History of Stoves and Ovens
The first historical record of a
stove being built, refers to a stove built in 1490, in Alsace, France.
This stove was made entirely of brick and tile, including the flue.
History of Cast Iron Stoves in America
Lots of good pictures accompanied
by a small amount of text. Around 1728, cast iron stoves really began to
be made in quantity. These first stoves of German design, are called
Five-plate or Jamb stoves.
Franklin (1706-1790) invented the iron furnace stove or 'Franklin
Frans Wilhelm Lindqvist designed
the first sootless kerosene stove.
Jordan Mott invented the first practical
coal stove in 1833. Mott's stove was called the baseburner. The stove
had ventilation to burn the coal efficiently.
British inventor, James
Sharp patented a gas stove in 1826, the first successful gas stove to
appear on the market.
The Carpenter Electric Heating Manufacturing
Co. invented an electric stove in 1891. On June 30, 1896, William
Hadaway was issued the first patent for the electric stove. In 1910, William
Hadaway went on to design the first toaster made by Westinghouse, a horizontal
Industrial Revolution Stoves
The coal stove was cylindrical and
made of heavy cast iron with a hole in the top, which was then enclosed
by an iron ring. Gas stoves were found in most households by the 1920s
with top burners and interior ovens. It was not until the late 1920s and
early 1930s that electric stoves began to compete with gas stoves, however,
electric stoves were available as early as the 1890s.
The microwave oven was a by-product
of another technology. It was during a radar-related research project around
1946 that Dr. Percy Spencer, an engineer with the Raytheon Corporation,
noticed something very unusual.
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