Patents Assigned to Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
  • Patent number: 11206307
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: 11181276
    Abstract: A firepot for a grilling device comprises one or more walls at least partially forming an outer boundary of the firepot. The firepot is structurally configured to hold at least partially ignited solid fuel. The firepot also comprises a floor defining, at least in part, a lower end of the firepot. The floor comprises one or more holes extending through the floor. Additionally, a portion of the one or more walls form a solid fuel delivery opening that comprises a solid fuel portal through which solid fuel is deliverable to an interior of the firepot. A heating element mount is positioned to hold a heating element within the interior of the firepot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills LLC
    Inventors: Michael V. Colston, Daniel A. C. Altenritter, Daniel W. Sluder
  • Patent number: 11162684
    Abstract: A pellet hopper for use in a pellet grill includes a first bottom panel, a second bottom panel, and a third bottom panel. Each bottom panel has an inner edge that partially defines a pellet evacuation opening. The first, second, and third bottom panels form respective first, second, and third nonzero angles relative to a horizontal plane. In this way, each bottom panel tilts downward toward the pellet evacuation opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Colston, Daniel Sluder, Phuong Hoang
  • Patent number: 10986960
    Abstract: A portable grill with a battery power system includes a primary direct-current power source and a secondary direct-current power source. The primary power source can connect onto the outside of the grill via a clip. The secondary power source, which can be disposed within the grill so as not to be exposed to outside elements, can continue to power the grill when the user removes and/or replaces the primary power source during the operation of the grill. A user feedback system can remotely alert the user with information regarding the time or power remaining in the primary power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael V. Colston
  • Patent number: 10975902
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for assembling a device while maintaining the aesthetic appearance and structural integrity of a visible surface of the device. In one or more implementations of the invention, a system includes a first assembly piece with an assembly region that comprises an opening defined by first and second connecting elements. The system further includes a second assembly piece and a fastening assembly, where a portion of the second assembly piece is shaped to fit within the assembly region opening and the fastening assembly spans the first and second connecting elements to secure the first assembly piece to the second assembly piece, and tightening of the fastening assembly causes the second connecting element to deform, pressing a surface of the second assembly piece against an adjacent surface of the first connecting element and retaining a substantially even visible surface of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Virgil Colston, Daniel A. C. Altenritter
  • Patent number: 10951751
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to controlling an electronically-controlled appliance using a software application and providing a user interface for controlling an electronically-controlled appliance. In one scenario, a computer system receives an indication from a remote computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is communicably connected to the remote computing system. The computer system provides a notification in the software application indicating that the electronically-controlled appliance is available to receive instructions, and receives a user input at the software application indicating that certain functions are to be performed by the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system further generates instructions configured to control the electronically-controlled appliance based on the functions specified in the received user input, and sends the generated instructions to the electronically-controlled appliance to perform the specified functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: 10874252
    Abstract: A grilling device includes an oven section having an outer wall with opposing side portions and an encircling body portion extending therebetween. The body portion has an access opening and the grilling device includes a lid that selectively covers the access opening by means of a handle attached thereto. The grilling device also includes opposing hinge elements connected to opposite sides of the lid and to the side portions of the outer wall, as opposed to the encircling body portion. In particular, the hinge elements are connected to respective rear areas of the side portions. Accordingly, the path of opening the lid has a different shape or curvature and thereby positions the handle substantially lower than if the hinge elements were connected to the body portion adjacent to the access opening. The opposing side portions have a substantially oval shape and the hinge elements have an elongated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills LLC
    Inventors: Michael Virgil Colston, Daniel Altenritter, Matthew Czach
  • Patent number: 10791208
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to controlling an electronically-controlled appliance using a software application and providing a user interface for controlling an electronically-controlled appliance. In one scenario, a computer system receives an indication from a remote computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is communicably connected to the remote computing system. The computer system provides a notification in the software application indicating that the electronically-controlled appliance is available to receive instructions, and receives a user input at the software application indicating that certain functions are to be performed by the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system further generates instructions configured to control the electronically-controlled appliance based on the functions specified in the received user input, and sends the generated instructions to the electronically-controlled appliance to perform the specified functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: 10785363
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: 10764423
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: 10757244
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: 10735575
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to controlling an electronically-controlled appliance using a software application and providing a user interface for controlling an electronically-controlled appliance. In one scenario, a computer system receives an indication from a remote computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is communicably connected to the remote computing system. The computer system provides a notification in the software application indicating that the electronically-controlled appliance is available to receive instructions, and receives a user input at the software application indicating that certain functions are to be performed by the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system further generates instructions configured to control the electronically-controlled appliance based on the functions specified in the received user input, and sends the generated instructions to the electronically-controlled appliance to perform the specified functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: 10735523
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to communicating with and controlling operation of electronically-controlled appliances. In one scenario, a computer system receives a first input from a computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is permitted to communicate with a cloud computing platform. The computer system generates a notification that is to be sent to a software application, where the software application is configured to control functions of the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system transmits the generated notification to the software application, where the generated notification indicates that the cloud computing platform is communicably connected to the electronically-controlled appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: 10708409
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to controlling an electronically-controlled appliance using a software application and providing a user interface for controlling an electronically-controlled appliance. In one scenario, a computer system receives an indication from a remote computing system indicating that an electronically-controlled appliance is communicably connected to the remote computing system. The computer system provides a notification in the software application indicating that the electronically-controlled appliance is available to receive instructions, and receives a user input at the software application indicating that certain functions are to be performed by the electronically-controlled appliance. The computer system further generates instructions configured to control the electronically-controlled appliance based on the functions specified in the received user input, and sends the generated instructions to the electronically-controlled appliance to perform the specified functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: 10694892
    Abstract: A smoke circulating element includes a smoke retaining element and a smoke circulation opening adapted for directing smoke out of the smoke retaining element. The smoke retaining element has a plurality of panels at least partially bounding a smoke chamber. The smoke circulating element is contoured to fit the inner surface of a grilling device so that the inner surface and smoke circulating element cooperate to substantially enclose the smoke chamber. Smoke produced within the smoke chamber by a wood pellet fire pot escapes the smoke chamber through the upper disposed smoke circulation opening and is exhausted from the grilling device as it cools, settles, and escapes through a lower disposed exhaust opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: RE48162
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Colston
  • Patent number: D897771
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: D901243
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston
  • Patent number: D913747
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Colston, Matthew G. Czach
  • Patent number: D921427
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Traeger Pellet Grills, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Virgil Colston