I'd say its not worth the effort. Get something that you can grow into.
Besides, three gallons will not let you boil three gallons, at most, 2 gallons.
I'd say get at least a 7 gallon (28 qt) so that you can do a full boil with five gallons. (realistically you may want 8 gallons so that you have a little extra freeboard).
A guy on ebay has some 9 gallon ones that have a thermometer and a 1/2 inch dump valve for 99 dollars. he is out now, but will have more.
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