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  • Huskee
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    Sneak Peek: NEW Smoker Review- Hunsaker Vortex Barrel Smoker

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    Hunsaker Vortex Barrel Smoker, by Max Good

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  • Spinaker
    • Nov 2014
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    I would like to try to run one of these. It would be weird to cook in a barrel and not hang the meat.


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      You can hang meats in the Vortex.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Ah, I missed that part. I wonder how it cooks with the meat off to the side. I like to hang ribs and what not near the center of the charcoal basket, but maybe it doesn't matter with the air flow in the drum. Max Good
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 3779
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Great review by Max Good, as always. The temp sensitivity seems a bit troublesome, but the engineer in me really digs the construction!


    • holehogg
      holehogg commented
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      Like some cookers a little time and practice needed and things come together. I agree design and construction grab my interest.
  • Troutman
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    Very interesting, can't wait to hear some further comments on cooks. My only reluctance is the fan itself, any time you have a moving part inside a cooker, things can get kind of wonky once grease and smoke start to build up on the parts. I guess a good occasional cleaning would take care of things.

    I'm trying to remember, but wasn't there a recent cooker that employed a similar fan design???


    • Max Good
      Max Good commented
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      The is no fan. The Vortex Heat Plate is stationary. It does not spin.

    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      Oh I thought air convection spun the fan to radiate heat move evenly. So it's a static convection about the blades. Thanks for pointing that out.
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 5736
    • Colorado
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    Nice review ... but ... I have a hard time buying the "vortex" idea. Air isn't going to magically start rotating just because the stationary diffuser plate (which is what it really is) looks like some sort of impeller blade. For the most part, it's just going to rise vertically in the barrel. That said, the radially slotted plate probably does help to reduce the likelihood of hot spots forming in the barrel ... but a "vortex", I'm thinking not so much.


    • Troutman
      Troutman commented
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      There is a cooker on the market, and I'm racking my brain to think of it, that has a free wheeling propeller that spins when convected air rises from the fire. When I saw this I thought of that cooker, now if my brain will only begin to function and remember

    • aladdin4d
      aladdin4d commented
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      It is possible to induce a vortex with a stationary "plate" with the right deflection. It's kind of a holy grail as a potential cooling system. That said. I don't know about this cooker really doing such a thing. I have a feeling maintaining a vortex would take more airflow than you would actually have or want. I'm technically under an NDA but here's a link to a patent. Image 6 shows one type of vortex inducing deflection plate. https://patents.google.com/patent/US20170301375A1/en

    • chenrici
      chenrici commented
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      Why not? „ Air is forced upwards from the center air intake (controlled by the foot operated air intake lever) into the hot charcoal. The hot air is then forced through the vortex plate at the correct angles causing the air inside the smoker to spin. The spinning air helps maintain a consistent temperature throughout the smoker. The vortex plate also acts as a heat deflector which helps reduce burned meat.“ No rocket science there.
  • klflowers
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 2412
    • Tennessee

    It looks interesting, but I guess if I am going hot and fast I would go with the proven PBC. On the vortex, it is stationary and does not spin:

    The plate is stationary and does not spin


    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 11217
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        Pizza insert
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        lots of probes.

      Interesting, and it looks great.


      • au4stree
        Club Member
        • Aug 2018
        • 418
        • Birmingham, AL
        • Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC), PK360(graphite), Jumbo Joe and PBC. Weber kettle @ the hunting camp.

        Great looking unit, thanks for posting review


        • LA Pork Butt
          Charter Member
          • Dec 2014
          • 4582
          • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

          I have a bias, but at $800 I would buy a Kamado. For me that would eliminate the learning curve. of course, MCS is always stoked with the thought “I would like to try cooking on that.” Could you lone me one for a couple of weeks? Max has a great job! He gets to try his hand on different cookers without needing to buy them.


          • Potkettleblack
            Potkettleblack commented
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            Was just going to say that $800 for a pretty UDS is a bit out of my expectation zone for a UDS.

          • chenrici
            chenrici commented
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            Not really sure about the spending: I see many people spend tons on extras for the WSM and heard the PBC is not that durable. And, well with Kamados you certainly don‘t get that reactivity with the temp......
            Last edited by chenrici; November 9th, 2019, 01:41 AM.
        • SparkDog
          Club Member
          • Dec 2018
          • 62
          • Amarillo
          • Hunsaker Vortex Drum, Weber 2-Burner Spirit Gas Grill and 22" Weber Kettle with SNS on the way.
            When time permits, I will also brew some beer and ride bicycles

          This is what I cook on most weekends. I used to own a cheap offset smoker that finally rusted out after 15 years. I went with the barrel smoker since it was basically set and forget. Yes I visit it periodically and adjust the airflow but I usually can keep it within 10 degrees plus or minus without hovering over it. After feeding the beast for may years, I can now cook meat and do other things without worrying about putting more fuel in the fire box.
          Max Good stated that he had problems lighting the fire. I had questions on how to run the thing before I bought it and looked at the UDS sites,as well as the Pit Barrel Cooker recommendation on this site, to figure out if it was really what I wanted. I agree that Hunsaker does not give you much to work with as far as how these things work. I came away with lighting the fire by filling the basket about half full of charcoal and making a pit in the center. I start about 2 dozen briquettes in my starter and, when ashed over, dump them in the center, add about 4 chunks of wood, put the vortex plate on it and place the whole thing in the smoker. With that, it runs all day, I have never had to add more fuel. I have cooked both low & slow and hot & fast
          The barrel is supposed to be stainless steel. I figure that if my steel smoker, exposed to the weather, lasted 15 years, I should get considerably more life out of this one. Of course, at $800, I'm hedging my bets and covering the thing which I never did with my offset.
          Overall, I have really enjoyed it. So much so that I run it nearly every weekend I am home. Unlike my cheap offset, which had me preparing wood every hour, I just check it and tweak it on occasion which allows me to do other things around the house.


