A deep vessel featuring high "L-shaped" vertical sides that is taller than it is wide with two side handles. The vessel does not need to be responsive to heat but should have a heavy base. The base of the stockpot should be made of heat conductive materials that radiate heat evenly such as stainless steel with a copper or aluminum core, aluminum, anodized aluminum or cast iron to protect against burning and scorching. Stockpots are available in sizes ranging from 6 to 20 quarts and generally include a cover. It is used for simmering large amount of liquid, such as stock, soup and stews, but also works well for thick soups, chili and for boiling pasta.