Patents Examined by Jorge A Pereiro
  • Patent number: 12031727
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes: a cooking cavity with a bottom wall and a rear wall. A convection fan is disposed adjacent to the rear wall of the cooking cavity. A gas burner is located in a subjacent space beneath the bottom wall and adjacent to the rear wall of the cooking cavity. A heat duct provides communication through the bottom wall and includes an inlet positioned directly above and adjacent to the gas burner through which combustion gases from the gas burner can enter the heat duct. An annular portion of the heat duct defines a pass-through opening in which the convection fan is disposed. Flames from the gas burner extend upwardly toward or through the inlet of the heat duct and are substantially isolated from turbulent air flow generated by the convection fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Garcia, Michael D. Padgett, Zhi Tan, Huss Pan
  • Patent number: 12025308
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a combustion furnace with adjustable firepower, including a furnace body. The furnace body is provided with a combustion chamber in which combustible materials are placed. The furnace body further includes an adjusting mechanism and an air inlet, the air inlet is provided on the side wall of the furnace body, and communicated with the combustion chamber so that external air enters the combustion chamber through the air inlet. The adjusting mechanism is configured to control the air inlet to be turned on or off. Through the above structural arrangement, users can control the air inlet to be turned on or off by controlling the adjusting mechanism, so as to adjust the firepower of the combustion furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Ninghao Guo
  • Patent number: 12000623
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system includes a heating system. The heating system portion of the HVAC unit can comprise an array of heat exchanger tubes attached to a first side of a heat exchanger panel and a burner assembly attached to a second side of the heat exchanger panel. The burner assembly can comprise one or more tabs to facilitate installation and removal of the burner assembly within the HVAC system. The heat exchanger panel can comprise one or more slots that receive the one or more tabs of the burner assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Karl S. Tallakson, Kenneth D. Frederick
  • Patent number: 12000598
    Abstract: A cooking device has at least one support and a cooking body which is rotatably attached to the support via a rotatable axis, the cooking body has a tub-shaped cooking container and at least one gas burner. The cooking device has at least one supply line for the gas burner, which is connected to the gas burner, which extends through the rotatable axis and which is configured concentrically with the rotatable axis. The cooking device has an outer pipe surrounding the supply line, the supply line having a smaller diameter than the rotatable axis, as a result of which an annular gap is formed radially between the supply line and the wall of the outer pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: RATIONAL INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Reinhard Wassmus, Markus Lingenheil, Mathieu Mougey, Daniel Roessner, Florian Loew, Frederik Silversand
  • Patent number: 11994304
    Abstract: A solar phase-change energy storage heating ventilation partition wall and modular heating system thereof, the partition wall consists of a solid partition wall (1), a thermal insulation layer (2), a decoration layer (3), frame of steel reinforcement (4), reflecting layers (5) and phase-change heat storage modules (6), the modular heating system comprises a solar air collector (13), phase-change heat storage units (23) arranged modularly, and a partition wall, to achieve energy storage and heating. Compared with the prior art, the modular heat storage partition wall components are simple in manufacturing process and flexible in assembly, and can be freely arranged and combined according to actual conditions; the system collects solar energy by the solar air collector during the daytime and stores the heat in the phase-change heat storage modules in the partition wall; and the heat storage partition wall can provide heat for the room in a radiation manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: TIANJIN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jing Zhao, Dehan Liu, Shilei Lyu
  • Patent number: 11980314
    Abstract: A steam generator has a water container and an upper heating device and a lower heating device, a first temperature detection device covering a temperature detection area including the area covered by the two heating devices, a control device for monitoring and evaluating the first temperature detection device and for controlling the activation state of the two heating devices. A flat first temperature detection device covers the outside of the container, and a second spot-like temperature sensor is located on the water container in a region of an upper border of the upper heating device. Both temperature detection devices are used to activate and deactivate the two heating devices such that at first the lower heating device is activated to start generating steam as fast as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Konrad Schoenemann, Elisabeth Stoetzner, Sebastian Erbe, Ralf Pawlowitsch, Sebastian Eigl
