Yes, I have been referred to at times as a 'techno nerd' because I love cool gadgets. Mia Culpa...
Nothing is immune from technical improvement, not even a stove top. (LINK)
When I was a kid, my grandparents had a coal stove at home. That's right, you had to put newspaper, then kindling, then small pieces of coal to get it hot enough to burn larger pieces of coal. So breakfast was an hour from when you started heating the stove. And once hot, the stove was hot for the day, making the warmer days...memorable. That explains why antebellum homes had the kitchen in a separate building. To take a bath, you put pans of water on the stove and then moved them to the tub. Not exactly space age technology.
With a coal stove, you control the heat by moving the pan around. It's a long way from "The William".