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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #30 on: July 26, 2015, 05:07:40 pm »


How to Convert Water into Fuel by Building a DIY Oxyhydrogen Generator

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« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2015, 05:44:36 pm »
Build a High Performance FPV Camera Quadcopter
by Toglefritz


Far out!


This Instructable will show you, in detail, how to build a high-quality quadcopter for flying FPV and recording aerial photos/videos.

We all know humans can't fly. Our bones are far too dense and flapping our arms does not produce adequate lift to overcome the pull of gravity, but luckily we can use technology to give us the experience of flying. I'm not talking about flying in airplanes though, or a hang glider, or jumping out of airplanes, or using a zip line. We can actually use multirotor aircraft to give us the impression of flying using a technology called FPV. I think "flying" with an FPV-equipped multirotor is even better than flying with any of the aforementioned technologies though because multirotors are infinitely more agile. Flying with FPV is more like being a bird and less like being thrown through the air. It is an amazing, and very fun, technology.

This Instructable will show you how to build what I would categorize as a high-performance FPV quadcopter that can be used to take amazing aerial photos and videos. We will be using a top-of-the-line flight controller (the DJI Naza M Lite) and an excellent FPV system from Fat Shark, with the PilotHD camera for both recording video and delivering the FPV feed. We will also be using high quality motors and ESCs designed specifically for use in multirotors. Finally, we will be using a premium-quality Spektrum radio system. More about the parts list for this project can be found in the next step.


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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2015, 02:58:50 pm »
Would you like to be able to detect RF radiation? Here's how to build your own SNIFFER!  ;D
VHF-UHF RF Sniffer
by simpletronic

Step 6: Sniffer will detect RF radiation from many sources.   






Complete Step by Step Instructions and Parts List:
http://www.instructables.com/id/VHF-UHF-RF-Sniffer/
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« Reply #33 on: September 20, 2015, 10:51:08 pm »
Unusual uses for rice by jessyratfink  ;D

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Rice is one of my all time favorite foods. I eat it with everything. If I can find an excuse to add rice to something I will. :D

But did you know that you can also use rice for all sorts of things around the house, too? Keep on reading to find out a few of my favorite unusual uses for rice.

Most of these unusual uses work best with plain white rice, but some can work with other varieties too. Though I suggest white rice since it's so cheap!

1: Save wet electronics



Probably one of the most classic uses for rice! If you've ever dropped your phone in water you're probably tried this trick. ;D

If you can turn the item off, do so. Dry the exterior of the item as best you can. If you can open it up and dry out the inside, that's a great idea too! For phones it's best to remove the battery and SIM card, too.

Place it in a ziploc bag or a container of rice and leave it for 24+ hours.

2: DIY heating pads



Another one of my favorite uses! Perfect for sprains and cramps and or even just a really chilly day. I always mess my neck up with too much computer work and embroidery, so I've made a long skinny one to go around the back of my neck. :)

You can either sew up your own heating pad or make one by filling a sock with rice. Then just pop in it the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute and enjoy!

3: Keep hand tools from rusting



This is really useful in humid areas! Back home in Kentucky this is done all the time - I've seen it in almost every workshop I've been in. If you have older hand tools that are susceptible to rusting, place them in a can of rice. (Sawdust can work too!)

This works especially well for pliers, screwdrivers and hammers.  ;D

It also keeps your tools within easy reach. Fancy.


4: Check to see if your oil is hot enough before frying



If you've ever been unsure about the temperature of your oil but you don't have a thermometer handy, rice is a good indicator. If you drop a couple grains of rice into your oil and they sink, it's not hot enough.

If the grains of rice pop back up immediately and begins to bubble, the oil is hot enough - normally around 350-360 F.

I say a couple because not all grains of rice will pop and float!

When I was doing this I just threw a ton of rice in there - puffed rice is delicious. DELICIOUS. So maybe just do that instead of frying something else.   ;) :D

5: Clean your coffee or spice grinder



One of my favorite uses! I think rice works much better than bread.


6: Clean containers with small openings


If you don't have a bottle brush around, rice is a great substitute.

Add a small amount of rice (perhaps a tablespoon?) into the container with a couple drops of soap. Add in some hot water and swish the rice around.

I clean my teapot like this all the time! I just put my thumb over the spout and hold the lid on while swishing the rice around.  ;D

7: Weight for blind baking




Blind baking is probably the way I use rice the most often. (Well, besides stuffing my face. I love rice.)

Both rice and beans and great blind baking weights.

To blind bake pastry, form the pastry in the tart or pie pan and then place a piece of parchment over the pastry. Pour in enough rice so that the pastry is completely filled.

