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Old 04-20-2015, 04:57 PM   #1
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I keep reading about the Vortex, and have been to their site. Seems like a solid product. I'd like to get one, but it is a bit pricey. I was wondering, would 3 or 4 fire bricks produce the same effect? I imagine it would work similarly. If it does, I just may have to break down and get one, for 2 reasons.

1: Don't have to deal with arranging the bricks, everytime I want to use it.
2: Who here doesn't want a new BBQ toy?

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Old 04-20-2015, 05:10 PM   #2
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I think not on the bricks. They will absorb a lot of heat. It will take more than four bricks. Angling the bricks is going to leave gaps. Like I said in another post, some cold rolled steel, cutters, drill and pop rivet tool, you could make one. I could have done that but driving to get the materials, cutting it, assembling it, etc., my time is worth way more than that. I'll spend the forty bucks.
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:25 PM   #3
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Thanks Don. Didn't think about the heat absorbing. When you say it would take more than 4 bricks, what did you mean?

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Old 04-20-2015, 05:28 PM   #4
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How much do they cost ?


It may very well be worth giving it a shot, seeing as how much support they are getting.
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:36 PM   #5
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too much for a simple cone of metal...
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Run away from the Benjy vortex as fast as you can.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:10 PM   #7
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For the medium (fits a 22.5 kettle) it runs about $40. Whether or not it's "worth it" is relative to your own situation in my opinion. Pretty much like anything else in the BBQ world.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:03 PM   #8
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Buy 10.00 worth of sheet metal and cut one out
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Buy 10.00 worth of sheet metal and cut one out
this....cant believe they sell that thing for 40 bux
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:50 PM   #10
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This is a great product, but is it worth $40.00? It is if they can get it and while I was skeptical, I am thrilled with how it works.

I get the 26.75 up to temp much faster, the coals are much hotter for steaks and chops and I think I am actually saving coals in the long run because I get to where I am going faster.

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Old 04-20-2015, 08:42 PM   #11
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Is kind of pricey. Not sure if that included shipping.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:23 PM   #12
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Keep in mind it's stainless. I also balked at the price but love mine.
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Yes it was pricey but I love using it. If you have the tools and know how to use them, then yes it would be much cheaper to build your own. For me, it was worth the money. Not sure how much money you would save doing it yourself when you conider the price of S/S. and your time. It was much easier and faster to order online, two days later I was using it.
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I made my own from a $9 stainless steel vegetable pan insert. See it here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8462391&type=3

I have a larger one in the works and I'll post any results in this album.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:59 AM   #15
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I made my own from a $9 stainless steel vegetable pan insert. See it here:

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I have a larger one in the works and I'll post any results in this album.
That would work and if you already have the tools would be less than the cost of a Vortex. I don't disagree a person can make their own, but not everybody has the tools and materials available to do so. I do have the tools and can get the materials, but for me it would be a drive to get the materials and time. So, metal maybe $10, gas maybe $5, hour of time to get the material, another hour to get out the tools, manufacture, clean up. I bought mine for $48 shipped, knock off $15 for my materials and that makes my hourly rate $16.50/hr. I've got a career and a family to take care of, so my time is worth way more than that so I order it online and wait for it to arrive, spending my time on something of more value.
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