thanks for the info. guys, i settled on a 20qt stainless for now, i'll stick to at least partial extracts for awhile anyways. I couldn't see spending over 40 on it at the moment. I had good luck w/ it, absolutely no boil over issues, i presume that here in northern colorado i could sell it when i upgrade, rather easily. I have been looking at the option of either finding someone to do it for me professionally or doing it myself, but i could probably weld up a 40qt pretty easily out of stainless, just a circle, and a rectangle.
This is a far future plan, probably 1yr+ but for the mean time the 20qt works. Working at lowe's i can keep an eye out for turkey fryers around that time of year, and probably pick one up for a pretty decent deal.