We love cast iron cookware. I strongly endorse what MB said about shopping around though. Just as one example, the Rumford site advertises a 9 quart Lodge dutch oven for $196, but the Lodge site lists it at $112. And that same model is selling on Amazon for $79. Go figger! But cast iron, while expensive, is worth it! Just learn how to use it (and keep it properly seasoned). My wife won’t even attempt to make corn bread in anything else.