Broilers Patents (Class 126/41R)
  • Patent number: 6161534
    Abstract: Backyard type gas grills are made suitable for use with solid fuels such as charcoal by removing existing passive radiant heat material such as lava rocks and inserting an apparatus comprising supports (50) and perforated fuel basket (40). The unique design of the invention allows for its implementation in a majority of gas grills on the market by permitting the supports (50), which rest on at least a gas burner, to be positioned and fastened to the fuel basket (40) anywhere and in various directions with respect to the fuel basket (40). Locking means (56) prevent separation of the supports from the fuel basket. By locking the supports (50) to the fuel basket (40), the supports add structural integrity to the fuel basket and prevent the basket from warping and torquing due to repeated exposure to extreme temperature differentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Leonard Kronman
  • Patent number: 6158426
    Abstract: A water circulated grill with spaced apart food supporting tubes and with a water catching system including spaced apart collection troughs to receive condensed water dropping from the sides of the water cooled supporting tubes and heat supply source positioned beneath the collection troughs to supply heat upwardly between the water collection troughs to cook food placed on the food supporting tubes and to heat the collection troughs and vaporize water collected therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Lawrence Wardell
  • Patent number: 6155160
    Abstract: An electronic control for a grill, providing enhanced functionality and safety features. A hydrocarbon detector system provides an intermittently operated electro-optic device emitting photons at a wavelength which selective interacts with hydrocarbon as compared to air, associated with a detector for detecting the selective interaction and an alarm monitor for detecting an alarm state. A food temperature sensor is employed to proportionately control combustible fuel flow rate, to thereby control a food temperature profile. A communications network interface is provided to allow remote control and monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth Hochbrueckner
  • Patent number: 6148668
    Abstract: An apparatus for indicating the amount of fuel in a fuel tank for a barbecue grill is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first housing member having indicator marks on an indicator wall thereof, a second housing member slidably engaging the first housing member and further securing the fuel tank, and a spring member connected to the first and second housing members to provide a resistive force to oppose the downward movement force of the fuel tank. The second housing member has a gauge wall with openings such that the gauge wall at least partially overlies the indicator wall of the first housing member to progressively expose indicator marks through the openings. The exposed indicator marks provide a readout of the amount of fuel remaining in the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventor: Ewald Sieg
  • Patent number: 6142143
    Abstract: A combination portable gas barbecue and portable simulation fireplace includes a cooking vessel having imitation fireplace logs and a gas burner mounted on a lift-out log grate. A window is mounted in the front of the cooking vessel to allow direct viewing of the imitation logs and flames and of the underside of the food being cooked. Air inlet and outlets cause convection currents to flow away from the viewing window and out side vents formed by gaps between an oversized hood and the cooking vessel. An air convection system is set up by providing an air inlet below the window and outlet air gaps between the hood and the cooking vessel. A deflector is provided over the viewing window to prevent grease drippings from soiling the window or falling into the air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Ed Martin
  • Patent number: 6135104
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the gas grill with tilting tank support incorporates a tank support strut rotatably mounted to a support structure of the grill. Preferably, the tank support strut has a first longitudinal axis and is capable of rotation thereabout between a receiving position and a mounted position. In the mounted position, the tank support strut is adapted to engage the base of an LP gas tank so that the LP gas tank is arranged in a substantially upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: W. C. Bradley Company
    Inventors: Aron P. Lewis, Alex T. Gafford
  • Patent number: 6131562
    Abstract: A removable gas manifold assembly for a gas grill having a manifold bracket and a gas manifold connected to the manifold bracket. The manifold bracket has a substantially horizontal portion thereto at each end thereof, respectively, defining engaging surfaces. The engaging surfaces slidingly engage support surfaces of support members connected to a frame of the gas grill. The manifold has a gas valve with an exit port which is adapted to be in fluid communication with an entry port of a burner of the gas grill when the manifold is operationally positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Erich J. Schlosser, James C. Stephen, J. Michael Alden
  • Patent number: 6125837
    Abstract: A grill (10) is provided having a combustion chamber (11) which includes a tub (13) and a hood (15) pivotally mounted to the tub. The tub has an metallic, exterior shell (26) and an interior insulative liner (27) made of cementitious material, such as calcium aluminate, mounted within the exterior shell. The exterior shell has a front wall (29), a back wall (30), two end walls (31) and a floor (32). The insulative liner (27) has a back panel (35) mounted adjacent tub back wall and two end panels (36) mounted adjacent to corresponding tub side walls. The insulative liner panels have a faux brick exterior surface (55) which provides an undulating heat reflecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Michael Scott Mulberry
  • Patent number: 6125838
    Abstract: A gas grill is provided which is designed for use in a high wind environment such as that which is typical on watercraft, and which incorporates a series of wind resistant baffles which deflect the flow path of combustion air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Grills and Gadgets, Inc.
