I waited too long to join the world of cast iron. Naturally, I wanted the best. Buy once, cry once...right? Out of the box, it's beautiful and the lid fits perfectly. The first thing I made with it was street corn and roasted vegetables. It gives a wonderful char effortlessly. Trying to do that on a non-stick pan where high heat will destroy the coating was frustrating. This has been a pleasure to use and I know it will outlast us. Truly an heirloom piece if properly cared for, which I also found was rather easy to do. Stop waiting. Just buy it. I'm so glad I did.