Bake the pastry for half the required time and then take it out to check. If the pastry has gone lightly golden brown around the edges (like the photo above), you'll know it has set and won't go sliding down the side of the pan.

Use the parchment to transfer the rice from the crust into a container for later use. Once you've "baked" the rice, you can't use it to cook later, so I keep mine in a gallon mason jar separate from my eating rice.  ;D

Place the crust back in the oven to finish baking, and viola - perfectly blind baked pastry!

8: Makeshift knife rack
  Agelbert NOTE: Since bacteria sort of like rice A LOT (I learned at a young age that you can keep thousands of paramecium happy with a single grain of rice!), I don't recommend this procedure unless you live in Antarctica (low humidity + seriously low temperatures).



I can't say how well this works as a permanent knife rack - but it's fantastic if you're just setting up your kitchen or if you just moved and find yourself without one.

Find a tall wide mouth container and pour in enough rice so the blades will be mostly covered.

The one caveat here is to be careful when putting the knives into the rice - there's not much to stop them colliding with the bottom of the container - so you can dull the tips if you're not careful.

Looks pretty awesome, too.

9: Slow release air freshener




This is perfect for closets or bathrooms - any small space where you want a little fragrance! This air freshener isn't strong enough for any large rooms, though. Tried it in the bedroom and it wasn't noticeable, but in a small bathroom it is.

Find a small glass container to put the rice in - I normally use between 1/4 and 1/2 cup. Add 10-20 drops of essential oils and mix well.

Place it where you want for a subtle and long lasting air freshener - just shake the container whenever you feel the smell is dying down - that will refresh it. :D

Just be careful to put these air fresheners high - out of small hands and away from pets!
http://www.instructables.com/id/unusual-uses-for-rice/?ALLSTEPS


10 by Agelbert: Replacement for bee bees

When you run out of these:

, you can get your brother good with some rice pellet replacements!   

Mandatory safety precaution:
Make sure you kids that try shooting each other with rice have glasses on, okay? 

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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2015, 12:44:42 am »
$10 Smartphone to digital microscope conversion!
 by Yoshinok




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The world is an interesting place, but it's fascinating up close.  Through the lens of a microscope you can find details that you would otherwise never notice.  But now you can.

This instructable will show you how to build a stand for about $10 that will transform your smartphone into a powerful digital microscope. This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as high as 175x 375x Edit: with the addition of a second lens magnification can be as high as 375x, plant cells and their nuclei are easily observed! 

In addition to allowing the observation of cells, this setup also produces stunning macro photography.

The photos in this instructable were taken with an iPhone 4S.  Watch the video below for a quick overview of the project! 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KpMTkr_aiYU

The cost of this project is just $10 (not counting the smartphone), and it only takes about 20 minutes to build. You can be viewing cells with your smartphone within the hour!

Materials required:
 3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
 9x 5/16” nuts
 3x 5/16” wing nuts
 5x 5/16” washers
 ¾” x 7” x 7” plywood  -- for the base
 ⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass  -- for the camera stage
 ⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass  -- for the specimen stage
 Scrap plexi (~ 2"x 4") for specimen slide (optional but useful)
 laser pointer focus lens (use two for increased magnification)
 LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)

Tools:
 Drill
 Assorted bits
 Ruler

 LINKS TO LENSES AND LIGHTS

Lights: http://www.amazon.com/FTmall-Pocket-Portable-Keychain-Flashlight/dp/B008O2KKYW/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2B8SF4TS2YZYV
Lenses: If you don't have a laser, these lenses have produced comparable results:  http://www.aixiz.com/store/product_info.php/cPath/46/products_id/374/osCsid/37cabc139b4f03b0e0a522178defae7e

http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conversion/
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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2015, 08:48:09 pm »
Ultimate Night Vision Headlamp - 500+ lumens with only 8 watts

by MonkeyLectric

The 507nm LED Night Vision Special!

Headlamp flashlight technology takes a quantum leap!
You can have it all: * Intense brightness * Lightweight * Long life * Low cost * Rechargeable * Unbreakable * Small * Waterproof * Unique shocking turquoise color

Race proven! I put the light to the ultimate test by competing in the Gold Rush 24-hour Adventure endurance race in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Many of the other competitors had $500 HID lamps from NiteRider, Light & Motion, etc, yet throughout the race nearly everyone that saw my light commented as to its extreme brightness or asked where they could get one. It was that much brighter than anything else.

