Originally Posted by oakbarn
Get a Stout Kettle. The weldless fitting can be a PIA after many uses on a Blickman. [...]
Umm....what? I have three years and ~500 gallons brewed using those fittings, never ever had even a hint of a problem with them.
As for the whole hops thing, the Blingmann FB should work quite well, the price isn't a turn-off...