  • Patent number: 11976346
    Abstract: A solar tower system is disclosed in which the heat transfer media is a molten salt at a temperature greater than 650° C. The components that carry or hold the molten salt are made from commercially available alloys made by Haynes International and sold under the designations HR-120® alloy, 230® alloy and 233™ alloy whose compositions are described herein. The molten salt preferably is MgCl2—KCl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignees: Haynes International, Inc., ICL-IP America, Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Deodeshmukh, Reinhard Effenberger
  • Patent number: 11957120
    Abstract: Torches are automatically refilled with a liquid fuel from a central reservoir pumped via a plumbing system, without directly monitoring local torch fuel levels. Instead, each torch includes a passive fuel overfill prevention valve. When refueling, the pump operates until all torches are filled. Refueling can cease after a set time, or when sensors report a backpressure and/or cessation of fuel flow. Pre-calibration establishes torch burning rates and/or maximum refill time. Time between refueling is predicted, based upon total burning time, which can be measured by torch heat sensors or determined according to a usage schedule or direct control of torch ignition and extinguishing by the controller. Reverse pumping can extinguish the torches, and wick ignitors can relight them sequentially. A service provider can monitor fuel consumption, establish a pattern of usage, and supply fuel in time to replenish the central reservoir, and/or other provide maintenance as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Joseph Pannullo
  • Patent number: 11944236
    Abstract: A solid fuel cooking range is described herein. Embodiments enable the user to cook food on an upper grill while simultaneously heating a separate dish in a lower oven. In certain embodiments, heat may be applied to the oven from both the top and bottom. Heat and airflow may be controlled using a shroud which does not enclose the sides of the upper cooking area and separate end plates. Embodiments may be portable and lightweight which enables the solid fuel cooking range to be used while traveling and in emergency situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Richard L. Plunk
  • Patent number: 11946886
    Abstract: A fluid heating system may include a solar collection system configured for focusing sunlight on a focal axis, an elongated flow element arranged and configured for transporting fluid along the solar collection system at the focal axis, and a flow-control assembly comprising thermostatic valves configured to control the flow of the fluid in the elongated flow element such that pathogens present in the fluid are substantially inactivated before the fluid exits the fluid heating system. A method of operating a fluid heating system wherein the fluid heating system comprises a parabolic solar collector and a support structure may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: WTS LLC
    Inventors: Brian Plourde, John Abraham, Douglas Plourde, Richard Pakonen, Andy Gikling, Noel Naughton
  • Patent number: 11933491
    Abstract: A boiler system comprises a housing with a generally cylindrical shape extends between first and second walls to provide a generally cylindrical space. A fire tube is positioned near a bottom of the generally cylindrical housing and extends longitudinally from a first wall of the cylindrical housing to a fire tube end wall. The boiler system also includes a burner with a generally cylindrical housing which defines a generally cylindrical chamber and an end plate. The burner extends into the fire tube, and the fire tube provides a combustion chamber where combustion of an air-fuel mixture is accomplished using the burner. The end plate of the burner is adjustable so as to adjust the flame that extends from within the burner housing into the fire tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: The Cleaver-Brooks Company, LLC
    Inventors: Rakesh Zala, Steven L. Whirry, Mark T. Salentine
  • Patent number: 11910954
    Abstract: A lid counterbalance assembly for a grill, the grill including a lid and a base, the lid counterbalance assembly including a pulley assembly including at least one pulley, the pulley assembly rotatably connected to the base, a spring connected to the pulley assembly via a first line, and a second line including a first end connected to the pulley assembly and a second end connected to the lid, wherein the second end is rotatable and translatable with respect to the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Weber Knapp Company
    Inventor: Daniel Mark Graham
  • Patent number: 11892171
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a cabinet that defines a vertical direction and an inner shell positioned within the cabinet. The inner shell defines a cooking chamber therein. The cooking appliance also includes an upper heating module positioned at or proximate to an upper wall of the inner shell. The cooking appliance further includes a movable platform mounted to the inner shell within the cabinet. The movable platform is configured to move along the vertical direction between a bottom position wherein the movable platform is at least partially flush with a bottom wall of the inner shell and an elevated position wherein the movable platform is positioned above the bottom wall of the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Byung Cheon Lee
