Howdy, I am recently retired and about to build my first still. I have seen plenty of styles and when I priced the items separately, such as Stainless steel pot, and gas burner from a restaurant supply store you can spend over $200.00 for the parts. Last week while having a beer with my friend (who has no knowledge of my plans) just in passing mentioned that he had bought a turkey deep fryer last year (for turkeys). I started checking out prices on Bass Pro Shops, Cabella's . As fate would have it a couple of days later I got an advertisement from Amazon.com that was offering free shipping and I thought I would search for one there just for the hell of it. Wowza.............You can get a 30 Qt. Stainless Steel pot there with everything except for the propane tank and including a thermometer for $69.00..........and with a little smarts can "still" (no punn intended), make a big batch of chicken soup when you are not distilling water.
BTW, This is my first post but I have been researching and daydreaming about this hobby for many years. I would like to thank the folks that created this site because it has by far the most collective knowledge of anyplace that I have seen in five years. If I hadn't found this place I would have been doomed to a very big headache because the folks on the History Channel show "Moonshiners" never mention "Heads". They just dumped fermented wash into the still and then showed the end result.