Patents Examined by Alfred Basichas
  • Patent number: 11371712
    Abstract: Pellet grills and associated methods of operation are disclosed. An example pellet grill includes a burn pot configured to combust pellet fuel received within the burn pot. The pellet grill further includes an auger configured to deliver the pellet fuel to the burn pot. The pellet grill further includes an auger motor operatively coupled to the auger. The pellet grill further includes one or more processors configured to determine whether a shutdown sequence of the pellet grill has been initiated. The one or more processors are further configured, in response to determining that the shutdown sequence has been initiated, to command the auger motor to reverse a direction of rotation of the auger. The reversal is to cause pellet fuel which the auger has not yet delivered to the burn pot to be purged in a direction away from the burn pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Brian C. Donnelly, Ryan P. Lundberg, David Eckhardt
  • Patent number: 11363912
    Abstract: A fire pit includes a main body having a double outer wall that defines an air inlet. An accessory support post is received by the main body within the double outer wall. A locking projection and locking flange cooperate to lock the vertical and rotational position of the support post with respect to the main body of the fire pit. A floating fire box is supported from above by a grilling flange that allows the fire box to move down when heated. The accessory post can be used with a post holder next to a camp fire. The post holder and accessory post use of the locking projection and locking flange to secure the accessory post with respect to the holder. A grill having an outer body member protects the user's finger from engaging sharp edges of an expanded metal grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Breeo, LLC
    Inventor: Amos A. Stoltzfus
  • Patent number: 11365890
    Abstract: A cooker hood, and a method and system for controlling same are provided. An image collection apparatus is disposed on the cooker hood. The control method includes: when a menu production start instruction is received, controlling the image collection apparatus to perform an image collection operation; storing a collected image; and after a menu production end instruction is received, invoking the collected image, to generate a corresponding menu. By means of the foregoing solutions, user operations in a menu production process can be simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Dongyu Chu, Hongcai He, Peter Schlotmann, Lei Yang, Kuang Shen, Kai Xu
  • Patent number: 11363914
    Abstract: Cooking apparatus for cooking food by a barbecue grilling method, comprises an outer housing receiving an inner housing which defines a heating volume. A chamber for pressurised air is defined between the outer and inner housings. Apertures in the inner housing allow pressurised air to exit the chamber into the heating volume. At least one burner is located in the inner housing. A combustible fuel/air mixture is supplied to the burner and this is separate from the supply of pressurised air to the chamber. A cooking surface is placed across the top of the heating volume to support food to be cooked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Active Food Systems Limited
    Inventors: George Justin Peter Cadbury, Sam O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 11365888
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes a panel with a first burner disposed on the panel and a second burner spaced apart from the first burner on the panel. A frame of the cooktop appliance is removably mounted to the panel. The frame is configured to selectively support two or more grates or a griddle plate over the first burner and the second burner. The cooktop appliance may include a first pogo pin terminal block positioned on the panel adjacent to the first burner and a second pogo pin terminal block positioned on the panel adjacent to the second burner. The frame may include a first sleeve which encloses first connectors of the first pogo pin terminal block and a second sleeve which encloses second connectors of the second pogo pin terminal block on four sides. The griddle plate or the grates may include two or more embedded temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Patent number: 11357356
    Abstract: A portable grilling system comprising a grate formed of a non-flammable material; at least two support members formed of a non-flammable material and pivotally attached to the grate; at least one fuel insert support member formed of a non-flammable material and positioned below the grate; and a fuel insert comprising a base tray formed of a biodegradable material having a bottom surface and one or more sidewalls extending upwards from the bottom surface; a biodegradable and non-flammable liner positionable within the base tray; and a fuel source positionable within the liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Fire & Flavor Grilling Co.
