Knockdown Or Separable Patents (Class 126/9R)
  • Patent number: 6153857
    Abstract: A portable food and utensil storage device includes a box like base component having a plurality of wheels attached to its bottom surface for rolling the device along a supporting surface. The interior of the base component includes a plurality of segregated compartments each configured and designed to retain hot or cold food items as well as various accessory items therein. The base component includes an opening adjacent its bottom surface in communication with an interior chamber for slidably receiving a gas fueled grill assembly. The top end of the base component is selectively coverable with a lid that pivotably engages the top edge of its rear wall. The inwardly facing side of the lid includes a plurality of bands and loops for retaining silverware, cups and similar items thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Auline J. Gunnels
  • Patent number: 6135014
    Abstract: A barbecue rack including a barbecue grill, a base seat, two support legs and a barbecue tray. The frame of each of the barbecue grill and the base seat has a longitudinal section, whereby the barbecue grill, base seat and the barbecue tray can be stacked into one single unit as a thin rectangular body. Therefore, the storage room is saved and the barbecue rack can be easily quickly assembled. The components of the barbecue rack can be firmly associated and the barbecue grill is not easy to detach and drop and the barbecue grill can be entirely used. The height of the barbecue grill can be stagelessly adjusted by means of the support legs of the base seat as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Yin Shou Chang
  • Patent number: 6131560
    Abstract: A portable grill having telescoping legs is disclosed. The grill includes a substantially rectangular grate and two pairs of telescoping legs. Each pair of telescoping legs is pivotally attached to one end of the rectangular grate. The grill can be used to cook food over an open fire, or the grill can be used to cook with charcoal with the aid of a charcoal tray that can be hung below the rectangular grate using S-hooks. The invention also includes a carrying case for allowing the grill to be carried in a backpack without the grill soiling other items in the backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Dennis Healy
  • Patent number: 6129078
    Abstract: A supporting device used to securely mount a selectively removable portable stove and a fuel tank to a planar supporting structure without the use of hand tools. A base which includes an upper surface, lower surface, stove receiving region and tank receiving region has positioned above the stove receiving region a stove mounting plate. The stove mounting plate is positioned a fixed distance above the upper surface of the base. The spacing insulates the base from the heat of the stove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Charles R. Moulder
  • Patent number: 6125835
    Abstract: A collapsible camping range for use in a camping environment. The camping range can utilize a collapsible wall structure that facilitates portability. In addition, a multi-purpose cover to the camping range can be utilized to serve as a cover for the oven, a griddle for the cooking of food, a wash basin or basin for boiling water, and a receptacle in which the other parts of the camping range can be stowed. The camping range can be fabricated with oven walls that allow the oven chamber to be expanded for the cooking of large foods, such as for use as a pig roaster. Removable fuel containers can be utilized to facilitate the portability of the camping range as well as in a plurality of positions for heating purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Robert A. Montano
  • Patent number: 6123015
    Abstract: An outdoor cooking apparatus for baking food, is provided including a tray having a bottom surface with an inner section and an outer section which is separate from the inner section. Multiple legs are coupled to the tray to support the apparatus on the ground, or other substantially flat surface. A platter is disposed over at least a portion the inner section. The platter has a plate and a projecting member extending from the plate, or through an aperture in the plate, for supporting the food. A cylindrical upper member is provided having an interior cavity and an opening to this cavity at the bottom of the upper member. Through this opening, the upper member is positionable on the tray over the platter along either an annular gap between the inner and outer sections, or in the inner section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Leisure Cook Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. McLain, Gene R. Price
  • 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: 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: 6105569
    Abstract: A campfire grill for cooking foods over an open fire. The campfire grill includes a sleeve and an elongate post that slidably extends through the sleeve. The lower end of the post is adapted for insertion in a ground surface. The sleeve has a guide shaft outwardly extending therefrom generally perpendicular the shaft. A grate is slidably coupled to the shaft. The grate is positionable along the shaft. A stopping device prevents downward sliding of the sleeve along the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Eugene E. Andress
  • Patent number: 6098611
    Abstract: A portable gaseous fuel heated cooker which connects via flexible hose to a pressurized gas source such as a propane bottle. The cooker as such comprises four parts, a round bottom wok-like disk, a burner unit, a tubular post and a coplanar base. The disk has a threaded stud depending therefrom which is threadably received in the top of the burner unit, the bottom of the burner unit is similarly connectable to the tubular post which, in turn, is similarly connectable to the base. The burner unit has radial flanges which extend a short distance above a cylindrical shield of the burner unit, the overall unit is about thirty-two inches in height but with the tubular post removed is about twelve inches in height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: David Fillmore
