Patents Assigned to The Brinkmann Corporation
  • Patent number: 9110491
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a conversion kit for a gas grilling appliance with rotary valves that avoids the need to use either a sleeve inserted in the inner chamber of the regulating plug or interchangeable knobs on the valve shaft. The conversion kit comprises a regulating device for each valve that can be readily installed by removing the existing control knob, placing the regulating device on the valve shaft, and replacing the control knob. The regulating device cooperates with a stop structure on the control panel to limit rotation of the control knob, when converting the grilling appliance from one type of gas to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randy May
  • Publication number: 20140165992
    Abstract: A grill comprising a firebox assembly for mounting on a cart assembly, the cart assembly having first and second support assemblies interconnected by at least one linking member. A hinge or pivot in the mid-portion of the linking member divides it into first and second linking member portions, and the opposite ends of the linking member portions are pivotally connected by hinges to the first and second support assemblies. The linking member holds the support assemblies together in a partially pre-assembled state, and the pivotal connections of the linking member portions allow the two assemblies to be folded for packaging in a shipping container. When removed from the container, the pivotal connections of the linking member portions allow the support assemblies to be unfolded horizontally to convert the cart assembly to an assembled configuration in which the support assemblies are unfolded to a position suitable for supporting the firebox assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Randall L. May, Zhi Bing Gu, Liang Shen, Bin Lin, Wenguan Su, Lu Liang, Guolong Chen
  • Publication number: 20140090635
    Abstract: A propane tank fuel gauge for use with a barbecue grill that measures the weight of the tank and thereby provides a readily perceived indication of the amount of propane gas remaining therein. The fuel gauge comprises a base, a tank mount adapted for mounting a propane tank, a spring-loaded support mechanism for supporting the tank mount relative to the base, and a fuel level indicator connected to the support mechanism for providing an indication of the total weight of the tank including the propane gas remaining therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. May
  • Publication number: 20140090633
    Abstract: A barbecue grill comprising a grilling surface, a hood, a handle for opening the hood, and a lighting device interconnected with the handle. The lighting device is mounted in such a way that when the hood is opened, the lighting device can be used to illuminate the grilling surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon Gleaton, Lance R. Thompson, Randall L. May, Owen Slater, Wesley Crabbe
  • Patent number: 8602017
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a grill configured for quick assembly, a method of partially pre-assembling the grill for shipping from the factory in a container, and a method of assembling the grill when removed from the shipping container. The grill comprises a firebox assembly for mounting on a cart assembly, the cart assembly having first and second support assemblies and at least one linking member interconnecting them. A hinge or pivot in the mid-portion of the linking member divides it into first and second linking member portions, and the opposite ends of the linking member portions are pivotally connected by hinges or the like to the first and second support assemblies. The linking member holds the first and second support assemblies together in a partially pre-assembled state, and the pivotal connections of the linking member portions allow the two assemblies to be folded for packaging in a shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Randall L. May, Zhi Bing Gu, Liang Shen, Bin Lin, Wenguan Su, Lu Liang, Guolong Chen
  • Patent number: 8151786
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance for cooking a food item, such as a turkey, in a cooking vessel having a bottom surface, such as a pot, the gas cooking appliance configured to be connected to a gas source for permitting a flow of gas to the gas cooking appliance, the appliance having a sensor configured to engage a shielded portion of the bottom surface of the cooking vessel and to shut off or reduce the flow of gas to the appliance in the event that the shielded portion exceeds a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. May
  • Publication number: 20120017890
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a grill configured for quick assembly, a method of partially pre-assembling the grill for shipping from the factory in a container, and a method of assembling the grill when removed from the shipping container. The grill comprises a firebox assembly for mounting on a cart assembly, the cart assembly having first and second support assemblies and at least one linking member interconnecting them. A hinge or pivot in the mid-portion of the linking member divides it into first and second linking member portions, and the opposite ends of the linking member portions are pivotally connected by hinges or the like to the first and second support assemblies. The linking member holds the first and second support assemblies together in a partially pre-assembled state, and the pivotal connections of the linking member portions allow the two assemblies to be folded for packaging in a shipping container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: RANDALL L. MAY, Zhi Bing Gu, Liang Shen, Bin Lin, Wenguan Su, Lu Liang, Guolong Chen
  • Publication number: 20110085341
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied an a dual-chamber passive cooling system for a light-emitting diode (LED) lamp and in a lighting fixture comprising such a system. The system comprises a printed circuit board (PCB) having a hole formed therein and extending through the PCB, and a shell defining a recess configured to receive the PCB. An LED may be positioned on one side of the PCB. The PCB is a thermally conductive PCB, such as a metal-core or graphite-core PCB, and is positioned within the recess so that it divides the recess into a first chamber defining a first volume and a second chamber defining a second volume that is less than the first volume. The shell has a first opening formed therein proximate the first chamber and a second opening formed therein proximate the second chamber, so that air can flow into and out of the chambers, cooling the LED and PCB through convection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Little, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110030501
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in a conversion kit for a gas grilling appliance with rotary valves that avoids the need to use either a sleeve inserted in the inner chamber of the regulating plug or interchangeable knobs on the valve shaft. The conversion kit comprises a regulating device for each valve that can be readily installed by removing the existing control knob, placing the regulating device on the valve shaft, and replacing the control knob. The regulating device cooperates with a stop structure on the control panel to limit rotation of the control knob, when converting the grilling appliance from one type of gas to another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. May
  • Publication number: 20100275897
    Abstract: A gas cooking appliance for cooking a food item, such as a turkey, in a cooking vessel having a bottom surface, such as a pot, the gas cooking appliance configured to be connected to a gas source for permitting a flow of gas to the gas cooking appliance, the appliance having a sensor configured to engage a shielded portion of the bottom surface of the cooking vessel and to shut off or reduce the flow of gas to the appliance in the event that the shielded portion exceeds a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall L. May
  • Patent number: D629551
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Jing
  • Patent number: D629949
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Ka Kin Ho
  • Patent number: D636217
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Owen Alan Slater, Randall L. May
  • Patent number: D645180
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Owen Alan Slater
  • Patent number: D651455
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Po Sum Lee
  • Patent number: D656773
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall May
  • Patent number: D656775
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Randall May, Erica Sedberry, Jack Lockhart, Nam Wai Chau, Owen Slater, Po Sum Lee
  • Patent number: D656786
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Lockhart, Nam Wai Chau, Ka Kin Ho
  • Patent number: D657183
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventor: Randall May
  • Patent number: D662347
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: The Brinkmann Corporation
    Inventors: Randall May, Erica Sedberry, Jack Lockhart, Nam Wai Chau, Owen Slater, Po Sum Lee