    Inventors: Davis Purcell Knox, Jeffrey Paul Broadrick, Kyle Dean Aasness, David Matthew Williams Hemming, Joseph William Pruitt
  • Patent number: 11350790
    Abstract: A grill stove includes a kettle, legs, and a lid. The kettle includes an outer wall with a ventilation aperture, an inner wall, and a top collar extending between the inner wall and the outer wall and connecting the top portion of the outer wall to the top portion of the inner wall to form a dual-walled kettle. A base pan may be attached to the outer wall and may form a bottom of the kettle. A nest pan may have an edge and a ventilation aperture. The edge of the nest pan may be attached to the bottom portion of the inner wall and disposed above the base pan. The nest pan and the base pan being spaced apart to form a gap therebetween. The ventilation aperture of the nest pan may be in fluid communication with the ventilation aperture of the outer wall. An ash pan may be removably positionable above the nest pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Solo Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Eric H. Jan, Alexander K. Maghsadi
  • Patent number: 11353212
    Abstract: A burner apparatus and method which provide an increased amount of internal flue recirculation for reducing NOx emissions by ejecting a series of surrounding primary fuel streams and also ejecting on one or more subsequent series of surrounding fuel streams outside of the burner wall toward the burner combustion wherein each succeeding series of surrounding fuel streams must travel a greater distance to the combustion zone and each series of surrounding fuel streams must contact one or more radial impact structures provided on the exterior of the burner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: ZEECO, INC.
    Inventors: Darton J. Zink, Rex K. Isaacs, John Petersen, Cody Little, Tim Kirk
  • Patent number: 11344155
    Abstract: A method for managing temperature within a charcoal grill system includes: receiving a target grill temperature for a cooking chamber within the charcoal grill system; in response to receiving an ignition trigger, entering an ignition mode; during the ignition mode, activating an igniter within the charcoal grill system to ignite a charcoal cartridge arranged in a cartridge chamber within the charcoal grill system and activating a stoke fan coupled to the cartridge chamber to accelerate combustion of the charcoal cartridge; monitoring a temperature inside the charcoal grill system; in response to the temperature inside the charcoal grill system exceeding an ignition temperature, entering a temperature management mode; and during the temperature management mode, selectively activating the stoke fan and the cooling fan to maintain the cooking chamber at approximately the target grill temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Spark Grills, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin West, Steve Owen
  • Patent number: 11346552
    Abstract: A universal device for the automation of gas-powered ovens, barbecues and devices is provided that includes a variable gas intake valve housed in a module of a valve having means for valve coupling to a gas inlet hose of the oven, barbecue or device. An electronic board housed in a module of control is linked to the valve and drives the opening of the gas flow by means of an output signal supplied by the gas intake valve. The electronic board is provided with a connection with at least a probe of room temperature located within the chamber of the oven, barbecue, or device. The module of control includes control means and a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Marcos Regueiro Fernandez, Alfredo Beltrain Ruiz, Alfredo Beltran Rosa, Ruben Campos Moral
  • Patent number: 11346559
    Abstract: An outdoor structure and structural system including a plurality of structural blocks having opposed top and bottom surfaces, opposed front and rear surfaces and opposed first and second side surfaces, the bottom surfaces of the plurality of structural blocks having a receiving channel extending along the bottom surface from the first side surface towards the second side surface, the receiving channel sized and shaped to receive and retain a hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventors: William H. Karau, Richard Kenneth Magnuson
  • Patent number: 11346561
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an oven having a guide member capable of automatically withdrawing an oven rack from the inside of a cooking chamber when a door is opened and a rail detachably coupled to the cooking chamber and the oven rack to move the oven rack in the front-rear direction. The oven includes a main body, a cooking chamber provided inside the main body and having an open front side, a door rotatably coupled to the main body to open and close the cooking chamber, an oven rack provided inside the cooking chamber to be movable in the front-rear direction and supporting a plurality of shelves, and a guide member connected to the oven rack according to opening and closing of the door to guide the oven rack to be moved in the front-rear direction, and separated from the oven rack when the door is completely opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Won Ryu, Jea Won Lee, Wan-Ku Kang, Young Mi Kim, Hyun Uk Park
  • Patent number: 11339061
    Abstract: A solar water pasteurizer has a water jug removably disposed in a solar box with insulation and a solar window. The water jug has a lid to close an aperture in the solar box and a handle thermally isolated from the water jug to facilitate handling of the water jug with heated water. Multiple water jugs can be swapped in and out of the solar box. The solar box also has a thermal mass to preserve some heat in the solar box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Garron M. Hobson, Jeremy VanderDoes
