Maybe we can get Michael and Lori to quickly put up the kind/brand of DO to purchase. There's a lot of junk out there and no one wants to waste $$
Dutch Ovens are made from several materials: Cast Iron, Aluminum, & Enamel over Iron. Also, Dutch Ovens are “Kitchen Style” & “Camp Style”. Lastly there are different levels of quality. We would recommend, if you decide to buy a Dutch Oven, get an American Made one. They are far better quality. (cheap cast iron cracks and sometimes has Hot Spots)
There are many sizes of Dutch Ovens, so what size should you get? What Style should you get?
It really depends on what you want to cook, how many you want to feed, and what options you want to make available.
We recommend the 12DO3 Kitchen plus the 10" camp lid for the best all around Dutch Oven for two people. You can use the flat bottom DO in your oven at home & you can switch lids and place legs under for camp cooking. (all I could find is a 12" lid photo, but you would get a10" lid.)
For four people it seems the 12" camp DO works best. I recommend getting the 12" deep because you can then bake breads as well as all other dishes.
My favorite brand of Dutch Oven is Lodge Dutch Ovens
. They really make quality Ovens.
I hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions.