« on: January 15, 2016, 01:51:56 PM »
For me it was after I got a pot w/a spigot that I realized how glad I was that I did. Prior to that it didn't matter to me. Now I'm really grateful for it. I think that's up to your individual situation for the cost/benefit of each add on.
I will pass on my experience. I started w/an old surplus navy stainless pot. It served me well for a long time. While I was using it, I stuck by the adage "If it's cheap, and stainless, buy it. - You'll find a use for it later." Now I have a lot of stuff, and am still acquiring. I continuously am trying to upgrade my system, and suspect I will never be finished. Question yourself if this is the road you want to travel.
That said one recommendation I will strongly make to you is to get a pot big enough for the entire batch. If you are doing 5 gallon batches, get an 8 gallon pot or bigger.