This Dutch oven far exceeded my expectations. If you've never seasoned new cast iron it does involve some work, but even the "bigger" brands recommend additional seasoning before using the pre-seasoned ovens, so for this price it's a real winner. Use an oil with a high smoke point (extra light olive oil is good) and do it properly and you'll have no problem. Whatever oil you decide to use, a lot of people will tell you that certain oils will go rancid and to avoid them - that only applies to the oil itself, after the oil is seasoned properly, rancidity is a non-issue. Not sure why one reviewer said it was a bit "rough" - it needs to be to absorb the oil properly. After seasoning it will be slick as a whistle. Made BBQ rub chicken breast as first recipe, oven performed flawlessly, and cleaned up perfectly after cooling down. Next morning made some homemade bread (all of this at the campsite) and it didn't stick AT ALL, nor did it taste like BBQ chicken. I would definitely recommend this oven to others!