DCS BBQ Grills - What Model Number Do I Have To Know For Barbecue Grill Repairs?

What is your DCS bbq grill model?

Older DCS model from the DCS parts guide book.
Older DCS model from the DCS parts guide book. | Source

DCS older original parts manual

DCS B models changed the piezo ignition module from the one-push-one-click to the rotary that continued to spark as the module knob was cranked.
DCS B models changed the piezo ignition module from the one-push-one-click to the rotary that continued to spark as the module knob was cranked. | Source
The original DCS A model had the piezo igniter module and a right-left collector box for the ignition electrodes.  Visible here is the breakdown of replacement parts including the burner, lava tray, grates and the rotisserie parts.
The original DCS A model had the piezo igniter module and a right-left collector box for the ignition electrodes. Visible here is the breakdown of replacement parts including the burner, lava tray, grates and the rotisserie parts. | Source

DCS barbecue grills.

Although BBQ grill repair service and DCS grill repair parts are needed less often than 99% of the barbecues on the planet, Dynamic Cooking Systems gas grills will always be repaired. These gas BBQ grills are very valuable and manufactured better than most of the barbecue grills in the world.

When DCS barbecues were first fabricated there were not many barbecue manufacturers using high grade materials like American made 304 stainless steel. There were not many barbecue grills available to the homeowner that could cook above the eight-hundred degree minimum suggested for restaurant-quality searing flavor and there were not many bbq grills with the features of a DCS that came standard with an infrared rotisserie burner and heavy-duty spit rod motor and a smoker with a dedicated burner for the wood chip smoker. DCS was the first to make this high-quality barbecue grill and put a lifetime warranty on it. DCS barbecue grills have always been among the most expensive gas grills available but they have also always been among the highest grade of materials, workmanship and grilling quality available anywhere.

There were several evolutionary steps in the development of the Dynamic Cooking Systems gas grills as the conduction of heat became more effective and materials were changed for longer-lasting fabrications. The model numbers changed as the grills were designed and often it is necessary for a customer to know their model number in order to buy the repair parts needed to replace some part of the BBQ grill.

DCSBBQ Grill Electronic E model

E model DCS schematic shows original glow-plug igniter electrodes.  This technology became common for high-end companies like alfresco and lynx in 2010 but DCS was using these igniters for super-reliability 10 years earlier.
E model DCS schematic shows original glow-plug igniter electrodes. This technology became common for high-end companies like alfresco and lynx in 2010 but DCS was using these igniters for super-reliability 10 years earlier. | Source
The transformer mounted inside the cart and mounted under the drip pan in built in models for outdoor kitchen installation.  These transformers are still available as replacement parts to repair these old DCS models.
The transformer mounted inside the cart and mounted under the drip pan in built in models for outdoor kitchen installation. These transformers are still available as replacement parts to repair these old DCS models. | Source

DCS early model bbq grills and model numbers.

Early DCS gas barbecue grills were simply referred to by the size of the barbecue head. The bbq head is the part of the gas grill that gets built-in to an outdoor kitchen, the part with all the important stuff. For instance there used to be a 24" wide DCS model barbecue grill. The model number was "DCS24" with "bq" as a suffix to designate the model was part of the outdoor barbeque models. Finally an "n" was used if this model was made to use natural gas or an "l" was used to designate liquid propane. DCS24BQN was the early model just as the DCS27BQRSL would tell us this model is a 27" wide gas grill with a rotisserie("R") and a smoker ("S") that was made to use liquid propane ("L") containers.

As more models came to feed the growing demand for these high-end gas grills the different features were designated by the use of a letter of the alphabet. The model DCS27BQRSL was replaced with DCS27bBQRSL and then with DCS27cBQRSL and DCS27dBQRSL with each iteration correlating with some new feature and benefit added to the gas bbq grill models.


DCS gas bbq grill repair parts

20 year old DCS control valves from a gas grill recently repaired.  while this doesnt look beautiful most barbecues purchased 20 years ago would be dead several times over.  this grill is still in use and with $1000. of parts and service will last an
20 year old DCS control valves from a gas grill recently repaired. while this doesn't look beautiful most barbecues purchased 20 years ago would be dead several times over. this grill is still in use and with $1000. of parts and service will last an | Source
The culmination of the evolution of perfection:  the DCS BGB36 model with the deeper cooking surface, cast stainless finger grates, porcelain radiant rods and stainless steel U burners warrantied for life.
The culmination of the evolution of perfection: the DCS BGB36 model with the deeper cooking surface, cast stainless finger grates, porcelain radiant rods and stainless steel U burners warrantied for life. | Source

DCS B models

The original DCS model barbecue grills and the next iteration "B" models ("C" models were so quick they are no longer used at all) manufactured and sold over twenty years ago are still in use today. The original DCS BBQ grills had heavy, thickly made cast iron burners that were a huge improvement over the "H" burners ubiquitous at that time. Most barbeque models had "H" burners made of thin stainless or thin castings but after DCS utilized the size, weight and material of the BBQ burner to help conduct additional heat lots of BBQ fabricators started altering their own "H" burners.

