One thing is being willing to go with less than desirable equipment, live on craigs list. Sucks but you got to do what you got to do. I picked up 2 400 gallon dairy tanks for less than 1k, yes they are not conicals but You got to start somewhere. If they don't work as fermentors I'm sure I can add some ss screen and have extra mash tuns or sell them to other start ups.
Remember one man's trash is anothers Treasure.