So, I needed a bigger stock pot. I have an 8 quart with a heavy bottom that's ok for making spaghetti sauce & that sort of thing but not big enough. I've been looking for a while at a lot of options and it's easy to spend anywhere from $50 to $250 or more on a decent 16 quart pot. I'm not in the $250 per pot market so I finally decided to take a flyer on a Tramontina tri-ply stainless steel pot @ Walmart. (I'm not generally a Walmart shopper either). I bought a Tramontina 16 quart tri-ply SS pot which comes with a glass lid for $49.00 plus tax.
I tried it out today with a batch of spaghetti sauce - about 7 1/2 quarts when finished. I make it pretty traditionally starting with sweating onions & garlic, then adding the spices, tomatoes & other ingredients & simmering for about 3 hours.
I have to say it's a terrific pot. It sweated the onions just fine without any scorching & handled the long slow simmer just fine as well. I had to adjust my temps a bit because it seems to transmit the heat a little more than my old pot but other than that it performed it's function just fine.
I'm always relieved when a low-cost solution works out well.
So - if you want a cheap pot that works well there's my recommendation. They offer a 22 quart model for $10 more.