Elevating Support Patents (Class 126/215)
  • Patent number: 10376095
    Abstract: Solutions for leveling the surface of cookware are disclosed. In one embodiment, at least one detachable adjustable leg makes contact with the stove surface to tilt the cooking surface to make it level. The pressure on the stove surface can be increased or decreased, thereby increasing the tilt until the cooking surface is level. In another embodiment, at least one detachable adjustable leg is weighted at one end and the weighted end extends outward to make the cooking surface level. In yet another embodiment, the cookware comes with at least one adjustable leg permanently attached. In all cases, multiple adjustable legs can be used to increase the stability and accuracy. In another embodiment, adjustable legs protrude from the top or bottom surface of a grate that typically covers a flame on gas stove surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Thomas Smith, Matthew T. Maggio
  • Patent number: 10131285
    Abstract: A cylinder holder is provided for supporting a cylinder while the assembly rests on a generally horizontally oriented transport surface. A tank contacting area is provided which has a tank contacting surface radially disposed therein which contacts a lower tank outer surface of the cylindrical tank in close proximity to a sealed end. The tank contacting chamber also has an extension disposed therein to extend outward from a lower extent of the tank contacting surface. This extension contacts the transport surface while the cylindrical tank is positioned within the tank contacting chamber. Connection means are provided to position the support surface relative to the tank contacting chamber. Binding means are provided to produce a compression contact between at least a portion of the tank contacting surface of the tank contacting chamber and the lower tank outer surface of the cylindrical tank while the cylindrical tank is positioned within the tank contacting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Mike Healy, Connie Healy
  • Patent number: 10022013
    Abstract: A splash guard system includes a stove that has a burner. A pot is provided and the pot may contain a liquid. The pot is positioned on the burner such that the pot is in thermal communication with the burner. Thus, the stove heats the liquid. A shield is removably coupled to the pot. The shield inhibits the liquid from splashing onto the burner when the stove heats the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: George Colwell, William Davis
  • Patent number: 9995220
    Abstract: The described gas turbine engine fuel manifold includes one or more fuel conduits defined within a ring-shaped manifold body, each of the fuel conduits being fluidly connected to a respective separate group of fuel injection nozzles. Each of the fuel conduits, which extend from a conduit inlet to a conduit end, include a first portion extending continuously between the conduit inlet and an inflexion of the conduit, and a second portion downstream of the first portion and connected thereto in serial flow communication, the second portion extending between the inflexion and the conduit end. The inflexion being a single exit of the first portion such that fuel flows uninterrupted between the conduit inlet and the inflexion. The respective separate group of fuel injection nozzles of the fuel conduit fluidly communicating exclusively with the second portion of the fuel conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Eduardo David Hawie, Nigel Caldwell Davenport, Jian-Ming Zhou
  • Patent number: 9970683
    Abstract: A diptube apparatus for a flameless thermal oxidizer having a matrix bed of media including a vent gas stream conduit at least partially positioned within the matrix bed for delivering a vent gas stream; an oxidizing agent conduit separate from the vent gas stream conduit and at least partially positioned within the matrix bed for delivering oxidizing agents; and at least one mixing conduit positioned within the matrix bed and configured to receive the vent gas stream and the oxidizing agents to deliver a combination of the vent gas stream and the oxidizing agents into the matrix bed. A related method and flameless thermal oxidizer are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: LINDE ENGINEERING NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Gene H. Irrgang, Peter Falcone
  • Patent number: 9726371
    Abstract: A gas burner assembly may include a gas burner and a burner cap. The burner may include a distribution cavity fluidly coupled with a gas inlet and a plurality of gas discharge ports. The burner cap may have a glass body characterized by a peripheral edge, and a metal element encapsulating the peripheral edge. The glass body may overlie at least a portion of the distribution cavity, and the metal element may shield the peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Hsi Lin, Gilius A. Gaska
  • Patent number: 9532680
    Abstract: A barbeque accessory assembly for use with a barbeque grill having an enclosure within which is contained a fire ring positioned over a fire box, with a grill grate positioned in vertically spaced relation above the fire ring. The accessory assembly includes a component bar receiving bracket positioned above the fire box and a pair of arms for supporting a bracket body on the fire box. The bracket body also includes a notch for receiving and supporting one end of a component bar thereon. The bracket body including a slot for receiving an accessory therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Charles Lawrence Roberts
