As long as you are dedicating your tools to soapmaking, why not get a container that is just right for the job? You will no longer have to rob your kitchen for the perfect pot. The 87 oz bucket works nicely for one or two-pound fat batches. If you want to try your hand at something larger, use a 1, 2, or 3.5-gallon size. The 1, 2, and 3.5-gallon sizes all have wire handles for easy carrying. These are great for storing oils and clays too! Lids included. In our shop, we will even put the 1 and 2 gallon buckets in the microwave. Just make sure the handle will have at least 2 inches of clearance from any side of the oven. The 2 inches of clearance will prevent arcing.
Photo Note: Buckets shown from left to right are: 5 gallons, 3.5 gallons, 2 gallons, 1 gallon, and 87 oz.