I notice quite a few questions/comments fermentation vessels. I just started winemaking and was on a tight budget. Started shopping around for ceramic crocks at garage sales, antique stores, and craigs list. Quite a few out there and if you shop around you can find a good deal. Most I paid was $30 and that was for a 10 gal crock. Caution: watch for hairline cracks, inside chips, and pinholes. Fill the crock and let it sit for a few days to check for leakage before you use it. Works well for fermention but useless for secondaries.