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In Europe, most people cooked over an open fire. This was often done in a fireplace or open fire built outside. In the early 18th century wood burning cook stoves with enclosed ovens were first built with stone masonry. Later, they became available in cast iron. During the mid to late 19th century, most stoves were burning with coal or kerosene. With wood and coal burning stoves, it was necessary to keep a supply of coal or wood on hand. Cooks controlled temperatures through trial and error. It was not until the early 20th century that stoves burning gas became popular. Later, electric stoves became available.