  • Patent number: 6070571
    Abstract: An outdoor portable grill is provided having a cooking assembly comprising a food support, a handle for the food support and a handle holder interconnecting the food support with the handle. A support assembly is also provided comprising a upstanding slider post extending from an attachment bracket. The attachment bracket is used to secure the post to an outdoor heat source fixture such as a campground grill or fire pit ring. The handle holder is provided with an engagement opening having multiple inner edges that engage corresponding surfaces on the slider post. The weight of the food support causes the edges to frictionally engage the post exterior. This action allows the food support to be locked into an infinite variety of vertical and radial positions. The handle is pivotally attached to the handle holder for enabling the handle to be rotated against the food support for compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: James H. Bradbury
  • 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: 6058832
    Abstract: A portable barbecue apparatus comprises a hollow base of truncated pyramidal configuration for storing fuel. The hollow base supports a firebox thereon. A cooking grill-oven is disposed above the firebox. A carriage is employed to support the barbecue apparatus. The carriage is pivotally attached to a two-wheeled trailer to permit portability for the barbecue apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Herman Fountain
  • 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: 6050257
    Abstract: An open grill assembly, with a radiant heating sheet, can be assembled together into a rigid grill, with rods forming a frame supporting the radiant sheet and the grid in a spaced apart relationship. The components can be disassembled into a compact bundle, preferably a flat bundle. When assembled, in a preferred embodiment, the radiant heating sheet is adapted to rest on the top of the burner, so that the rods forming the frame need not touch the ground, allowing a single, economical design to be used with most, and perhaps all, commercially available burners. In operation, the burner heats the radiant heating sheet and radiant heat from the sheet cooks food on the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Bondco, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph N. Bond
  • 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: 6038964
    Abstract: A convection based cooking apparatus with an insulating baffle to provide improved air-flow and isolation between a cooking chamber and a heating chamber. The heating chamber and the cooking chamber are positioned side by side, and separated by the insulating baffle. The insulating baffle is hollow for holding a liquid and includes an opening for emitting steam. An air passage exists between the heating chamber and the cooking chamber, in such a way that, heated air passes through the passage, flows over the insulating baffle to combine with the steam, and then into the cooking chamber. The air passage is located near the top of the heating chamber and the cooking chamber. As the air passes over the insulating baffle, the air is diffused throughout the cooking chamber and thereby uniformly distributed across a cooking surface within the cooking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Jimmy A. Sikes
  • Patent number: 6038965
    Abstract: A portable barbecue grill apparatus has multiple functions including barbecuing, baking, roasting, and pan broiling, some of which can be accomplished simultaneously on joined cooking elements. The grill apparatus can have an extendable rear lid having a rotisserie attached to a base. Alternatively, a pair of slotted side plates attached to the lid and covered by a heat shield can permit the spacing of the spit from the burner in the lid according to the size of the rotating fool. The lid and base each contain heating elements energized by one or two portable propane tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Robert J. Thorndyke
  • Patent number: 6035768
    Abstract: A portable heat unit is described. The heat unit is useful as an oven, barbecue, griddle, etc. The heat unit comprises a body, a lid, a cooking support member such as a grill rack or oven plate and a brace. The body comprises a number of rectangular panels joined to form an open-ended polyhedron such as a box. The panel joints are movable, and preferably comprise piano hinges, thus rendering the body collapsible. When in use, the stand is rendered noncollapsible by installation of the brace. The brace comprises a rigid member which is placed between two panels to permit control of the burning of the fuel, heat flow, temperature and to define an opening through which the fuel and food may be conveniently accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 6029650
    Abstract: A personal heating device includes a chamber having a closed end and an opposing open end. One or more air intake holes are formed in the chamber proximal the closed end to allow air into the chamber. One or more vent holes are formed proximal the opposing open end to allow air to exit the chamber. A heat source disposed inside the chamber holds generates heat, and a cap slidably covers the chamber open end to hold in the heat and regulate the air exiting the vent holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Bill Treants
  • 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: 6016797
