Feeding the victim would often be allowed each day in some cases to prolong the torture, so that dehydration or starvation did not provide him or her with the release of death. Decapitation by sword or axe was considered the "honourable" way to die for a noble, who, being a warrior, could often expect to die by the sword in any event.

The second variation is similar to the first, but a series of drops is added, meaning that the victim is allowed to drop until his or her fall is suddenly checked by the rope. A cap attaches to the exterior of a pipe, and may have a solvent-weld socket end or a female-threaded interior.

Around the outside of the firepot is a large rim which allows the firepot to be placed upon the forge hearth. The lower chamber of the compound bellows forced air into the upper chamber when the smith pulled the lever, and check valves inside the bellows allowed them to trap air in proper directions.