Above the "H" burner in the early DCS model barbecue grills was a stainless steel heat shield that could hold a bag of lava rocks and just above the lava rocks was the porcelain coated grilling grates that were over a half-inch thick diameter rods grids. As the gas burned in the cast iron burner the cast iron would evenly heat up an augment the rising heat. American made 304 stainless steel and real lava rocks further radiated heat augmenting the cooking temperatures at the grilling surface. The thick heavy rods also helped by radiating heat conducted through heavy steel rods, coated in porcelain to protect the steel from the weather and from grease and dirt created while grilling.

DCS gas bbq grill replacement parts.

The later BGB model rotisserie would integrate a halogen spotlight but this D model rotisserie used the new infrared technology for the rotisserie burner.  Today this is common but when DCS sis it ti was a breakthrough with brand new technology.
The later BGB model rotisserie would integrate a halogen spotlight but this D model rotisserie used the new infrared technology for the rotisserie burner. Today this is common but when DCS sis it ti was a breakthrough with brand new technology. | Source
The "D" model DCS grilling area with radiant trays and burner, manifold, control valve, igniter, etc.  All the repair parts shown here are popular ones needed for the most popular barbecue grill of it time.
The "D" model DCS grilling area with radiant trays and burner, manifold, control valve, igniter, etc. All the repair parts shown here are popular ones needed for the most popular barbecue grill of it time. | Source

DCS D Model BBQ Grills.

When the "D" model was released DCS had built a considerably strong reputation for its outdoor gas grill. The "D" model introduced more reliable ignition grill parts and cast iron "finger grates" that used a concave surface to hold or channel greases while cooking. The concave grids could be laid perfectly flat for high-heat grilling when minimal grease would drip from food, stay in the grates and vaporize during the first few seconds of searing -- when high heat sealed the surface of the food locking moisture within the food. For lower temperature barbecuing and smoking the concave grates could be left at an angle so moisture was directed to a trough in the front of the grill that dropped grease into the lower drip pan. This lessened the grease that dripped through the grilling grates and caused flare ups inside the firebox.

The "D" model also saw the end of lava rocks as effective heat conductors for reaching higher heat. Temperatures conducted in the DCS grills through porcelain rods that locked into a stainless steel tray. The evenly distributed porcelain rods conducted heat for an even distribution of radiant temperature just below the cooking grates. These porcelain rods were much more effective than lava rocks and the ceramic briquettes that many barbeque models used to mask hot and cold spots in poorly made bbq grills.

The "D" model also saw the upgrade offer of cast stainless steel cooking grates. The reversible concave grids became available manufactured with cast stainless steel making them the heaviest and most over-fabricated cooking grates in the industry. They still are.

DCS gas bbq grill replacement parts.

9 volt dcs gas barbecue grill igniter module.
9 volt dcs gas barbecue grill igniter module.
older dcs control knob is 2.5" diameter.
older dcs control knob is 2.5" diameter.
older dcs control knob is 2" diameter.
older dcs control knob is 2" diameter.
safety valve for the DCS rotisserie button uses heat to charge a magnet in the control valve allowing gas to flow only as long as the burner is burning.  The same technology used to make gas log fireplaces safe.
safety valve for the DCS rotisserie button uses heat to charge a magnet in the control valve allowing gas to flow only as long as the burner is burning. The same technology used to make gas log fireplaces safe.
simple dcs control valve screws into the dcs manifold in all barbecue grill models.
simple dcs control valve screws into the dcs manifold in all barbecue grill models.

DCS E Model BBQ Grills.

With the "D" model DCS was widely acknowledged as the best barbecue grill on the planet. The owners became both rich and famous. For a short amount of time a "E" model was sold through FrontGate magazine. The DCS E model was an electronic ignition model that used technology never used in barbecue grills previously.

While today high-end barbecue grills have electronic transformers that can be plugged into normal electrical outlets and high-end glow-plug igniters that can light no matter how windy or wet they become these features were originally used in the DCS E model. DCS was the only barbecue grill manufacturer with glow-plug electrodes that could light the gas burners in hurricane strength winds. Stainless "U" burners that started being installed towards the end of the "D" models were continued into the "E" models with stainless rod trays and electro-polished cooking grates that were heavy steel coated in stainless steel.

DCS gas bbq grills

dcs custom outdoor kitchen
dcs custom outdoor kitchen
DCS custom outdoor kitchen
DCS custom outdoor kitchen
original concave, reversible cast stainless steel finger grates.  Newer models grew one inch deeper.  All the new infrared gad grills of the modern era copied these concave grates in their new barbecue grill designs because of the flavor created.
original concave, reversible cast stainless steel finger grates. Newer models grew one inch deeper. All the new infrared gad grills of the modern era copied these concave grates in their new barbecue grill designs because of the flavor created.

