The Dancook 7100 is a simple, affordable box barbecue. It benefits from solid build quality and offers a decent cooking area. It feels like a big step up from disposable barbecues and flimsy budget models.
Cooking is slow and steady; we were impressed with the results. Bangers were unburned, veggie kebabs were crisp on the outside and moist inside.
This box barbecue has a sturdy build. The body is made from stainless steel with an anthracite enamel coating with added Teflon for easy cleaning. The tray is aluminium-coated, for added heat resistance. The grille is made from 6mm chromium-plated steel that's built to last and distributes heat better than more flimsy grilles. It came to us pre-assembled, but clearly it won't be tricky to build yourself.
The grille is adjustable to four heights so you can control cooking speed. The clever design also lets you position the grille vertically across the back and then fill the space behind it with hot coals for a vertical barbecue. You can even add a battery-operated spit (optional extra) for a rotisserie: foodie heaven.
It's lightweight and easy to carry compared with large kettle barbecues. This particular model doesn't have wheels but larger models in the Dancook box barbecue range do.
Lighting is simple and then it takes a good while to warm up. Then the Dancook continues with its slow, surefooted approach. Cooking is surprisingly measured compared with the speedy, scorched results you'd get from a disposable barbecue.
Of course, it should be possible to pile it high with coals for hotter, faster cooking. Which is where the adjustable grille comes in – you can set it at one of four heights to control the level of heat hitting the food.
Capacity is smaller than some barbecues – it's little over half the cooking area of a big kettle barbecue – so while it will easily accommodate a family, if you have friends over then it may take some time. Oh, and there's no lid or temperature gauge.
We are huge fans of the simple design, however, and the barbecue is easy to move too. Even cleaning it was simple.
If you're after a simple, affordable barbecue then look no further. It's good quality, lightweight and it cooks well. It's a huge step up from disposable barbecues and flimsy budget models. However, if you have a little more to spend on a bigger charcoal option, consider the Char-Broil Kettleman.
An impressive box barbecue that performs better than disposables and other budget models.