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    HI again,

    We'll I still did not have any better luck on Super Bowl Sunday. I did though after 60 plus minutes finally start to see temps around 500. Maybe the slightly ajar will help.

    How are you guys lighting the charcoal directly in the vortex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChadO View Post
    How are you guys lighting the charcoal directly in the vortex?
    I use a chimney and fill it over the top. Put it in the Vortex when it's screaming hot.
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    Maybe that's it....I need to shoot for screaming hot! I do let them ash over but next time I'll let them go longer.

    Love the grilling struggles

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    I've used the small vortex in my 22, & it does fine.
    I fill up my vortex with briqs + 10%, then into the chimney to fire them up.
    All vents WIDE open. Screaming hot is good.
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    I use a medium vortex on my 22 kettle, and it sits just under the top grate(almost rubbing it). Maybe if you raise the smaller sized vortex up on something it will produce the desired heat. Also all vents wide open.

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    Chado;
    >>>How are you guys lighting the charcoal directly in the vortex?<<<

    I have the medium Vortex. I have a Performer with gas ignition. I just fill the Vortex with briqs, run the gas for three minutes by the clock, and in fifteen minutes it is ready to put the meat on. I also have a Performer without gas - I just dump a chimney full of lit in the Vortex when using it.

    By the way, I LOVE my Vortex!

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    Will a small Vortex fit into a Weber Smoky Joe??

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    ^^
    The small or mini vortex will not work with the SJ. The small vortex will not work in the JJ, but the mini will.
    I had one custom made to use in my SJ & JJ, The Micro-Vortex.

    According to Owensbbq website.

    Mini Vortex - $34.95
    Weber Jumbo Joe (this will NOT work for the Smokey Joe)
    Out of Stock - expected 3/21/17

    Small Vortex - $35.95
    18.5" & 22.5" Kettle, 18" Old Smokey, Large BGE, Kamado Joe, Char-Griller Akorn, Vision M Series. PLEASE NOTE: When using in the ceramic style grills, there may not be room for all cooking applications depending on the grill. Indirect-Direct and the High Heat Direct will work for sure!)
    (this will NOT work for the Jumbo Joe).


    Medium Vortex - $39.95
    22.5" & 26" Kettles, 22" Old Smokey
    Approximately 2 inches larger at the widest opening than the small.


    Large Vortex - $42.95
    XL BGE or Kamado Joe BIG Joe, Drum Smokers, Weber Ranch Kettle
    Approximately 1/2 inch taller than the medium, this is for the grate to grate height on the ceramic grills.
    Last edited by TonyUK; 04-15-2017 at 09:04 AM.
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    So, I really NEED the medium size! Tony, you are a baaaaad boy! I am going to get one before the peak of grilling season!
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    Just received the Medium Size Vortex for my 22" Weber Mastertouch Grill, so, for grilling a few Beef Steaks would filling this Medium Size Vortex 1/2 full of Weber Blue Bag Charcoal be enough for a good sear??

    Also, the instructions included state that you do a trial burn full of lit charcoal before using with food. Correct??

    I am really surprised how big this new "toy" is and maybe I should have bought the Small Version.
    Last edited by Richard Garcia; 05-06-2017 at 06:58 AM.

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