Having spent quite a bit of money on pots and pans over the years I knew straight off this pan would be very, very thin gauge stainless and it is. For cooking I would find it unacceptable as every thing but water would burn and stick.
However I purchased this pot to use as a dye bath for dyeing wool yarn and rovings. For that it is ideal. It holds enough water to dye several hanks at once. I use a heat diffuser under it so I can keep the water at a simmer so as not to felt the wool. This pot is ideal for the purpose I intended it for, 30 minute simmering on low diffused heat, then allowing to cool with cover in place.
To be honest, there is no way I would use this pot to make a stew or even a stock as it would burn in quick order, especially on even a medium heat. To give you an idea of the thinness of gauge...the pot can be warped by pressing with a hand.