Patents Examined by Alfred Basichas
  • Patent number: 11913641
    Abstract: A brass burner system includes a channel system having a central connection with a first extended element, a second extended element, a third extended element, and a fourth extended element; gas jets engaged with the channel system via a connections, each jet having a top jet portion with an opening; a body portion with a channel connecting to the opening; and a tapered end to engage with one of the connections; the tapered end is to seal within the connection; the brass burner is to produce a decorative flame via the gas jets; and the channel system is to allow gas flow to the gas jets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: BSG Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Ray R. Stone
  • Patent number: 11906169
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a portable fire pit comprising a housing, a first pair of wheels operatively coupled to a front portion of the housing, a second pair of wheels operatively coupled to a rear portion of the housing, and a fire pit coupled to a top portion of the housing, wherein the fire pit comprises at least one solid vertical wall. In some embodiments, the portable fire pit also includes a cover that converts to a table, as well as a suspension grate to hold firewood and a grill rack to hold food above the fire pit. The grill rack may be configured to be located at different heights above the fire pit, and may also be configured to rotate between positions directly over and to the side of the fire pit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Mark Suess
  • Patent number: 11904283
    Abstract: A volatiles consuming eductor system for coated scrap metal furnaces with separate delacquering and melt chambers. Motive gas is forced through an inlet into a mixing chamber in a direction opposite a suction port, creating a Venturi that draws gases from the delaquering chamber through the mixing chamber. The motive gas and the drawn gases mix and are forced through a discharge port, ignited, and injected into the melt chamber to help heat the melt chamber. A computer monitors process conditions and controls a regulator that adjusts the motive gas flow in response to those conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GPRE IP LLC
    Inventors: John M. Peterman, Mark A. Roberts, Mark J. Burke
  • Patent number: 11898759
    Abstract: A door assembly includes an inner door panel and an outer door panel pivotable with respect to the inner door panel, the inner door panel including a latch base. The outer door panel includes a handle assembly including a handle endcap, a handle body rotatable with respect to the handle endcap, and a latch bar connected with the handle body, the latch bar being detachably coupled to the latch base. The outer door panel is rotatable with respect to the inner door panel, such that the outer door panel can be rotated away from the inner door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Ian Moore, John Adam Yantis
  • Patent number: 11882962
    Abstract: A live-fire grill has been developed with a central opening and one or more adjustable accessories. In one example, the central opening is covered by a central grate to provide a more typical grilling experience. In another example, the central grate is raised to prevent food loss down the central opening. Surrounding the central opening is a griddle with an outer periphery defining a retention ledge. The retention ledge serves as a backstop to prevent food falling off the griddle and onto the ground. Attached to the grill is one or more rods holding one or more adjustable accessories. The accessories automatically lock in position and may be adjusted both horizontally and vertically. In one example, the accessory is an adjustable grate with 360 degrees of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Norris Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Lee Norris, Daron Lee Norris
  • Patent number: 11885499
    Abstract: Pellet grills including a control system that implements, manages, and/or controls various ignition-based protocols and/or processes are disclosed. An example pellet grill includes a cooking chamber, a burn pot, an ignitor, and a controller. The ignitor extends into the burn pot and is configured to ignite pellet fuel located within the burn pot. The controller is configured to command the ignitor to activate during a first duration. The controller is further configured to determine, following expiration of the first duration, whether a temperature of the cooking chamber has reached a threshold temperature. The controller is further configured, in response to determining that the temperature has not reached the threshold temperature, to command the ignitor to activate during a second duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: Brian C. Donnelly, Ryan P. Lundberg, Ethan Albrecht, David Eckhardt, Laasya P. Vadlamani
  • Patent number: 11879642
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a convertible fire pit, grill, griddle, smoker and table apparatus are provided. The apparatus is configured such that a user can readily, easily, and safely convert the apparatus between a fire pit, a grill, and a smoker without tools. The apparatus may include a bowl, a grill frame support, e.g., a ring, positionable about the bowl, a shelf attachable to the grill frame support, a grate positionable within the bowl, and a grill frame positionable about grill frame support. The grill frame may be configured to rotate about the bearings within the grill frame support. The apparatus may also include interchangeable grill components positionable about the grill frame and a hood disposed above the grill frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: James Cleveland Strange
