When you open the box this fermenter is ready to go, just clean and sanitize. Included are a 1" nickel plated bottom ball valve, 1/2" racking port nickel plated 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 gallon recipes but can hold larger batches. Eliminates the need for a secondary fermenter and allows you to easily harvest yeast to pitch onto new batches.