    Abstract: A barbecue grill modified by a smoke directing sleeve to convert the grill into a food smoker in which there is a sleeve of rolled form adapted to be unrolled to fit on the grill to position a food supporting grill spaced from the source of heat, and providing handles on the sleeve in position to allow removal of the sleeve to free up access to the fuel in the cooking grill. The rolled form constitutes a kit and the kit is adapted to extend the utility of the barbecue grill for food smoking treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Frank L. Nowicke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6012381
    Abstract: A convection meat cooker characterized by an elongated, cylindrical cooker tank which, in a preferred embodiment, is provided on a portable cooker frame and includes concentric outer, middle and inner shells. The inner shell defines an interior cooking chamber which is hermetically sealed by a door hinged to the outer shell at one end of the cooker tank and a cylindrical, annular heat chamber is defined between the middle and inner shells throughout the length of the cooker tank. Insulation is typically provided between the middle and outer shells of the cooker tank. A heat entrance port extends from the middle shell and receives a propane-fueled burner for heating the cylindrical heat chamber and a heat exit port vents excess heat from the annular heat chamber. An open water container may be removably attached to the cooker frame and pressure vent piping provided in fluid communication with the cooking chamber is immersed in water provided in the water container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Clifford W. Hawn
  • Patent number: 6009867
    Abstract: A charcoal igniter which has a thermal barrier attached to the top of the charcoal ignition chamber. The thermal barrier restricts airflow though the charcoal chamber and retains heat within the chamber to accelerate the burning process. The thermal barrier is perforated to allow air to flow through at a reduced rate to retain hot gas from ignition within the charcoal chamber. The thermal barrier may contain thermally resistive material, such as granulated or crushed lava roc which both retains heat to accelerate the ignition and improves safety by filtering exhaust gases to prevent ash and sparks from escaping. The thermally resistive material also acts to re-radiate heat back into the charcoal chamber to further accelerate the ignition of the charcoal. The charcoal igniter has a central charcoal chamber to hold charcoal and a top mounted thermal barrier to prevent heat from escaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: James E. Walton
  • Patent number: 6006740
    Abstract: A portable campfire grill assembly includes a support post insertable into the ground and having a first tubular sleeve and engaging screw mountable on the post to establish the vertical height of the grill. The grill is a rectangular metal unit having a second sleeve welded thereon and mountable on the post with an engaging screw to establish the position of the grill as it is rotated around the post to be either over a fire or removed therefrom. A planar flange is welded around the post at the lower end to provide stability for the post and to provide a foot plate for driving the post into the ground. The flange fits against one end of the grill when the assembly is taken apart for ease of carrying. The support post is mounted through two loops welded to one side of the grill and secured into place using the first sleeve. The entire grill can then be carried by grasping the support post at a point between the two loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventors: George G. Ulrickson, George G. Ulrickson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6000388
    Abstract: A barbecue grill includes a body defining a heating chamber and having an open top. A main food supporting grill is mounted on the body in a generally horizontal manner so as to span at least a portion of the open top. Walls extend generally upwardly from portions of the body. The walls include opposing side walls and a rear wall extending between the side walls. A grate is mounted between the side walls and is in spaced relation to the rear wall so as to define a generally vertically arranged fire chamber for holding a source of heat generating fuel. A secondary food supporting grill is mounted between the side walls, forwardly of the grate and above and generally parallel to the main grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Alphonso G. Andress
    Inventor: Alphonso G. Andress
  • Patent number: 5992406
    Abstract: A collapsible and nestable steam table (10) comprises a foldable frame (20), at least one tray (30) and a foldable top section (40) capable of receiving and storing both the frame and the at least one tray. The frame has a front plate(21), a rear plate (22) and a pair of folding end plates (23) pivotally mounted thereto to collapse the frame. The at least one tray is removably disposed within the frame to prevent the end plates from folding toward each other while the steam table is in use. The top member comprises C-shaped first and second shells (45, 46) each having an extension member (47) and a first arm, a second arm and a third arm (48, 49, 50) extending outwardly therefrom. The first, second and third arms of the first shell are respectively pivotally mounted to the first, second and third arms of the second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Steven H. Lelle
  • Patent number: 5983887
