Patents Examined by Logan P Jones
  • 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: 12011022
    Abstract: A food transportation system and associated modular humidity control system are provided. An example system includes a body configured for attachment with a food storage housing. The body defines a closed circuit air flow path for circulating air through the food storage housing. The system also includes a humidity control element secured within the closed circuit air flow path that condenses moisture from the moisture-laden air passing through the closed circuit air flow path. The system further includes a condensation collector configured to receive fluid condensed from the moisture-laden air by the humidity control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: CFA PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventors: Andy Wu, Jason Begin
  • Patent number: 11994286
    Abstract: A method of preventing high temperature corrosion on a heat exchanging surface of a biomass boiler, including: a first feeding step, supplying a first biomass fuel to the boiler; a deposition step, performing combustion on the first biomass fuel during initial operation of the boiler, and forming an inert deposition layer on a surface of a heat exchanger of the boiler; a second feeding step, supplying a second biomass fuel different from the first biomass fuel to the boiler; and a normal combustion step, performing combustion on the second biomass fuel. A direct contact of an alkali metal chloride with a metal pipe wall is prevented by forming an inert deposition layer on the surface of the heat exchanger of the boiler in the deposition step, thereby establishing a physical barrier between the heat exchanging surface and the alkali metal chloride to prevent corrosion on the metal pipe wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Zhongyang Luo, Chunjiang Yu, Qinhui Wang, Mengxiang Fang, Hengli Zhang, Leming Cheng
  • Patent number: 11988379
    Abstract: Aspects and features of a burner for a cooking appliance include a first plate defining flame ports arranged in flow-sharing groups around a periphery of a combustion surface and a second plate coextensive with the first plate. Each plate is contoured so that the plates define an annular void within the burner. The annular void is fluidly coupled to the flame ports. In some aspects, each flow-sharing group includes clusters of flame ports, with each cluster including flame ports of two different diameters. The plates can each be made using the same tool such as a die, stamp, or mold, and the burner can be sized and installed in a cooking appliance so that it extends to cover a large portion of a wall of the cooking cavity of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignees: BSH Home Appliances Corporation, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Charles Hanna, Brian Silva, Tyson White
  • 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: 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: 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: 11918153
    Abstract: A food transportation system and associated modular humidity control system are provided. An example system includes a body configured for attachment with a food storage housing. The body defines a closed circuit air flow path for circulating air through the food storage housing. The system also includes a humidity control element secured within the closed circuit air flow path that condenses moisture from the moisture-laden air passing through the closed circuit air flow path. The system further includes a condensation collector configured to receive fluid condensed from the moisture-laden air by the humidity control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: CFA PROPERTIES, INC.
    Inventors: Andy Wu, Jason Begin
  • 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 11846428
    Abstract: A self-locking telescopic fire pit that is easily transportable. The self-locking collapsible fire pit is self-locking. The self-locking telescopic fire pit is collapsible. The self-locking telescopic fire pit comprises of a double walled base section, a middle double walled section that telescopically mounts on the double walled base section, and an upper double walled section that telescopically mounts on the middle double walled section. All sections define a cavity wherein air flows through. All sections define locking means that allow the self-locking telescopic fire pit to be locked in either an extended or in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventor: Eduardo M Cantelar
  • Patent number: 11841145
    Abstract: A system for controlling an appliance having a plurality of burners operated by a plurality of digital gas valves includes a plurality of control selectors that are configurably assigned to a specified burner or burners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Richard W. Cowan
  • Patent number: 11835228
    Abstract: A cylindrical burner apparatus and method which produce low NOx emissions and low noise levels without being dependent upon a blower, or natural draft, for providing air flow or flue gas recirculation. A flow of combustion air is induced into the initial tube pass of the burner by discharging a gas fuel from a plurality of discharge ports located in the initial tube pass. At the same time, a flow of recycled flue gas is induced through a bypass duct between a subsequent tube pass of the burner and the initial tube pass by discharging one or more jets of gas fuel through the bypass duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: GASTECH ENGINEERING LLC
    Inventor: Yul E. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 11819162
    Abstract: An insert is provided for use in a cooking apparatus that alters the pressure profile, air velocity profile, and airflow pattern within said cooking apparatus in order to achieve a cyclonic air profile around food to be cooked. The insert includes a ring-shaped insert body formed by a continuous sidewall. The sidewall has an external surface and an internal surface, and a top end and a bottom end. The insert also includes a deflection plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: Desora, Inc., Premier Specialty Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Brennan, Elizabeth O. Ogunbiyi, Michel N. Maalouly, Kevin K. Parker
  • Patent number: 11805942
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a portable outdoor cooker designed for use with multiple sources of fuel, including charcoal briquettes, wood, and gas/propane. The cooker is designed with an upright standing enclosure being generally rectangular shaped mounted on ground contacting wheels. The cooker is designed to be totally enclosed being a walled structure having front upper and lower doors which can be opened independently. The cooker includes a plurality of shelves so that various types of food items can be cooked simultaneously on the cooker and includes an electrical rotisserie unit mounted near the top of the interior of the cooker. A plurality of handles are provided on the walled enclosure of the cooker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Melvin Slaton, Wendy Slaton
  • Patent number: 11808072
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for use on a grill that permits the selective removal of the lid from the bowl, the hinge assembly including a stationary bowl bracket affixed to the bowl, a pivotable middle bracket pivotably mounted to the bowl bracket and a removable lid bracket affixed to the lid and removably secured to the middle bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Albrecht, Derek Bennion, Steve Oshgan
  • Patent number: 11796187
    Abstract: A system for electronically controlling a vent damper for a gas oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Richard W. Cowan, Felix Conde Zelocuatecatl
  • Patent number: 11796224
    Abstract: This invention provides a solar fluid heating panel with fluid conduits that allow a fluid to be heated by the sun. It also provides a mounting system and weather sealing system that allow the panels to replace a traditional roof. The roof replacing panels can be installed quickly using mounting brackets attached to roof purlins. The panels can allow natural ambient light to enter the building while harnessing the sun's energy to heat fluid within the conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: PlexiSun Limited
    Inventor: Richard Lecky Gourley
  • Patent number: 11774092
    Abstract: A blowtorch includes a casing and a control unit. The control unit includes an activate button and a lock button. The lock button is switchable between a first lock position and an intermediate position, or between the intermediate position and a second lock position. The activate button is switchable between a standby position and an activation position when the lock button is in the intermediate position. The lock button contacts the activate button and restricts the activate button to hold in the activation position when the activate button is in the activation position and the lock button is in the first lock position or the second lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei Cheng Wu