  • Patent number: 9211037
    Abstract: A compact, openable and closeable barbeque smoker box receives and encloses woodchips and is easily disposed within a barbeque and emits smoke from the woodchips while grilling food. The smoker box includes an open bottom pan and a openable and closeable lid pan. The lid is pierced by at least one hole to vent smoke from the smoker box while grilling food. A magnet included in the smoker box facilitates securing the lid together with the bottom pan attached thereto beneath a grilling surface of a barbeque. Also disclosed is a sealable container specifically adapted for receiving the smoker box together with a quantity of woodchips beneath the smoker box. The container facilitates removing a smoker box stored therein regardless of the amount of woodchips remaining in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Woodbridge Grilling Company Inc
    Inventors: David Warren Goehring, Mark Simor Edson, James Earl Blincoe
  • Patent number: 9138098
    Abstract: A removable flame heat regulating apparatus for a cooktop of a gas stove including an inner hollow shell and outer wall which are both placed onto the cooktop to surround an upper section of a gas burner wherein the outer wall surrounds the inner hollow shell. The inner hollow shell is circularly arcuate in shape, and has a smaller bottom opening with a smaller bottom edge and a larger top opening with a larger top edge. A plurality of air passages of openings penetrate through lower and upper parts of the inner hollow shell, wherein the air passages are more densely located in the lower part as compared with the air passages which are less densely located in the upper part. The outer wall has a plurality of air passages of openings which are evenly penetrate therethrough. In addition, a plurality of extensions projecting upwardly are spaced apart onto a top edge of the outer wall to support a cookware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Yizhong Sun
  • Publication number: 20140345591
    Abstract: The present invention generally refers to a flame gas burner diffuser to be used in stove-type cooking equipments, more preferably in household stoves, comprising technical and functional features capable of improving the efficiency of exchanging heat with the bottom of cooking utensils. More particularly, said diffuser, according to the present invention, comprises a cup (1) provided with a surface (4) comprising an opening (2) at which a cooking equipment is accommodated, wherein over said surface (4) there is a series of barriers (3) duly arranged and positioned so as to form passage pathways and/or extended channels for allowing the hot gas flow generated by the burner flame to pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventor: Marcos Raphael da Silva
  • Publication number: 20140338652
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a vessel attachment system (1) for a portable stove comprising a vessel (2) and a vessel support (3), wherein the vessel (2) comprises a first attaching means and the vessel support (3) comprises a second attaching means. The first attaching means and the second attaching means are configured to provide for a positive locking between the vessel (2) and the vessel support (3). The invention is characterized in that the first attaching means is a polygonal opening (4) in a bottom area of the vessel (2) and the second attaching means is a polygonal supporting means (5), wherein the polygonal supporting means (5) is insertable into the polygonal opening (4). Subsequent relative rotational movement between the vessel (2) and the vessel support (3) after insertion of the polygonal supporting means (5) in to the polygonal opening (4) provides for the positive locking between the vessel (2) and the vessel support (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Fenix Outdoor AB
    Inventors: Magnus Fredrik Hagström, Erland Brännholm
  • Publication number: 20140318526
    Abstract: A gas burner for a cooking appliance includes a frustoconically-shaped crown having a plurality of gas ports defined therein, a cover positioned above the crown, and a shell secured to the cover and positioned on the crown. The shell defines a hollow chamber positioned between the crown and the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: RUSSELL L. SIMMS, SIU HUN P. YAM
  • Publication number: 20140251305
    Abstract: Gas burner assembly, gas cooking hob and gas burner appliance The invention in particular is directed to a gas burner assembly (3). It is proposed that the gas burner assembly (3) comprises a cookware support (4), and further a burner crown (5) and burner cap (6) which are attached to the cookware support (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Fabio Rasi
  • Publication number: 20140246009