    Inventor: D. Ben Hedgpeth
  • Patent number: 6119679
    Abstract: A support housing for portable grill for storing and supporting a grill in a spaced apart relation from a ground surface. The support housing for portable grill includes a housing that has a base panel and a peripheral sidewall upwardly extending from the base panel. The peripheral sidewall defines an interior of the housing. A base portion of the grill is insertable in the interior of the housing. An upper rim of the grill is positioned towards an upper rim of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas A. Galvin
  • Patent number: 6112742
    Abstract: A barbecue grill device includes two grill plates each are supported by a frame and the two grill plates are pivotally connected with each other so that the two grill plates are overlapped together. One of the grill plates has two flanges extending from two ends thereof and the other grill plate has two flanges extending from two ends thereof. When the second grill plate is overlapped on the first grill plate, the flanges on the first grill plate and the second grill plate are located side by side so as to reduce the total thickness of the overlapped grill plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Jung-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 6105487
    Abstract: THE INVENTION provides a cooking appliance comprising a concave burner pan having a base and a peripheral side wall which together form a windshield and a gas burner disposed within the concavity of the pan, and an engagement formation adapted to mate with a corresponding engagement formation on a cooking surface, whereby such surface is releasably secured to the burner pan. A number of inter-changeable cooking surfaces are disclosed which may be utilized in conjunction with the burner pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: MTM Trading Limited
    Inventors: Simon Nash, Richard Sparks, Peter Labuschagne, Edward Parrett
  • Patent number: 6102029
    Abstract: An improved burner assembly for use in a gas barbecue grill having a cooking chamber and a fuel supply is disclosed. The burner assembly includes a plurality of burners forming a burner grid with at least two of the burners defining a periphery of the grid and the remaining burners confined within the interior of the grid. The periphery burners are preferably designed with a plurality of openings which direct a flame toward a center vertical plane, while the interior burners preferably direct a flame, by placement of openings, in a substantially vertical direction. Additionally, the interior burner tubes are attached to a crossover tube via a keyed connecting mechanism which prevents improper connections or assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Weber Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Stephen, Erich J. Schlosser, Edna Schlosser, Mohammed Shoeb
  • Patent number: 6102028
    Abstract: A smoker attachment for heating and burning smoker particles in a barbecue grill. The smoker attachment includes a housing having a side wall, end wall, and bottom wall fining a cavity therein. The bottom wall of the housing has a plurality of openings and the side walls have a plurality of corresponding cutouts adjacent the bottom wall such that the cutouts in the side walls cooperate with the openings in the bottom wall. The openings provide access to the cavity of the housing such that a conductive member within the barbecue grill is able to contact the housing adjacent the opening to position the housing within the bottom chamber of the barbecue grill. The conductive member further passes through the opening of the housing into the cavity of the housing to define a portion of the perimeter of the cavity for directly contacting and heating the smoker particles within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Erich J. Schlosser, Edna Schlosser, Robert T. Stephen
  • Patent number: 6095133
    Abstract: A gas-air flexible tubing assembly for use for interconnecting a supply of gas, such as bottled gas, to the burner of a cooking grill, the flexible tubing formed of helical coiled wire, and coated with a flexible and expandable polymer, interconnects with, at one end, and air-gas intake tube, by means of a threaded connection, and connects, at its opposite end, by means of a threaded connection with the downward extension of an adapter, for securement of the assembly to the underface of the burner element of a gas grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: American General Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Scott Walters
  • Patent number: 6095132
    Abstract: A gas burner for a smoker grill includes a venturi tube having an inlet adapted and arranged for receiving a flow of gas from a gas supply, a burner end adapted and arranged for placement within the interior of a grill casing, a burner end having a burner outlet, at least one air inlet arranged through said venturi tube and located adjacent said inlet, and an ash guard at least partially encasing the burner end. The ash guard incorporates metal screen disposed across the burner outlet and a metal housing at least partially surrounding the burner outlet to prevent ashes formed in the smoker from extinguishing the burner flame. Spider guards formed of metal screen material are also provided at the air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: W. C. Bradley Company
