Abstract: A barbecue oven is provided for cooking and smoking food. The oven includes a grease control system for the door of the oven comprising an inset portion and a door grease deflector cooperating to direct grease and moisture deposited on the inner door surface during cooking to the bottom interior surface of the oven. The oven also includes an electrical heating element support and wood tray assembly. An electrical heating element is supported within the assembly and protected from contact with grease or moisture within the oven. The heating element support confines heat generated by the heating element to create an area beneath the top surface of the heating element support having a relatively elevated temperature. This elevated temperature enhances the natural convection within the oven to uniformly heat the cooking area and also causes the wood within the wood tray assembly to smoulder. Multiple apertures in the assembly aid the convection flow for efficient heat transfer to the oven.
August 5, 1980
Date of Patent:
October 26, 1982
Fred B. Bearden, Jr.
Edward W. Martin, Kenneth R. Meyers, Fred E. Tucker, III