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Jeepin79

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Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:16:53 PM »
What are you guys using with your performer?  I am leaning toward the small since I read it will also work with an 18" kettle where the large looks like wont.  Also, who sells the Vortex cheapest?  Thanks in advance.

Bob BQ

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 07:26:59 PM »
I have a medium that I use on my SSP. Love it. My only complaint is how much charcoal it uses. Would love to hear the opinions of anyone who uses a small vortex on a 22.
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Jon

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2016, 11:35:29 PM »
Well, ok. I have both.

Get the medium if you want to do a full styrofoam pack of wings, legs, or thighs. The Vortex is a supreme chicken part cooker. Fill it up with all lit, put the chicken around it, wait 25 minutes...done. You don't have to turn the chicken, I think that the bottoms actually cook faster. The medium just does a better job on the 22. And pretty good on the 26.

The small is just a little underpowered for the 22. Chicken does come out ok, but you don't get the same circulation and armhair removing heat as the medium.

I don't care about the  charcoal usage. It takes about 3/4 of a chimney to fill - and I revel in the heat and air circulation that the Vortex produces.

Safety tip: Don't reach over the Vortex. Walk around to the other side.

captjoe06

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2016, 12:48:57 AM »
Or just use your charcoal baskets (if you have them) and save your charcoal grate from sagging.
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hawgheaven

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2016, 04:00:46 AM »
I use the medium in my 22's, and a small in my 18. Great for cooking chicken as stated earlier, and pork chops! Either one does wonders for unwanted arm hair... :-)
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HoosierKettle

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2016, 04:48:24 AM »
Don't be tempted to reach across the grill using the baskets either.  I lost a hand from being vaporized.

jd

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2016, 05:27:28 AM »
I use the medium vortex on mine mainly for stir fry works great
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fljoemon

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2016, 06:14:55 AM »
Safety tip: Don't reach over the Vortex. Walk around to the other side.

My burnt arm hairs can attest to this .. Yay .. no more using Nair :-)

Jeepin79

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2016, 08:20:52 AM »
Can anyone tell me who has the best prices on the Vortex?


baloo2944

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2016, 01:07:29 PM »
Can anyone tell me who has the best prices on the Vortex?

I bought mine from Owens BBQ and got a free bottle of Tatonka Dust.  I just need to make the time to use them both. 

http://www.owensbbq.com/vortex.html
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DonoBBQ

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2016, 02:30:27 PM »
I was tossing this question around too and finally ended up with the medium.  I'm literally using this thing every cook.  Definitely worth the investment! I still haven't pulled the trigger on a sns but it's next!

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Joetee

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Re: Small or Medium Vortex for my Performer?
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2017, 11:25:42 AM »
I was tossing this question around too and finally ended up with the medium.  I'm literally using this thing every cook.  Definitely worth the investment! I still haven't pulled the trigger on a sns but it's next!

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I got the SnS and love it.  Just ordered the vortex. We will see.

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