Convertible Patents (Class 99/340)
  • Patent number: 10292408
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cooking vessel, a support structure, an assortment of ferrous members and a source of electro-magnetic radiation. The ferrous members are mounted on the support structure along with food. The source of electro-magnetic radiation heats the ferrous members and enables a previously unobtainable level of precision and control in the preparation of food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Bernard Fryshman
  • Patent number: 10180691
    Abstract: A temperature control system for controlling the rate of flow of a flammable fluid at generally constant pressure is disclosed. The system may include a flow control apparatus that is free of a regulator mechanism, for affecting the flow of the fluid. The flow control apparatus may be operable between at least a first flow rate and a second flow rate, and may have at least one upstream opening and at least one downstream opening. The system may also include a first burner in fluid communication with the downstream opening of the flow control apparatus and a conduit in fluid communication at one end thereof with the upstream opening of the flow control apparatus, and configured at the other end thereof for connection to a fuel supply. A thermocouple may be located in the vicinity of the burner, for converting a sensed thermal state into an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: WOLFEDALE ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventors: Sydney Barkhouse, Stuart T. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 10041277
    Abstract: An improved outdoor cooking apparatus features a specially configured pot with multiple specially configured cooking inserts and burner frame that supports a burner element. One insert is a rack that can be used for cooking one or more whole poultry carcasses. Another insert is a perforated basket that can be used to hold items to be cooked. The pot has a lower tapered section that includes a tapering downwardly sidewall or walls meeting a smaller, generally rectangular bottom panel. The pot has an upper section with a larger transverse cross section than the pot bottom, preferably comprised of generally vertically oriented side all sections. The basket can be correspondingly shaped to the contour of the pot interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Metal Fusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman R Bourgeois, Michael P. Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 10021898
    Abstract: Smokers can enclose smoking subjects for production of trapped smoke with limited airflow. Optimal airflow rates and resulting smoking effects can be achieved through smokers. If a smoker has approximately 60 cubic inches volume, four 2-millimeter holes at an air inlet point achieves desired airflow and oxygen consumption in typical fills and cooking temperatures. Smokers may include a lid or other seal or access point to permit placement and enclosure of smoking materials. Smokers are useable with conventional grills and may be shaped to sit on grill racks without blocking desired airflow by grill components or smoking materials. Smokers may include a detachable handle for safer handling and heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Masoud Mafi
  • Patent number: 9936713
    Abstract: Systems and methods for smoking food are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for smoking food includes a first container configured for containing an article of food. The system also includes a second container configured for containing a smoking material. The second container is contained within the first container. The second container has a cover and a base, and the cover is selectively removably coupled to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Cargill, Incorporated
    Inventor: Philip L. Hancock
  • Patent number: 9854938
    Abstract: A rotisserie arrangement mounts above the heat source of a grill. The rotisserie includes a plurality of holding devices configured to receive a flat meat item such as a steak or burger patty. The holding devices are spaced apart and rotatably coupled around the periphery of a vertically mounted wheel that is rotated by a power source. As the wheel rotates, the holding devices are passed over the heat source in succession. Further, two turning rollers are mounted adjacent the periphery of the wheel and spaced apart 180 degrees about the circumference of the wheel. As each holding device passes each turning roller, a projection on the holding device contacts the turning roller and causes the holding device to rotate one-quarter turn relative to the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Don Jellis
  • Patent number: 9781772
    Abstract: A heat mat with thermostatic control having a reference voltage generating source that provide high voltage DC for a power controller and low voltage for a temperature sensor and hysteresis circuit. The sensor and hysteresis circuit establish a temperature threshold signal that is delivered to the resistance heating element. The resistance heating element is sandwiched between two layers of material with adhesive. Two layers of PVC protects the sandwich. In manufacturing the heat mat, the resistance heating element is placed with adhesive between two layers of material then cured and degassed under vacuum. The thermostatic control is sealed within an overmold housing or flat pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DSM&T Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Corona
  • Patent number: 9572456
