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Spectacular Charcoal Grill – Gravity Series® 560 is the Future – Review

The is Gravity Series® 560 mighty in so many ways. Now you can set the temperature for grilling with charcoal. Once you have set the temperature, you just need to let time work for you in the process of grilling a particular cut of meat. You no longer have to worry about temperature.

Frequently Asked Question

Can you use lump charcoal in the PK 300?

Yes, lump charcoal burns hotter than regular charcoal. You may have to adjust the amount you use so you get the best coals for grilling.

The ease of loading the charcoal and cleanup of the ashes puts all others to shame. You can load the charcoal just before grilling. You should empty any ash once the grill is cool enough. This will help extend the life of your grill.

Use the approved fire starter to light your charcoal, so easy to do. After your charcoal is started, set the temperature setting and turn on your blue tooth.

The charcoal can get to 225F(degrees) in less than 7 minutes but if you wanted to reach 700F(degrees) it would only take 13 minutes. You will want to set the appropriate temperature for each cut of meat. If you are searing then somewhere around 400F but if slow cooking then around 225F. The recipe for each cut will also have suggested temperatures for each meat.

Quick Overview Of The Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560

Gravity Series 560
Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560

This grill has features of a traditional charcoal grill and a pellet grill. It gives you the best of both.

Model NameGravity Series 560
Power SourceCorded Electric
Item Weight146.98 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH24.65 x 54.13 x 51.97 inches
Fuel TypeCharcoal

The Gravity Series Is The Way Of The Future

For years pit masters from around the world have been looking for ways to have consistent heat from the grill of their choice. Unfortunately, they have been frustrated with having the right temperature consistently.

With the Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560, you can be at a smoking temperature in 7 minutes. This is huge. No longer waiting for the temperature, normally around 20 minutes, to get to the level needed for a good smoke.

If you are not smoking but grilling. You can have your grill at 700F degrees in just under 13 minutes and will still have that rich smoky flavor associated with great barbeque.

The technology has caught up to those who like to grill or smoke but don’t like the time spent babysitting the grill.

How The Gravity Series® 560 Technology Improved Grilling

Technology has improved to the point where with a cell phone and a timer you can still grill or smoke to your heart’s content without sacrificing time with family or friends.

Once you set the temperature for your Gravity Series 560 grill, you can also set alerts on your phone using blue tooth technology.

This allows you time for guests’, families or just playing in the backyard. Taking time out from grilling or smoking gives you added time to build stronger relationships.

The Gravity Series 560 Saves You Money

Ask yourself this question: How much money do you lose when all of your charcoal is burned without grilling? You might be surprised at the answer.

There is more charcoal wasted by not being used than by being burned. All too often you have completed your grilling but still, l have burning charcoal.

With the Gravity Series 560 Charcoal Grill when you have done your grilling all you have to do is turn off the fan and put the airflow covers back in place. This forces the charcoal to go out which saves you money. You still have charcoal for your next grilling adventure.


  • Keeps temperature consistent during grilling.
  • Heat gets to smoking range under 7 minutes and searing range under 13 minutes.
  • Blue tooth is easy to setup with just a few steps.


  • Power cord needs to be of better grade to prevent accidental breaks or cuts in cord.
  • Instruction manual needs words to explain the pictures on how to assemble.
  • Fan will sometimes stop working.

My View of the Masterbuilt Gravity 560 Grill/Smoker

This is a grill to buy if you are looking to start adding technology to your grilling or smoking. I find that having the ability to set the temperature when I first go to light up is amazing.

If you want to be able to spend more time with friends and family then this is the right choice for you. You set your temperature and in minutes your Gravity 560 is at the temperature you desire.

This is a bonus feature for me. I will now have time for the family without the worry of having to go to the grill to check it to be sure the temperature is right.

By buying the cookbook to go with the Gravity 560 you can have some fantastic meals in just a short period. You can even bake on this grill for an extra special treat for your guests.

Some of the added equipment that is often bought with this grill are:

Before I Forget Here Is A Quick Video For Using Your Grill

The following video shows just how easy it is to start your charcoal. It shows what you need to start your fire, no more liquids.

Masterbuilt Has You Covered


20 responses to “Spectacular Charcoal Grill – Gravity Series® 560 is the Future – Review”

  1. Abel Avatar

    One of the things I like the most about Gravity Series 560 is that it cooks with regular charcoal but runs like a pellet grill. Thank you very much for your review. I was almost going to buy another option and I started researching and I am convinced this charcoal grill is my best choice.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      When I saw the Gravity 560 and did some research on it, I was amazed at what I found. Out of 1861 review there were 1691 5 star reviews. I then looked at how it worked and it is on my wish list now. My wife laughs at me about it everyday. I am impressed that you can use charcoal in it. You may want to try a few hardwood chips in the mix as well for some smoke flavor.


  2. Shalisha Alston Avatar
    Shalisha Alston

    Thanks for the your review of the Gravity 560 series grill.  I’ve never heard of a grill that has the ability to set the temperature of the charcoal. That’s an awesome feature because all cuts of meat are not the same, and indeed need different temperatures.  Having the consistent right temperature is key to a great bbq. For $577, it’s a steal. Great review. 

