My Burn Right Burn Barrel was purchased in 2001 and has been used on a regular basis ever since. It has burned outdoor organics such as leaves/branches but also in- home important papers/taxes, everything necessary for a household of 4 people. As witnessed by the photo taken on May 7, 2019, the barrel is still in excellent condition. A new rounded top cover was recently ordered to replace the original flat cover; but the unit itself will probably last another 17 + years. Also evidenced by the photo, there is very little damage to surrounding areas as most of the heat rises up and out. Having A Burn Right Burn Barrel sure beats the 50 gallon barrel we used to have requiring manpower to empty because it did not burn clean. Since it burns so hot, very little ash remains which the wind blows out.