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Lovin' Straight From The Oven


Imagine cooking for a family get together, Thanksgiving to be more exact. Now that’s a lot of preparation and cooking to get done. Now imagine having to cook this meal over an open flame or in some sort of cauldron, one dish at a time. Might as well concoct a potion to help you finish the meal!

The first known oven was built in France and was made of bricks and tiles around 1490. In 1735, Francios Cuvillies invented what we know as the “stew stove” and contained the smoke that came from the fire in the oven. The iron stove came along in the early 1800’s by Rumford and from then on stoves and ovens were usually combined.


Although more expensive than a range, consumers prefer to have the extra space a wall oven provides because it makes it easier to work with larger pots and pans. The height and placement of the wall oven also eliminates bending, but you can place your wall oven in any desired location of your kitchen. From double wall ovens to microwave ovens, there are so many available options. Think about it this way, at least you wont have to bake a souffl over an open fire.