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KP

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Poor man's Vortex
« on: September 29, 2019, 03:02:23 PM »

Made a vortex for under $5. Get one of these from HD

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leaktite-5-qt-Metal-Pail-5-QT-METAL-PAIL/202264022

Used a can opened to remove the bottom of the pail, then used metal shears to cut it to proper height so it will fit between the grates and presto, $5 vortex. It works great, temperatures reached over 500F!

Filibuster

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2019, 04:11:36 PM »
   That's a galvanized bucket, I'm no expert and don't know what one must do to make it safe for the grill. To play it safe I would stay away from anything galvanized and cooking.

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HoosierKettle

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Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2019, 04:15:49 PM »
Baskets in the middle get just as hot as vortex or poor Tex.  The conical shape lends itself to various cooking arrangements. But I commend the effort. Itís always fun making something useful. As another member posted, be careful using anything galvanized.


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« Last Edit: September 29, 2019, 04:17:20 PM by HoosierKettle »

Kneab

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2019, 04:41:15 PM »
Stainless steel mixing bowls and pots from a thrift shop or Goodwill are a safer alternative for building a poortex.

My poortex started off as a Stainless steel candy making pot.

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KP

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2019, 06:20:12 PM »
Thanks for the heads up about galvanized buckets, I'll looks into safer options

Walchit

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 04:01:25 AM »
I used a stainless steel bowl I got for 25 cents at a garage sale. I have a few back ups if this one rusts out

Marzipan

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2019, 05:14:16 AM »
how do you cut the bowls so they give you that conical shape? and what did you do to smooth it out so you don't cut yourself with use?
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Kneab

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2019, 06:40:39 AM »
A mixing bowl has a pretty good curve to it, so does a candy bowl.
I think that I cut the bottom of mine out with a jig saw.
Then use a curved file or a dremel to break the sharp edges.

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hawgheaven

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2019, 08:41:44 AM »
Never use galvanized anything for cooking!

Solution: Just buy the real deal. Not that expensive, and will last a very long time. Just sayin'...
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Gregfosterid

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2019, 01:40:45 AM »
Sorry for my stupidity. But I canít figure out how to use this in grilling/cooking.
Maybe some kind person tell me and maybe give a link to the original of this thing.

Walchit

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2019, 04:23:08 AM »
Look up "vortex wings"

Gregfosterid

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Re: Poor man's Vortex
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2019, 09:05:25 PM »
Look up "vortex wings"
Ok, Thank you!