I've done a few batches of beer in an old aluminum canning pot which turned out fine, but I'm getting sick of mucking about with racking canes and floating thermometers and the like. I'd like to step up to a proper brew kettle with ball-valve and integrated thermometer (do those actually work?) and whatnot.
My trouble is I'm having a hard time finding anything online or that will ship affordably. I never brew batches larger than 5 gal, so I don't need anything too ridiculous. Anyone have any suggestions?