  • Patent number: 11877582
    Abstract: A system for smoking or grilling food that uses a wood pellet burner to provide the heat and smoke for the smoking/grilling process and wherein all the electrical requirements for the system are provided by a thermoelectric generator that receives thermal energy from the wood pellet burner and converts a portion of that thermal energy into electricity, and wherein a microcontroller is used to accurately regulate the smoking or grilling temperatures and the temperatures of the thermoelectric generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Frederick Arlen Leavitt, Brandon James Leavitt, Robert Kirk Jafek
  • Patent number: 11874030
    Abstract: A coupling system for use with a solar tracker includes a support flange, a swivel flange rotatably supported on the support flange, an articulation joint interposed between each of the support flange and the swivel flange and rotatably supported by each of the support flange and the swivel flange, wherein opposed first and second end portions of the articulation joint are configured to be operably coupled to a respective first and second torque tube, and at least one locking fastener selectively coupled to a portion of the support flange and a portion of the swivel flange, the at least one locking fastener configured to selectively inhibit rotation of the swivel flange relative to the support flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventors: Ricardo Delgado-Nanez, Kin Tsim
  • Patent number: 11867391
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for modulating a solid-fuel-based combustion process. A current instantaneous heat release for a solid-fuel-based heat generator is determined at a virtual sensor. The current instantaneous heat release is compared to a current firing rate demand. When the current instantaneous heat release does not correspond to the current firing rate demand, an underfire air flow of the heat generator is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ENERO INVENTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Benoit Janvier
  • Patent number: 11867393
    Abstract: An example Smart Candle Platform is configured to includes a candle fixture that comprises an outer shell having an opening, a mid-frame, and a base, and a fuel bottle configured to hold a fuel material and is removably coupled to the candle fixture. The fuel bottle is positioned at least partially within a hollow interior of the mid-frame of the candle fixture and accommodated by the base. The fuel bottle further comprises a wick that extends through an opening of the outer shell, and the candle fixture includes an ignitor configured to ignite the fuel material via the wick to produce a living flame. The candle fixture further includes an inner cover having one or more reinforcement ribs configured to provide structural support for the one or more ignitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: LuDela Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Li, Yang Li
  • Patent number: 11867403
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stove having a top portion including a spark arrestor which includes a base assembly comprising a base ring, a base crown, a mesh side screen connecting the base ring and the base crown, and at least one handle, and a top assembly comprising a top crown, a mesh top screen extending from the top crown, and at least one handle, wherein the base assembly is sized to fit removably onto the top portion of the stove such that the base assembly is configured to block sparks or embers produced by the stove, and wherein the top assembly fits removably onto the base crown such that the top assembly is configured to block sparks or embers produced by the stove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Solo Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Jan, Spencer H. Jan, Alexander K. Maghsadi, Eric H. Jan
  • Patent number: 11857959
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to microchemical (or microfluidic) apparatus as well as related methods for making the same. The methods generally include partial sintering of sintering powder (e.g., binderless or otherwise free-flowing sintering powder) that encloses a fugitive phase material having a shape corresponding to a desired cavity structure in the formed apparatus. Partial sintering removes the fugitive phase and produces a porous compact, which can then be machined if desired and then further fully sintered to form the final apparatus. The process can produce apparatus with small, controllable cavities shaped as desired for various microchemical or microfluidic unit operations, with a generally smooth interior cavity finish, and with materials (e.g., ceramics) able to withstand harsh environments for such unit operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Patrick Kwon, Junghoon Yeom
  • Patent number: 11851334
