Originally Posted by 501irishred
IMO if you want a kettle with ports or even think you might add ports one day, go heavy. If you just want a big pot to boil in, go a cheap as want. A thin wall kettle with welded or press fit connections is bound to give you troubles in the long run and you'll find yourself spending that money again later when you get fed up and replace it. just my 2 cents....
I have to disagree with this. When you say "it's bound to give you troubles" what do you mean? Also press fit? Nobody press fits fittings in.
The tri-clad kettles are about 1.2mm thick. The 'economy' kettles are about 1mm thick. We've stocked both and I've personally cut through both and couldn't tell the difference in thickness. I could tell the difference in an actual economy kettle that was .6mm thick though.
The heat distributions thing is pretty much a marketing ploy which is meaningless when brewing.
I would be the less expensive 10 times outta 10. It'll last just as long and will actually heat up faster than the thicker bottom and is much lighter. Although wouldn't you rather buy our kettle with fittings that were welded on in the USA and not China like the competitors
Good luck with the purchase!!