  • Patent number: 11877572
    Abstract: A portable flame propelling device for deterring an attack by an animal includes a vessel, which has an opening positioned in a top thereof for positioning of a flammable liquid therein. A handle engaged to the vessel and extending from the opening can be grasped in a hand of a user. A nozzle is engaged to the handle and extends therefrom. A pumping unit operationally engaged to and in fluidic communication with the nozzle and the vessel propels the flammable liquid from the vessel through the nozzle. An igniter engaged to the handle proximate to the nozzle ignites the flammable liquid. An actuator engaged to the handle is operationally engaged to the pumping unit and the igniter. The actuator can be engaged by a digit of the hand of the user to selectively actuate the pumping unit and the igniter so that a flame is propelled from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: David Girag
  • Patent number: 11879667
    Abstract: An ultra-supercritical (USC) tower-type solar heat absorber includes a grille-hot-plate current-sharing screen, a tube row, and a graphite filling layer. The grille-hot-plate current-sharing screen is assembled by a plurality of grille hot plates. Each of the plurality of grille hot plates includes a liquid-absorbing core and a grille, and is filled with a phase-transition working medium (such as sodium, potassium, and lithium) and pumped to a vacuum state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Nanjing Tech University
    Inventors: Xiang Ling, Changtian Liu, Ruiwen Zhou, Bohou Huang, Chong Cao
  • Patent number: 11873997
    Abstract: Methods for operating an oven appliance, as provided herein, may include various steps for activating top and bottom heating elements (e.g., at overlapping times) prior to limiting activation of one of the heating elements based on one or more received temperature signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Scott Johnson, Hans Juergen Paller
  • Patent number: 11871872
    Abstract: A barbecue device to prolong fuel burning comprising a plurality of vertical walls that are cut from an elongate strip such that they provide fuel containment and air openings without removing or discarding any material needed to provide said air openings for the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Laurence Edward Trigg
  • Patent number: 11857110
    Abstract: An express barbeque for cooking food includes a housing including a base and a lid with a cooking chamber therein. A grill is positionable in the base to support the food, with a food splatter area defined about the grill. Heat distributors are positioned about the cooking chamber offset laterally from the food splatter area. Each of the heat distributors includes a perforated pipe and a corresponding heat diverter. Each of the perforated pipes is shaped to receive heat from a heat source, and each has the corresponding heat diverter positioned thereabout to pass the heat from the perforated pipe through the cooking chamber whereby cooking of the food is facilitated. A cooking drawer may be slidably retractable from the housing. The cooking drawer may include the upper grill and a lower drip tray. The lower drip tray is connected below the grill to catch drippings therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Ehsan Sean Yaghotian, Mohammad Ali Yaghotian
  • Patent number: 11859813
    Abstract: A pulverized solid fuel nozzle tip assembly with a low contact frame for use with a pulverized solid fuel pipe nozzle is described. The pulverized solid fuel nozzle tip assembly has an outer nozzle tip portion adapted to mount in supported relation with the pulverized solid fuel pipe nozzle, and an inner nozzle tip portion adapted for mounting within the outer nozzle tip portion to have secure tiltable movement. The outer nozzle has supporting surfaces that support surfaces of the inner nozzle tip portion to minimize the tilting forces transmitted to the inner nozzle tip portion during normal furnace operation, enhancing the wear resistance of the pulverized solid fuel nozzle tip assembly. The supporting surfaces of the outer nozzle also eliminate stress cracking to the surfaces of the inner nozzle tip portion that can arise due to thermal growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: John Childs Lewis, Richard Edward Donais, Kevin T. Grzebien
  • Patent number: 11852335
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes air spinners for use in duct burners, and duct burners and duct burner kits including a plurality of air spinners. Air spinners may include a plurality of blades extending radially outward from a fuel path and configured to impart rotation to air flowing between the blades, where the air spinner is configured to be coupled to a fuel runner of a duct burner such that the air spinner encircles a fuel outlet of the fuel runner with the axis of the fuel path extending at a non-parallel angle from an axis of the fuel runner. Duct burners can comprise a plurality of air spinners coupled to a plurality of fuel runners. Duct burner kits can comprise a plurality of air spinners configured to be coupled (e.g., without welding) to a plurality of fuel runners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: JOHN ZINK COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Londerville