Specs:
 brightness: 500+ lumens / 7 million+ mcd @ 15 degree
 weight: 120 gram headlamp + 60 gram electronics + 280 gram battery pack = 460 gram total
 cost: $60 including batteries
 lifetime: 3, 6, 12, 24 hours (4 brightness settings)
 size: headlamp portion 5cm x 5cm x 2.5cm
 rechargeable: Ni-MH or Lithium-Ion batteries (your choice)
 unbreakable: LED technology

Tech:
 - Cyan (or Green) high power/high efficiency LED's
 - high-transmittance TIR lenses
 - high-efficiency DC/DC step-down converter

 None of this was possible just a couple years ago, but now it can be done easily with inexpensive components you assemble yourself!  ;D


 i've got several other power-LED instructables too, check those out for other notes & ideas.

This article is brought to you by MonkeyLectric and the Monkey Light bike ilght.


Step 1: What's so special here?

Your eye! Remember back to biology class - your eye has "rods" and "cones". these are the sensing cells in your eye that detect images. the cones are your daylight & color vision, but they are less sensitive than the rods. Now the part you didn't learn in school:

(1) The rods are about 2.5 times more sensitive to light than the cones. That's why they are your night vision.

(2) The rods and the cones are not equally sensitive to all colors (wavelengths) of light. The wavelength of maximum sensitivity for your rods is 507nm, or blue-green. Why? Moonlight is more bluish than sunlight. The color of maximum sensitivity for your cones is 555nm green, about the color of plants. (more info)

To get the best possible vision at night, we'd like to build a lamp that puts out the most light at the 507nm that our rods are most sensitive to. This gets us the best vision at night for the least power used. If we had a white light instead, it would take much more power to get as much visibility.

Thanks to our friend the LED, this weird pure turquose light is possible! The latest LED technology is much more efficient than a standard light bulb to begin with, but using the special turquose color gives us even much better night vision than white, and is more efficient than even the fanciest HID lights.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ultimate-Night-Vision-Headlamp---500%2b-lumens-with-/
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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2015, 08:16:38 pm »
Quote from a friend in Australia who wishes to remain anonymous and my reply: 

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Hello agb

I want to discuss this with you since i know u have open mind to and researched such phenomena. I will tell in detail and later try and take fotos and measure distances to be more precise.  Yesterday was Sunday,  Myself and Junior had spent the day working on a 63 EJ Holden (a medium size   local GM car)  in my garage.

The water  pump that takes water from the main tanks to the header tank up high for gravity water pressure hasnt been working and I havent had it fixed because if i take the pump out i will have no water, because  i have the water  still running through the pump into the house pipes. I plan to get an electric pump instead,  jyst been too busy to sort it out. I have enough water running out of taps,  but not with enough pressure to have a shower. For that reason,  after working on the car all day,  we went down into town to use the coin operated shower at the park which is a public RV campground. I took the dog also because lately i have not been well since that moron caused me to swallow petrol and i dont feel energy to ealk the dog, so I decided to tie the dog to the side of the pickup to let him run for a mile as he spends the day on a chain fixed to a long cable it moves along,  he likes more exercise.

So it was roughly 8.30pm when we were heading home and i was tying the dog to the side of the pickup to run the last mile to home. when i did that i noticed a whitish light over a hill,  i thought there must be someone in a 4wd back there with powerful headlights and spotlights. I got in the truck and said for a joke 'theres a ufo over there' .


Let me explain the geography/topography. there is a river valley with a highway and rarely used train line for coal running more or less along the river. The elevation at the town,  flat level is 250m according to the altimeter in the truck. There are mountains on either side. See if u like Ben Lomond rangeon the north side at 1000m and Douglas Apsley range on the south side of Esk river at maybe 600m. But before the mountain ridge there are smaller hills that extend out into the valley If u know what i mean. So as i was beginning to head uphill but on a gradual slope for about half a mile I have a hill on my left at 350 m elevation and a bigger hill on my right that is bigger and longer and at least 400m elevation. I can see that the land is cleared at up to about 350m on that hill but on the other side where the light came from it could be cleared further in. The light was not behind the lower cleared section but the higher part that would be 400 to 450m,  the side i was looking at that is not cleared is steep,  but on the other side if it is more flat it is probably cleared. I am labouring this point because a ufo would need a clear field to land but could only hover over a forest.

So of course junior wanted to see and looked although he was on the wrong side to see as well as me, as we looked at the light it got weird. That was no vehicle or shooters with spotlights. There were beams of light in an angle upward,  but not straight up vertical, neither 45o but more upright than that. The beams were rotating around but glowing variably in brightness and speed. There were no different colours only white. The best description is like a crown.

I wanted to stop and watch but there were too many sheep and cows around and the dog would have started barking at them if i stopped. I jnew that further up i could get a good look at the same place from higher though not as high as the hill the lights were behind, but further away and there were no livestock there,  so i did that. At first i couldnt see anything then it went again  , lit up bright like a crown, and junior insisted i go back to the truck even though i wanted to keep watching.

