I've had a solostove bonfire for a few years, and when the Yukon came out, I had to get it. This pit is a monster! It devours logs and provides the hottest, cleanest burn. This keeps me and my crew warm on the coldest of Minnesota nights. The convex bottom of the pit was a surprise, but it works well to keep the air flowing for a clean burn. This or any stainless pit is going to discolor with use, but if you want a polished stainless yard decoration, try scrap metal art. I love this pit and the brand. Will certainly last a lifetime with proper use.