    Abstract: Disclosed are assemblies, methods, and means for installing attachments in barbecue grills. A barbecue grill may include, in a cooking body of the barbecue grill, an opening and a plurality of holes configured to facilitate installation of an attachment for the barbecue grill. In some embodiments, an attachment comprises a smoke box and is configured to be installed in the opening and securely fastened to the barbecue grill by using fasteners receivably positioned in the plurality of holes. In some embodiments, an attachment comprises a cover plate and is configured to be installed in the opening and securely fastened to the barbecue grill by using fasteners receivably positioned in the plurality of holes. In some embodiments, the barbecue grill comprises a plurality of means for interfacing with attachments, and a means for substantially covering the opening including a plurality of means for interfacing with the cooking body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: John Lee Simms, II
  • Patent number: 9198450
    Abstract: A cooking device is provided for steaming food items and transferring steamed food items from the device to a work surface. The device includes a platform for placing food items thereon mounted to a support for movement to and from food steaming and food removal positions. The food items can be transferred from the device without being individually handled by an operator. A method of steaming food items is provided using the cooking device. The food items do not need to be individually handled after they are steamed. A method of transferring steamed food items from the cooking device to a container or a work surface is also provided. The steamed food items are transferred without individual handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9107534
    Abstract: A cooker is disclosed. The cooker includes a cooking assembly having a cooking member, a hinging arrangement to mount the cooking assembly onto a support so that the cooking assembly can be displaced relative to the support between an operative position in which the cooking member is in a substantially horizontal orientation, and a stowed or inoperative position in which the cooking assembly is displaced towards the support, and a front drip tray that is pivotally mounted on the cooking assembly and that is configured to pivot relative to the cooking assembly while the cooking assembly is pivoted between the operative and stowed positions and to catch cooking waste, such as drippings from the cooking member as the cooking assembly is pivoted into the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: SPACE GRILL GLOBAL IP PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Ryan Arthur Martin, Nathan Aaron Antonik
  • Patent number: 9072399
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a cooking utensil comprises a pot with a lid that divides a cooking chamber in the pot from a condensing chamber above the lid. To prevent boil-over, one or more openings in the lid and/or openings radially between the lid and the pot convey bidirectional flow between the cooking and condensing chambers. Boiling liquid/vapor foam from the cooking chamber flows upward through the opening to the condensing chamber. Upon subsequently flowing across an upper surface of the lid, the liquid/foam condenses and then returns through the opening to the cooking chamber. In some examples, the cookware includes both a mechanical seal and a liquid seal between the lid and the pot. In some embodiments, a single opening in the lid maximizes the lid's condensing surface while still allowing sufficient flow between the cooking and condensing chambers. Such a single opening also makes the cookware easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: MAMC, LLC
    Inventor: Mathew A. McPherson
  • Publication number: 20150096974
    Abstract: A domestic cooking appliance includes a plurality of bays adapted to receive a plurality of different types of modules; a module connected to a bay of the plurality of bays; and a controller, wherein the controller is adapted to determine the bay in which the module is connected and a type of the module of the plurality of different types of modules. A method of controlling a domestic cooking appliance includes connecting a module of a plurality of different types of modules to the domestic cooking appliance; determining a type of the module; determining a position where the module is connected out of a plurality of possible positions; and displaying the type and the location of the module on a display of the domestic cooking appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BSH Home Appliances Corporation
    Inventors: John Freeman, Samuel Harward, Jeremiah Nash
  • Patent number: 8991382
    Abstract: A fire pit includes a circular bottom plate and a circular, centrally-apertured log-supporting plate. A plurality of legs secured about the periphery of the log-supporting plate maintain the bottom and log-supporting plates in vertically spaced, parallel relation to one another. Each leg has a hollow uppermost end. A plurality of arcuate grates is mounted about the periphery of the log-supporting plate and a vertically-oriented post is secured to each of the grates, mid-length thereof. Each of the posts has a lowermost end slideably received within the hollow uppermost end of its associated leg to releasably connect each grate to the log-supporting plate. Arcuate openings positioned radially outwardly of the central opening enhance the flow of oxygen into the areas where combustion occurs. The log-supporting plate is inverted and the grates are stacked atop it when the fire pit is in its storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Paul A. Mau
