Yes, I'm really quite happy. I'm going from 5 gallon batches on my stove to this, and it is a substantial investment. I finally pulled the trigger with Stout about a month ago and I have no regrets. I haven't brewed on it yet, but all the welds and the build quality look excellent. There is one thing I would change on th HLT if I had the chance, and that is the entrance for the heating element. It's fine on the boil kettle because the bottom is not flat so there is an added ring that raises everything up (see the 3rd pic above). The HLT doesnt have this, so the entrance is low and I'll have to raise the kettle so the heater encloser doesn't hit the counter. It's not a huge problem since I'm using a formica counter and need to raise it anyway because of heat, but there isn't a great way to enclose the heating element if the kettle is resting flat on a counter. It's just to low.