    Inventors: John Ganard, James P. Jollay
  • Patent number: 6092518
    Abstract: The invention concerns a cooking appliance comprising devices for cooking of which at least one burner with spiralling flames. The ducts for delivering the fuel mix towards the external part of the burner with spiralling flames are inclined with respect to a peripheral line on which the flame outlets are distributed. The invention is useful for high-powered gas burners for cooking food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Sourdillon
    Inventor: Bernard Dane
  • Patent number: 6089220
    Abstract: A grill has horizontal shelves attached to its sidewalls for holding charcoal vertically along the sidewall in different compartments. Compartments are selected for cooking according to the amount of heat required and the size and configuration of the food. A mesh framework with screens attached hold the coals in position. Cooking progress is viewed through a window and a transparent dome cover. The positioning of the coals relative to the food allows cooking from all sides speed cooking. Cooking racks of various shapes accommodate all foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Abdul-Razzak Faraj
  • Patent number: 6085737
    Abstract: A light-weight portable cooking gas stove to be connected to a source of pressurized gas fuel comprises a hollow circular plate, a circular pipe gas cylinder, a gas discharge control, a piezoelectric ignition, a ceramic crater for gas combustion substantially centrally disposed with respect to the plate and a double cover forming a trivet. The cylinder is installed adjacent to an inner circumference on the bottom of the plate to ensure stability of the stove. A filter is disposed within the cylinder to remove dust in the gas fuel. The cylinder includes on its exterior a gas fuel injection entrance. The gas discharge control is provided with a secondary regulator with a gas discharge valve for the gas fuel and an adjustable air intake for combustion in the crater. The gas discharge control may include a vinyl pipe which takes a roundabout path alongside the crater between the air intake and the cylinder to evaporate the gas fuel by waste heat of the crater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Fukadack Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Satoshi Fukada
  • Patent number: 6082351
    Abstract: A grill has horizontal shelves attached to its sidewalls for holding charcoal vertically along the sidewall in different compartments. Compartments are selected for cooking according to the amount of heat required and the size and configuration of the food. A mesh framework with screens attached hold the coals in position. Cooking progress is viewed through a window and a transparent dome cover. The positioning of the coals relative to the food allows cooking from all sides speed cooking. Cooking racks of various shapes accommodate all foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Abdul-Razzak Faraj
  • Patent number: 6082352
    Abstract: An oven door hinge comprises a pair of engaging devices at respective sides of the door, having a recess at the middle of each engaging device. A plural lugs are formed inside of the door for receiving covers to form a gap. The top portion of the engaging device has a through hole for receiving a connecting unit. The connecting unit has a pin extending through a spring and into the gap of the door with a portion extending into the recess. The oven has a pair of posts extending from respective sides thereof. When mounting the door onto the oven, the pin is urged by the spring to retract so that the door may be moved to the gap and the recesses of the engaging devices will be engaged with the posts, respectively, and the pin extends into the recesses to secure the door on the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Lundar Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tony Hsu
  • Patent number: 6079843
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a barbecue grill including a common gas supply, a grill pit, a grilling surface, and grill control means for regulating a flow of gas from the gas supply, the lighting apparatus including: a lighting enclosure including: a mounting bracket secured within the grill pit and extending outwardly therefrom, and, substantially transparent front closure means for sufficiently sealing a front of the lighting enclosure; and, lighting means positioned within the lighting enclosure and being responsive to the grill control means for illuminating the grilling surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventors: Demetrio Latella, Nicholas Vila
  • Patent number: 6073542
    Abstract: This invention presents dual functions in a sole appliance. The present griddle has the feature to be heated by gas or electricity. This makes the griddle portable. The griddle comprising of housing (1) and a plurality of supporting legs (7a, b, c, d)(not shown) and attached to said housing (1) a removable top plate fixture (2), and attached to the interior of the housing (1) a separator plate (15) covering the entire interior area of the housing (1)characterized in that the housing (1) contains an electrical heating device (16), and electrical socket (9) and a gas manifold (17) with connector locking valve (3) the housing contains thermal insulation (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Primitivo Perez