  • Patent number: 8960082
    Abstract: An apparatus for steaming and blending food products comprises a container (2) for receiving the food products, the container having a steam inlet (12) and a steam outlet passage (36). A blade assembly (16) is located in the container for blending the food products. The blade assembly (16) comprising a blade support member (18,22) having at least one blade (20) extending there from. The blade support member is located over an opening (14) in the container. The steam outlet passage (36) extends between the container and the blade support member such that steam can exit the container through the opening (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Anders Joel Bjoerk, Volkhard Zukale
  • Patent number: 8960081
    Abstract: A steam cooking apparatus having a water retaining member and a reversible steamer insert member, the steamer insert member having a perforated main body defining two steaming surfaces, the first surface provided with upstanding annular forming walls for forming patties, the second surface being flat and unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Innovative Product Development, LLC
    Inventors: Guy Beard, Michael Johnigean
  • Patent number: 8939068
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a smoker with multiple separate drawers for smoking meat, fish, sausage, etc. In an example embodiment, one drawer may contain water and another drawer may contain smoking material such as wood chips. The sliding drawers enable the maintenance of a stable smoking temperature and offer a safer means to replenish water and/or wood during the actual smoking operation. The multiple drawers allow a user to add wood and/or water without opening the smoking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Landmann USA
    Inventor: Jared I. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150020693
    Abstract: A cooking system includes a housing and a liner with a bottom heating element and a side circumferential heating element in a plurality of segments electrically connected. A control subsystem includes a selector for the user switchable between slow cook and stove top modes. Both the bottom heating element and the side circumferential heating element are energized and in the stove top mode. Only the side circumferential heating element is energized in the slow cook mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Euro-Pro Operating LLC
    Inventors: Jon French, Aric Jennings, Jamie Paul Gagnon, Brian McGee, David M. Audette, Michael Joseph Smith, John Cheung, Joyce Chien Tu
  • Publication number: 20140360383
    Abstract: This invention is related to a griddle plate for a gas grill and especially to a griddle plate which controls the heat from the gas grill flames with a grate on the bottom side thereof which grate forms a cooking container support for baking goods on the gas grill when the griddle plate is turned bottom side up. The grate on the bottom side of the griddle plate also allows for heating only a portion of the griddle plate cooking surface by controlling the burners in the gas grill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Edward W. Hamlin
  • Publication number: 20140345476
    Abstract: A small cooking appliance comprises a bottom housing, a top housing, and a cooking assembly. The bottom housing has a top surface that forms a bottom cooking surface of the appliance. The top housing has a bottom surface that forms a top cooking surface of the appliance. The top housing is movably attached to the bottom housing and moveable between a closed position and an open position. The cooking assembly is positioned between the top and bottom cooking surfaces when the top housing is in its closed position. The cooking assembly comprises a top cooking assembly portion, a bottom cooking assembly portion and a center cooking plate therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: David L. Jackson, Derek A. McCullough, George Stamper, Claire Ashley, Mark C. Steiner, Michael Garman
  • Patent number: 8887943
    Abstract: A decorative serving container system that includes a serving dish, a ring element, and a cover element. At least two ring element handle portions extend outwardly from a ring element lip, wherein each ring element handle portion has a shape that substantially corresponds to the shape of a serving dish handle, wherein each ring element handle portion includes a handle skirt portion that extends downwardly from the handle portion and is formed to be positionable around at least a portion of a serving dish handle and provide frictional engagement of the handle skirt portion with at least a portion of the serving dish handle. The cover element has one or more handles formed to be at least partially received within a recess of the ring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Sabine S. Miller
  • Patent number: 8875620
    Abstract: A racking system for a deep fryer, wherein the deep fryer contains cooking oil, the racking system includes a housing; at least one rack that carries a food product; an actuator operatively associated with the rack to raise and lower the rack within the housing. The system further includes a sensor that detects a property of the cooking oil; and a controller that receives a signal to initiate a cooking cycle based on the property and sends a signal to permit activation of the actuator to raise and lower the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Frymaster L.L.C.
