This Paderno World Cuisine 8.625 inch black round Dutch oven is primarily used to slowly braise or simmer. The ability of the Dutch oven to evenly distribute heat makes it perfect for tenderizing any cut of meat for stews or heavy cassoulets. These ovens are easy to clean, durable and compatible with standard stovetops, induction ranges, and conventional ovens. Each oven comes with a matching lid to keep in heat and moisture. The “Chasseur” cookware line has been enameled twice. It is first enameled in black, which seals the edges, protects against corrosion and is a primer for the color. Next it is enameled with a color, which adds durability and ensures that the oven retains its color. The enamel makes the oven easy to clean. All lid knobs are heat resistant up to 400° F. Note that all dimensions are interior and do not include handles or thickness of material.