Quote Originally Posted by Noble View Post
The problem with the steel tank is it takes longer to pour stuff in because it air locks if you are too aggressive. So developer and stop went in slow.
Tilt the tank slightly (experiment) while pouring in solutions. They'll go in faster than if the tank is flat on a counter.

Seriously, folks, tens of thousands of us have successfully used both steel and plastic reels for decades. The "one is better" or "I can use one but not the other" comes up on this forum frequently. It's usually technique, not equipment.