A spirit kettle is a teapot or kettle that sits upon a stand and has a burner beneath it. It is aptly named ‘spirit’ kettle because the burner often used spirits to fuel a flame. Sometimes spirit kettles come with a tray to prevent drips and heat reaching the table. Most spirit kettle stands had three or four legs, with the burner situated at mid height between the legs, allowing the presence of the flame to be seen. Some spirit kettles are attached to the base and burner with a chain, secured by a removable locking pin (pictured). Although the form of the spirit kettle does vary, there are some common shapes to the teapot on top of the stand; they can be pear shaped, bulbous, bullet-shaped, oval, spherical, or melon-shaped.