I was tired of burning my hands and dumping ashes in my food at camp with my old Dutch oven, so after taking a cooking class from the Iron Chefs Dutch Oven group in our area I bought this 10 " DO. Three legs allow baking coals to get air, flat lid allows for piling coals on to bake. Made the best lasagna ever in this and after seasoning, it doesn't stick. Follow enclosed directions. Go to the Dutch Oven Society. org for some great recipes. This size is perfect for 2-4 people.