  • Patent number: 6067978
    Abstract: A barbecue grill comprising a grilling housing, and a gas burner mounted adjacent the grilling housing. The gas burner includes a burner base having a base chamber, a burner head having at least one air and fuel mixture exit port, and a venturi having opposed relatively open ends, the venturi providing a passage between the burner base and the burner head. The base chamber surrounds one of the opposed relatively open ends of the venturi and the base chamber has an inner wall which reduces from a wider portion to a narrower portion with a fuel inlet providing access for fuel into the base chamber and a combustion air inlet being disposed about at least a portion of a periphery of the wider portion of the base chamber. The burner further including a means for securing the burner head to the burner base such that the burner head may be lifted off the burner base for inspection and cleaning of the burner base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventors: Erich J. Schlosser, Mohammed Shoeb, Horst Uwe Harneit
  • Patent number: 6065466
    Abstract: A patio table and outdoor barbecue combination in which a burner pit is positioned in the upper section of a table central, hollow-core pedestal, and can be covered when not in use by a lid flush with the upper surface of the table slab. In the charcoal-fuel embodiment, the cooking griddle, charcoal plate, and ash-collecting bucket are held at successively space-apart levels within the inner wall of the burner pit which has an inverted frusto-conical shape. In the gas-fired embodiment, a small propane canister is conveniently located under the table top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Masagril, LLC
    Inventor: Michael H. Baykal
  • Patent number: 6065467
    Abstract: A combination portable gas barbecue and portable simulation fireplace includes a cooking vessel having imitation fireplace logs and a gas burner mounted on a lift-out log grate. A window is mounted in the front of the cooking vessel to allow direct viewing of the imitation logs and flames and of the underside of the food being cooked. Air inlet and outlets cause convection currents to flow away from the viewing window and out side vents formed by gaps between an oversized hood and the cooking vessel. An air convection system is set up by providing an air inlet below the window and outlet air gaps between the hood and the cooking vessel. A deflector is provided over the viewing window to prevent grease drippings from soiling the window or falling into the air inlet. A removable heat exchanger heats up air by contact with the walls of the cooking vessel and directs the resulting warm air to the front of the cooking vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Ed Martin
  • Patent number: 6058925
    Abstract: An adjustable grill grid construction 10 including at least one generally rectangular open framework member 20 having a pair of opposed side channel elements 21, 22 and a centerline brace element 23 provided with a plurality of spaced transverse recesses 24 which are dimensioned to at least partially receive the intermediate portion 33 of a plurality of rod members 30 which are moveable relative to the framework member 20 and adapted to be captively engaged relative to the centerline brace element 23 by a bar clamp member 40 to vary the spacing of the rod members 30 relative to the framework member 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Mack Patterson
  • Patent number: 6053160
    Abstract: A barbecue grill debris catching trough for mounting to a back of a barbecue grill to catch debris falling from the grill between the gap formed between the lower portion of the barbecue grill and the hood portion of the barbecue grill. The barbecue grill debris catching trough includes an elongate trough having a bottom wall, a spaced apart pair of end walls, and a spaced apart pair of side walls extending between the end walls. A hanging clip with an outwardly facing resilient clip portion upwardly extends from one of the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Truman Scarborough
  • Patent number: 6050177
    Abstract: A charcoal, gas or electric-fired, fuel-isolated cooker comprising: an outer box separated by rigid insulation from an inner box, a multi-level cooking grill with a detachable grease catchpan, a heat chamber to isolate food from fuel source and to provide an additional hot surface for grilling items such as bread, removable cooking spikes, an optional flavor chip box, insulated handles, magnetized utensil hooks, a magnetically secured door, solid fuel, gas manifold or electric heating element holders, and an extendable vent pipe for use with solid fuel(charcoal briquettes) or gas combustion options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: O. L. Lassig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6047694
