Hubby watches "America's Test Kitchen" on PBS and subscribes to their magazine "Cook's Illustrated." He reads it dilligently from cover to cover. They recommend a Tremontina Dutch oven carried by Wal-Mart. It is cast iron and weighs a ton, but balances the heat properly. Unfortunately after canvassing all the available Wal-Marts Hubby couldn't find it. Finally he ordered it online from Wal-Mart and had it delivered to a local store. I picked it up today. Such excitement. He has a whole slew of recipes he can hardly wait to try.