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a burner grate (7), gas cooking hob, gas stove top and gas stove. For obtaining sufficient secondary air supply for inner flame exit ports (6) of a gas burner (4) of a gas cooking hob (3), a burner grate (7) adapted to be placed over the gas burner (4) and to support cooking vessels placed on the gas cooking hob (3) is proposed, which burner grate (7) comprises a feeder duct (12) extending from an outer region (13) to a mid section (14) thereof, and is adapted and implemented for feeding air towards flames of inner flame exit ports (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Filippo Tisselli, Filippo Zanetti, Peter Negretti
  • Patent number: 8757140
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial grill to increase safety, efficiency, and organization. The apparatus includes a barrier extending upwardly from the cooking surface, and extending along the backsplash of the grill, the barrier having an accessory staging feature along a topmost portion, the topmost portion being at least eight inches above the cooking surface. The accessory staging feature can support one or more accessories. The invention may thereby increase usable grill surface area. The apparatus can also include an attachment assembly for attaching the barrier to a standard backsplash, or the barrier can be an integral extension of the backsplash. The invention substantially reduces the likelihood of ventilation/exhaust well fires. The invention makes cleaning the factory backsplash much easier, because the backsplash is substantially protected from splatter by the invention. The invention substantially protects the stainless steel or tile kitchen back wall from splatter, smoke, grease, and soot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Triandafilos Hatjopoulos, George Hatjopoulos
  • Patent number: 8740210
    Abstract: A cutting board is elevated by way of a pair of leg stands, configured as longitudinal arc-shaped rod handles secured into the cutting board. Inverted, the handles receive and support various sizes of serving dishes and cooking pans in an inclined configuration and thereby functions as a device for separating liquids from foods, such as water and liquefied fats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Fiala
  • Patent number: 8689782
    Abstract: A gas burner includes a burner body and a simmer plate assembly. The burner body includes a central cavity in which at least one flame is provided. The simmer plate assembly includes a plate portion and a base portion configured to support the plate portion. The assembly is configured to be at least partially and removably inserted into the central cavity. The plate portion is configured to act as a barrier between the at least one flame and a heated object placed above the gas burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Padgett
  • Patent number: 8629376
    Abstract: An oven rack is received in an oven above a lower surface of the chamber and having a bake element mounted in the chamber either above or below the lower surface. The oven rack is configured to support cooking ware on one of the lower surface of the oven chamber or on rack shelf portions provided in sidewalls of the chamber. The rack includes a first portion having a substantially planar top surface, a second portion having a substantially planar lower surface spaced from the top surface and it is also configured to support the rack in one of the rack shelf portions or on the lower surface of the oven chamber. First and second walls extend between these first and second portions whereby the walls have a first dimension slightly greater than a height from the bottom surface of the oven chamber to a top of the bake element when the bake element is mounted above the lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Srinivasa Palla, Philip Barber, Michael Gallant, Jonathan Sprigler
  • Publication number: 20110290231
    Abstract: A gas burner includes a burner body and a simmer plate assembly. The burner body includes a central cavity in which at least one flame is provided. The simmer plate assembly includes a plate portion and a base portion configured to support the plate portion. The assembly is configured to be at least partially and removably inserted into the central cavity. The plate portion is configured to act as a barrier between the at least one flame and a heated object placed above the gas burner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Padgett
  • 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: 7708006
    Abstract: A flame heat regulating apparatus for a cooktop of a gas stove, having an inner hollow shell and an outer wall which are both placed onto the stove cooktop. The shell further positioned to surround a gas burner is arcuate in shape, having a smaller sized bottom side and a larger sized top side. A plurality of air passages are through the shell, wherein the air passages are more densely distributed onto a lower part of the shell, as compared with the air passages which are less densely distributed onto an upper part of the shell. The outer wall further positioned to surround the shell has a plurality of air passages which are evenly distributed therethrough. In addition, a plurality of extensions projecting upwardly are spaced on a top side of the wall to support a cookware. The apparatus increases heating efficiency of the flame, and prevents undesirable heating of a handle of the cookware in cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Yizhong Sun
  • Patent number: 7661421
