Thank you all so much, Gentlemen.
It sounds like used kegs are the way to go. I have no fear about working with them, just wanted to make sure there wasn't a dark side. So, tell me, is there a preference or preponderance for types (ball or pin locks)? Or is one rarely avaliable compared to the other? Should I buy an expensive quality stainless faucet or just a cheapo party tap? I eventually will build a collar on my temp controlled chest freezer, but was just thinking of going with the cheap party tap until I got the hang of the process.
Do you prefer force carbonation or adding priming sugars to keg for carbonation? I kind of like the idea of using priming sugar for carbonation.....is it a romantic notion I ought to abandon for quick and easy force carb?