GMG Daniel Boone Pellet Grill Review

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2023

Lookout, it’s the Daniel Boone Pellet Grill Review—GMG’s most affordable “Choice” pellet smoker.


The Daniel Boone with WiFi is a well-rounded pellet grill packing more features than your standard grill at this price point. Green Mountain Grills’s 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 significantly and enjoy the flexibility WiFi gives, the Daniel Boone with WiFi is a good choice.

Where to buy

Green Mountain Grills
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  • Price is on the lower end of the market when a sale or discount is applied.
  • Comes packed with WiFi control that’s easy to use and reliable.
  • Automatic shut-off and ash blowout.
  • Hopper holds 17 lbs of pellets & has a hopper clean-out system
  • Optional right-shelf


  • No front or bottom shelf
  • Only one inside rack by default
  • It still requires manual clean-out occasionally (but all pellet smokers do!)
  • The GMG app is basic and struggles to connect to the “cloud.”
  • Exterior is prone to rust when exposed to the elements (rain & sun). The exterior paint finish is not the best o

Price & Value

  • 90% 90%
At around $599, the Daniel Boone Wifi Pellet Grill is a competitive option in the pellet grill market. GMG and your local dealers will even run specials at times, which can lower the price even more. As the market gets a bit more competitive, you can find other “non-brand” grills that are lower in price but a bit richer in features. I had my Green Mountain Grill Daniel Boone Pellet Grill for years and it served me well.

Considering the features and elements we’ll discuss below, I give the Daniel Boone GMG a 90% rating on price and value.

Build Quality

  • Material 80% 80%
  • Durability 85% 85%

Construction & Material

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.

The Daniel Boone Green Mountain Grill is not “overbuilt” but it’s not super cheap construction either.

In terms of construction and material, the weakest part of the grill is the outside finish when exposed to water and sun. It is NOT recommended to expose the grill to these elements for long periods of time as the grill will have areas of surface rust. GMG does typically offer paint for these types of issues but it’s never the same.

Green Mountain Grill Daniel Boone Rust

Instead, protect your investment with a $50 grill cover—you’ll thank me later.


You can purchase from Green Mountain Grills knowing that their customer service team would help correct any legitimate issue, even if it was beyond the 3-year limited warranty. They’ve been known to back their products.

If you take care of your grill and keep it out of rain & sun, this grill will last you years. In terms of internal parts, all signs point to a long-lasting product with a good brand backing it up if anything happened to go sideways.


  • Size & Shape 85% 85%
  • Exterior 70% 70%
  • Interior 85% 85%
  • Portability 40% 40%

Size & Shape

The Daniel Boone Pellet Grill has 458 sq in. of cooking space and is 51”H x 56”W x 24”D. The size of the grill is large enough for briskets, whole chickens, whole turkeys, several racks of ribs, and more.


The Daniel Boone Pellet Grill has a nice, flat black exterior finish, giving it a nice aesthetic. As has already been mentioned, however, the exterior paint has questionable durability.


Overall, the parts on the inside of the grill are of high quality and long-lasting. The design of the inside of the grill makes cleaning it fairly simple, with just a handful of parts to take out.

By default, the Daniel Boone does NOT have a 2nd shelf, which other grills offer, even in this price range and size.

Daniel Boone Pellet Grill Interior


Coming in at 155 lbs., the GMG Daniel Boone grill is not designed to be a portable grill. You’ll likely keep this grill on your patio and rarely move. Could you load this on the back of your truck or trailer, yes, but it’s not recommended. Again, while the build quality is good, I wouldn’t want to port it around much in fear the wear and tear would be a bit much on the frame or interior moving parts.

If you’re looking for a portable pellet grill/smoker, try taking a look at the Traeger Ranger or Camp Chef Portable Smoker.


