was going to get the deluxe kit because northern brewer had a free dark star burner with the deluxe, then i realized i had a burner we use for crawfish boils. ended up getting the essential kit which is just 2 plastic buckets, 1 for fermenting, 1 for bottling, came with the Irish Red extract kit. Threw in a gravity kit, a 5gal kettle, and a 6gal plastic carboy for a 2ndary fermenter. came to $17x.xx shipped. Also when you spent $125+ you got a free Caribou Drool extract kit.