This does exactly what I wanted: burns odd bits of wood and paper. The dome stops sparks etc flying out of the fire pit. It is ideal to cook on, especially as you can access the fire underneath the food without disturbing the cooking, e.g. if you want to add to the wood. It is a great focal point for sitting around on cold evenings, and does a nice burger. It has sat in my garden for a few months now and other than keeping a cover on it to keep out the rain, it has stood up to rain and wind very well.