    Abstract: This invention relates to a cooking enhancement system for retarding excessive flame and creating a burst of spray to steam a product being cooked with an automatic means for distributing water onto an excessive flame activated by a photodetector that senses light from the excessive flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventors: Peter H. Landstrom, Thom Carpenter
  • Patent number: 6044836
    Abstract: An artificial campfire device is disclosed. The device is fueled by a pressurized fuel source and is adapted for permanent mounting to a fixed ground member. The device includes a base receptacle having a peripheral edge defining an open top and an interior bottom surface. The base receptacle is mountable to the fixed ground member. A burner member is mounted to and positioned above the interior bottom surface and is adapted to provide a flame of variable height. A fuel control mechanism is adapted for coupling a pressurized fuel source exterior to the receptacle base with the burner member to control the flow of fuel to the burner member and the size of flame emitted thereby. Finally, a plurality of artificial refractory log members are secured to each other in crisscross fashion to form a log cluster, and the log cluster is permanently secured to the base receptacle bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Portafire, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard C. Oliver, Jr., Patrick A. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6041773
    Abstract: A camp stove warming oven is designed in the form of a hollow, rectangular enclosed box having a top, bottom and four sides. One of the sides is hingedly attached to the main body portion of the oven to permit access to the interior. The bottom of the oven has apertures through it to permit hot air to rise from below the oven into the interior. Foldable legs are provided to permit placement of the oven over the top of an outdoor camp stove at a pre-established height, typically on the order of 17". This permits the camp stove to be used in its intended manner for the cooking of food. Waste heat from the stove then rises and heats the interior of the oven, which may be used as a warming oven, to keep foods warm while additional food is being cooked on the burners of the stove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Rosenquist
  • Patent number: 6041769
    Abstract: A portable brick oven is made with a sealed brick lining for the back, opposing side and top walls with a door mounted in the front and bottom bricks defining the cooking chamber. The bottom bricks are not sealed and are aligned to define a flat baking surface and these bricks are located so that the edges of the baking surface are spaced from the back and opposing side walls and the individual bricks are not sealed so that the flame of the burner is capable of flowing between bricks. This arrangement provides, radiant, convective and conduction heating. The brick oven is modular constructed and fits into a chassis mounted on wheels. The door is uniquely hinged and clasped to allow for the ease of access into and out of the brick oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Joseph A. Llodra, Jr., Henry A. Tinari
  • Patent number: 6029565
    Abstract: A grill which can be used to cook a variety of items with chicken being the preferred item. The grill has a rotating cooking surface in the shape of a wheel and the items to be cooked are placed around the circumference of the wheel. The heat source is positioned along the axis of the wheel and there is a grease shield positioned to catch grease drippings from food items on the wheel. In addition a supply of barbecue sauce is positioned adjacent the lowest portion of the wheel so the food items to be cooked will pass through the sauce as the wheel rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Howard D. Plymale
  • Patent number: 6029649
    Abstract: An oven includes a body portion and a door engageable with the body portion, the body portion being generally cylindrical in shape having two lateral sides each formed with a circular groove, each of the lateral sides having two vertical slots extending upwardly from the circular groove, the door having two flanges at two ends thereof each provided with two protuberances at an inner side thereof, the protuberances being configured to be slidable within the circular groove and the vertical slots, whereby the door can be dismantled from the body portion for removing the grease and other drippings extracted from food during the roasting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Yung Sen Su
  • Patent number: 6029566
    Abstract: An apparatus for improved heat circulation and containment when smoking or grilling using electric, gas, or charcoal as the heat source. The base design enhances heat containment, and offers a channel design in the bottom of the base pan. The strategically placed openings and legs add additional ventilation for improved air circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: John C McLemore
  • Patent number: 6024082
