I've had mines since last July. I was comparing them to blichmann for months before I made my purchase. I ended up getting a 14.5 gallon fermenter with all the bells and whistles and everytime I use it I never regret it. I've had the opportunity to get a blichmann at a fair price but it doesn't look as sturdy as the stout although I've never seen a blichmann in person. Hands down stout conicals for me. I got the butterfly valves, wheels, thermometer, 3in hole in lid to dry hop, racking arm. I tell you what, spend the money now and it'll save u future aggravation. Easy as heck to clean as well. Hope this helps you and good luck.