History of the Ranges

History of the Microwave

Percy Spencer

In past generations, cooking was done by placing ingredients on an open flame, or using a brick oven, which was very popular in Asian countries before the invention of the kitchen stove (Ranges)., for most women cooking was considered a tedious house chore. However, that changed at the end of 1700s, when a French architect named Benjamin Thompson created the very first so-called stove by creating a several holes covered by iron plates. This stove also used direct heat to cook, however, this scientific invention encouraged the invention of chimneys, fireplaces, and industrial surfaces.

First Kitchen Ranges

The very first kitchen range created by Benjamin Thompson was modified several times by adding bricks into the hearth to make the side walls angled. In order to increase the speed of air going up the flue, they added a choke to the chimney. Benjamin's invention of chimney was very successful method of releasing the smoke outside rather than inside of the house. Since then, the idea of placing the range inside the kitchen and at home has become very popular.Following this success, Thompson designed a kitchen range that has a similar design to what we have today. This model contained a cylindrical oven and holes in the top to inset the pots. In this model the holes can be covered so the heat can be preserved. However, this model was too big to use at home for daily use and was only popular in large kitchens and stores.Following this success, Thompson designed a kitchen range that has a similar design to what we have today. This model contained a cylindrical oven and holes in the top to inset the pots. In this model the holes can be covered so the heat can be preserved. However, this model was too big to use at home for daily use and was only popular in large kitchens and stores.

In the middle of the 1800s, a woman named Mary Evad invented the cooking range with cast iron that is used for two purposes; for dry baking and for moist baking. These types of ranges usually used charcoal and wood. The size of the wood and charcoal correlated with the temperature of the range. This quickly spread in middle-class homes and gained popularity until gas and electric stoves were created.

open hearth flame

Percy Spencer 1950s range

Gas and Electric Ranges

Though the gas range was created in the 1820s, it did not get people's attention untila man named James Sharp patented a gas stove in England and started to manufacture them in large quantities. Piped gases were arguably a lot cheaper because they could be turned off when not in use. However, it wasn't until 1880 that it became a commercial success in England. When electric power became widely available for lower costs, it became an alternative to fuel burning appliances like the ranges. In 1922, popular brands like AGA started expanding. Manufacturers started developing features that challenged the typical cooking methods with which people were familiar.

Original Radarange

The Future

Ranges of our time are much more innovative and able to tackle different cooking tasks. No matter the setup of your kitchen, there is a range for you. Start with considering what type of range your home is equipped to handle (gas or electric), what type of meals you usually cook or bake and how many people you prepare the meal for. The style of range varies as well, so comparing the benefits of each type would be the best way to choose what will work best for you and your family.

Now, ranges are available as gas and/or electric and in different styles like freestanding, slide-in, drop-in, single or double. Range sizes typically measure under 24" to over 48" with exterior widths up to 60". Features like convection, self-cleaning, digital temperature display, griddle, steam oven, double oven, and cast-iron grates have proven how much current technology has advanced.

1967 Radarange

Cooking a meal on an open flame required women to bend down multiple times to check the fire. Additionally, to turn the heavy food they spun the wood that contains the food constantly to get even cooking. They needed to fill the stove with coal or wood, light the fire, control the fire, and sweep the ashes just to make one meal. Using cooking method in an open hearth was very dangerous and produced a lot of unnecessary smoke. However, the invention of modern ranges has saved women from spending hours everday just to cook.

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