    Abstract: An outdoor-type cooking device for the heating and cooking of foods is disclosed. The cooking device comprises a base with a support housing extending upwardly to support a grilling enclosure. The grilling enclosure includes a cooking surface and a removable hood. The support housing is made from a non-metal material which is molded into a hollow thin walled structure. The support housing may be configured to have a decoratively shaped exterior. In addition, the support housing forms a working surface adjacent the cooking surface. The base forms a ground engaging support base as well as providing support for a fuel canister. The hollow support housing is also adapted to support and house the fuel canister. The removable hood is configured to cover the cooking surface and has a front and rear surface which extend between two spaced apart sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Straubel, David A. Klein
  • Patent number: 6024081
    Abstract: A cooking grate configured especially to accommodate and cook generally cylindrical food items such as frankfurters and sausage is provided. The design permits the cooking of cylindrical food items faster, more efficiently, and more evenly while minimizing undesirable burning and charring. The apparatus includes a unitary grate body made from a heat-conductive material which grate body has an upper cooking surface, a lower heat collecting surface, a rear edge, a forward edge, and left and right sides. The grate body is corrugated to form a plurality of substantially parallel and adjacent cooking troughs extending in the transverse direction from the rear edge to the forward edge. Each cooking trough has a spine as its lowermost portion and left and right cooking faces originating at the spine and diverging upwardly to converge upon the right and left cooking faces of the adjacent tough respectively to form peaks at the junctions of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Carlo Libertini, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6021708
    Abstract: A spit riser mount for mounting a rotating spit to a tabletop grill. The spit riser mount includes an annular spit mount that has a plurality of pieces. Each of the pieces has opposite first and second ends. The first end of a piece removably engages the second end of an adjacent piece. A first of the pieces has a slot downwardly extending from an upper edge of the piece. The slot is adapted for receiving a spit therein. A second of the pieces has a first aperture positioned towards its upper edge. The first aperture is adapted for receiving a spit therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Le Roy Hoglund
  • Patent number: 6012382
    Abstract: A flame disk for even heat distribution when using an external flame such as in a smoker grill assembly, and which prevents internal food drippings from escaping through the disk. The disk design enhances the heat efficiency, and safeguards against drippings or ashes falling through to the burner or ground. The disk design offers better performance when cooking. The holes in the disk are raised, and has attached legs strategically placed over the holes to deter drippings or ashes from falling through. The legs also support and lift the disk on its cooking base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Don C McLemore
  • Patent number: 6012443
    Abstract: An ignition fixture includes a body has a hole and two slits defined through the top thereof so that the ignition device is received in the hole and a plate is connected to the body by inserting two insertions into the two slits. The plate has two bosses extending from the upper surface thereof which is inserted into a passage of an adjustable member which has two rows of positioning holes to receive the two bosses. The adjustable member has two slots so as to be connected to the bottom of the stove by extending bolts through the slots and engaged with the stove. The distance between the stove and the ignition device can be adjusted by receiving the bosses into the suitable pair of positioning holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Lin Tse Peug
  • Patent number: 6012444
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fast cooking system through the use of an oven having radiant burners located interiorly at the top portion thereof. The oven includes a rotary spit on which the meat is supported and rotated to prevent burning. A blower is located at the lower portion of the oven below the spit to remove smoke and simultaneously pull heat from the top of the oven causing airflow downwardly from the top of the oven. The blower facilitates combustion and increases cooking efficiency and eliminates the need for a Ni-Cad screen adjacent the ceramic plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: David J. Skender
  • Patent number: 6003506
    Abstract: A collapsible fuel-burning stove includes a burner assembly and a collapsible frame for supporting the burner assembly, the frame including a plurality of support members, the support members being pivotal relative to one another about a common axis on which the burner assembly is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Norris R. Long, Franklin T. Schmidt, Gary E. Van Deursen, Randall L. May, David M. Thorpe, Jan Hippen, Michael Knodt
  • Patent number: 6000389
