I started pouring lead in early 2016. I only pour enough for myself and a couple friends, so I don't have a lot of knowledge to offer. I am satisfied with the 4# Lee pot and the Lee lead ladle. It is fast enough for my needs. I was nervous at first before I started, and like you, I watched several videos, and read many printed articles and materials to help get aquainted with the techniques and safety aspect of lead pouring. The nervousness was unwarranted. As long as you follow the safety measures, it is very enjoyable. You'll like it.