  • Setup 98% 98%
  • GMG App & WiFi 70% 70%
  • Cleaning 50% 50%
  • Cooking/Smoking 90% 90%
Using the Daniel Boone Pellet Grill daily and/or on weekends was a pleasure. Even when I had extended time in between cooks, I was always happy to see that the grill cranks up just as it did the first time I turned it on. Most importantly, the Daniel Boone Pellet Grill does a fantastic job smoking meat. At this point, I’ve done countless pork butts, a couple of briskets, numerous hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken breasts, and even some veggies.

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, straightforward, and enjoyable.

The grill Grilling Co. purchased was already assembled, but assembly doesn’t seem very hard. In terms of getting started for your first cook, the burn-off process was a breeze.

Daniel Boone Grill Functionality

WiFi & GMG Amp

The Daniel Boone WiFi opens up a new world in the grilling/smoking arena. You can control the grill temperature, monitor the internal temperature of your meat with the provided meat probe, set up cooking programs, and set timers. The GMG app is basic with no frills but pretty reliable in and of itself.

Connecting to WiFi is easy, but connecting to the “cloud” is not and is very unreliable. When you’re connected to the grill via WiFi, your phone or device is disconnected from the internet. So, while you can control your grill wirelessly, you’re limited to controlling it within proximity of its WiFi signal unless you switch it to the cloud. Again, I never found switching to the cloud easy and always had failed attempts. This is why I give the GMG app and WiFi a 70% score.

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. I can’t tell you how handy this feature is. Keep in mind that the alarm or the app will not tell you how much left you have, just that you’re running low.

I will say that the alarm it makes is super annoying, but isn’t that the point?!

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.


  • Temperature Control 98% 98%
  • Efficiency 60% 60%
  • Taste/Flavor 75% 75%
  • Fuel Source 100% 100%

Temperature Control

Daniel Boone Pellet Grill Display and WiFiThe Daniel Boone Pellet Grill is a pellet grill, which means it uses wood pellets for its heat source combined with a fan to manage the interior temperature of the grill itself. Everything on this grill is digital. You turn it on, click the “up arrow,” and the ignition process starts. The grill will then automatically heat up to 150 degrees, where you can then adjust the grill to whatever temperature you desire, up to 500 degrees.

During cooks, the Daniel Boone saw regular temperature swings of around 5-10 degrees, but I’ve found it to be relatively steady. Granted, Grilling Co. is located in Arizona, where temperatures are a bit more stable or hot by default vs. super cold. However, I have used the GMG Daniel Boone grill on some cold Arizona nights, and it maintained the temperature nearly perfectly.

Opening the lid does change the temperature quickly, and it takes a bit of time for the grill to stabilize again. The grill uses 14 gauge steel (13 gauge on the lid), so it’s not the thickest material on the market, and you’ll notice that in the temperature control when compared side by side. Regardless, this grill can smoke some incredible meat, and I’ve rarely had temperature control issues.

It’s worth noting that, like most grills, the GMG Daniel Boone pellet grill has areas that get hotter and thus cook faster than other parts of the grill. Since this grill has a chimney on the right side, the heat is naturally hotter on that side, which took some getting used to.


This is where the GMG Daniel Boone pellet grill doesn’t shine the brightest. After using a more expensive pellet grill, I can tell you with 100% certainty that this grill uses double the pellets that my much more expensive grill does. This is primarily due to the fact that you have 14-gauge steel (only) and no other insulation to keep that heat production in the barrel of the grill.

On a typical pork shoulder at 225 degrees, I’d burn through at least one bag of pellets, maybe two.


The GMG Daniel Boone does a great job at smoking BBQ, giving your meat the smokey flavor you’re after. I’d say the impact on taste and flavor has more to do with meat preparation, the smoking process, and the meat itself than it does the shortcomings I could call out on this pellet grill. If set side-by-side with a more expensive pellet grill, I’ve been able to tell a difference in the smoke flavor, but the difference is probably not noticed by most.

As you can see in the pictures, the Daniel Boone produces a LOT of smoke. However, it leaves me wanting more of that smoke to stay inside the grill vs. pouring out the chimney, the sides of the lid, and the grease catch.

