I used the kettle for the first time on my brew this past weekend. I was very pleased. It is a good medium duty pot, meaning it is not as heavy gauge as some I've seen. Simple to assemble. Somewhat narrow, which helped limit the boil losses. I very much appreciate the graduated markings, which my other kettle does not have resulting in it being demoted to serving as hot liquor kettle. Don't care for the lock on the ball valve handle, but it is a good heavy duty ball valve. I think this will be perfect for my frequency of brewing every few months.