    Inventors: Douglas S. Jones, Henry Preston Hutson, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140311356
    Abstract: A multi-configurable cooking grill is provided comprising a burner assembly, an interchangeable cooking surface, a top, an accessory engagement structure associated with the top, and an accessory for engaging with the accessory engagement surface to configure the grill to change the cooking functionality of the interchangeable cooking surface. The accessory engagement structure may comprise a first accessory engaging structure for engaging with a first accessory and a second accessory engaging structure for engaging with a second accessory. As examples of the multi-configurations available from the inventive outdoor cooking grill, the first accessory may be the cooking surface configured as one of a grill, a griddle and a baking stone, and the second accessory may be a heat spreader/sear plate having vents configured and dimensioned to assist in spreading and evening out the heat from the burner unit reaching the interchangeable cooking surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: John James Daniels
  • Patent number: 8863654
    Abstract: A cooking device has a casing 1, a heating chamber 8 provided in the casing 1, an exhaust tube 18 for guiding exhaust from inside of the heating chamber 8 through an electric component chamber 9 in the casing 1 to front face side, and a dew receiving container 4 that is provided on front face side of the casing 1 and that receives and diffuses the exhaust from the exhaust tube 18 to outside of the casing 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinji Asami, Takashi Utsumi, Shinya Ueda, Hiroyuki Kato
  • Publication number: 20140290498
    Abstract: A grill includes an upper cover, a supporting body and a grill frame. The grill frame is provided on the supporting body. The grill frame includes left and right boards, a back board and a front board, which all enclose into the grill frame. Heaters are provided within the grill frame and a roasting plate which tilts towards a front of the grill frame is provided above the heaters. The roasting plate has slots from which oil and grease drip down into an oil dripping slot provided on the front board and then into an oil guiding slot provided below the front board. The oil guiding slot has an oil channel of a certain angle. An oil collecting box is provided below a side of the oil guiding slot. A warming net is provided above the roasting plate and mounted on the left and right boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Liang Xu
  • Publication number: 20140261009
    Abstract: A combination griddle and teppanyaki cooking unit for a household cooking appliance or stand-alone cooking appliance is provided in which the combination griddle and teppanyaki cooking unit includes a cooking surface, a first heating unit for heating a first portion of the cooking surface, and a second heating unit for heating a second portion of the cooking surface, wherein the first heating unit and the second heating unit are selectively operable to uniformly heat an entire area of the cooking surface in a griddle mode of operation and to concentrate a greater amount of heat in a first area of the cooking surface than in a second area of the cooking surface in a teppanyaki mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BSH HOME APPLIANCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Bringe, John Freeman, Samuel Harward, Michael Rutherford
  • Publication number: 20140261008
    Abstract: An outdoor cooker having a heavy metal, circular housing with an open top and a closed bottom. A grill sleeve and grill pivot tube are attached to the housing and to a circular grill. The grill pivot tube is used to pivot the grill above the open top of the housing and receiving and cooking food items on the grill. The cooker also including a skillet sleeve and skillet pivot tube attached to the housing and a circular skillet. The skillet pivot tube is used to pivot the skillet above the open top of the housing for cooking food items. The cooker also includes leg tubes attached to the outside of the housing for receiving two or more removable vertical legs. The legs are used to support the housing on a ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Charles J. Howard, JR., George Austin Kremer
  • Patent number: 8828467
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for steam cooking food items in two consecutive steps whereby the food items contained in a food carrier are first preheated in water in a container which is being heated by a heater. After the food items are at or near the cooking temperature, the food carrier is raised above the water and into steam. A cover may be placed on the container so as to retain the steam within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Kurt H. Roth
  • Publication number: 20140196609
    Abstract: This invention relates to a pizza oven accessory (10) for a barbecue. More specifically, the invention relates to a pizza oven accessory (10) for converting a kettle-type barbecue into a pizza oven. The pizza oven accessory (10) includes a hollow body (12) and a food receiving member (14). The hollow body (12) is receivable between a fuel receiving base (100) and a lid (102) of a barbecue so as to define in use a cooking chamber (22) within the hollow body (12) and between the base (100) and lid (102) of the barbecue. The hollow body (12) further defines an access opening (24) through which food is introducible or removable from the cooking chamber (22). The food receiving member (14) on which the food is receivable, is rotatably supported within or in close proximity with the hollow body (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Anton Snyman
