I have always wanted a fire pit. When I moved into my current house I was so excited because I could finally get one. We have lived here a few years and finally we had the opportunity to totally redo our back patio, sea wall, and deck area. So since we were going to redo the whole thing, I said that I wanted a fire pit, finally! We went looking and found this one. It happened to be the perfect size for what we were looking for. I wish the stones looked nicer, but oh well. It does look nice out there though, and it looks nice with the furniture and planters and whatnot that we purchased for out there. I think it will hold up pretty well in the years to come. I wanted to avoid one that was completely metal, as I live on the water and the whole thing would just rust. This one only has the metal on the top part that goes over the fire, so at least that part I can bring inside. It is really easy to clean. You just scoop out the old crap, throw in some new wood, and you are off and burning again!