    Abstract: A wok support ring supports the weight of a wok and food items to be cooked in the wok and imparts a rocking motion to the wok as it is moved in a back and forth motion by the worker. A wok rocking device includes the use of a wok support base which moves in a rocking motion via cam tracks with roller followers. When the worker pulls the wok in a back and forth motion, the rollers follow the cam track to cause the wok to rise rapidly and then rock forward near the end of the stroke. A wok rocking device also can utilize movable linkages attached to a wok support base in order to create the rocking motion needed to mix and fold the food items within the wok.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lustig, Frederick Thomas, Larry Behm
  • Publication number: 20100024796
    Abstract: A flame concentrating ring with an inwardly curved upper wall portion and air inlet vents at its base for encircling a gas burner and directing the flames upwardly and inwardly to focus on the bottom center of a wok A wok support ring straddles a stovetop grate. The wok support ring comprises a truncated conical base having a narrow opening at the top for supporting the bottom of a wok, a wide opening at the bottom thereof which rests on a stove grate, and a plurality of customizable break-away tabs of which a user breaks a plurality out to form stove grate-engaging notches The wok support ring incorporates a plurality of ball bearings to cradle bottom of wok to allow freedom of movement and manipulating of wok.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Glen Lee
  • Patent number: 7650882
    Abstract: A pot support for a ceramic glass cooktop having integrally formed grates. The pot support is formed of a material able to withstand gas cooking temperatures without substantial alteration of its shape or composition. The pot support is configured to rest in a stable position over a gas burner head to support a relatively small diameter utensil centered over the burner head and to cooperate with the integrally formed grate to support large or small diameter utensils that are supported over the burner off-center relative to the grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Derrick Douglas Little, Kevin Laundroche, Meghin Elizabeth Davis
  • Patent number: 7604001
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus including a cooking appliance mounted over a sink basin so that the cooking appliance can be rinsed into the sink. The cooking appliance can preferably be raised vertically, from a lowered position where the base of the cooktop is seated into the sink basin to a raised position where the sides and bottom of the cooking appliance are easily accessible for cleaning or service. A hot water connection is preferably mounted so as to be able to provide water to both the sink basin and the exterior surfaces of the cooking appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: John W. Craghead
  • Publication number: 20090064987
    Abstract: A grate apparatus configured to support a cooking utensil over a flame of a heat source on a cooktop stove. The grate apparatus includes an outer portion with a support surface configured to support the cooking utensil. The support surface includes a first coating. A plurality of protrusions is configured to support the cooking utensil. A portion of the plurality of protrusions is configured to be disposed closer to the flame of the heat source than is an entirety of the support surface. The plurality of protrusions includes a second coating different than the first coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Publication number: 20090044795
    Abstract: A grate assembly includes a cook top defining a support surface, and a grate that includes a projection extending from a peripheral portion. The projection is configured to support a cooking vessel on the grate. The peripheral portion is configured to support the grate on the support surface. A hole is formed in one of the peripheral portion of the grate or the support surface of the cook top. An insert is disposed within the hole and between the support surface of the cook top and the peripheral portion of the grate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Shaffer, James W. Allen, Daniel J. Trice
  • Patent number: 7445004
    Abstract: A campfire grill assembly includes a frame that has an inner perimeter and an outer perimeter. The frame has a generally rectangular shape and includes a first side member, a second side member, a third side member and a fourth side member wherein the first and second side members are positioned opposite of each other. A metallic mesh panel is attached to and is coextensive with the inner perimeter so that the panel extends across an opening defined by the inner perimeter. A support apparatus is attachable to the frame and is configured to support the frame in a horizontal orientation. The support apparatus may be extended into a ground surface so that the frame extends over a campfire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventors: Jack E. Milner, Julie A. Milner
  • Patent number: 7334576
    Abstract: A barbecue grill includes a lid, and a temperature detection device mounted on the lid. The temperature detection device includes a movable plate, a control handle, and a temperature detector. Thus, the temperature probe of the temperature detector is extended into the inside of the lid to detect the temperature in the inside of the lid so as to facilitate a user monitoring the temperature in the inside of the lid, thereby preventing the food contained in the lid from being broiled too excessively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Kiosky Chung
