Our great-grandparents and even their own great-grandparents loved cooked food. As they didn’t have microwave ovens, sandwich makers or other modern appliances, the only thing they could rely on was a stove. These stoves soon became works of art, as they passed from being useful to just having a decorative purpose.
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You can find below some examples of antique stoves, and some online stores where you can buy them one if you passionate about an antique-looking kitchen.
At first, a stove was just a metal case with a pretty hard hob in order to sustain all the pots on it, and with a burning room below for coal or wood.
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People’s need for beauty soon altered the image of the classical stove, initially adding small decorative features, and in the end, changing their image completely and turning them into marvelous works of art.
Some have small decorated shelves for storing tools or other useful things within reach while others may have very fancy decorations. Those who wanted to display their eccentricity would have spent a lot of money on decorative but useful stoves, especially for the ones placed in rooms for visitors. Every little feature was important and golden details were the most eye-catching.
As time passed and minimalist style began to take over the showy one, stoves began to look simple again and only kept the useful attribution.
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With stoves becoming simple, less expensive and available to everyone on the market, they also begun to shrink, in order to fit in small kitchens. This was possible because the new stoves used gas instead of solid fuel, so the stove didn’t need to accommodate large quantities of wood or coal to give the optimum heat for cooking.
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With all our modern appliances, we now take cooking for granted. In older times, cooking on stoves was more of an art. I’m sure you never thought of it like this. I certainly hope these ideas inspired you to choose a stove and challenge yourself to cook at another level. The food would certainly taste differently, guaranteed.
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