Patents Examined by Alfred Basichas
  • Patent number: 10660473
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for maintaining convection heat within a heating region of a griddle and channeling the convection heat therefrom. The griddle includes a ribbing structure along its underside surface in a configuration that cooperates with the burners of a cooking station. Such ribbing structure allows a user to control the convective heating of the griddle as desired and channels the convective heat to a single side of the griddle, away from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: North Atlantic Imports, LLC
    Inventors: Roger Dahle, Ryan D. Sharp
  • Patent number: 10663177
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of an extending rack for a cooking appliance. One or more bushings slidingly engage one or more sliding rods allowing a wire rack or structure to travel between positions relative to a remaining portion of the extending rack. One or more support rods may be used with the sliding rods. The extending rack may include one or more retaining clips engaging the one or more bushings to the wire rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nathan E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10655845
    Abstract: A gas burner for a gas cooktop includes a burner lower part, which can be arranged below a cooktop plate of the gas cooktop, a burner upper part, which can be arranged above the cooktop plate and is connected to the burner lower part, and a thermocouple and/or an igniting element, which is simultaneously received in a receiving section of the burner lower part and an receiving section of the burner upper part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Luis Acosta Herrero, Javier Corral Ricalde, Melca Gutierrez Humara, Pedro Herrera Estrada, Alberto Lopez Ortiz, Jose Salvador Ochoa Torres, Luis Antonio Palacios Valdueza, Emilio Placer Maruri
  • Patent number: 10655843
    Abstract: A Smart Candle Platform may be configured to produce candle light using a natural wax candle as its fuel source or any other fuel source capable of producing light, including liquid fuels if so configured. The outer shell, inner cover, top cover and base provides a beautiful exterior shell which does not melt but emulates the look of a traditional pillar candle. The outer shell may be changeable/replaceable allowing for style and or seasonal changes. A Smart Candle Platform having multiple interactive systems and sensors for production of natural light via a safe, controllable device which may communicate with other similar configured devices or smart devices having application software embedded therein i.e. a smart phone having an app. is disclosed. The Smart Candle Platform may be configured to allow for auto-extinguishment. The Smart Candle Platform may be configured to allow for the addition of smells or scents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jamie Bianchini, Eric David Bauswell, Danny Ray Wafler
  • Patent number: 10648673
    Abstract: A combustor includes a combustion tube having a cylindrical shape with a combustion space where fuel is combusted and including an inlet through which the fuel is introduced, an outlet through which a gas generated when the fuel is combusted is discharged, and a protrusion protruding inward from a wall surface between the inlet and the outlet; an injection unit configured to inject fuel into the combustion tube through the inlet of the combustion tube; and an additional injection unit located on the protrusion of the combustion tube and configured to inject fuel into the combustion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Ik Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10646824
    Abstract: A catalytic cookstove, for use in cooking, heating, and lighting, is disclosed for reducing particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions. A non-platinum group metal catalyst promotes oxidation of particulate matter and carbon monoxide to produce carbon dioxide. Additionally, a passive damper automatically adjusts the fuel-to-air ratio based upon the size of fuel fed to the stove to ensure catalyst light off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Mainsteam Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Yelvington, Alex Paulsen, Andrew Carpenter, Tyler Kunsa, Ted Amundsen, Nicholas Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10648677
    Abstract: Fan for ovens, which comprises a support plate and multiple blades projectingly fixed on the support plate and arranged around the rotation axis of the fan. Each blade is provided with a rear edge fixed to the support plate, with an external edge and with an internal edge placed to connect between the rear edge and the external edge and facing the front side of the fan. The fan also comprises a ring fixed to the blades, positioned in a position substantially intermediate between the internal edge of the blades and the support plate in order to create a non-interference zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MA. TI.KA. S.R.L.