Fuel Source

The Daniel Boone grill is a pellet smoker that uses a heating rod combined with wood pellets as its fuel source. I’ve used all types of pellets in this review and found that the GMG Daniel Boone had no issues with any of them. Here are a few that I tried and loved: Traeger Hickory and Apple, GMG Fruitwood, and Pit Boss (various flavors).


Below are some of the common specifications of the :

24 in
56 in
51 in

No Additional Items Included
Accessories Included
Front/Side Shelf
Porcelain Coated Steel
Grill Grate/Surface Material
Grill Wheels
The Pellet hopper holds 17 lb, Thermal Senor, The GMG digital controller has a temperature range of 150-500° F in 5° increments, Auger System to feed pellets consistently
Grill/Smoker Features
17 lb
Hopper Capacity (lb.)
Includes Grill Cover
Wood Pellet Grill
Product Type
458 sq in
Primary Cooking Space (sq. in.)
Remote Access
Remote Access
Smart Home Protocol
Works With
Assembly Required
Fits No. of Burgers
Grill Material
Grill/Smoker Category
Grill/Smoker Fuel Type
Ignition Type
Number of Side Burners
Power Options
155 lb
Product Weight
No Hub Required
Requires Hub?
Not Smart Home Enabled
Smart Home
No Voice Control
Voice Control Hub Required
Side Shelf
14 Gauge Steel
Body Material
13 Gauge Steel
Lid Material
240W start/60W cont.
Auger Motor RPM
0.45A; 4100 RPM
Fan Motor RPM
110V; 240W
.625 in.
Igniter (Hot Rod) Diameter
13.5" clearance
Height of Cooking Surface to Lid
Powder Coat
Push-button PID
Controller Type

Limited 3 Year Warranty
Limited 3 Year Warranty
Overall Grill Warranty
Grate Warranty


Below are some common questions customers have for the . If you have any more questions, feel free to ask us in the comments below.
Can you use any brand pellets in a Green Mountain Grill?
Yes, you can use any brand of pellets. Know that Green Mountain Grills official stance is that the grill is tested with GMG pellets and they can’t guarantee that the grill will function with any brand of pellets.
What's the warranty on the GMG Daniel Boone grill?
The Daniel Boone Pellet Grill has a limited three (3) year warranty. If you would like more information, you can view their warranty page.
Who makes Daniel Boone grill?
Green Mountain Grills makes the Danel Boone Pellet Grill and several others.
Are Traeger and Green Mountain Grills the same?
While they are both pellet grills that smoke meat with generally the same functionality, they are not the same in every way.
Are Green Mountain Grills made in China?
Green Mountain Grills is headquartered in Reno, Nevada but all Green Mountain grills are manufactured and assembled in China.
Can you sear a steak on a Green Mountain grill?
Grill GratesYes, you can. Crank the temperature up to 500 degrees, and you’ll get a decent sear on your steaks. If you want the perfect sear, buy yourself some premium Grill Grates for just $69.

Who should buy the ?

I recommend the Daniel Boone Pellet grill for anyone looking for the following features in a pellet grill/smoker:
  • Entry-Level Pellet Grill: the GMG Daniel Boone grill is what I would consider an entry-level grill to pellet grill smoking. It is on the top end of the budget-friendly options.
  • Wi-Fi and App Control: while Daniel Boone’s cloud service (allowing you to leave the home and control your grill) is not reliable, the at-home Wi-Fi control is. The GMG app is basic but works!
  • Reliable and Easy to Use: Overall, the Daniel Boone pellet grill is easy to use, starts every time, and runs without much effort for every cook. You can feel confident that when you are starting a 10+ hour cook that the Daniel Boone will perform well for you.

Where to buy

Green Mountain Grills
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About the Author

David is the owner and chief editor of Grilling Co. He loves his family, Jesus Christ, and enjoys entrepreneurship, digital marketing (SEO, PPC, Design, etc.), grilling, and providing you with honest grilling-related reviews.
David Strader

Owner & Editor, Grilling Co.


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