  • Patent number: 7117865
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bench top grill assembly that includes a rigid continuous grill body, a grill grate removably covering an upper opening, and a fuel element receptacle or container removably positionable in the grill body through a lateral opening dimensioned to closely receive the container. A safety handle projects from the fuel element container through the lateral opening away from sides of the grill body so that the handle does not become heated during use and may be safely gripped. A support table with multiple dimensions, forks, and condiment dishes increase the convenience of the bench top grill assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Lifetime Hoan Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Siegel, Adam Krent
  • Patent number: 6978778
    Abstract: A cooking appliance having a ceramic-based cooktop and a plurality of gas cooking elements is provided with a grate locating assembly which includes a plurality of apertures formed at spaced locations in the cooktop, a plurality of spaced feet projecting downward from cooking vessel supporting grates, and a plurality of inserts. Each of the inserts is positioned within a respective one of the apertures in the cooktop and includes a central opening for receiving a respective grate foot in order to support the surface portion of the grate above the cooktop, while locating the feet of the grate at a position below an upper level of the cooktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Dustin L. Hawkins, Michael J. Shaver, Jeffrey Ware
  • Patent number: 6945245
    Abstract: An oven rack for an oven provides includes a first portion and a second portion extending from the first portion. A pair of handles extend from the first portion to permit a user to easily grasp the oven rack. A support system is attached to the oven rack and extends from the first portion to contact a bottom surface of a cooking chamber when the oven rack is installed in the oven and permits the oven rack to be used as a countertop trivet rack. An oven rack is provided which increases the cooking capacity of the cooking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Arthur Cameron Wilson
  • Patent number: 6935330
    Abstract: A grate system for a gas cooking appliance wherein the gas cooking appliance has a top panel having at least one burner extending up through the top panel. The grate system includes a grate element and a removable support ring supported on the grate element. The support ring includes a plurality of support posts extending outwardly from one side of the support ring. The support ring may be reversibly positioned between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the support ring provides a support surface generally in alignment with the grate element for supporting flat bottom cooking utensils. In the second position, the support elements extend upwardly for supporting a rounded bottom cooking utensil above the at least one burner element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: David Ricardo Barrero, Mark W. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 6920872
    Abstract: Two plates (30 & 32) made of a solid, or very heavy sheet of heat resistant material with one side that is flat and one side that has grooves or other relief in the surface reducing the surface area on the otherwise uninterrupted plane of that side. This relief creates fins (38). One plate will have larger fins (38) with more surface area than the other plate. The plates (30 & 32) are attached to each other so that the flat or non-relieved sides of the plates face one another utilizing spacers (4) that keep the plates apart thus creating a primary air-gap (9) between the plates. Also supplied is a removable handle (40) which engages the plates in holes through each plate. The heat reducer is placed on a cooking heat source and a cooking vessel is placed on top of the heat reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: John Patrick Delaney, IV
  • Patent number: 6886552
    Abstract: A cooktop grate includes a frame having an exterior frame element and at least one interior frame element defining a cooking utensil supporting surface. The cooking utensil supporting surface is elevated from the exterior frame element, and at least one recessed surface extends from the cooking utensil supporting surface. A top of the recessed surface is separated from a top of the cooking utensil supporting surface, thereby providing a gap for passage of a burner flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Patent number: 6802309
    Abstract: A gas cooker includes a pot support that can be fixed on a top panel, preferably a cooktop panel, by a permanent-magnet configuration. The permanent-magnet configuration has magnet parts disposed at connecting locations on a pot support and on the top panel, and the magnet parts are located opposite one another. At least one of the magnet parts is a permanent magnet and another of the magnet parts is either a material magnetically attracted by the permanent magnet or a further permanent magnet having a polarity opposite the permanent magnet and magnetically attracted by the permanent magnet. As such, the configuration magnetically retains the pot support in a predetermined position on the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Varnhorn, Joachim Grützke
