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Old 01-21-2020, 06:44 AM   #16
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Vortex gets way hotter in my opinion. It concentrates the heat much better while leaving a nice indirect zone on the outside.

I've used the baskets also. They work! The vortex works better for me.

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Old 01-21-2020, 08:15 AM   #17
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Fantastic tool. My three main uses are: wings, ABT's and brats. 40-45 minutes and done. Flip the brats from end to end once in the middle of the cook and done. Wings and ABT's never touch them. I do rotate the lid a quarter of a turn every 10 minutes but do not know if that is necessary as my buddy never rotates his and the results are about the same. Mainly on the 26" rarely on the 22" but seems to work the same, just less food volume. I have never inverted and used it that way and need to sometime. Don't know how big your Ole Smokey is, but if you bought the medium, it might be too big.



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Old 01-21-2020, 08:24 AM   #18
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I got one for Christmas and actually just had my first wing cook on it last night and came out with amazing results. Total cooking time was approximately 45 minutes with flipping and saucing. Excellent tool. You won't regret your purchase.
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:47 AM   #19
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Theres a good chance my next YouTube video will be a wing cook on the vortex.

Let me ask this question. For a 22" kettle, what size vortex is everybody using? I've seen most use a medium, but have also seen some use the small. I know Malcom at howtobbqright uses the small in one of his videos.

I'm curious if anyone thinks one is better than the other for a 22" kettle.

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Theres a good chance my next YouTube video will be a wing cook on the vortex.

Let me ask this question. For a 22" kettle, what size vortex is everybody using? I've seen most use a medium, but have also seen some use the small. I know Malcom at howtobbqright uses the small in one of his videos.

I'm curious if anyone thinks one is better than the other for a 22" kettle.

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The Medium Vortex is recommended for the 22" kettle.
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I blame you folks on here for this. After seeing how many of you utilize a vortex for your grilling, I decided to order one off Amazon and am now awaiting delivery.

I'll admit that I just trusted the Brethren on this one and bought it blindly, kind of a "well, it must be pretty handy so I should get it" sorta thing.

I know it is used for indirect, 2-zone kinda grilling, but someone tell me how to best use it. What are some tips/techniques?

Like I said, it was an impulse purchase for which I blame y'all.
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I use the vortex all of the time. It's great for a reverse sear steak. But let's be honest...its a wing cooker. Cook wings on it one time and you will see.

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100% truth right there.. My only addition would be ABTs. It does a good job there as well.
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Wings, Sausages, Steak, Corn for Elote, Potatoes... the possibilities are endless.

You don't always have to put it in the center of the cooker/grill... in fact, I often set it off to one side if I'm doing steak/potatoes/corn.

Hope it works out nicely for you... no matter what cooker you use.
Agree, Marc.

The Vortex really opened up lots of possibilities for me on cooks. My wife actually makes me buy and cook wings on the Vortex....no better endorsement in my house.

Lots of ways to use it!
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:02 PM   #25
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I was about to buy one for tailgating, but i already have charcoal baskets for my 22. I can set those up to hold coals in the middle.

What does a vortex do that I cant already do?

I have tried them (and own) both a vortex and baskets. Honestly, they work the same for chicken wings. You only really notice a difference with quantity as a find the vortex a little more set and forget if you're doing a bunch of chicken.


But you can get more creative with the vortex....infrared, snake burns, etc.
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