    Abstract: A portable, collapsible reflector oven useful for cooking by an open fire is provided. The inventive apparatus is constructed as a single unit in that all of the parts of the reflector oven are connected to one another to prevent part loss. The reflector oven has a stabilizing frame to which the reflector panels and supporting panels are pivotally attached. In a preferred embodiment, the reflector oven is provided with a shelf and a shelf suspension system. The shelf suspension system automatically positions the shelf correctly when the reflector oven is unfolded from a collapsed position. In the most preferred embodiment, the reflector oven has a latching system which acts to stabilize the reflector oven against collapse while the reflactor oven is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Edward T. Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 5983883
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable stove mounting apparatus used to securely mount a removable portable stove to a planar supporting structure without the use of hand tools. The portable stove mounting apparatus includes a planer base supporting structure wherein connecting devices secure the portable stove and fuel supply to the planer base supporting structure. Insulation is disposed between the connecting devices and the planar supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Charles R. Moulder
  • Patent number: 5947106
    Abstract: A barbecue grill and fireplace ash cradle assembly is provided for capturing hot ash being released from a burning material. The barbecue grill is equipped with a hemi-spherical configuration and an open top face. Also included is a kettle member removably situated within the barbecue grill for catching ash therein, wherein the kettle member has a shape similar to that of the barbecue grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Valerie J. Davis
  • Patent number: 5947007
    Abstract: A removable firebox for use in a portable, collapsible barbecue grill including retractable heating grate on top of the firebox and a retractable mid-level cooking grill for providing high-temperature cooking. A lower main grill is disposed in a base cavity of the barbecue grill for providing moderate temperature cooking. The firebox rests in the base cavity of the grill housing and provides heat to a cooking area defined by the base cavity, an upper lid of the housing and a pair of side walls extending upward from the base cavity. The firebox and/or the upper lid includes insulation and/or cooling baffles to protect users from heated surfaces. Venting is provided from the sides and rear of the grill housing. When collapsed, the grate and grills fold onto or are retracted within the firebox, and the entire firebox assembly is stowed in a sealed grill housing. The top and bottom portions of the grill housing mate to form a sealed container-like structure for convenient transportability or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Alphonso G. Andress
    Inventors: Richard M. O'Grady, Glen Nielsen, William D. Hester, Alphonso G. Andress
  • Patent number: 5947105
    Abstract: A portable stove and a method for fabricating portable stove from an ammunition box. The stove uses the ammunition box as the body for the stove. An outlet is incorporated into the lid area of the ammunition box to allow for the attachment of a flue duct to the hollow body. A door with vents may also be included in one of the sides of the ammunition box so that fuel may be burned within said hollow body and the products of the burning of the fuel may escape the hollow body through the outlet and into the flue duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: 20 M M Hotbox Corp.
    Inventors: Clayton Scott, Terry M. Richardson, Michael Skeens
  • Patent number: 5947013
    Abstract: An outdoor grill for charcoal grilling is designed to prevent flare-up from fat drippings and to facilitate the disposal of ashes. The grill comprises a portable stand and a horizontally disposed cylindrical-shaped housing on the stand. The housing has a cover door in sidewalls and access holes in flattened end walls. Within the cylindrical housing are a charcoal grate, a cooking rack and a flare-up shield. In one embodiment, an upper small mesh screen is positioned directly on top of the grate. The grate and/or upper small mesh screen are manually shaken to periodically knock ash from charcoal. The flare-up shield has an inverted V-shape and has louvered openings. Heat from the burning charcoal is efficiently transferred to meat on the cooking rack. Any fat drippings are deflected by the flare-up shield towards the housing's sidewalls away from the charcoal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Preston E. Stewart, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5944009
    Abstract: A portable grill which permits adjustment of a food support platform in three dimensions. A ground support accepts a trussed stanchion and permits rotation of the stanchion. The ground support can be a tubular ground stake or may comprise a support stand. A swing arm is reciprocally mounted to the stanchion and supports one or more couplers having support hooks, a chain and an "S" hook. A harness is suspended from the S hook and secured to a cooking platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Kris T. Scheller
  • Patent number: 5941228
    Abstract: A simple locking latch arrangement is disclosed which maintains barbecue side shelves in the horizontal orientation. The latch arrangement is freely pivotal on pin members of the shelf and prevent upward removal of the pins unless the latch is moved to the release position. The latch is designed to provide a gravity bias urging the latch to the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Fiesta Barbeques Limited
    Inventor: Stuart McKenzie
  • Patent number: 5937768
