So I am looking into upgrading the gear I use to do a boil. Currently I have a 5 gallon stainless steal pot, I use an electric range to heat the water, and my kitchen sink to cool down the wort. It works, but I have had problems with my wort boiling over lately. I have tried putting less water in for the boil, then top up in the fermenter later, but this has lead to some scorching. Not to mention that fact it takes quite a while to get the wort to a boil and even longer to cool it off. The obvious answer is to upgrade my gear.
I know very little about boiling setups. It seems propane is a popular choice, but anything that can boil water quickly and keep an even, controllable temperate I will consider. Also, what should I look for in a brew pot? Are cooling coils for the wort worth it? Amazon has some good deals, but I wouldn't mind giving a specialty home brew site my business either. I would like to keep it under $150.
Thanks for all of the feedback. Amazon had a great combo deal with a propane burner, 8 gallon stainless pot, and wort chiller for $150. However, the shipping put it over $225. So I went with a 10 gal pot (same brand just bigger and no shipping fee for the same price) and a Bayou burner. I will get the wort chiller some other time. I decided it was better to get some good quality gear, rather than go for lesser quality pieces that I know I will replace in short order.