So i went home and dumped the dog and headed quickly back down,  this time as close as possible to the nearest fence and field. For a while i saw nothing except one single beam of light only for a second,  then there was a light moving in that field and i thought at first it was a person out there with a spotlight from the nearest farmhouse because we were there. Then the light was in the field on the opposite  side and it moved very quicklythrough that  field. Because i was now on the wtong side to see it well ,  i didnt see but junior did,  and he said it moved away very fast in the same direction dissapeared.

This light that was not over the hill is more puzzling. If it was a spotlight from the farmhouse checking who is out there,  why did it never shine at us?  If it was a light from the house that was checking the field on the left and then on the right it should have crossed us where we were,  unless somebody checked one field then turned it off and then checked the other field. But i need to experiment myself tonight to see if i can replicate what it looked like from the same distance. The reason is that this light moving quickly in one field then the other was not really long with an obvious starting point,  like a long cone of light. Instead it was more like a length of light about 40m long and taoering down at either end,  never staying in one spit long enough to see properly.

After that we waited another 20 minutes and saw nothing more.

Well, it looks like UFO activity, all right. The lack of noise is always an indicator that no military activity is producing  the lights. Light diffuses rapidly from the distance of the source. The beams you were seeing could not have been coming from far away. So something THERE was producing them without noise. The only thing remotely similar is one of those rock concerts that make light shows that look somewhat like a crown of lights at varying angles above 45 degrees from a distance. And that was OBVIOUSLY not the case here.

As to why the search light you mentioned didn't pass over you, maybe it was just trying to track the light beams and ignoring anything else out there.

I have read about some very strange light phenomena before earthquakes, but since your dog was not agitated that possibility must be ruled out as well.

I would say you had a close encounter. And when one happens, it usually means there will be more for a few months. Keep your camera ready. Maybe you can get some good film of one of the vehicles that is the source of those lights.

I read with interest about your water pumping issues. I had some problems with flooding a few years back and came up with an invention (that I never actually manufactured because my wife went out and bought an electric pump) that is a very robust type of peristaltic pump mechanism. Since you are handy with machinery, you might want to have one of these around. If your water pressure is too low, you can use this mechanism with a hose to your shower head or your main tank in times of need.

Unlike a normal peristaltic pump, there really isn't anything on it that wears out except the hose that is being squeezed by it and the small electric motor from a drill that powers it.

The sprockets used are very tiny. They are the smallest ones on a three speed bicycle next to the rear wheel.

Here's the design. I'm sure you could improve on it to make it simpler and cheaper:

It would make a nice back up and you could possibly run it manually with a bicycle instead of an electric motor.

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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2015, 02:51:52 pm »
Dashboard lights hack.  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5njHRCSOAg&feature=player_embedded

For the truly "curious", go here:

https://theksmith.com/software/hack-vehicle-bus-cheap-easy-part-1/

I am IN NO WAY recommending you do any of these things if they are illegal to do. What you do, is up to you.

I just print this stuff for information purposes only.  8)
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« Reply #39 on: November 30, 2015, 07:33:06 pm »

Technological disobedience 
 
The benefits of isolation   

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 Besides, there are English subtitles.  ;D

Cuba has been cut off from the corporate world for many decades.


In the process, it's created countless "unauthorized" technical workarounds that solve all kinds of problems.

http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/science-and-technology-1/technological-disobedience.html#sthash.MSMAmRCO.dpuf
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« Reply #41 on: August 10, 2016, 03:25:23 pm »
How to do a Western Union Splice

by deluges

This is the solder splice that offers the least resistance I've ever found : less than a hundred micro ohms!  :o    My Ohmmeter doesn't read less than that, so I'm happy with it.  :D

It's quite easy to do and offers great mechanical resistance for virtually no electrical resistance. :)

First you want to remove a good 5 cm (2 inches) of insulant on the wires, then twist them on themselves to make a single thick brand.

