Abstract: A countertop cooking unit provides an upper surface that is level with the countertop and has removable interior parts that are exposed to the residues of cooking operations. A cooktop housing is supported by the countertop and forms a burner box having an open top level with the countertop. A removable drip pan is recessed below the open top of the housing within the burner box and is removably carried by the housing at its peripheral edges. A downdraft ventilation plenum is recessed below, and includes an air flow opening below, the open top of the housing and is carried, at least in part, by the burner box, and at least one heating unit is recessed and removably carried within the removable drip pan. In grilling units, a removable grill pan liner is recessed within, and removably carried by, the drip pan at its peripheral edge and removably carries a grill heater recessed within its periphery.
Abstract: A cooking appliance equipped for indoor grilling includes an integrally formed, sheet metal reflector pan interposed between the grill member and the drip pan. The reflector pan has a bottom wall which extends beneath the heating element and four generally upwardly extending side walls to shield the area laterally adjacent the grill area from the radiant energy of the heating element. The reflector pan is configured between its corners to define an air gap between the reflector pan and the adjacent cooktop which provides an air flow path between the area above the cooktop and the area between the drip pan and the reflector pan. When the heating element is energized cooling air is drawn by convection from above the cooktop downwardly through the air gap into the area between the drip pan and the reflector pan and upwardly through narrow slots in the bottom of the reflector pan.
Abstract: An improved cooking oven having two flat surfaces covered by an enclosure. One of the flat surfaces serves as a base on which the enclosure rests and on which both fuel to be burned and food to be cooked are placed. The second of the flat surfaces, which is substantially parallel to and positioned above the flat surface that acts as the base, serves as a baffle to control the flow of combustion products from the burning fuel through the enclosure and as an additional cooking surface. Three openings in the wall of the enclosure are provided; two of which are used for passage of food and fuel therethrough. The third opening serves as a flue and provides a path through which combustion products from the burning fuel escape from the oven.
Abstract: Silanol containing organopolysiloxane resins, especially useful as release resins, prepared by the acetone-water hydrolysis of an organohalosilane blend consisting essentially of about 60 mole percent methyltrichlorosilane, 35 mole percent phenyltrichlorosilane and about 5 mole percent dimethyldichlorosilane, are provided. Cooking utensils, particularly baking utensils coated with the same are also provided.