I may take some flack for suggesting aluminum, but I've used stills built on garage-sale 5-gallon aluminum pressure cookers with fine success. The metal is soft enough to cut and thread with common tools. The used cookers are usually cheap.
The main issue in a potstill is attaching the copper or stainless head to the boiler, and with aluminum, you can cut the hole with a hole saw, thread it for 2" (or 1 1/2") pipe threads, and screw whatever kind of head you want on to it.
If you are using it for potstilly things, you'll want to be able to open the top way up for cleaning, de-scorching, are distilling solids like grape pomace for grappa. The easy-off pressure cooker lid solves that problem for you.
Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Andy" <andrewfrench6@...> wrote:
> I am just starting out in the distilling hobby and I did start out by reading the newbie faq on homedistiller.org. I knew that distilling was a science before I got into it however, there is a lot of information to cover. Anyway I wanted to know where to begin by building my own still. I know I want to build a pot still for whiskeys and rums (not big about 5 gallons or less). I really don't know where to start. Any help with an easy design would help. Any material suggestions would help aswell? Like I said I am a little intimidated please help.