    Inventors: Oscar Martini, Enrico Martini
  • Patent number: 10641486
    Abstract: A refillable gas lighter comprises a rear case, a front case and a barrel. The lighter is provided with a physical phenomenon of piezo-electric effect to generate the electric spark. Inside the rear case, the pusher is pressed down to the gas tank with the pusher having a plurality of conducting strips that acts as an electrical conductor connected to the gas tank. A copper wire carrying negative charge is connected with a bridge plate that passes through the conductive hose to achieve fuel distribution and electric conduction. The conductive hose transfers the igniting gas from the gas tank to the spark plug, where the ignition initiates the flame. The housing assembly includes a rear case with a rear case neck, a front case with a front case neck, and a barrel. The housing assembly is further locked together by means of a barrel sleeve where the barrel has a flame opening to ignite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Zhuo Wen Luo
  • Patent number: 10634354
    Abstract: A fuel burner includes a tube extending from a first end to a second end and having an outer surface and an inner surface defining a central passage. The central passage is supplied at the first end with a mixture of air and combustible fuel pre-mixed upstream of the tube. The second end is closed by an end wall in a fluid-tight manner. The tube includes fluid directing structure for directing the pre-mixed mixture radially outward from the central passage to an exterior of the tube such that the pre-mixed mixture rotates radially about the central axis along the exterior of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BECKETT GAS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 10634346
    Abstract: A heater device including at least one control and/or regulating unit, which is provided to set an air ratio of a combustion process to a setpoint air ratio. It is provided that the control and/or regulating unit is provided to ascertain a power correction factor in at least one operating state and take it into consideration in the setting of the air ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Duarte Nuno Fernandes Garcia Lima, Joel Filipe Pereira, Luis Miguel Pacheco Monteiro, Mauro André Oliveira Simoes, Ricardo Jorge de Sousa Vieira, Sergio Salustio, Marco Marques
  • Patent number: 10617257
    Abstract: An apparatus for supplying gaseous fuel to a kamado-style grill is disclosed. The kamado-style grill includes a vessel and a fire bowl positioned within the vessel. The vessel and the fire bowl each have an opening. The apparatus includes a gas burner insertable through the opening of the vessel for positioning below the opening of the fire bowl, and a housing substantially covering the opening of the vessel and including one or more openings for allowing air to pass into or out of the kamado-style grill. Other example apparatuses and grill assemblies for receiving the apparatuses are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Phase 2, LLC
    Inventors: Fu Du Feng, Jon Scott Walters
  • Patent number: 10619890
    Abstract: A thermal receiver, such as a solar flux thermal receiver, is disclosed comprising a modular arrangement of arrayed microchannels or micropins to heat a working fluid by heat transfer. Disclosed solar receivers provide a much higher solar flux and consequently a significant reduction in thermal losses, size, and cost, relative to known receivers. Unit cell receivers can be numbered up and combined in parallel to form modules, and modules combined to form full scale receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Oregon State University, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Monte Kevin Drost, Sourabh Apte, Thomas L'Estrange, Vinod Narayanan, Charles Rymal, Eric Truong, Erfan Rasouli, Kyle Ryan Zada, Brian M. Fronk
  • Patent number: 10612791
    Abstract: A cooking engagement system for a cooktop appliance is provided. The cooking engagement system may include a casing, an image monitor, and an air handler. The casing may be positioned above the cooktop along a vertical direction. The casing may define an air inlet and an air outlet. The image monitor may be supported on the casing. The air handler may be mounted within the casing in fluid communication between the air inlet and the air outlet to motivate an airflow therethrough. The air outlet may define an airflow curtain path extending from the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomas Garces, Ryan Persaud
  • Patent number: 10612776
    Abstract: In a combustion apparatus including: a burner made up of a burner body and a sheet-metal combustion plate; and a combustion box which has a connection flange part to be coupled to a body flange part in a circumference of the burner body, the combustion box has disposed therein water passages as a cooling means, and a thermal insulation material which overlaps that portion of the combustion plate flange part which faces an inner space of the combustion box. A fixing plate for the thermal insulation material is attached to the combustion plate flange part. The fixing plate is provided with pressing claws for pressing in position the thermal insulation material so as to press and prevent the thermal insulation material from getting released away from the fixing plate. And water passages are disposed in a manner to contact the pressing claws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Takashi Ojiro, Hideo Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10605489