  • Patent number: 8776673
    Abstract: A steaming oven having a clad plate bottom. The stainless steel clad material constitutes the bottom of the boiling water reservoir in the oven chamber. The stainless steel clad material is composed of a thin layer of stainless material clad to a thicker plate of base, heat conducting metal like steel, copper or aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Cleveland Range
    Inventors: Richard I. Cutler, Owen R. McGhee, Jr., David S. Schwerzler, Victor D. Saltenis
  • Patent number: 8747933
    Abstract: A can cooker includes a main body that is generally cylindrical in shape having a bottom portion, wall portion, neck portion, and lid ring. The bottom portion, wall portion, and neck portion may be integrally formed and connected to one another. A lid is sized and shaped to fit within a part of the neck portion. The lid includes an outer lip that engaged with lid ring on the main body in such a way that a seal is formed between the lid ring and the outer lip. The lid is secured to the main body through a plurality of latches. Handles may be placed on the exterior surface of the lid and main body to ease use and transportation of the can cooker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Seth D. McGinn
  • Patent number: 8733235
    Abstract: A fuel-fired multifunctional cooker system is useable for deep frying, submerged cooking in water, steaming, griddle frying, grilling, double-boiler operation and simultaneous combinations thereof. Some examples of cooker system 4 include features such as a cylindrical flue with a perforated upper discharge ring plate for even heat distribution, a removable upper flue deflector ring (annular deflector) for shielding a user and creating an “air curtain” across the cooker system's upper food-receiving opening, an invertible griddle/grill cooktop with a central flue gas opening, an adjustable skewer, a steamer hood, an annular lower heat deflector around the burner, an annular flue gas baffle in the combustion chamber, a series of legs or feet creating a combustion air inlet between the floor and the cooker system's lower edge, a removable table, and a lifting device for handling one or more cooker components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Donald I. Chipman
  • Patent number: 8720733
    Abstract: A cooking device includes a cooking surface defined by a plurality of vertically adjustable members. Each vertically adjustable member of the plurality of vertically adjustable members is independently movable between a retracted position and an extended position. In certain applications, the cooking device may further include a cooking base and a sidewall upwardly extending from the cooking base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Ranga Rayudu
  • Patent number: 8720322
    Abstract: A barbeque smoker has an angled front with a heated exhaust that increases draft and air circulation, resulting in a more even heat and smoke distribution than conventional smokers. By heating an internal chimney directly over the smoker's fire, the temperature in the exhaust is higher than it is inside the cooking chamber, thus increasing draft/air circulation. The chimney intake is positioned below the cooking grates and runs on an upward angle through the cooking chamber. The chimney terminates outside the top of the smoker. This configuration forces the chamber to uniformly fill with heat and smoke before any heat or smoke can exit the cooking chamber. The increased draft aids efficient circulation of the heat and smoke, creating a very uniform cooking environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Terry John West
  • Patent number: 8707859
    Abstract: Apparatus for cooking foods such as stock or pasta, rice including a container which receives a liquid to be heated and a cooking strainer-basket partially submerged in the liquid for cooking within the container, the container and the strainer-basket configured with cooperating selectively engaging support members for alternatively positioning of the strainer-basket in the liquid for cooking of the food and repositioning of the strainer-basket above the liquid to provide for straining of the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Agostino Difante
  • Patent number: 8707857
    Abstract: A cooking device include an outer housing and a cooking cavity disposed within and separate from the outer housing. The cooking cavity accommodates a volume of cooking liquid therein. The device includes a heater positioned adjacent the cooking cavity to heat the cooking liquid. A lid is movably attached to the device and is used to form a seal with the cooking cavity. The lid includes a transparent portion positioned along a top surface to enable viewing inside of the cooking cavity. A controller can be used to heat the cooking fluid for an amount of time designated by user input. A moving mechanism can be used to move a food article into and out of the cooking liquid. The moving mechanism can be automated. The device can include a drainage system for removing the cooking liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald M. Popeil, Alan Lester Backus, Kathryn Popeil, Lauren Popeil, Shannon Popeil-Stairs