    Abstract: A silica aerogel having a mean pore size less than 5 nm with a standard deviation of 3 nm. The silica aerogel may have greater than 95% solar-weighted transmittance at a thickness of 8 mm for wavelengths in the range of 250 nm to 2500 nm, and a 400° C. black-body weighted specific extinction coefficient of greater than 8 m2/kg for wavelengths of 1.5 ?m to 15 ?m. Silica aerogel synthesis methods are described. A solar thermal aerogel receiver (STAR) may include an opaque frame defining an opening, an aerogel layer disposed in the opaque frame, with at least a portion of the aerogel layer being proximate the opening, and a heat transfer fluid pipe in thermal contact with and proximate the aerogel layer. A concentrating solar energy system may include a STAR and at least one reflector to direct sunlight to an opening in the STAR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Gang Chen, Evelyn N. Wang, Svetlana Boriskina, Lee A. Weinstein, Sungwoo Yang, Bikramjit S. Bhatia, Lin Zhao, Elise M. Strobach, Thomas A. Cooper, David M. Bierman, Xiaopeng Huang, James Loomis
  • Patent number: 11849881
    Abstract: Portable cooking assemblies are disclosed herein. The portable cooking assemblies include a windscreen and a cooking vessel assembly. The windscreen includes a body that may be movable between a ready-to-use configuration in which the body defines an inner volume configured to receive the cooking vessel assembly and a compact storage configuration. The windscreen may be configured to fit inside the cooking vessel assembly in the compact storage configuration. The windscreen may include a releasable fastening mechanism that is configured to selectively hold the windscreen in the ready-to-use configuration. The windscreen is configured to hold the cooking vessel assembly above a flame, serving as a base for the cooking vessel assembly. Specifically, the windscreen may include one or more support members that extend radially inwardly from the body when the windscreen is in the ready-to-use configuration, and that are configured to hold and/or center the cooking vessel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Gossamer Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Glen Van Peski
  • Patent number: 11849884
    Abstract: In an aspect, data characterizing a plurality of measurements of a rate of energy supplied to an igniter of a smoke unit and of a temperature of a region proximate the igniter, acquired during a predetermined period of time of igniter activation, can be received. A maximum time of igniter activation can be determined based on an average rate of energy supplied to the igniter and an average temperature of the region proximate the igniter. Whether a total length of time, during which the igniter is activated and during a subsequent period of time, exceeds the maximum time of activation can be determined, and the igniter can be deactivated in response to determining that the total length of the time exceeds the determined maximum time of activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Christopher T. Martin, Nicholas Chow
  • Patent number: 11834800
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting spilled liquid hydrocarbons includes a support beam coupled to an oil rig, the support beam positioned below a flare boom, and a spill pan coupled to an end of the support beam, the spill pan positioned below a burner nozzle of the flare boom. A method includes coupling an oil spill collector to an offshore rig below a flare boom, the oil spill collector including a support beam coupled to the offshore rig and a collection device coupled to an end of the support beam, positioning the collection device below a burner nozzle of the flare boom such that the collection device is horizontally aligned with the burner nozzle, and collecting spilled liquid hydrocarbons in the collection device from the flare boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Shaker Moustafa Elgammal
  • Patent number: 11828470
    Abstract: A handle for lifting a firepit having an opening to a cavity defined between a first surface and a second surface with the first surface having a securement feature comprises a frame configured to span a cavity of the firepit, the frame having a grasp region shaped to be substantially horizontal when the handle is used to lift the firepit, a first support brace on the frame having a projection tab configured to selectively engage the securement feature of the first surface of the firepit, the first support brace being spaced a first distance from the grasp region, and a second support brace on the frame configured to selectively abut against the second surface of the firepit, the second support brace being devoid of a projection tab, the second support brace being spaced a second distance from the grasp region, the second distance being greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Solo Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Weilert, Alexander K. Maghsadi
  • Patent number: 11828464
    Abstract: A hand-held torch-style lighter is in electrical communication with a timer capable of alerting a user to the length of time a lighter has been on. A waring alarm will activate if the lighter has been active for more than two minutes (2 min.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventor: Aditya P. Anand
  • Patent number: 11821574
    Abstract: A panel mounting device base and kit therefor are described herein. The described base comprises: a lower member, an upper member, a surface fastener, and a connecting fastener. The profile of the lower member and the profile of the upper member are identical, and the lower member and the upper member are rotated about its longitudinal axis 180 degrees relative to each other and attached to form the base. The base is secured to a surface, and the base receives a panel mounting device to retain a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Jonathan Young