DCS Modern Models

After the short term "E" models and a tremendous number of transformer complaints (after ten years of working on DCS gas grills I have seen many very old "E" model transformaers still working well. I assume the complaints were because the world was not ready for the technology and having to plug in a bbq grill) the next iteration was the BG models. Again the size of the barbecue grill came into the model so we have BG26BGn and the the letter "A" was used BGA36BQaRSn but there was also and "A" added onto some of the 36 and 48 models to designate the DCS gas grills that did not have double range side burners included in the grill head. A BGB48BQARn meant the grill did not have side burners while the model BGB48BQRn showed the features included a double side burner range top attached to the gas grill by DCS.

The BG, BGA and current BGB models also started using an advanced gas grill ignition technology (although not as advanced as the "E" models). The DCS igniter module accepted a 9-volt battery that sent sparks to each burner. Each electrode was protected by a stainless steel collector box so a few drops of grease would not be enough to slow down the arc of the barbeque igniter. Cast stainless steel finger grates were no longer a very expensive upcharge but came standard on the 36 and 48 inch models with high-quality stainless steel used on the rod grates of the 26, 27 and 30 inch models.

When the BGA models first came out DCS was still considered the best barbecue grill in the world although infrared technology at TEC was slowly changing some minds. The inventors sold the company just after the BGB models integrated all the best technology that had been evolving. DCS was the only company well-known for reliable heat and searing temperatures without the new infrared technology and DCS treated home builders, contractors, retailers, distribution centers and barbecue grill stores like partners such that loyalty continued to spread the DCS name long after the new technology was disseminated. The new owners of DCS Appliances were not a grill company or even an appliance company but an investment firm. The 24, 26 and 27 inch grill models all disappeared as less profitable brands. The company was sold to Fisher and Paykel and has had few (or none) useful changes since.

However, the BGB models were built like beautiful tanks that grilled better than almost any other barbecue on the planet. DCS was easily 10 years ahead of most barbecue grill manufacturers and has only recently (8 years later) started to lose popular market share.

DCS 30 gas bbq grill model

The DCS 30 models were always a little different from the rest of the DCS models.  Here a DCS 30" gas bbq grill on a portable cart is shown with a double side burner that replaced one side shelf.
The DCS 30 models were always a little different from the rest of the DCS models. Here a DCS 30" gas bbq grill on a portable cart is shown with a double side burner that replaced one side shelf. | Source

The DCS 30

The DCS 30 inch barbecue grill was made overseas. Although this is common in today's marketplace the DCS 24, 26, 27, 36 and 48 models were all manufactured in California by Americans using American materials. When the rest of the barbecue grills had porcelain coated grill parts and cast iron burners the 30 always had stainless steel "U" burners and porcelain rods. The sizes are a little bit different from the 27, 36 and 48" models that were released when the 30 was born (around the time of the "D" models) because the plans were always to have a mass-produced model meant to be an entry level grill for custom home builders and designers. The 30" grill replacement parts are not as widely disseminated because a lot of retail companies who are not actual gas grill service companies or warranty providers do not know anything about these barbecue grills. They are not so different and are easy to repair.

DCS common repair parts.

DCS radiant rod tray
DCS radiant rod tray | Source
DCA stainless steel u burner.
DCA stainless steel u burner. | Source
DCS newer electrode and collector box for bbq grill igniter.
DCS newer electrode and collector box for bbq grill igniter. | Source
DCS original cast iron bbq grill burner.
DCS original cast iron bbq grill burner. | Source

DCS Models for BBQ Grill Repair.

DCS - Dynamic Cooking Systems -- was and is one of the best gas barbecue grills ever made. Most of the high-end gas barbeque grills that sell for thousands of dollars today got their start by copying the DCS business model and by copying the DCS fabrication strategies. The Alfresco "Builder Box" and the Lynx 27 models and the technology for how these models cook are directly linked to the DCS evolution as are most others.

While there are gas barbecue grills that are not worth the expense of repairs for DCS models this is never the case. Although older DCS gas bbq grills can cost thousands of dollars for a cleaning and replacement grill parts they are worth every penny because with one good repair that 20 year old DCS will be "new" for another 10 years. For repairs there are 2 main differences and that is before the "D" model and after the "D" model. Early models were built different and the depth and height of the grills were different. The grills had lava rock trays and cast iron burners that are still available today. After the D model DCS gas grills used the porcelain rods that were so much more effective. The locking trays made the grills easy to clean and, when cleaned, able to last much longer without repairs.

Gas BBQ grill service providers who have worked on barbecues for over ten years will have more experience with DCS gas grills than any other brand because DCS has been making high-quality gas grills for longer than anyone else and because the original owners made a point of knowing and communicating personally with every distributor, dealer, retailer, service provider and distribution center. DCS has published better instructions, parts breakdowns and manuals than anyone else because even 20 years ago they knew the homeowner who bought this gas grill was buying their last barbecue grill -- if they chose to keep it the DCS was going to stand the test of time.

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Video.

More by this Author


Leave Comments About Your BBQ!

No comments yet.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working