Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill + Smoker - MB20040220
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Masterbuilt warrants all of its products to be free from defects in material and workmanship under proper assembly, normal use and recommended care for one (1) year from the date of original retail purchase.

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Slc Willie
Southfield, Michigan
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
Solid built. Not a cheap part that I could see.
I bought this about 3 months ago. The only suggestion I have is display should have been another color than blue. Terrible in sun light. Maybe green or red.
 

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J. P.
Walnut Creek, CA
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
LUV my Gravity Series 800!
After picking up the whole Package including the lump charcoal, cover and starters, I was excited to start cooking! This thing does not disappoint! I took it up to 700* to assure great grill marks and a nice char flavor, and it's awesome! Then, I popped the Flat Top on and made Steak Sandwiches which were over the top delicious! I'm so glad I made this purchase! Every meal is just what I expect, delicious and easy to cook on my Gravity Series 800! Thanks, Masterbuilt!
 

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Sherrie
Little Elm, TX
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
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Very disappointed
We purchased our Gravity 1050 about a year ago and we love everything about it EXCEPT, the gasket/seal on the smoker box is warped beyond belief! You would think that it would be of better quality as much as it cost. Wondering if anyone else had had the same issue? I'm sure we can replace it, it's just that this is disappointing when you haven't even had the grill very long and have used it only a handful of times.
 

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Tony V
Iowa
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
Best Grill Ever
Best grill I've ever purchased, holds temp fantastically. I've cooked pork butts, chicken quarters, potatoes, and burgers and all turned out great.
 

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Trey Dugal
Lafayette, LA
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
Great grill
I am cooking within 20 minutes of lighting. The taste of everything that comes off my grill is exquisite.
 

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Scott S.
Farmington, MN
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
Outstanding!
I have owned many grills and this gravity 800 series is one of best I have ever owned.
 

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James 11
Ca
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
Best BBQ I have ever owned
This grill is amazing, does everything it claimed and is top notch product built to last if you do break in process like it tells you
 

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Danbedwards
California
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
★★★★★
★★★★★
Great grill
Had it for six months and love it! Smokes and grills just as advertised
 

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Cape Cod Loco
Cape Cod
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
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Finishing 2nd season.. operates great!
I bought my 560 in may of 2020 for my seasonal summer place.. I use it 2-3 times a week from May - October.. she's holding up great and I absolutely love the food it produces.. I cook everything from 14hr briskets to high temp seared steaks! I upgraded to the newly designed charcoal grate this year and it has been great as it greatly reduces the amount of unburnt briquettes that fall to the ash pan.. I highly recommend these gravity feed grills!
  • Outdoor kitchen
 

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Bob's smoker
Carmichael, CA
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Masterbuilt - BV
 
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Bob's smoker
I have been BBQ for the last 30 years using a propane BBQ... With this unit, I feel I am really BBQing for the first time... Smoked some ribs for the first time, my wife loved them... Thank you for a great unit...
 

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Expert Review

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The Skinny:
  • Pairs the flavor of charcoal with the convenience of pellet grilling
  • Digital controls and wireless compatibility make operation effortless
  • Quick preheat time whether you’re smoking, searing, or anything in between
  • Removable ash bin and drip pan allow unusually easy cleanup for a charcoal grill
  • Reversible grill grates and adjustable overhead racks provide customized cooking

Masterbuilt Gravity smokers combine the best of both charcoal grills and pellet grills to give you a worry-free yet versatile cooking experience.

What if there was a charcoal grill that functioned like a pellet grill? It’s a bold thought, but Masterbuilt more than delivered on that concept with a grill that defies conventional wisdom. Indeed, Masterbuilt Gravity Series models burn charcoal but have many of the conveniences commonly found only on pellet grills: a self-feeding fuel hopper, an internal fan to maintain the fire, a digital control panel, and even Wi-Fi/Bluetooth capabilities. The result is a grill that’s unmatched in ease of use among charcoal cookers. Just for good measure, Masterbuilt Gravity smokers also have no problem holding higher temperatures than the average pellet smoker, all while providing the classic charcoal flavor you know and love.

It’s easy to be dazzled by the innovation at work here — our experts certainly were — but our reviews don’t rest on first impressions alone. As with all products, we closely examined the quality, performance, and features of Masterbuilt Gravity Series charcoal grills to give you a complete picture of how they stack up against other models of their kind. Let’s take a look at the findings from each key area we studied.

Quality:

Painted steel construction is about what we’d expect from a Practical grill, but we’re more impressed with the overall design.
  • Masterbuilt manufactures the Gravity Series using painted steel as the exterior material, a cost-effective option that helps keep down the price of these grills. While painted steel doesn’t necessarily promise decades of outdoor use, it’s par for the course among charcoal grills and smokers in the Practical class. The main cooking surface, meanwhile, consists of double-sided cast iron cooking grates — a wide side that channels maximum heat for searing, and a narrow side that gives more room for smoke to circulate when cooking low and slow. It’s a thoughtful touch that reinforces Masterbuilt Gravity smokers as some of the most versatile charcoal grills around.

    Though most of the grill is made from painted steel, there are a few other materials included in certain components. The secondary cooking racks, for instance, have a porcelain coating for extra rust resistance, while the side shelf is made of stainless steel (as is the folding front shelf on 1050 models). Masterbuilt Gravity Series grills and smokers carry a 1-year warranty, which is notably slim for Practical charcoal grills.

  • Masterbuilt Gravity Series Grill with lid open

We also have to spotlight Masterbuilt’s design — after all, developing a charcoal grill that works like a pellet grill takes some serious engineering. The main body looks like a traditional gas grill, just with a vertical charcoal hopper attached to the side. Heat and smoke travel from the charcoal grate at the bottom of the hopper to a manifold below the cooking surface, similar to the transfer setup you’d find on an offset smoker. To ensure smoke and heat disperse evenly within the grill, Masterbuilt designed the manifold with graduated ports along each side. From there, smoke circulates through the cooking chamber before escaping via a rear vent, coating food on every grate level. It’s one thing to have a groundbreaking idea, but we’re glad to see Masterbuilt follow through with careful innovation.

Performance:

Hands-off operation, quick preheats, and a wide temperature range are the crowning achievements of this grill.

A charcoal grill that claims to run like a pellet grill will always be judged on its performance, and we’re pleased to say Masterbuilt Gravity smokers passed our tests with flying colors. Let’s start with the key word in the product name: “gravity.”

While pellet smokers mechanically feed fuel from the hopper to the fire pot, these Masterbuilt models rely solely on gravity to keep the flames going. How? Charcoal inside the hopper sits on a grate, which permits ash and burned-out bits to fall into a removable ash bin (quite handy for cleanup, by the way). As spent coals exit the hopper, unlit fuel from above drops into the fire and ignites as well. That means you avoid the hassle of adjusting coals mid-cook — at most, you’d just have to add more fuel to the hopper, which can hold 10 pounds of lump charcoal or 16 pounds of briquettes. That’s good for about 8 hours of cooking of 1050 models, and 12–15 hours on 560 models (more on them in a minute).

  • You might have also noticed Masterbuilt refers to these cookers as “grills” and “smokers.” That’s not just hollow marketing; the Gravity Series can smoke at 225 degrees Fahrenheit just as easily as it can sear at 700 degrees. As if sheer versatility isn’t enough, Masterbuilt Gravity grills and smokers have astonishingly quick preheat times: the 1050 edition takes just 10 minutes to reach 225 degrees and only 15 minutes for 700 degrees, with shorter times for the 560 model. The differences in time come down to the difference in size — each model is named for its total cooking area, which combines the main grilling surface with the pair of porcelain-coated warming racks. We like how the racks can be set at two different levels, placed at the same height for a larger indirect surface, or removed altogether to accommodate larger items.

  • Masterbuilt Gravity Series Grill internal mechanism

Our lone issue with the performance of Masterbuilt Gravity smokers is the ignition system. To get the fire going, you have to insert a fire starter into the built-in slot on the charcoal grate inside the hopper, then manually light it. It’s the only part of the entire process that isn’t like true pellet smokers, which have automatic ignition in addition to the built-in fans and PID controllers that oversee temperature maintenance.

Features:

Masterbuilt made a charcoal grill with digital controls and connectivity. What more could you ask for?

