Kettles, Steamers & Trivets

The use of Wood stoves and fireplaces are great options for heating your home and living space. However, these heating appliances are deceptively good at chasing all of the humidity out of the home while they are in operation. If the air gets too dry in the home it can lead to you or your family members suffering from sore throats, sinus headaches, cracked skin, and more. A good Kettle and/or Steamer will help prevent these symptoms by adding much-needed moisture to the room. A simple Kettle or Steamer can make a world of difference during the dry winter heating season.

Kettles, Steamers & Trivets

Cast Iron Kettles and Steamers are great to use in conjunction with your fireplace, pellet stove, and wood stove

Cast iron kettles and steamers are not only functional but also add a decorative touch to your home. Designed to withstand high temperatures, they are perfect for use with fireplaces, fireplace inserts, pellet stoves, and wood stoves. They can also be used on the stove in your kitchen as well.

Kettles and Steamers work by releasing steam into the room. The steam helps by increasing the humidity levels in the area with your heating appliance and eventually spreading throughout the home. The cast iron construction enhances durability and heat retention, ensuring that the water inside remains hot for an extended period.

There are a variety of styles and models that are available on the market. Each kettle and steamer comes with unique features. For instance, some have a large capacity of up to 3 quarts, reducing the need for frequent refills. Others come with a rust-resistant enamel coating, making them easy to clean and maintain.

Decorative designs are common, with options ranging from traditional to more artistic renditions like dragon or honeycomb patterns. Remember to choose a kettle or steamer that matches your aesthetic and meets your functional needs for the best results.

Trivets are recommended to be used with all steam kettles, especially when they are placed on top of your freestanding wood-burning stove

Trivets play a crucial role in ensuring the longevity of your kettles and steamers. Trivets also play a crucial role in maintaining the surface of your wood stove, pellet stove, or heating appliance. These accessories are often made of cast iron and are placed under the steamer or kettle to disperse heat evenly. Trivets also help to protect the stove's surface from direct contact with the kettle and/or steamer.

When a kettle or steamer is placed directly on a wood-burning stove, it can cause undue wear and stress on the stove's surface. Moreover, extreme heat can lead to cracks, rust spots, or other damage to your kettle. Hence, a trivet acts as a barrier, efficiently managing heat transfer and preventing potential damage.

Trivets come in a range of designs, so you can choose one that suits your style and matches your kettle or steamer. Some trivets also feature high-temperature silicone feet to provide additional protection for your stove.

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The Best Kettles, Steamers, and Trivets are made of cast iron and feature a decorative design to match your home decor

When it comes to the best kettles, steamers, and trivets, cast iron is the material of choice due to its durability and heat retention. Additionally, these accessories often feature decorative designs to complement your home decor.

Kettles come in a variety of sizes and are categorized by the amount of water they can hold. They vary from 2 quarts to 3 quarts, 5 quarts and larger.

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You can also add items to the Kettle or Steamer to help freshen the air in your room.

To create a pleasant aroma in your room while adding moisture to the air, you can add certain items to your kettle or steamer. Essential oils or scented oils are one of the most popular choices. Just add a few drops to the water in your kettle or steamer to create a gentle, long-lasting fragrance.

Another option is to add natural ingredients. This is a good option if you also use the kettle or steamer to make tea, or other food and beverages. You can use natural spices like cinnamon sticks or cardamom pods. When simmered, they release a warm, inviting scent that can make your home smell like a bakery. For a fresh, fruity aroma, try adding peels from citrus fruits like oranges or lemons. These not only scent the air but also have natural antibacterial properties.


  • Always use heat-resistant items.
  • Avoid items that might melt or discolor the water.
  • Start with a small amount of fragrance, you can always add more if needed.
  • Experiment with different scents to find your favorite combination.

Northline Express also offers a variety of Stove Scents that can be added to give your home a pleasant aroma.

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FAQ - Kettles - Steamers and Trivets

Why would I put a kettle or steamer on a wood stove?

Placing a kettle or steamer on a wood stove serves a dual purpose. The primary reason is to increase the humidity level in your home. As wood stoves generate heat, they also dry out the air, potentially leading to discomfort and health issues like dry skin and respiratory problems. A kettle or steamer introduces moisture back into the air, helping to maintain a comfortable level of humidity.

Using a kettle or a Steamer on a wood stove can serve a functional purpose in your home as well. The kettle can be used to heat water for tea, oatmeal, cocoa, or other hot beverages. With the heat from the stove, the water in the kettle heats up, making it a convenient and energy-efficient method of preparing hot water. Since there is no electricity that is needed.

It's crucial to note that not all kettles and steamers are suitable for use on wood stoves. Always ensure that the kettle or steamer you intend to use is designed for this purpose and can withstand the high temperatures produced by the stove.

Do wood stove steamers and kettles actually work?

Yes. They work well, but you have to make sure that you are using a large enough capacity kettle or steamer for the size of fireplace, wood, or pellet stove. A kettle or steamer uses the heat from the appliance to boil the water and release steam into the air. This helps prevent the home from becoming too dry.

A home humidifier may also be another option, but these units require electrical service. Utilizing a steamer or kettle can be more energy efficient.

How do you use a kettle steamer?

Utilizing a kettle or steamer is relatively straightforward. Simply fill the kettle with water. Make sure to fill it up to the indicated level. Avoid overfilling as this can cause the water to spill over when it boils, resulting in a potential burn risk.

Next, just place the kettle on a trivet on your wood stove. It is best to ensure that the kettle or steamer is sitting stable and level. As the stove heats up, heat will radiate up to the kettle steamer. This heat from the stove will cause the water to evaporate into steam, increasing the humidity in the room.

It's recommended to keep an eye on the water level, and refill as needed. Some models may have a whistle or other indicator to alert you when the water level is low. Always be cautious when handling the kettle, as it will be hot during and after use. Always use heat-resistant gloves, oven mitts, or pot holders to prevent burns.

How often should I clean my kettle or steamer?

The frequency of cleaning your kettle or steamer can vary based on usage, but a general rule of thumb is to clean it at least once a month. Over time, mineral deposits and limescale can build up, especially if you have hard water. This can affect the performance of your kettle or steamer and even alter the taste of the water.

To clean your kettle or steamer, you can use a mix of white vinegar and water or a commercial kettle cleaner. It's also possible to use baking soda or a non-abrasive cleaner for the exterior parts. Be sure to allow your kettle or steamer to cool completely before starting the cleaning process. After cleaning, let it air dry completely before using it again.

Remember, regular cleaning and maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your kettle or steamer and ensure it functions optimally.

Where can I go to learn more about Wood Stoves, and other home heating projects?

Northline Express has created a Resource Center that is full of helpful articles on a variety of fire-related projects and also includes how-to articles to help navigate the installation and product selection processes. Here are a few articles to check out: