We have a wood stove with a cook top area, and would like to find out whether any old tea kettle will function safely on it. My main concerns are whether it should be a certain material (or not a certain material), or if it doesn't matter at all. And whether I should invest in a trivet to place between it and the cook top. We also have a staub enamel coated cast iron dutch oven that I'd assume would be ok to slow cook on top of it if we ever wished? Seems it's made of the same materials that stove top steamers/humidifiers are made of. My instinct tells me if a kettle is designed for electric or gas stove tops, then it must function nearly the same on a wood stove (and I suppose glass would be a no-no since it could shatter being placed on an already hot surface), but thought it best to double check with others here who have done this before, thanks! edit to include: I forgot to mentionâ€¦every site I look at to purchase a kettle specifically for wood stoves says not to use for water consumption, only for humidity. I called a couple companies as well yesterday to verify this and ask why. None of them knew particularly why funny enough, but they all said that the cast iron kettles for stoves that they sell are not to be used for boiling water for consumption. I did find a nice stainless steel kettle at plow and hearthâ€™s site, but its 4 qts, much larger than Iâ€™d like. So hoping any old kettle will work instead. I suppose some are made with a heavier base to withstand sitting dry without getting damaged - like the one at that site.