  • Patent number: 8701649
    Abstract: A portable grill may be provided. The portable grill may be quickly assembled and dissembled. The portable grill may be transported in a portable case. The portable grill may support a grill surface or skewers. The portable grill may comprise an adjustable ventilation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Arkadiy Kukuliyev
  • Patent number: 8668949
    Abstract: A fire pan provides a table-top or ground-supported pan or tray to hold a source of heat such as charcoal, burning wood, gas burner, and so forth. The pan places the heat source away from a surface, thus not damaging lawns, tabletops, parking lots, sidewalks, or other supporting surfaces. The pan may support one or more Dutch ovens, thus providing a “fire pit” of modest size, foldable into a very small envelope. Handles are extendible away from the pan for handling or moving, even when hot coals are present. The legs below are curved to fold up along the contour of the bottom surface of the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: Todd G. Wilson, Andreas Robert Haase
  • Patent number: 8669499
    Abstract: A domestic apparatus, such as a cooking appliance, uses hydrogen and, optionally electrical heating, to cook food. The cooking appliance may have a cooking surface (e.g. a grilling surface) so as to result in an indoor barbeque, which may be used with no venting or reduced venting requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: G.B.D. Corp.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 8642929
    Abstract: A steaming oven having a collector plate disposed in an oven chamber. A collector plate is disposed above a boiling water reservoir in the oven chamber. The collector plate has a drain tube inserted into an overfill tube. Waste material from the steam and food droppings is conveyed from the oven chamber via the drain tube and the overfill tube. A barrier shields one or more water level probes or sensors from water turbulence, thereby providing reliable water level sensing by the water level probes or sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Cleveland Range LLC
    Inventors: Victor D. Saltenis, Carl F. Scheu, III, Rupesh T. Savadekar, David S. Schwerzler, Joseph S. Bellassai, John E. Richnafsky, Jason D. Schreiner
  • Patent number: 8621987
    Abstract: A cooking skillet that provides a unique automatic stirring system for continuously stirring foods during cooking. The cooking skillet comprises a base, a receptacle, a heating element, and an automatic stirring system. The automatic stirring system comprises a stirring wand located in the receptacle and a bracket located in the base. The stirring wand and the bracket are attracted to each other through magnetic forces that provide sufficient magnetism to attract one to the other. A motor is attached to the bracket by a connecting rod and provides the means to rotate the bracket in a clockwise direction. The magnetism between the magnets in the bracket and the magnets in the stirring wand forces the stirring wand to rotate in connection with the bracket. During rotation, the stirring wand is designed to mix the food contained within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Walter B. Herbst
  • Patent number: 8616119
    Abstract: An improved cooking device to assist in preparation of meals. A self-contained straining skillet allows the food to be cooked in a concave skillet insert containing a plurality of apertures, which may then be lifted to drain the grease and fat into the lower receiving skillet. Both the lining skillet and the receiving skillet may contain pour spouts to allow for effective transfer of grease. The receiving skillet, alone or with the lining skillet insert, may be used with standard size stove burners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Phillip Penny
  • Patent number: 8575520
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to heating systems. In various embodiments, a tray may be supported adjacent a housing having a plurality of heating compartments configured to provide heat to food items within each of the heating compartments. In other embodiments, a vessel may be configured to be disposed in a housing having a plurality of heating compartments configured to provide heat within each of the heating compartments. In further embodiments, a housing may have a plurality of heating compartments configured to provide heat within each of the heating compartments, and the heating compartment may have open ends arranged around a circumference of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Garr
  • Patent number: 8546731
    Abstract: An electric appliance for pressure cooking food includes a casing (1) and a lid (4) forming the outer jacket of the appliance, an outer vessel (2) forming the inner chamber of the appliance, a heating element (25) placed in the bottom of the outer vessel (2), a removable inner vessel (3) forming the container (30) for cooking food, wherein the inner vessel (3) includes at least one handhold (31) extending past the periphery of the casing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Pellerin, Florent Pontabry, Frederic Seurat
  • Patent number: 8485091