    Abstract: A portable multi-purpose outdoor fire container and hot water storage system comprising a first container of a cylindrical configuration with an open bottom surface and an open top surface with a cylindrical side wall therebetween is disclosed. The container has a grate supported by the opened top surface with the bottom surface capable of supporting firewood thereon. The container also has an air vent with handles in the side wall selectively openable in the sidewall at an intermediate extent thereof. A second hot water storage container in a box-like configuration is provided with rectangular sidewalls, a closed bottom and an open top with a lid positionable to close the open top. The hot water storage container is water impermeable for the storage of hot water therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Alvin Dale Atwood
  • Patent number: 5931085
    Abstract: A portable, adjustable grill apparatus for cooking over a source of heat, including at least three grill legs having respective upper ends and lower ends, the grill legs being interconnected at the upper ends and angularly spaced relative to each other, and the lower ends being adapted to rest on the ground. A grill extends generally horizontally and has a perimeter connected to the grill legs for sliding movement therealong. A height adjusting mechanism selectively adjusts the height of the grill relative to the legs. The height adjustment mechanism includes a plurality of flexible members that are each routed inside an interior passage of a respective one of the grill legs, the flexible members having inner ends connected to the grill and outer ends connected to a securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Grate Mate Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas R. Benzschawel
  • Patent number: 5918536
    Abstract: An indirect heat barbecue grill includes a frame body having an opening at the top section thereof, which defines/grilling a heating area. A heat source area is located at one lateral side of the heating/grilling area, within the barbecue grill. A charcoal tray is located at the heat source area. The present invention is characterized in that a linking hood is mounted to the heat source area and located across the charcoal tray which insulates direct heat from the charcoal to reach the frame body and directs heat energy to the heating/grilling area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Wen-Ho Cheng
  • Patent number: 5915371
    Abstract: A four season, lightweight, highly efficient stove, versatile enough to meet the needs of a solo backpacker and weekend camping groups, that will boil one quart of water at an outdoor temperature of F. in less than five minutes using foraged fuel. This stove consists of two semi-cylindrical pieces of metal detachably joined together at the side edges, with all the parts continuously linked together to form a one-piece stove. It provides a light weight, easy to set up, stove which occupies minimal space, being easily wrapped around a sleeping pad. The stove uses twigs and other materials normally found around a campsite for fuel. Hence there is no need for one to bring one's own fuel when going camping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Kent M. Hering
  • Patent number: 5911812
    Abstract: A cooking grille has elongated slots for receiving heat from a barbecue below, and for directing fluids such as fat, basting sauces and meat juices. The cooking grille is placed upon a second collecting grille adapted for receiving the cooking grille in sliding engagement in a spaced apart relationship. The collecting grille provides conducting channels which are formed at an angle with the horizontal so as to move the fluids laterally for collection and to avoid their contact with hot portions of the cooking equipment. The upper cooking grille may be easily moved on the lower collecting grille so as to collect all of the fluid dripping from the cooking grille, only some of it, or none at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventors: Michael Stanek, Marian Bacinsky
  • Patent number: 5909729
    Abstract: A barbecue grill provided with an adapter sleeve to convert the grill to food smoker apparatus having a cylindrical sleeve equipped with handles and means to support the food grill and a water containing pan. The support means provide fixed or removable supports for incorporating a water pan in the sleeve beneath the food grill. The smoker apparatus in the sleeve being configured for easy cleaning either in place in the sleeve or removed from the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: Frank L. Nowicke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5910209
    Abstract: A smokeless barbecue device includes a casing having a water tank disposed to a lower end thereof and a food processing device disposed in an open top thereof. A meshed member is disposed transversely in the casing and below the food processing device. A pump is disposed to the water tank and from which a pipe extends having a plurality of sprays disposed thereto which are located above the meshed member. At least one ventilator is disposed to the casing and located below the meshed member, and a valve device is disposed to the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: Mong-Yu Lee
  • Patent number: 5908026
    Abstract: A portable vertical rotary grill includes a support structure, a power source, a motor, and a grill. The support structure is preferably a tripod, but other support structures may also be used. The power source is preferably two D size dry cell batteries. A battery holder is preferably fastened to a top of the motor. The motor assembly is fastened to a top of the support structure with a chain. A thrust bearing is attached to an output shaft of the motor. The thrust bearing is supported by a thrust plate which is fastened to an outer housing of the motor. A chain collar is attached to the output shaft of the motor at an end thereof. A chain with a hook on an end thereof extends downward from the chain collar. The grill is preferably supported by three chains which are equally spaced around the circumference of the grill. The three chains are joined at their ends and placed on the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Gary L. Forst
