I definitely have a lot to learn, but I used my dutch oven tonight for the first time. Now I am hooked! I tried it in an open fire, once there were only coals left. Believe it or not, I was trying to make brownies. The first attempt, I really burned the crap out of the brownies. lol The second try, only the bottom was burned. By the third attempt, I actually had edible brownies! The moral to this story is: never give up.