Patents Examined by Desmond Peyton
  • Patent number: 8402962
    Abstract: Device for supplying mixed gas to gas burners of radiant heating type including a plurality of burner assemblies (310) in the housing (301) for combustion of the mixed gas therein, each with a burner chamber (312) for supplying mixed gas of fuel gas and air thereto, a glass plate (302) placed on top of the housing (301), a plurality of mixing tubes (321) respectively in communication with the burner chamber (312) for supplying the fuel gas and the air thereto, a plurality of gas nozzles (322) for respectively spraying the fuel gas into the mixing tubes (321), a plurality of air supply tubes (323) for respectively spraying the fuel gas into the mixing tubes (321), a plurality of air supply tubes (323) each spaced a distance away from the other end of one of the mixing tubes (321), for supplying air toward the one of the mixing tubes (321), and a fan unit (330) connected to an end of one of the air supply tubes (323) for supplying air thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Soo Kim, Dae Hee Jung, Dae Rae Lee
  • Patent number: 8375934
    Abstract: A solar energy water heater system composed of a method of retrofitting an existing conventional gas or electric water heater. In particular, this invention relates to adding a solar energy water heater system comprised of: a solar collector, a solar thermal circulating loop, an over-heat protection loop, and a computer controller with temperature sensors. The solar thermal circulating loop and over-heat protection loop are installed on the existing water storage tank, and the method and system is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Shanghai Jite Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ke Ting Zheng
  • Patent number: 8312874
    Abstract: A campfire support unit for burning firewood. The unit has a metal frame that includes a metal support ring with metal tabs and support legs. The frame is made and arranged to support wood for a wood fire in a near-vertical ring position around a central core which contains wood supported in a near-vertical position. An internal core fire is started, using wood placed inside the metal ring. Then wood is leaned against the outer rim of the metal ring. The tabs support the wood leaned against the outer rim, preventing it from falling before, during, and after the outer wood is ignited by the internal core fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel L. Dupont
  • Patent number: 8282391
    Abstract: The object is to provide a burner capable of taking in sufficient primary air even though the size thereof is compact, and capable of being used as an all-primary air burner. A burner includes a mixing pipe to which a fuel gas and combustion air are supplied, a burner main body having a mixing chamber at a top end on a downstream side of the mixing pipe, and a burner head which is provided at an upper part of the burner main body while communicating with the mixing chamber and has first and second burner ports for ejecting mixed gas of the fuel gas and air for combustion mixed in the mixing chamber. The burner further includes an extension pipe in the burner main body protruding inside the mixing chamber being formed by extending the mixing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Paloma Industries, Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Oda
  • Patent number: 8220453
    Abstract: The present invention includes a solar water heating system including: a water tank to hold water to be heated, an heat transfer fluid circuit including an heat exchanger associated with said water tank to heat water therein, a solar collection means in communication with said heat exchanger, an inlet connection to carry heat transfer fluid from said solar collection means to said heat exchanger where said water will be heated; and an outlet connection to carry heat transfer fluid from said heat exchanger to said solar collection means where said heat transfer fluid will be heated, said heat transfer fluid circuit including a reversibly evaporable heat transfer fluid which will absorb heat from said solar collection means and which will transfer said heat to said water in said water tank by means of said heat exchanger; and an diversion path being provided in said heat transfer circuit, whereby when a portion of heat transfer fluid changes to a gaseous state in said solar collection means, heat transfer fluid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rheem Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Brendan Vincent Bourke
  • Patent number: 8205608
    Abstract: Less hazardous methods for generating thermal energy for heating water, medical supplies or comestible products using improved flameless chemical heaters/flameless ration heaters by novel chemical or electrochemical means, each capable of suppressing the generation of hydrogen gas. Remote unit self-heating meals may be more rapidly heated by forming a reaction mixture comprising magnesium or a magnesium-containing alloy, and a hydrogen eliminator or suppressor, and introducing water to react the reaction mixture and generate a more rapid release of thermal energy sufficient to effectuate a more accelerated temperature rise and more rapid heating of medical supplies, water, rations or other comestible substances while simultaneously suppressing or eliminating the generation of potentially hazardous hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Tilak Bommaraju
  • Patent number: 8123517