There's a great scheme here that came from wikipedia and sums up the following:

1) Fold in the middle and give one or two turns

2) Wrap tightly around the other wire using pliers or your fingers if you feel strong today



Several Pictures at link:   

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« Reply #42 on: October 30, 2016, 04:55:28 pm »


10 Unconventional Ways to Use Old Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls Around the House

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October 30, 2016  59 Comments  (numerous links in article at main link)

Toilet paper and paper towels: great household tools, but there just really aren’t many desirable eco-friendly substitutes in a green living household, besides outfitting your bathroom with a bidet. It helps to be conscious of your toilet and paper towel consumption, of course. And forgoing the lotioned, cushioned, perfumed brands for unbleached and recycled paper will help. But you can also minimize your contribution to the landfill by recycling the rolls from your toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Here are some great, unconventional ways to reduce and reuse:

1. Cord Holder

Don’t buy plastic contraptions to keep your cords from becoming tangled. Make your own ridiculously easy recycled cord holder with the cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towels. And you can fancy it up with wrapping paper — perfect for saving those tiny leftovers not quite big enough to wrap a gift.  Use this trick for keeping string lights from becoming a tangled mess!

2. Green Seedling Greenhouse


I love the idea of recycling products made from trees back into the garden. The diameter of a paper tube is the perfect size for sprouting seedlings! Why not make use of that leftover plastic produce container to make an ideal seedling greenhouse! You can just plant these Toilet Roll Seed Starter pots right into the ground. The cardboard will decompose as the plant grows.

3. Plant Protectors


Once those seedlings are growing strong in the garden, keep them safe from bugs and critters by making Plant Protectors. You can also place tubes around the base of young trees to keep them safe and provide support.

4. Bird Feeders


Don’t forget the critters who help with pest control in the garden! You can attract birds to your garden by keeping a source of food, like these awesome bird feeders made from toilet paper tubes, hanging on your trees during the lean winter months!

5. Napkin Rings


You may have already ditched the paper napkins for reusable cloth napkins, and now you can make them even prettier with these upcycled napkin rings made from leftover fabric scraps. Or, use up leftover yarn by wrapping the cardboard tube to make these cute napkin rings.

6. Art

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to redecorate your home! Get creative and make your own decor out of things you already have. Spruce up a boring old wall clock or make visually striking picture frames by adding scrolls made from recycled cardboard tubing, or make a faux iron gate to add interest to your walls. Better yet, make your own artwork by using foraged branches and cardboard tubes. Or just create cardboard tube art directly on the walls! How about a beautiful bouquet of cardboard thistles in a vase on your table? Let your imagination go wild!

7. Knitting


Got a knitting hobby and too many needles? Keep track of them all by storing them according to size in leftover cardboard tubes. Spool skeins into balls around tubes to keep yarn from getting tangled. You can even use the tubes and some popsicle sticks to make your own Spool Knitter!

8. Gift Boxes


Never buy fancy gift boxes again! Make your own with this easy Cardboard Tube Pillow Box tutorial.

9. Tabletop Goodies


Protect your table tops by making beautiful and delicately scrolled drink coasters.  Or just cover the whole tabletop with this table runner.

10. Eyeglass Case

Cardboard tubing is the perfect size for one of the most important accessories for those of us who wear glasses: eyeglass case! Make your own fabric covered eyeglass case with this no-sew tutorial!

What ideas do you have for ways to reuse these little cardboard tubes?

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/unconventional-ways-to-use-old-paper-towel-and-toiler-paper-rolls-around-the-house/
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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2016, 06:33:01 pm »

From Firewood Log to Bowl (First Woodturning Project)

by craftedworkshop in woodworking

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I turned this chunk of firewood log into my first bowl on the lathe. This is my first ever woodturning project, and most certainly won’t be my last. Turning is one of the most rewarding woodworking skills I’ve learned thus far, and now every log I see seems to contain a hidden bowl. To see this process in action, check out the video above!

Now, on to the steps!



http://www.instructables.com/id/From-Firewood-Log-to-Bowl-First-Woodturning-Projec/



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Re: Homebody Handy Hints
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2017, 08:20:06 pm »
Why Does Everyone Put Their Pots and Pans under the Stove?

You know that drawer underneath the oven, where you throw all the saucepan lids, cookie sheets, and muffin tins? Manufacturers say that it's actually a warming drawer, and you’re supposed to be using it to keep hot foods at serving temperature, especially when you’re making an elaborate meal for a lot of guests. Who knew? However, it’s important to know that this drawer isn’t designed for cooking food, just for keeping it warm after it comes out of the oven.

Kitchens of the past:


⦁   The first cast iron stove was invented in 1795 by Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. It had a single fire source and the temperature could be regulated for several pots at the same time.

⦁   The first commercial gas stove, designed by James Sharp, hit the market in 1834. The gas stove was easier to regulate and required less upkeep than wood or coal stoves.

⦁   Electric stoves were first used in the 1890s, following the introduction of home electricity. The Amana Corporation, a subsidiary of Raytheon, introduced the first microwave in 1967, but the high price and the public's fear of radiation delayed its acceptance.

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-does-everyone-put-their-pot-and-pans-under-the-stove.htm
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