Get this kettle! Excellent heavier duty construction that has enough volume to avoid boil overs! I still watch it but after numerous boils, it hasn't even come close (I start with 6.5 gallon of wort). The lid sits on very securely and I'm glad of that as I had to leave early one brew session when it wasn't quite cooled down and the last thing I wanted was ingress to bacteria/air. I have the 2" thermometer and prefer it as I do stir the pot on occasion and the longer probe would get in the way. Also, the pick up tube is a terrific add on - helps to keep the trub in the centre of the pot and allows almost complete draining of the kettle possible.