I have two different equipment questions. First, does the group have any good suggestions for a decent quality 5 gallon (20qt) pot? Not quite looking to step up to the 8 gallon big guys yet as I will still be doing stove top boils, but looking to do my first 5 gallon batches (with the 2.5 gallon boil). My existing 3 gallon pot I have been using for my small batches obviously won't cut it. The economy one NB has seems to be pretty thin (could easily flex when I was in store), so looking for a bit of a step up.
Second item may not exist, but wanted to see how people have delt. With my small batches, I have left them on the counter to monitor for any blowoff issues, with the hose just in a regular cup. Going to 5 gallons, the fermentor will be on the floor. I am concerned with my son or dog messing with the container that the hose would be in. Are there any off the shelf items that exist that would "seal" the blowoff bucket (possibly with an additional stopper for the air flow)? Or is my best bet just to find a bucket with a lid that I can cut a hole in for the hose, and some smaller holes for airflow (like an old gallon ice cream bucket or something)?