Let's see if we can "un-hijack" this thread for a reply or two.
When I moved up to 5 gallon batches, I looked at the NB kits. There were just too many items that I didn't need.
So I decided to 'piece it together'. It may have been my "inner MacGyver" trying to escape, but we'll leave that for another episode post
I bought a BMB and a bottling bucket and did some batches over the winter with the existing kettle using this approach: https://byo.com/mead/item/1505-the-texas-two-step-method . Looking at brewing outside now - so it's research time for a properly sized kettle and heat source.