    Abstract: A combination gas and charcoal grill that includes a housing, a heat distribution element, a gas burner, and an ash pan drawer. The heat distribution element is disposed in the housing for supporting one of lava rocks and ceramic briquettes when the combination gas and charcoal grill is being used as a gas grill and for supporting charcoal briquettes when the combination gas and charcoal grill is being used as a charcoal grill. The gas burner is disposed in the housing for heating the one of the lava rocks and the ceramic briquettes when the combination gas and charcoal grill is being used as the gas grill and for initially igniting the charcoal briquettes when the combination gas and charcoal grill is being used as the charcoal grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Gerald Alpert
  • Patent number: 5996573
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a top cover for a barbecue grill which includes a casting with an aperture formed in the surface. A flexible insert is designed to close the aperture. The casting includes a support on at least one side of the aperture and at least one fastener to hold the insert in place in the casting. The support and fastener also seal the aperture by pressing the insert against the casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: W. C. Bradley Company
    Inventors: John Ganard, Mark Windham
  • Patent number: 5992770
    Abstract: A burner for a gas grill is inexpensive and durable. The burner may be made of an inexpensive sheet steel, but the steel is fully porcelainized or otherwise treated to resist corrosion. The complete coverage of the porcelain is accomplished by making the burner in two halves, and porcelainizing all surfaces of the two halves. The two halves are subsequently assembled into a single burner. Each half has flanges extending therefrom, and a channel engages the flanges to hold them together. Screws or other fastening means can be used to secure the channel to the flanges. In one embodiment of the invention the channel is integrally formed with one of the burner halves. One or both halves of the burner may also be made of a durable metal without the anticorrosive treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: J. Manning Culpepper
  • Patent number: 5988158
    Abstract: An oven apparatus includes a support unit which supports a cylindrically shaped oven unit which includes a first oven end and a second oven end. An oven access door is located at each oven end. Drawer guide tracks are supported by interior portions of the oven unit and extend outward from the interior portions of the oven unit. Grill drawers are supported by the respective drawer guide tracks. Fuel access doors having adjustable draft valves are located on the respective oven ends, and a damper-containing vent pipe is connected to the oven unit. The oven access doors are supported by the oven ends by horizontally oriented access door hinges. The oven access doors are located above the drawer guide tracks. The oven unit includes drain ports located at bottom portions of the oven unit. A thermometer is supported by the oven unit. First and second trays are supported at the respective oven ends, and the trays are located astride of the oven access doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Henry G. Schmidt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5979431
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a portable stove. The portable stove comprises a body member which contains burners. The portable stove includes shelves which lock into place onto the body member during use and storage. A griddle having a heat dispersement plate is removably mounted to the body member above the burner. Legs are hingedly and slidingly attached to the body member. The legs may be folded to either a standing position or a carrying position. Accordingly, the shelves, griddle and legs may be secured to the stove during storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Hamilton, Lawrence Matthew Stone
  • Patent number: 5975073
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oven structure including a set of baking cylinders, an outer barrel and an inner barrel, wherein the baking cylinders are mounted in an interior of the inner barrel; and a gas burner is mounted between the inner and outer barrels such that use the gas burning to heat the baking cylinders and bake the food which are put in the interior of the baking cylinders. It is full of practical value to keep the best taste of food by the indirect and dry ways of evenly heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Chung Chin Kuo
  • Patent number: 5970971
    Abstract: A barbecue device includes a housing and two covers pivotally secured to the side portions of the housing. The covers each includes a leg for enclosing the side portions of the housing when the covers are folded to the folded position, and for elevating the housing when the covers are rotated to the open position. A gas stove may be received in the housing, and a gas bottle may be secured to one of the covers for supplying the gas to the stove. A protective cap is supported on the stove and includes an upwardly curved structure having a number of side facing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Ming Chuan Wu