    Abstract: A bearing assembly comprises a bearing wheel with a rotational axis, the bearing wheel including and extending radially between an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface at least partially forms a bore, the bore extends axially through the bearing wheel along the rotational axis, and the bore has a cross-sectional geometry configured to receive a rotatable shaft with a complementary cross-sectional geometry, and wherein the outer surface extends circumferentially around the rotational axis, and the outer surface has a circular cross-sectional geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Gamechange Solar Corp
    Inventor: Andrew Barron Worden
  • Patent number: 10598387
    Abstract: The present invention provides an oven, including: an oven body; and a gas circuit system and an electric circuit system, both of which are installed on the oven body; the gas circuit system includes: a gas pipeline; a combustor installed in the oven body and being in communication with an outlet of the gas pipeline; a control switch installed on the gas pipeline; and an electric control valve controlling connection and disconnection of the gas pipeline together with the control switch; the electric circuit system includes: a controller connected to the electric control valve and matched with the control switch for use, wherein when the control switch is turned on, the controller switches on the electric control valve, and when the control switch is turned off, the controller switches off the electric control valve; and a timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Cheng Wang, Kai Zhang, Xunzhang Wang
  • Patent number: 10591158
    Abstract: A torch device having a pivoting torch arm, including a fuel delivery system having a fuel tank and microjet burners positioned in the end of the torch arm, and an ignition system including an ignition button and a piezoelectric igniter for igniting fuel, and an interlock mechanism including a mounting tab pivotally attaching the torch arm to the body of the torch, with a guide pocket defined by a laterally-extending wall of the mounting tab, and a rocker arm having a distal arm cooperating with and confined within the guide pocket, and a proximal arm cooperating with the ignition button, and configured to prevent a user from pressing the ignition button based on the angular position of the torch arm relative to the torch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Walter G. VanCleave, III, Jared D. Crooks, Bortman T. Jung, Shea Michael Stewart
  • Patent number: 10591185
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, machine, device, and/or manufacture that is configured for operably releasing condensate from a furnace combustion gas containment system without allowing a substantial quantity of drain air to enter the condensate producing system from a drain or a substantial quantity of combustion gas to flow through the system, machine, device, and/or manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas Howard Des Champs
  • Patent number: 10584899
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for anchoring an inflatable concentrator cushion, which has a light-permeable entry window for coupling in solar radiation and a reflector film, which sub-divides the concentrator cushion into at least two hollow spaces, for the concentration of solar radiation in an absorber, comprising a pivoting apparatus for pivoting the concentrator cushion, in particular about its longitudinal axis, and comprising an anchoring apparatus for the pivoting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HELIOVIS AG
    Inventors: Elmar Stoeger, Felix Tiefenbacher
  • Patent number: 10584051
    Abstract: An oxy-fuel burner including a central burner element having a central conduit terminating in a central nozzle and an annular conduit terminating in an annular nozzle surrounding the central conduit, the central conduit flowing a first reactant and the annular conduit flowing a second reactant; a first staging conduit spaced apart from a side of the central burner element and terminating in a first staging nozzle; a second staging conduit spaced apart from an opposite side the central burner element and terminating in a second staging nozzle; a first mechanism to apportion a flow of the second reactant into a non-zero primary flow of the second reactant directed to the annular conduit and a non-zero secondary flow of the second reactant; and a second mechanism to selectively apportion the secondary flow of the second reactant between the staging conduits; wherein one reactant is fuel and the other reactant is oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Daniel D'Agostini, Aleksandar Georgi Slavejkov, Michael David Buzinski, William J. Horan