  • Patent number: 6796221
    Abstract: A cookware with propping assembly for aiding in draining grease from foods while cooking. The cookware with propping assembly includes a piece of cookware and a propping assembly. The piece of cookware includes a heating portion and a handle portion with a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end of the handle is operationally coupled to the heating portion. The handle extends outwardly from the heating portion. The propping assembly is coupled to the handle portion adjacent to the distal end. The propping assembly has a length greater than a distance between a bottom of the handle and a support surface whereby the handle is supported above the support surface and the heating portion is tilted from a horizontal resting position. The propping assembly further comprises a pair of propping legs. Each one of the propping legs is pivotally coupled to the handle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Harold Cangioli
  • Publication number: 20040118394
    Abstract: A cooking appliance having a ceramic-based cooktop and a plurality of gas cooking elements is provided with a grate locating assembly which includes a plurality of apertures formed at spaced locations in the cooktop, a plurality of spaced feet projecting downward from cooking vessel supporting grates, and a plurality of inserts. Each of the inserts is positioned within a respective one of the apertures in the cooktop and includes a central opening for receiving a respective grate foot in order to support the surface portion of the grate above the cooktop, while locating the feet of the grate at a position below an upper level of the cooktop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Applicant: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Dustin L. Hawkins, Michael J. Shaver
  • Patent number: 6712067
    Abstract: A portable cook stove is provided with a cooking pot support having upstanding peripheral tabs at a peripheral portion thereof. When a cooking pot having an effective pot diameter at or less than an effective inner diameter of the tabs is employed, the cooking pot support can be oriented so that the upstanding peripheral tabs are directed upwardly creating a guard against slippage of the cooking pot with respect to the cooking pot support. Conversely, when a cooking pot having an effective pot diameter greater than the effective inner diameter of the tabs is employed, the cooking pot support can be oriented so that the peripheral tabs are directed downwardly and do not create an obstruction to using the larger cooking pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Barbour International, Inc
    Inventors: Rodney A. Barbour, Wayne Alvin Neal
  • Patent number: 6691699
    Abstract: A hotplate, such as a plate of vitreous ceramic, intended to equip a cooker having at least one gas burner, includes a raised zone intended to cover the gas burner. The raised zone includes orifices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Eurokera
    Inventors: Gérald Fafet, Hélène Harmand, Vincent Halbin, Pablo Vilato
  • Publication number: 20030178019
    Abstract: Two plates (30 & 32) made of a solid, or very heavy sheet of heat resistant material with one side that is flat and one side that has grooves or other relief in the surface reducing the surface area on the otherwise uninterrupted plane of that side. This relief creates fins (38). One plate will have larger fins (38) with more surface area than the other plate. The plates (30 & 32) are attached to each other so that the flat or non-relieved sides of the plates face one another utilizing spacers (4) that keep the plates apart thus creating a primary air-gap (9) between the plates. Also supplied is a removable handle (40) which engages the plates in holes through each plate. The heat reducer is placed on a cooking heat source and a cooking vessel is placed on top of the heat reducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: John Patrick Delaney
  • Patent number: 6588417
    Abstract: A reversible cooktop grate includes a first side having a flat surface; and a second side extending opposite the first side. The second side includes a curved surface for accommodating a curved-bottomed cooking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Jones, Barry James Waddilove, Stephen Curtis Lesmeister
  • Publication number: 20030079739
    Abstract: A reversible cooktop grate includes a first side having a flat surface; and a second side extending opposite the first side. The second side includes a curved surface for accommodating a curved-bottomed cooking vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Jones, Barry James Waddilove, Stephen Curtis Lesmeister
  • Patent number: 6526962
