The second sentence causes me problems. I have seen it somewhere. For me it looks like the verb to be is used twice (is / being). Is it grammatically correct? If yes, what does the second usage give to the meaning?

1) The toaster is on the stand.

2) The toaster is being on the stand.

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Verbs like be, know, have, love, believe, want and many others which express a state are not in their ordinary senses cast in the progressive. Some may be cast in the progressive with different meanings ...

John is being a jerk = John is behaving like a jerk, not John is a jerk.
Anne is having a baby = Anne is giving birth, not Anne possesses a baby.
I'm loving it! = I am enjoying it immensely! not I love it!

But a toaster is incapable of behaviour, so your second sentence is ungrammatical.

Grammatically, a state is one type of aspect, which you may read about here.

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