Stock Pots (sometimes called soup pots) are usually 6 quarts and larger; tall and relatively narrow with straight sides.
They are used to cook liquid foods, the ingredients of which do not require being immediately next to the source of heat.
In short, these cookware pieces are perfect for soups, chilies, pastas, stocks and sauces needed in large amounts.
Pictured above is my 8 quart pot with lid. It has a heavy-gauge aluminum core between two layers of stainless steel. This is to ensure even heat distribution and quick response to temperature changes whether slowly simmering or rapidly boiling.
It is a "5 star" pot. (no, you cannot smoke it!) I bought it online at half price (see a recommended source below) and I am exceptionally pleased with its performance.
Now I'll save you some kitchen storage and maybe some money! Buy a really good quality pot, but when you shop for a 6-8 quart pot, look for one that has a pasta insert with it or make certain you can get one to fit properly inside your pot.
Such a "combo" not only works well, but you can also use your pasta insert as a colander. Another space and money savings!
Pictured here is an example of what I mean.
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