I've been looking to upgrade to a 15 gallon kettle for some time now and was about ready to pony up for a Blichmann or Megapot when I came across this Penrose kettle
. Honestly, I think it looks the coolest of the three before price is even factored in. I've read that the guys who sell them will drill a couple holes for me for a thermometer and sight glass, so that's not an issue either (I'm the worst DIYer in the world). I'm just looking to use it for boils as I've got a nice tun already, so slow even heating isn't a priority either.
How easy is it to scorch wort heating it from mash-out temps to boiling with what looks like a thin, stainless steel bottom? Are there any other downsides I'm not aware of? I've just been using a 7.5 gallon pot that came with my Bayou Classic burner.