  • Patent number: 5906196
    Abstract: A portable gas stove includes a rectangular housing defined by parallel front and rear panels joined to parallel, opposed side panels. A top opening at an upper end of the housing provides access to at least one burner, and a hinged cover is adapted to pivot to close the upper opening entirely. At the bottom end of the housing, a coffer is formed with a downward opening, and a pair of flanges extending inwardly at the side edges of the coffer are dimensioned to retain the disassembled stove legs disposed therebetween. A clamp is provided to secure the legs in the coffer for travel with the stove. Each leg includes a tubular main portion, and a top end having an L-section. The L-section is dimensioned to fit in complementary fashion over any corner vertex formed by the conjunction of a side and front or rear panel of the housing. Each corner vertex includes a slot extending vertically therein, and a nut is slidably supported by a nut holder for translation along the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Dutro Company
    Inventor: S. Ty Measom
  • Patent number: 5893357
    Abstract: A portable cooking system that includes a detachable base, a support pole assembly, a detachable charcoal holder, a circular grating, a removable cover/lid, a detachable gas burner assembly, a detachable electric burner assembly, a washer shaped flame diffuser member, a cooking wok, and a cooking system carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventors: Raymond Royer, Clifford Breaux
  • Patent number: 5891498
    Abstract: The smoking attachment for use with a barbecue grill has a smoker box with a solid bottom plate, left and right side walls, a rear wall, a top, an open front and two doors that close and substantially seal the smoker box. Support brackets on the side walls support the smoker box on a grill box with the solid bottom plate above a grill heat source. A smoker box divider plate divides the smoker box into a wood chip chamber and a smoking chamber. A wood chip box holds wood chips and sets inside the wood chip chamber. Tray and rack holders support racks and trays with food products in the smoking chamber. Smoke from the wood chips passes through smoke passages in the smoker box divider plate and through smoke passage apertures in the tray and rack holders. Vertical smoke baffles on the tray and rack holders control the distribution of heat and smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Harold J. Boehler
  • Patent number: 5884554
    Abstract: The invention relates to a barbecue with a flat barbecue food carrier swiveling by means of a motor and a lifting and/or lowering device for changing the spacing of the barbecue food carrier from a heating device at least while turning the barbecue food carrier, with a combined turning as well as lifting device consisting of a lifting arm and swivel arms swiveling by means of a drive being provided, which are connected with the barbecue food carrier, the fulcrums of the swivel and lifting arms being spaced from each other in favor of a swiveling and rotary movement of the barbecue food carrier with simultaneous movement of the lifting and swivel arms, the lifting and swivel arms being provided with guide elements engaged with each other for at least part of the path of motion of the lifting and swivel arms in foavour of the force guidance of the swivel arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Hermann-Josef Sprick
  • Patent number: 5884553
    Abstract: A foldable fuel cooker is provided including a central member and a plurality of legs pivotally connected to central member via pipes mounted thereon. An inlet tube is connected to the central member and extends therefrom to a central extent of one of the legs. A brace is mounted on one of the legs for preventing the inlet tube from being inadvertently removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: James O. Morris
  • Patent number: 5881637
    Abstract: A chafing dish skirt made of fabric having fire-retardant qualities and a method of making a particular fabric fire retardant. The chafing dish skirt is sized and configured to shield the heating device for the chafing dish while permitting air circulation to the heating device if such device is an open-flame type device. The chafing dish skirt is weighted to counter the effects of wind. The device is flexible, easily washable, and economical to produce. The skirt device helps retain heat within the chafing dish. The fire-retardant chafing dish skirt is attached to the chafing dish or the chafing dish frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: David L. Strickel
  • Patent number: 5865099
    Abstract: A barbeque grill assembly is disclosed including a bowl and domed, free-standing lid mating with each other to form a three-dimensional oval in combination a support assembly being provided for the bowl. The grill assembly includes shelves having stops engageable with the lid providing a stop, so that the lid can move horizontally along the extended bracket surfaces and then rotate into a generally vertical position in cradled engagement with the brackets or integral shelf lid holders. The grill assembly includes vent means being suspended beneath a central portion of the bowl, an ash collector, and an ash sweep assembly to for cleanup of the ashes within the bowl. A smoker assembly for holding fuel such as charcoal or wood chips and having damper means is removably insertable between the bottom portion of the grill body and the "mug" style ash catcher to convert the grill to a smoker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Porcelain Metals Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Waugh