger system.
This comes in handy if you ever run out of pellets mid-cook, or want to remove all pellets from your grill so they don’t swell or fall apart due to humid climates, or if you decide to change the pellet wood type from one to another.
I didn’t really come across any nuances with the grill. It is straightforward and easy to use. I used the meat probes several times and found their temperature accuracy to be on par with my other thermometers. I wish there was an alarm setting for the meat probes though.
Along with the DLX 24, I also reviewed the following accessories as well as Camp Chef pellets.
Sidekick cooking add-on system
The Sidekick system is a little pricey, but man is it powerful! With 30,000 BTUs and multiple accessories to use (griddle, grill box, pizza oven) this propane-powered add-on cooking system is an excellent complement to the grill.
I used it to boil a large stockpot of crab legs with ease. I also utilized the included griddle to make some bacon eggs. The cast iron griddle is very heavy duty.
DLX 24 protective cover
The Camp Chef cover is made of very tough material. It fits tight to the grill when used with the Sidekick, but it covers the whole grill well. A cover is a must if your grill will be used in a covered area. I wouldn’t hesitate in getting this grill cover. I expect it to last quite some time.
Camp Chef pellets
I am happy to say that these are STILL among my favorite pellets to use. They are about the average price for most pellets, neither being the highest priced nor the cheapest. But the flavor is definitely there. They burn clean. The flavor is pronounced and distinctive. And they offer a nice variety of flavors.
How good is the temp accuracy & consistency?
The numbers I recorded with my Thermoworks Signals setup was quite remarkable.
This grill is super consistent on temperature AND well balanced from grill section to section. This is, possibly, the best I have seen from a pellet grill.
Temperature accuracy test:
|Grill Setting||Left Section||Middle section||Right Section|
|225°F @ Smoke Level 1||209°F||213°F||213°F|
|225°F @ Smoke Level 10||206°F||208°F||211°F|
Temperature fluctuation test:
(how much the temperature changed from average during testing)
|225°F @ Smoke Level 1||6.5°F|
|225°F @ Smoke Level 10||16°F|
|Average consumption rate at 225°F||~ ¾ lb per hour|
|Average consumption rate at 500°F||~ 1¾ – 2 lbs per hour|
Alternatives to consider
The DLX is priced very competitively within this field of contenders. You might find one of the other competitors to have more features, but you WON’T find one that has better accuracy and consistency.
Aside from that, the only other REAL question to answer is: should you get the DLX or the Woodwind?
Personally, I love options and versatility. I also love wireless freedom. Being able to control my grill/smoker from my phone and get alerts that my food has reached desired temperature cuts the tether cord to the grill and allows me to spend time doing other things and/or hanging out with friends/family.
So for me, the money to upgrade to the Woodwind is worth it.
The Woodwind does also have the direct flame cooking capability, but that one feature alone would not be worth the extra money since you do have the option to add the sidekick.
But the addition of the WiFi capabilities makes it worthwhile for me. And it’s an extra cost that you only spend one time for the longevity of your grill.
If you’re a serious griller and you’re planning the long term, get the Woodwind grill WITH the Sidekick, a FRONT Shelf add-on, and a cover. You’ll be glad you did.
Should you buy Camp Chef DLX 24 pellet grill?
If you are looking for a strong performing grill/smoker and can live without high searing capability and WiFi connectivity, this grill should be at the top of your list of consideration.
The searing ability can be remedied with the addition of the Sidekick, but of course, will cost you additional money.
If you like this grill, but can’t live without WiFi, I recommend you take a look at Camp Chef’s top tier grill, the Woodwind series. It was one of my favorite grills to test and use.