In 2013, 98.6% of U.S. households had a gas or electric stove and 96.8% had a microwave oven.
(U.S. Census Bureau)

The first American cookstove was cast in Pennsylvania at Mary Ann Furnace in 1765.

Gas ranges (stoves) were first introduced in the 1850s, but it took several decades for them to become popular.  Housewives were afraid they would blow up the stoves and themselves!

When gas ranges (stoves) were first introduced in the 1850s it took several decades before they became popular.  Housewives were afraid that the ranges were too dangerous and might blow up.

U.S. president Millard Fillmore (1850-1853) and his wife Abigail installed the first cooking stove in the White House, and the White House cooks quit in protest. Fillmore had to get an expert in to show the cooks how to regulate the heat on the stove before the cooks would return to work. (Before this, all cooking had been done in a fireplace). Logo

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