    Abstract: A cook top includes a lower grill and an upper grilling unit that is mounted adjacent to a back edge of the lower grill. The upper grill unit can be moved from a recessed position at a back edge of the cook top to a raised vertical position by a raising mechanism. From the raised position, the upper grilling unit can be rotated forward so that food placed on the lower grill can also be cooked by the upper grilling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Neal Schon
  • Patent number: 8459247
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a frame with an upper section for holding a pot and a lower section for resting upon an underlying support surface. The frame has a burner element that can be a nozzle tube having a commercially available burner nozzle for generating a cooking flame during use. The nozzle can be fueled with propane, butane or the like using a commercially available tank, regulator and supply hose. The frame can include an upper ring, lower rings, the upper ring providing legs, pot support bars or members for holding the bottom of a pot. A heat shield is comprised of multiple specially configured sections that overlap and connect to the frame. The shield is positioned below the flame during use to lessen heat transfer from the flame to the underlying support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventors: Barbara Bourgeois, Norman Bourgeois, Michael Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 8443722
    Abstract: A cooking rack accessory for steaming food and a method thereof. The cooking rack accessory comprises of a support frame that includes a toroidal fluid reservoir configured to store a fluid. A manifold is disposed above the fluid reservoir and is in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir. A toroidal steam chamber is disposed above the manifold and is in fluid communication with the manifold and the fluid reservoir. A plurality of coupling members is coupled to the support frame and configured to selectably couple to a cooking rack. The coupling members are elongated members extending from the fluid reservoir and arch over a cooking rack. A plurality of steam apertures is disposed through the steam chamber to release steam. A selectably sealable fill aperture includes a spout member coupled to a funnel member, which is all in fluid communication with each other and with the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: William C. Manson
  • Patent number: 8418685
    Abstract: A barbecue grill provides a top cooking level and a central cooking zone located below the top cooking level. Lateral heat panels warm the central cooking zone. A food basket is configured to be opened and loaded with foodstuff when in an approximately horizontal position at the top cooking level. An elevator mechanism lowers the filled food basket into the central cooking zone while converting the food basket to an approximately vertical position. The food cooks while the basket is vertical. The elevator mechanism raises the basket of cooked food to the top cooking level while converting the food basket to approximately horizontal position. A user-operated control selectively actuates the elevator mechanism to move the food basket in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jan Eric Strauch
  • Publication number: 20130019760
    Abstract: A barbeque smoker has an angled front with a heated exhaust that increases draft and air circulation, resulting in a more even heat and smoke distribution than conventional smokers. By heating an internal chimney directly over the smoker's fire, the temperature in the exhaust is higher than it is inside the cooking chamber, thus increasing draft/air circulation. The chimney intake is positioned below the cooking grates and runs on an upward angle through the cooking chamber. The chimney terminates outside the top of the smoker. This configuration forces the chamber to uniformly fill with heat and smoke before any heat or smoke can exit the cooking chamber. The increased draft aids efficient circulation of the heat and smoke, creating a very uniform cooking environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Terry John West
  • Patent number: 8312807
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus comprising a top end having a generally concave cooking surface adapted to also act as a base stand; and a bottom end comprising a plurality of posts adapted to also act as a food preparation device holder upon vertically rotating the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Emilio M. Martinez, Edit M. Martinez
  • Publication number: 20120237647
    Abstract: A multi-functional platform food preparation device is disclosed which has the ability to fry, deep-fry, steam, stir fry, stage, drain, warm and grill foods conveniently on the same cooking platform. The cooking platform can include a built in reservoir for cooking soups, steaming with water, stir frying, and deep frying with oil. The cooking platform also can include a grilling section, a griddle/frying/cooking section, and a warming/draining section. The cooking platform also can include a drain chute connecting the reservoir to a catch bottle to aid in the clean up process. In addition, the reservoir can include a slosh ring positioned around the upper perimeter of the reservoir. Deep frying/boiling/steaming/stir frying, grilling, griddle/frying/cooking, and warming/draining sections can be contained on a single cooking platform to aid in the synchronized preparation of common meals to be prepared together in a fast, convenient and safe manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Marvin Dobert, Mark Groenhuyzen, Joseph Klingl, Jerry Sharber, Jack Lovley, II