Pots allow for less evaporation with their relatively small amount of surface area, making them ideal for cooking stews and soups for long amounts of time. This Heritage Steel pot is made in Tennessee of 5 layers including 3 layers of aluminum for heat conductivity. The handle is hollow and does not heat while pan is on the stove. It does not have a nonstick coating but is easy to clean. This pan can be used on an induction stovetop.