    Abstract: An automatic system and method to provide the ignition and monitoring of a pilot flame for gas burners. The circuit includes a microcontroller that acts on at least one gas valve, a flame igniter, and a flame detector circuits. The valve driver is a switching circuit able to open the valve and keep it open with power saving. The flame detection uses the ionization principle with full use of the rectification property of a flame. Furthermore the flame detection is activated for reduced times to save power. The microcontroller governs the system according to the signals that it receives from points of the circuit. The system provides a circuit realizing advanced power saving techniques to provide also a long term operation on battery powered systems. In addition the automatic control can save gas resources versus traditional thermocouple based systems by applying the intermittent pilot ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sit La Precisa, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Lino Peruch
  • Patent number: 8122877
    Abstract: Food preparation apparatus including a top cooking surface, or cooktop, a front wall, a clear see-through wall located on the front side and extending above the top surface, a suction device adapted to take in fumes/odors or gases being generated at and released from the cooktop, the suction device including a forward inclined intake grille arranged between the cooktop and the vertical wall, the clear see-through wall being curved backwards, with the lower portion thereof extending almost vertically and then gradually curving backwards. A chamber collecting the gases being taken in is arranged below the grille and debouches into a vertical suction conduit, to which there is associated an appropriate suction fan, entering a prismatic filtering chamber provided with a filter in the form of a filtering partition arranged between two opposite sides of the chamber and lying orthogonally to the rear wall of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Professional SpA
    Inventors: Udo Baumann, Deny Longo, Michele Cadamuro
  • Patent number: 8122878
    Abstract: The invention in the preferred embodiment features a solar concentrator that can align and/or track based on images from a video camera, for example. The concentrator preferably includes one or more optical elements for directing light to a receiver, a camera for capturing an image of the optical elements, and a controller configured to: detect the orientation of the one or more optical elements from the one or more images, determine an orientation error based on the detected orientation, and automatically orient the one or more optical elements to minimize the orientation error. The optical elements generally comprise a plurality of mirrors or lenses arranged in a one or two dimensional array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Energy Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: William Gross, Philip Lee, Kevin Hickerson, Dylan Owens, Peter Polidoro
  • Patent number: 8109759
    Abstract: A combustion system is operated with reference to compliant values of a governmentally regulated exhaust emission parameter. If an alarm condition is detected during an ordinary mode of operation, the combustion system is shifted into an assured compliance mode of operation. The shift to the assured compliance mode is made while continuing to operate the combustion system without a shut-down interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fives North America Combustion, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Robertson, Thomas B. Neville, Charles E. Kilfoyle, John J. Nowakowski
  • Patent number: 8056555
    Abstract: This invention is a trough solar collector that uses inexpensive aluminized plastic films as the reflecting surface. The films are held in proper shape by stretching them between rigid ribs that are spaced apart along the length of the collector. The structure of the trough is held rigid by a unique sun-tracking system that not only guides a whole of array of troughs on a field to point them toward the sun, but also maintains the whole length of each trough in rigid configuration. It is not necessary to extend rigid metal beams along the trough to maintain the rigidity of the trough. Small-diameter cables are wrapped around rotatable pipes that extend along the east and west sides of the field. The cables extend over the field of the troughs and are attached to connecting points above the troughs in such a way that when the rotatable pipes rotate, the cables move, the troughs move with them, and the cables provide the rigidity of the troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Melvin L. Prueitt
  • Patent number: 8056553
    Abstract: A condensate pan for a condensing furnace includes a main chamber to receive exhaust gases, a condensate trap separate from the main chamber and internal the condensate pan and a main drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventor: Tabraiz Ali Khan
  • Patent number: 8047200
    Abstract: A hybrid solar heat collector within a translucent dome structure includes a tubular frame, forming a first fluid path, and a transverse hose winding in a spiral inside and outside alternating legs of the frame to form a second fluid path. The first fluid path is connected to a reservoir in which a heater that is turned on to heat a fluid in the first fluid path when its temperature falls below a threshold. The reservoir is located within the dome structure and is configured to readily heat the space within the dome structure, so that the freezing of fluids within the heat collector is prevented. The translucent dome structure is provided with a layer having an opacity that is increased in response to an increase in temperature above a different threshold level, so that the boiling of fluids within the heat collector is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: B. Michael Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8033822
