Originally Posted by Junkster
I looks to me like the new (more expensive) version would be a lot easier to deal with because it has a place for a wrench, and a captive SS washer. If you plan on doing regular dis-assembly as part of your cleaning routine, I think this version would be better in the long run.
I'm planning on using the new, soldered model for my new (SS kettle in round cooler) MLT.
I use the older model for my HLT and BK. They work fine, but I think the new model will work even better. I like that washer more than the o-rings.