By charcoal smoker standards, the Masterbuilt Gravity Series is as technologically advanced and featured-packed as they come. The digital components obviously steal the show, starting with the easy-to-set, pellet grill-style PID controller that runs nonstop calculations to keep temperatures stable. It’s simple and intuitive, with just 5 buttons and a temperature dial that link to Masterbuilt’s trademarked DigitalFan technology. Masterbuilt doubled down on the convenience factor by making Gravity Series smokers compatible with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which can be used to access the Masterbuilt App. Once you’ve paired your device with the grill, you can control temperatures, set timers, and receive notifications when food is ready. The app also puts you in command of the included meat probe and thermometer, resulting in hassle-free cooking we weren’t sure would ever be possible on a charcoal smoker.

The Masterbuilt Gravity smoker and grill also include some of the more standard features we expect on charcoal models. A set of locking casters improves portability, side and bottom shelves offer more storage and prep room, and a grill cover and rotisserie kit are available as included accessories (we’d recommend getting at least the grill cover to protect the electrical components).

A removable drip tray is a nice touch to smooth along cleanup, as is the ash bin below the charcoal hopper. Speaking of the hopper, the grill comes with a pair of slides that can be inserted into the fuel area to cut off airflow, shut down the fire, and save fuel for future cooks. It’s that kind of thoughtful design — along with fearless innovation — that makes the Masterbuilt Gravity Series a worthwhile purchase for charcoal enthusiasts looking for a new twist on their favorite pastime.

Overall Rating

4.1 (out of 5)
Quality
3.5
Performance
4.0
Features
4.5
Value
4.5

Questions & Answers (5)

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Question:
What does Error code 5 mean. I get Err5 when I try to use the thermometer meat probe. I get error on all four ports.How do I fix it so I can use the meat probe(s)
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Hi Dave. Error code 5 is overheating of the probes. Try to position them so that they don't get hit by flame or touch the grill surface.

Asked by DaveAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

 
Question:
what is the lowest temperature setting possible ? is this smoker capable of cold smoking salmon filets ?
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Answer:
Hi Isaac. The lowest temperature setting for this grill is 150 degrees. This is typically too high for cold smoking, and Masterbuilt does not make a cold smoking accessory for the Gravity Series at this time. I would recommend checking out some BBQing forums for tips possibly.

Asked by IsaacAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

Answer:
Hello Isaac! The Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 lowest temperature is 225. It would take roughly 60 to 90 minutes.

Asked by IsaacAnswered by Dani

 
Question:
Does it need to be plugged in to use
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Hi Jason. Yes, it must be plugged in to a grounded 120VAC outlet.

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Question:
Is the hood of this one similar to the 1050? Because the 560 seems to be a little thinner steel on the top.
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Hi Barry. The lid on both use the same gauge of steel. But the grill cabinet on the 1050 is double walled while the 560 is single walled.

Asked by Barry McClureAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

 
Question:
How do you keep the whole hopper full of charcoal from burning up right away? Also, what happens to the remaining charcoal if tthere is still some left in the hopper when you are done cooking>
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Hi Cheryl. As the hot charcoal burns up, it falls into the ash bin below. This keeps the embers from burning up the rest of your charcoal. If there is still charcoal left in the hopper when you're done cooking, you can simply shut off the grill and insert the slides. This will cut off airflow and save your charcoal for the next cook.

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Message to our customers: Like all retailers and manufacturers, we’re currently experiencing well-publicized supply-chain issues and steel shortages that have caused some orders to be delayed. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences arising from this situation, and we assure you we’re making every effort to solve these problems with our vendors and logistical partners.

So, why are some orders being affected? Major ports around the world are still operating at reduced capacity because of COVID-19 restrictions — on average, container boats sit at port for about 3 weeks before being unloaded. Combine these shipping inefficiencies with a scarcity of natural resources, and virtually every industry has been crippled to some degree. Yet we acknowledge that it’s our duty to meet these challenges head-on and work toward solutions so you can enjoy more time outdoors with the people you love. We appreciate your patience as we strive to smooth out our supply chain, and we thank you for choosing us for your grilling and outdoor living needs.

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