          • Max Good
            Max Good commented
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            Thanks for sharing your experience with the Vortex Smoker. Happy holidays!

          • FireMan
            FireMan commented
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            Double thanks, just what we needed!

          • chenrici
            chenrici commented
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            Great, constructive and helpful feedback
        • Craigar
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          • Jul 2014
          • 1016
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          I find it fascinating the 22.5" WSM received a silver medal because of the difficulty in maintaining temps under 275, while an $800 barrel that is difficult to control temps and is for expert competition teams receives a gold medal. Max Good which of the two aforementioned products is the most difficult to operate? The 22.5" WSM or the Hunsaker Vortex Barrel Smoker? Thank you.


          • Max Good
            Max Good commented
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            Hunsaker developed some innovative features for their Vortex which we believe merits our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

          • chenrici
            chenrici commented
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            1) Vortex Fire Basket
            2) High Temp Powder coating
            3) Floating Lid Hinge
            4) Dolly type wheels and castor
            5) Bottom intake
            As options
            6) Hybrid Rack
            7) Rib Hanger
            8) Thermometer Holder
            All from one Hand
            And yes, all your cookers need your learning process, certainly true for the WSM
            Last edited by chenrici; November 9th, 2019, 02:15 AM.
        • ecowper
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 2614
          • Maple Valley, WA
          • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
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          Craigar I just noticed that you are in Papillion .... I consulted with Werner Enterprises for several years. Nice area (except when there's a blizzard)

          The thing about the WSM 22.5" is that it just takes a bit of tuning on the charcoal set up and you can run 225-250 pretty darn consistently. The key is that Weber's charcoal instructions are gauranteed to create a ridiculously large, hot fire. Once you start following the method used by Harry Soo, maintaining temps is easy.

          I do find it funny that the Weber website tells you that the WSM 22.5 will feed 6-8 people.


          • Craigar
            Craigar commented
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            ecowper We have been in Papio for about 20 years now and have watched the population double in that time. People in Omaha have caught on to us. Werner, they just keep on trucking.

            One of these years I will cut my losses with the Smoke E-Z for the 26.75" kettle and buy a WSM 22.5, since that is what I have had my eye on since they first came out.

            Feed 6-8 people? How big are these people? Or for how long will it feed 6-8 people on one cook? A week? Wow, that's crazy.

          • BriggsBBQ
            BriggsBBQ commented
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            @Craiger what do you think of the Smoke E-Z? Seems like it would make the 26.75" into a massive WSM.

          • Craigar
            Craigar commented
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            BriggsBBQ that's what I thought too. All in all it isn't too bad. I use it more like a PBC than a WSM. I have experienced some smoke leakage issues and plan to try and seal up the gaps between the lid and body. I hang half chickens in it and it cooks them like a champ. I'm not going to totally toss in the towel until I have exhausted all options on getting a handle on temps under 300°. I have bought a gasket, now I am going to wait until it warms up to install it.
        • Attjack
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          Craigar Your 26 must be wobbly when you add the Smoke EZ. I know mine is with my Arteflame.


          • Craigar
            Craigar commented
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            Attjack Yeah, she's a bit top heavy...but nothing like Dolly Parton. I am hoping one of these years I can build a table for it.

          • BriggsBBQ
            BriggsBBQ commented
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            Craigar gotta love ole Dolly Parton.
        • FireMan
          Charter Member
          • Jul 2015
          • 6778
          • Bottom of Winnebago

          Well, lemmee see here Attjack & Craigar , in a discussion of a vortex drum cooker, did we manage to fit Dolly Parton into this equation?


          • Craigar
            Craigar commented
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            FireMan I figured a reference to Dolly was better suited to this forum than a reference to Morgana the Kissing Bandit.

          • FireMan
            FireMan commented
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            Aha, now I understand. 🤔
        • BriggsBBQ
          Club Member
          • Feb 2016
          • 301
          • Dallas

          I watched Aaron Franklin’s MasterClass on fires. It’s interesting because he mentions a license plate or anything to deflect the airflow down in and offset creating a swirl of airflow. This keeps steady heat at the grate of an offset with large exhaust at the gate level. I’m thinking a offset fire would have a hotter fire and more airflow. But maybe that doesn’t matter.




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          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

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          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

          NK-22-Ck Grill

          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

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          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

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          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

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          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

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          kareubequ bbq smoker

          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

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          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

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          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

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          Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

          masterbuilt gas smoker

          Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

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          PK 360 grill

          Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

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          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

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          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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