This fermenter is the best design for five gallon recipes brewers. When you open the box our fermenter is ready to go just clean and sterilize. Included are a 1″ lead free brass bottom ball valve, 1/2″ racking port lead free brass ball valve, a lid and stand. The lid has two 1/2 inch threads with screw in plugs. There is also a screw in plug for a thermometer thread just below the label. The thermometer is not included. The Plastic is full 5/16″ thick. The unit is 38 1/2″ tall by 14 3/4″ wide. This 8 gallon fermenter is designed for five and six gallon recipes.