This 12" diameter six quart pre-seasoned classic style cast iron Dutch oven features a patented channel for inserting a thermemeter into the Dutch oven to measure the internal temperature of the oven. It's 4" depth make it great for baking desserts, biscuits, cornbread, and casseroles. Since it comes already seasoned there is no need to mess with "curing or seasoning" before use. Just take it out of the box, rinse with hot water, and start cooking. If any one Dutch oven could be called the "standard" it would be this oven. Many recipes in Dutch oven cookbooks specify a 12" Dutch oven. A 12" standard depth Dutch oven is the circular equivalent of a 9" x 13" casserole dish. This makes it very easy for the beginning dutch o0ven cook to convert a favorite home recipe into a Dutch oven recipe.