Welded ports mean that you won’t be messing with leaky weldless kits or trying to drill a hole in your kettle. These are 1/2″ NPT, already installed and leak free.
The ports are also full ports, meaning the are accessible and threaded on both the inside and the outside of the kettle. For the bottom port, that means you can install both a ball valve (on the outside) and a pickup tube or bazooka screen (on the inside). Most people probably use the top port for a thermometer.
You can also get the kettle know with an eye to upgrading to in the future. Just get a 1/2″ NPT plug (along with some teflon tape) to seal these off.
More About this Kettle…”18 Gauge 8 gallon pot with two welded 1/2″ female full coupling and lid. Perfect for using a 1/2″ ball valve on the outside and a bazooka screen on the inside. Optional ball valves are supplied with a 3/8” barb. Use a probe thermometer (see options) on the other weld. Pot measures approximately 13 5/8″ diameter x 13 3/8″ depth with the spigot approximately 1.5″ from the bottom to the center of the hole.” (keep reading)
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