its a valve...
its no SS three piece valve, but it gets the job done.
Haven't used it yet.
I have yet to install the valve. But it seems like a nice set up for the money. Big burly gaskets, nice thick threads. I do wish they included instructions for if you don't have a pre drilled kettle.
Great buy but use caution with the rubber handle
I installed one of these in an old aluminum pot I wanted to turn into a hot liquor tank. Installation was a breeze and it seals great both cold and at temperature. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the rubberized handle coating started to melt/bubble during my second brew, but quick squirt of water kept it in control. It likely would not be an issue if my pot was wider to keep the valve farther from the heat source. Regardless I would buy this again.