A traditional iron cook stove weighs from about 400 to 700 pounds. The variation comes from the variety of cooking surfaces and applications built into any particular stove. Since these cook stoves are made with cast iron, they are much heavier than the gas or electric stoves of 2015.
Benjamin Thompson, also known as Count Rumford, is responsible for creating the idea of the modern kitchen stove in the late 1700s. He began experimenting with controlling the transfer of heat with cooking devices, which led him to the idea of a flat stove top. While it may be difficult to see the resemblance to a modern stove top when looking at a classic Rumford range, his ideas of creating holes to regulate the amount of heat coming from the source provided the framework of modern stovetops.