  • Patent number: 11337552
    Abstract: An apparatus for preparing food includes a food preparation chamber with an air-permeable bottom wall and an upper air discharge opening, a fan for moving hot air successively through the bottom wall, the food preparation chamber and the discharge opening, an air channel for returning the air from the discharge opening towards the bottom wall separate from the food preparation chamber, a heat radiator positioned in the upper part of the food preparation chamber and an air guide below the food preparation chamber and on top of a bottom part for directing the air flow essentially upwards into food present in the food preparation chamber. The air guide includes at least one air guide rib arranged along a curved line extending substantially towards a central region of the bottom part, where the air guide rib has a concave side which includes an angle with the bottom part smaller than 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Fedde Van Der Weij
  • Patent number: 11330937
    Abstract: A modular smoker assembly includes a heat pot that is fillable with a combustible material to produce smoke for smoking food items when the combustible material is burned. A plurality of cooking pots is provided and respective ones of the cooking pots are stackable on top of each other for positioning on the heat pot. In this way each of the cooking pots is in fluid communication with the heat pot to receive the smoke for cooking. Food items are positionable in the cooking pots to cook the food item with the smoke. A lid bucket is positionable on top of a topmost one of the cooking pots when the cooking pots are stacked on the heat pot to retain heat in the cooking pots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Arthur Brown
  • Patent number: 11326810
    Abstract: Falling particle solar receivers, systems, and methods are disclosed that include one non-linear falling particle curtain or two or more falling particle curtains within a solar receiver that receives incident solar radiation. The particles heated in the solar receiver may be used to heat a secondary fluid. In an embodiment, the particles may be recirculated to improve energy capture and thermal efficiency. In other embodiments, an air curtain may be used across the aperture of the receiver, and flow-control devices may be used to evenly spread particles across the width of the receiver inlet. Finally, feed particles may be preheated using heat from the solar receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford K. Ho
  • Patent number: 11320152
    Abstract: A cooktop for an appliance includes a cooktop base surface that defines an edge. A cooktop burner is mounted on the cooktop base surface. A support base is rigidly fixed with the cooktop base surface adjacent the edge. A grate is rotatably supported to the support base and is rotatable between a raised position and a lowered position to alternately cover and uncover the cooking burner. A biasing member is coupled to the support base and exerts an upward biasing force on the grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Deeptiranjan Barik, Patrick J. Duffy, Tushar Jadhav, Sachin Karade, Atul Nalawade, Pradeep Thorat
  • Patent number: 11320149
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a multi-heat source apparatus. The multi heat source may include a fire pit and is configured to provide ambient heating with both convection heat transfer and radiation heat transfer. The multi-heat source apparatus comprises an infrared emitter for generating infrared radiation. The multi-heat source apparatus comprises a shielding member between a heat source for the convection heat transfer and another heat source for radiation heat transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MR. BAR-B-Q PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Scott F. Dobias
  • Patent number: 11311146
    Abstract: For a stable, easy-to-handle fire basin for burning wood and similar fuels, consisting of a plurality of segments (1a) which are supported on the ground with feet (2) and towards the top have a plurality of segment surfaces (1b) to form the tub-shaped fire basin (1), the invention proposes that the segment surfaces (1b) of the fire basin (1) also have or form concave depressions or recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Kaiser, Christian Wassermann
  • Patent number: 11297819
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a mobile heating apparatus for heating an enclosed space to a temperature sufficient to kill bed bugs. The mobile heating apparatus has a recirculation chamber having a fresh air inlet configured to receive fresh air from a fresh air area and a recirculation air inlet configured to receive recirculation air from a heated air area. The fresh air area is located outside of the area to be heated. The heated air area is located within the area to be heated. The apparatus also has an air mixture/circulation apparatus configured to mix the fresh air and the recirculation air and an air heating chamber having a heat exchanger. A mixed air inlet is in communication with the air mixture/circulation apparatus. A heated air outlet is configured to route the heated air into the heated air area. A heating apparatus is configured to provide heated combustion flow to the heat exchanger. The present invention also provides for a related method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Kieffer, Scott Taylor