To tell the truth, there is nothing wrong with the pots. The problem was a cosmetic defect with the removable thermometer.
John Blichmann won't ship anything unless he knows it is perfect.
False alarm about something wrong with the pots.
The pot and thermometer would have worked fine but it didn't look perfect .
I don't want people thinking there is something wrong with the design or something.
Just like the Nottingham yeast, once it is said on the internet it is fact. (even after it is no longer a fact)
It would be cool if the title of this thread could be changed, as to not sully the reputation of a fine product with no problems.