According the the following link, a minimum of 4800W is drawn from an electric stove when all burners are turned on: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5179441_many-watts-electric-stove-use_.html. I'm just wondering how a stove achieves this? Are they not limited to approximately 1800W like other power outlets are?
In the USA, electric stoves are supplied by a 240VAC, 40 or 50 amp circuit.
That provides theoretical 9600 or 12,000 watt power, but due to "continuous load" restrictions, 80% of that, so 7680 or 9600 watts, respectively.
They don't make a receptacle for 40A, so they cut a special exception to use 50A receptacles, though they use a 40A circuit breaker if the wire is 40A. You can count on the receptacle being NEMA 14-50, or in older homes NEMA 10-50. These provide neutral, though the latter does not provide ground, which can create an electrocution hazard if there's a problem with the neutral. Neutral is provided because US appliances often have bits which need 120V rather than 240V, notably the oven lamp.
Electric clothes dryers are provisioned with 240V 30A service, 7200W nominal, using a NEMA 14-30 or 10-30. These are the only 240V heavy appliances where unngrounded service (NEMA 10) is commonly allowed
Practices in other nations in the NEMA sphere of influence may vary.
Some electrical appliances draw large amounts like stove (cook-top), oven, water-heater, clothes-dryer, heater/furnace, etc. In 120V territories, these high-current appliances are provided with special 240V, high-current branch circuits. And furthermore these branch circuits are typically dedicated to the single appliance, and the power is not shared with other loads.
A 20 Amp, 240V circuit will supply 4800 Watts. And 20A is probably the smallest size breaker and wire-size for a high-load branch circuit. It is not unusual to find 30A or even 50A breakers and corresponding wire sizes.