Had some Three Alarm Pepper Cheese and red pepper cheddar cheese sitting in my fridge begging to be smoked. Decided to use try out my Vortex pellet tray rather than the Big Kahuna. Removed the drip pan, loaded up the pellets, placed the Vortex on top of the deflector with the cheese position right over top - DUH! Never thought about the heat coming up from the tray. Oh well, lesson learned. At least it wasn't a total loss. Vortex worked great though. Pellets burned all the way through.