    Abstract: The cooking apparatus includes a glass or glass-ceramic plate (1) providing a cooking surface with one or more cooking areas with a throughgoing opening (2) in each cooking area and with an annular atmospheric gas burner under each opening (2). The annular atmospheric gas burner is an annular pipe (19b) provided with a plurality of circumferentially distributed orifices (19c) for supporting flames (19a). The annular pipe (19b) has a circular transverse cross-section and bounds a central opening (19d). An overflow catching container (20) may be provided under the gas burner to catch overflowing cooking material falling through the throughgoing opening (2). The peripheral -edge (1a) of the glass or glass-ceramic plate (1) around the throughgoing opening (2) is preferably curved upward from the cooking surface, which also assists in handling overflowing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Schott Glas
    Inventors: Martin Taplan, Herwig Scheidler, Michael Kahlke, Christof Koester, Eva Haase
  • Patent number: 6508245
    Abstract: Modern cooktops typically have a cook surface which is formed by a glass or glass-ceramic plate (1). As an alternative to the electrically heated cooking locations, cooking locations heated by a gas burner, called burner locations (2), can be provided. The heating location is heated by a gas burner. To avoid the use of complex exhaust-gas channels when using gas radiation burners and to further utilize the heat of the exhaust gas for heating the cooking utensil as well as for avoiding the use of separate pot supports when using atmospheric gas burners, the invention provides that the burner location (2) is formed by a mesa-like protrusion (3) in the glass or glass-ceramic plate (1), below which the gas burner (4, 4a) is arranged, with the mesa-like surface (3a) formed as a pot support surface and with a surrounding flank (3b) in which the openings (5, 6) are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Schott Glas
    Inventor: Martin Taplan
  • Patent number: 6470879
    Abstract: The cooking apparatus includes a glass-ceramic panel (1), which has at least one cooking area; a gas burner (3) providing an open flame (3); a cooking vessel support (5) including feet (5b) and a resting surface for a cooking vessel (6) placed on the cooking vessel support (5); and a device for holding the cooking vessel support (5) mechanically fixed and centered over the gas burner (3) including a foot holding device for holding the cooking vessel support (5). The foot holding device includes foot holders (7) for the respective feet, which are preferably formed by depressed or raised regions in the glass-ceramic panel or foot holder parts attached to it. The cooking apparatus of the invention is easier to clean and more economical than prior art cooking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Schott Glas
    Inventor: Martin Taplan
  • Patent number: 6289885
    Abstract: A heating plate for a heat storage range cooker which is mounted in an aperture in a surrounding surface, on a base in connection with a heat source. The heat source heats the heating plate. In addition, an adjustment mechanism is provided between the heating plate and the base to allow relative movement of the heating plate with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Trianco Redfyre Limited
    Inventor: Marek Szadurski
  • Publication number: 20010017132
    Abstract: A burner case (14) has at least one burner (11) therein and has an upper surface (12) formed with at least one opening (13). A flame produced by the burner (11) is introduced externally through the opening (13) for heating an object put on the upper surface (12) of the burner case (14). The upper surface (12) of the burner case (14) is formed along the opening (13) with an upwardly projecting louver (15). The louver acts as a windshield for the flame. For instance, the opening (13) is an annular opening, and the louver (15) is formed in inclination along the annular opening at an outer edge of the annular opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Publication date: August 30, 2001
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yokoyama, Toshiaki Abe, Hideki Azeyagi
  • Patent number: 6279567
    Abstract: The cooking apparatus includes a glass-ceramic panel (1), which has at least one cooking area; a gas burner (3) providing an open flame (3); a cooking vessel support (5) including feet (5b) and a resting surface for a cooking vessel (6) placed on the cooking vessel support (5); and a device for holding the cooking vessel support (5) mechanically fixed and centered over the gas burner (3) including a foot holding device for holding the cooking vessel support (5). The foot holding device includes foot holders (7) for the respective feet, which are preferably formed by depressed or raised regions in the glass-ceramic panel or foot holder parts attached to it. The cooking apparatus of the invention is easier to clean and more economical than prior art cooking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Schott Glas
    Inventor: Martin Taplan
  • Patent number: 6263869
    Abstract: A stove cover device for creating additional counter space by covering the top surface of the stove. The stove cover device includes a covering member for covering the top surface of a stove. The covering member includes a plate. The plate has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a peripheral edge. A peripheral wall extends away from and is integrally coupled to the peripheral edge. A pair of securing means removably secures the peripheral wall to the panel on the stove. Each of the securing means is adapted for removably coupling to a panel of the stove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Todd W. Abernethy