My dutch oven is round, not oval as in description. It is 12" round (with a slight slant inward to the bottom) and about 5.25" high (7qt. size). Shape was not crucial for me but if it is to you, I would verify. Durability is yet to be determined but initial impression is that quality is good. Finish is very shiny all over with black exterior, off-white interior. Mine had an insert that said it was not dishwasher safe and recommended only wood/plastic tools be used. Again, not an issue for me.
Needed a smaller dutch oven for outdoor cooking demo purposes. Been burned in the past by inferior quality imports made of who-knows-what-kind of scrap metals. Was familiar with the Bayou Classic brand from family members so decided to take a chance on this product. Straight out of the shipping box it was an alarming shade of bright shiny gray, like a new gunbarrel (yikes!). "Seasoning instructions" included with product said to coat all surfaces with solid shortening & bake in 300 degree oven for 1 hour then repeat two more times, which I did. Still shiny & sticky to the touch. I used white lard instead of veg.shortening and repeated the process for a total of nine times until surface had darkened to a reasonable non-stick state. Drove home the the undisputable face that PRE-SEASONED AMERICAN-MADE cast iron cookware is a better buy and a better bargain in the long run. Despite this limitation, prouct performed well enough during daily use for the two long weeks of my cooking demo. No surface irregularities as mentioned in other reviews. Recommend with above-stated reservation.
We have a several cast iron pots and this smaller size was expected to better fit the need for making "jambalia"; gumbos , white ,red/field eas ,etc, for a group less than 35-50 in most cases. Only used it for one "jambalia" at this time and it proved success for 30 people...
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