Thanks for all of these ideas, I'm going to have to think about what will work best for the setup. I like the idea of a pre filter Ron, but I think the pre filter might be all I really need. I'm not worried about little particles ending up in the fermenter, as long as they flow through the chiller without plugging it.
I whirlpool manually with a paddle before turning on the recirc, but the pump isn't strong enough to give me a great cone. It's not a problem unless I'm making something hoppy, but if I am the pile of hops in the center comes above the level of the outlet. It's a rounded bottom kettle with the outlet towards the bottom.
I like the hop spider idea, maybe add leg extensions so it will fit over the kettle. The existing ones say it fits a 22" pot, this is more like 90". Although I keep the lid partially on, so maybe it would work out.
It's all frustrating, but I'll work something out. Thanks again, if you have more ideas let me know.