This is a great addition to our backyard. Just used it last night so I can't speak to durability, but it was wonderful to have the ambiance of the fire will we all sat around it with our beverages and just visited. We live in a 55+ community, where open wood burning fires are not allowed. This is a fantastic alternative. One man assembled it in 1.5 hours. The box is very large and it weighs a lot, too, but a hand truck was used to move it from the garage to the yard. Others mentioned an odor which burned off quickly. Once the fire is lit, the logs begin to turn a black and ash color like real wood. Also, the ignitor worked well, though you need to slowly turn the knob for adjusting the flame. If you turn it too quickly, the flame goes out. This fire pit table looks like an 800.00 investment for half that cost. I would buy it again and our friends are planning to purchase it for their yard. Thank you, Hayneedle.