Vortex (Charcoal Kettle Accessory) Review

Review of the new charcoal kettle accessory called the Vortex.

The Vortex is a 304 stainless steel kettle accessory that provides the following 4 cooking configurations:

1. Indirect
2. Direct
3. Indirect/Direct
4. Infrared

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Eddie Vega says:

What is the metal thickness of the Vortex.

Gladiator1972 says:

so you don’t have to wrap the butt in aluminum foil once it reaches 165 degrees internally? 

GRIM REAPER says:

doesn’t the unlit coals give the meat a funk taste…since the coals haven’t burn out all the additives the coals contain?

john simpson says:

good video im not so great with the grill but i steal do it live and learn thats the fun in it beer too

brothers of valhall norway says:

cool trick bro peace from norway

Michael Sadkin says:

On the Weber Performer with the propane starter feature you don’t need to use a chimney to start your coals. I just load the Vortex up and turn on the gas for about 3 minutes. Shut off the gas and after another 15 minutes the coals are ready. Works great.

David Bourland says:

26.75 inch Weber only? Good to know thanks!

Jaime Herrera says:

what about all the chemicals that are released from the coals that have not become ignited?

el_mero_mero says:

how much open is the bottom vent and the top vent for that piece ur cooking? thanks

Dougie Doug says:

i notice there is different sizes the website doesn give the direct size only s m l

Wolvpato1 says:

looking for advice on what you set your vents in order to maintain 250 degree cook temp

Oyang Tim says:

It is so simple but workable. I like it. That is a great idea!

Erok BrewMeister says:

Will this work for a 22.5″ Weber Kettle ?

shanetilyard86 says:

When you add coals to those uncooked brickettes they fuckin pour off black feral smoke that stinks like kerosene.

knight shift says:

I actually like the small one better (22″) giving me more smoking space as well as wastes less charcoals. one vortex basket full of charcoal is more then enough for smoking/flame kissed 10lb chicken leg qt for about 2-3 hrs depending on temp, I first smoke on high temp then finish cooking them on direct heat till I see the skin start to bubble/sizzle up…

David Darnall says:

Am I able to purchase a vortex? If so, where can get one? 

ginmyree says:

I have this same size grill and have been wanting a cast iron grate. Where can I get one from as well as the vortex?

Big Nasty says:

are you serious, 6 1/2 hours.

helio raposo says:

Where do I buy one of these

mr skipdiggidy says:

just use a couple bricks!

Anthony Wheeler says:

I see that multiple sizes are available for this item. I am considering purchasing this for a 22in Weber Kettle. I am hoping to use this when smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving. When using this in the indirect method (as you did in the video), is the Vortex large enough to accommodate an 18lb turkey?

swaziwazi says:

Sorry if this is a silly question, how do you prevent coals burning in both directions when using minion/snake method?

Daniel Silye says:

Hi, Why do you use two thermometer on the grill grate? Thanks in advance.

DukeStarbuckle says:

Great demo/review. And thanks for actually demonstrating the “Snake” method. Makes a lot more sense when you’re actually able to see it at work. Great stuff!

Erik Flores says:

What is the best size for a kettle 22 inch I see in the website they have a small medium or large do you know actual measurements by any chance

d307p says:

Great review of the vortex. You provided a lot of great information.

Ed Finley says:

which of them do you use on your 22″ weber? The site you share has 3 sizes. I grew up using a Weber but haven’t owned one in years but am sorely tempted to go out and get another really soon! I love the long term smoking method you use with the ring of coals and all…

CamGroves says:

Steve Swardson???

Without prejudice says:

$30 when you could just use a couple of bricks. Derrrrrrr

Mother's BBQ says:

That’s a pretty cool accessory for the weber, And it is priced right too!

Laxdad10 says:

Great videos. What is the purpose of 2 probes mounted on the grill?

CH says:

Do you know if this would be too tall for the 22 inch kettle grill? Thank you and great video.

David Somerville says:

Steve, how tall is the Vortex? Will it fit in the Jumbo Joe??

Who makes this?

john doe says:

how many briquettes do you think  you used here?

mbrya012 says:

Do you still use the bbq guru, and did you use it on this cook?

Rich Tirpak says:

And yes it works on the 22…that’s what I have :{)

alvin luc says:

great video!

Mr MegaTruong says:

Regarding the direct method, I can see how it excels with high heat

Can it give me low to medium direct heat as well?

ryanhenry21 says:

Doesn’t the unburned coal affect that taste of the meat when it starts burning(fumes)? I was always lead to believe you don’t start cooking until all the black of the coal has been burned to grey?

PHIL IN FLORENCE says:

Just found your channel. Loved the vortex assessory so much I just ordered one. The butt looked fantastic. I have subbed. I’d appreciate it if you stopped by my channel and check it out. I’d be thrilled if you subscribed. Thanks- Phil in Florence

Flex Tango says:

Been using this thing 2x a week.. its bad ass for up too 4 people. Highly recommend

Libratarot says:

Excuse the ignorance but, how come the coals do not burn both left and right of themselves?  How come the only went clockwise?  Like the tutorial by the way 🙂

Carlos Rodriguez says:

Thanks for the video – it was informative. I wonder if you could accomplish much the same with a Lodge Dutch oven. Maybe you could try that and let us know.

Thanks again!

Kamado Joe says:

Another nice review… that might be one of the most useful and most reasonably priced kettle accessories I have seen to this point.  I’m assuming it only comes in one size?  It ‘looks’ small inside your monster kettle but I can imagine it being a lot larger inside a 22.5″ model…. great stuff!

Marshall Harrison says:

When setup for slow cooking. How easy is it to maintain a constant temperature whne using the vortex?

Tango Joe says:

Picked up one of these a few weeks ago, really a good item for the kettle.
Have yet to do a long cook like this so it will be interesting to see how long a burn I can get on a 22.5 as opposed to your 26.
Nice review Steve.

Erik Flores says:

What is the best size for a kettle 22 inch I see in the website they have a small medium or large do you know actual measurements by any chance

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