just bought my cooler at home depot last week. I used their website and checked which store had them in stock. You could also try asking around to family members to see if they have a cooler you could borrow or have and offer to buy them a new one when the warm weather gets here. As for your pot, I have an 8 gallon aluminum pot that so far I love. Aluminum is really easy to drill through to mount the spigot. I used a 7/8" spade bit and first used the tip of it and a hammer to punch an indentation and then went to drilling. it cut like butter. Putting the spigot on the cooler was even easier because you just remove the existing drain, just don't screw the ball valve on too tight. LAstly, I cut a hole in the top of my cooler and put a sprinkler head designed for a faucet in there so i have an "auto sparge" haven't used it yet but it looks like it's gonna work great. I have the kettle screen in the bottom.