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      HI Shalisha, 

      I had never heard of that feature before I started doing my research. I researched the Masterbuilt Gravity 560 and found that you are indeed able to set a desired temperature for grilling or smoking. This is done with the controller and with blue tooth. Once you set your temperature, pair your blue tooth device and controller then you can keep an eye on it while you do other things. I was very impressed since it gives you the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends.

  3. Alex Avatar

    Holy cow this grill is awesome. It puts out your coal to preserve what you do not use. I have never done that. I usually cook until the coals go out then when we have no more coals the rest is broiled in the oven. 

    This charcoal grill being able to control the temperature is definitely top of the line. We usually have a roller coaster of heat where we have to do the most cooking while the coals are at their hottest. And this grill is more affordable than I thought it would be.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      Hi Alex,

      I was blown away when I found this grill that could gravity feed your charcoal and keep the temperature consistently. I watched several videos that showed the out of box setup and how easy it was to get the fire lit for cooking.

      This has to be one of the most amazing grills out there. I am in the market for a new grill so this will be at the top of the list for me. Imagine putting a 14 pound brisket on there and just letting it go. In about 12 hours it will be done and then after resting it you can slice into some savory meat like none other.


  4. David Nelly Avatar
    David Nelly

    Wow I have never heard of integrating Bluetooth technology with a Grill before! Can you also monitor the temperature with the grill from your phone? Im imagining that soon there will be a time(if it isn’t been created already) in which there will be grills that have robot arms inside of the grill that are automated and created to flip the meat being cooked and then sends you a phone notification when the food is cooked!

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      Hi David,

      I was as surprised as you when I found that Masterbuilt had found a way to combine Bluetooth technology with grilling. This saves a tremendous amount of time and energy. It also saves you money since you can shut it down saving charcoal. 

      I am not sure how long it will be before there are robotics involved in turning  the meat you are grilling. I am sure that someone will find a way to make that happen.


  5. Wow, I didn’t really think that we needed a new grill, but I definitely like all of the features this charcoal grill has over our boring standard grill. My sweetie loves to cook, so spoiling him with fun gadgets that combine practical features with easy-to-use technology is always a great way to surprise him with something he’ll love. I like that this could save precious time when entertaining friends and family – it’s hard to argue with that feature!

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      Hi Aly,

      I was amazed at the features on this grill. I had never heard of a gravity fed grill. Having the ability to use bluetooth to control the temperature is awesome. One money -saving feature is that when you finish grilling just replace the vent panels and it causes the charcoal to go out. You have saved money on charcoal and also allow the grill to cool down earlier than it would otherwise. The next time you get ready to grill just tap the side of the grill box to cause any charcoal ash to fall to the collection bucket and then start your grill up for the next grill.


  6. Michel Maling Avatar
    Michel Maling

    That is great, ready for cooking in 7 minutes for smoking and 13 minutes for grilling.

    This seems almost too good to be true. And even the fact that it alerts your phone when the temperature is just right is great. I never thought the simple art of Barbequing would come to this level of technology. It is truly amazing what people can think of.

    This grill looks like just the thing to have if you are serious about outdoor cooking. My husband for one would love one of these.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      It is an amazing piece of hardware and technology to be able to use for some amazing food that is grilled to perfection. If you love to smoke your meat, brisket for example, then this grill was made for you. If you just want to do something fast and easy it has you covered there as well.


  7. Danny Avatar

    Awesome, I had never heard of integrating Bluetooth technology with a Grill before! Is it possible to monitor the temperature on your phone using the grill as well? No doubt it will soon be common for a grill to actually turn/flip what’s cooking at automated intervals and notify you once the cooking process is complete.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      I was surprised to find that there is a grill out there that does indeed use Bluetooth technology to help maintain the proper cooking temperature. I don’t think we have quite made it to the automatic flip/turning yet but it may happen.


  8. Jannette Avatar

    This Charcoal grill is very unique and very different from other grills I have reviewed. It is interesting that it has the capabilities of working through a phone, just shows how technology is changing. I have booked mark your review for easy access, to determine if like to purchase for my husband as father’s day gift. 

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      Your husband would truly love to have a grill like this. Not only because of being able to set the temperature and check it on his phone but that also gives him more time with you, the rest of the family but guests as well. He will become the HERO for every grilling occasion.


  9. Johnny Avatar

    No way!!! This is the kind of grill I am looking for!!! I live at an appartment and have a nice balcony where I wanted to put a grill (I´m from South America and we totally love asado, or barbacue). Thing is, charcoal is always the problem, as it sooooo messy. Cool of you to put the video, so we can actually check that charcoal is not burning without a reason!! Will totally try it and mix charcoal and wood, as it provides a better taste to meat. 

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      The Asado is a very important part of the South American culture no matter the country. The Masterbuilt Gravity 560 is perfect for the asado since you can get the grill searing hot or have it for smoking. Not having to worry about burning all of you charcoal makes sense when grilling for an extended period of time. 


  10. chinthaka Avatar

    What a wonderful niche you have selected here for us. this charcoal girl is a very techy product according to the article source. you have nicely explained the future advancement of the gravity product series. Maintaining consistent heat is an essential thing for a charcoal grill and it is really nice how this product is doing that. thanks very much for sharing

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      Grilling is a disaster if the heat is not consistent for the grilling of smoking. Technology is catching up to the demand for quality charcoal grills and smokers. There are a great number of tech items today that help make the grilling event great for everyone.


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