Originally Posted by Ryanh1801
Um why didn't you just use your brew pot?
+1... I'm relatively new to AG as well, and what I've been doing is using my brewpot to heat mash water, then heating the sparge water in the brewpot during the mash, and then collecting the wort in a spare 6.5g bucket. once the last batch of sparge water goes into the MLT, I can collect the remainder of the wort in the brew kettle while dumping in the wort from the bucket.
That's not to say that I wouldn't use a HLT if I had a spare kettle, but I certainly don't consider it a necessity...