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained artificial campfire apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a base container which can house an internal fuel source, a removable lid for accessing the container base, a fiber-ceramic log assembly connected to the removable lid, and a second lid for protecting and transporting the apparatus. The use of fiber-ceramic artificial logs allows for a more realistic campfire because the logs will glow as they are heated, just as a wood campfire does. The artificial campfire preferably also includes a tapered burner unit to produce an even more realistic campfire appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Junkins, Junkins & Crow, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Junkins
  • Patent number: 7975686
    Abstract: This invention is a trough solar collector that uses the principles of high leverage in order to produce a lightweight, inexpensive thermal solar collector. The parabolic reflectors are held in proper shape by rigid ribs that are spaced apart along the length of the collector. The structure of the trough is held rigid by a unique sun-tracking system that not only guides a long trough row to point it toward the sun, but also maintains the whole length of the row in rigid configuration. Small-diameter cables are wrapped around a rotatable pipe that extends along the row. The cables extend around circular arches attached to the parabolic ribs that provide high leverage for rotating the troughs. Since the arches rotate in unison, the long trough row is maintained in rotational rigidity. Rather than having heavy concrete foundations and heavy structures to support the troughs, lightweight support posts are placed into the ground, and guy wires maintain the position of the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Melvin L. Prueitt
  • Patent number: 7942143
    Abstract: A heating cooking appliance and a burner system thereof are provided. The height of the burner pot is reduced to facilitate product installation and reduce overall material and shipping costs. To increase user satisfaction with the product, a plurality of mixing tubes are extended in the same direction on one side of the burner pot in the burner system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dae Rae Lee, Jung Wan Ryu, Dae Bong Yang, Sang Min Lyu, Yong Ki Jeong, Young Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7931468
    Abstract: In an all primary combustion burner, a partition plate that demarcates a mixing chamber between the partition plate and a bottom wall section of a burner main body and a distributing plate that sections a space between the partition plate and the combustion plate into a first distributing chamber and a second distributing chamber are provided in the burner main body to cause a fuel gas and a primary air to flow into the mixing chamber A pressure loss is minimized to make it possible to satisfactorily mix the fuel gas and the primary air. An outlet is formed on a downstream side of the partition plate. A guide plate section that extends to the downstream side while inclining in a normal direction, which approaches the bottom wall section of the burner main body, from an edge on the upstream side of the outlet, is provided in the partition plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Rinnai Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ojiro, Yoshihiko Takasu
  • Patent number: 7905225
    Abstract: A cooking grill comprising a housing defining a cooking chamber and having a side opening therein, a heating element in the chamber, a drawer slidably disposed in the side opening, the drawer having a bottom tray and a front wall that substantially fills the side opening when the drawer is inserted in the housing, a grilling module adapted to sit in the drawer having a support portion for supporting a grilling surface, and a removable grilling surface, wherein the drawer can be inserted into the side opening in either a first orientation in which the bottom tray is below the heating element and the support portion is above the heating element or a second orientation rotated 180 degrees from the first orientation in which the bottom tray is above the heating element and the support portion is below the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Alfred F. Contarino
  • Patent number: 7895999
    Abstract: In one aspect the invention discloses a gas cooktop which is relatively easy to clean and which is not visually complex. The gas cooktop surface is provided with a trivet having two operating conditions. In a first condition the trivet is retracted and is substantially flush with the cooktop surface. In a second condition the trivet is extended to support a cooking vessel above a gas burner. In another aspect the invention discloses an improved gas burner with a high turn-down ratio. The improved burner includes first and second gas flow passages, a flame front locator, in one of the passages and a burner head. Fuel gas is injected into an end of one of said passages and is ignited to establish a flame at the flame front locator. Secondary combustion air is provided through the other of the passages which on a high setting enables secondary combustion and on a low setting may mix with the hot gases and cool them resulting in a lower temperature at the cooking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited
    Inventors: Lindsay George Graham, Simon Denzil Brown
  • Patent number: 7854223
    Abstract: A heat recovery apparatus for an indoor fireplace includes a plenum chamber of low profile box-like construction having a front extremity with a portion that permits forced entry of air and a horizontally spaced portion that permits emergence of heated air. A divider wall centered within the chamber between the entry and emergence portions produces a passageway that controls the flow of air within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Julian A. Latimer, III