Slice Toaster Or Broiler (e.g., Grid Types) Patents (Class 99/385)
  • Patent number: 10842318
    Abstract: A heating element for a cooking appliance includes terminals that act as electrically conductive contact points. One or more buses are arranged between the terminals, and connect one or more heating element segments in a zig-zag configuration. The heating element segments are connected in series and are arranged parallel with one another. Each heating element segment includes a plurality of cutouts linked together and having an elliptical shape. The terminals, heating element segments, and buses are a continuous single sheet of conductive material. A method of making the heating element includes forming a pattern into the sheet of conductive material by etching the pattern into the conductive sheet using photolithography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Revolution Cooking, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Feldman, Joseph D. Ellena, Thomas Musman, Noah Bergel, Aurelio Reyes, Richard Simmers, Pat Lollar, David Hull
  • Patent number: 9677771
    Abstract: The present invention provides an oven appliance and for operation of an oven appliance. The oven appliance and a method for operating the oven appliance include features such that the door of the oven appliance remains locked unless a cooking cycle is initiated or a door unlocking element is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Joshua Stephen Wiseman
  • Patent number: 9301645
    Abstract: A cooking rack for bacon, or other food products, includes several articulated planar members defining a series of connected V-shaped structures. Each planar member, which may be defined by a plurality of generally parallel wires or other members, is generally porous. Bacon strips are placed on the planar members, and the rack is placed in a cooking vessel. The porosity of the planar members allows air to flow around the bacon during cooking, and allows liquids to fall from the bacon into a vessel below. The V-shaped structures may include spacers which prevent adjacent strips of bacon from touching each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Jameson Consulting, LLC
    Inventor: Paul G. Jameson
  • Publication number: 20150114237
    Abstract: A flatbread toaster is an apparatus that is utilized to toast flatbread. Flatbreads of various sizes are toasted within a plurality of toasting slot assemblies. The flatbread toaster features an expandable slot assembly that is capable of accommodating and cooking additional types and sizes of food as well. The expandable slot assembly includes a translating wall that may be moved in order to adjust the size of the expandable slot assembly. The flatbread toaster is regulated through a plurality of physical inputs located on a control panel that allows the user to provide commands. User commands provided through the plurality of physical inputs are processed by a computing unit. Heat is provided to cook food via a plurality of heating elements within each of the plurality of toasting slot assemblies and a first heating element and a second heating element within the expandable slot assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Abdalla S. Abukashef
  • Patent number: 8820223
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toaster. The toaster comprises a thermally insulating box, a mobile housing to receive a slice or piece of bread, and at least one heat element. Each one of the side walls of the thermally insulating box comprises two transparent plates and a space being provided between the two plates to form a wall. The heating element utilizes infrared radiation and is equipped with at least one means for preventing a portion of the radiation from diffusing towards the bread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hameur S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Lazzer
  • Patent number: 8808780
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for making shaped food chip products (2) including hotplates (3) (4) that are arranged in such way that, when in use, food snacks are hold between the hotplates and where at least one hotplate surface is covered with a steam permeable membrane (5). Also a method for making food chip product (2) including feeding slices of food in a monolayered between hotplates (3, 4) where at least one of the hotplate surfaces pressing on the food snack is covered with a membrane (5) that guidance the steam away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Anders Fredlund
  • Patent number: 8789522
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cooking cavity and a heat source located within the cooking cavity. A shield is mounted relative to the heat source wherein the shield includes at least one side edge with an undulating pattern. The undulating pattern is configured to deflect heat from the heat source to different sections of the cooking cavity to provide a substantially uniform distribution of heat within the cooking cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Padgett
  • Patent number: 8720323
    Abstract: A toasting appliance includes a toasting chamber, a heating element for heating a foodstuff located within the toasting chamber, an optical system having a first light source for illuminating the foodstuff with light having a first wavelength and an optical receiver for detecting light reflected from the foodstuff. A second light source is provided for illuminating at least the optical receiver with light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength. A controller varies the intensity of the light emitted from the second light source during a toasting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Paul Graham Douglas, Kevin Paul Byrne, Adrian Anthony Parsons
  • 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: 8640608
    Abstract: A toaster with an housing containing at least one toasting chamber accessible from the top, the housing having a side wall that includes a door mounted to pivot about a horizontal axis relative to the rest of the housing, the axis being in a lower part of the housing, the toaster further including at least one bread carriage spaced from the axis so that in the open position of the door, a portion of bread on the carriage projects out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: S├ębastien Volatier
  • Patent number: 8631737
    Abstract: The bread toaster includes a toaster frame defining at least one toaster slot for selectively receiving the bread slice, a heating device, and a lid arrangement. The lid arrangement includes a front and a rear sliding member, a plurality of sliding guiders, and at least one toaster lid. The toaster lid is coupled with the front and the rear sliding members in such a manner that the toaster lid is arranged to move between a closed position and an opened position, wherein in the closed position, the toaster lid is moved by the front and the rear sliding members to close the toaster slot, wherein in the opened position, the toaster lid is moved by the front and the rear sliding members to expose the toaster slot to an exterior of the toaster frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Crastal Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: George Mohan Zhang, Bei Zhang, Huajin Chen
  • Patent number: 8573117
    Abstract: A charbroiler having both heated grids and at least one radiant heater and a method of charbroiling a food product are disclosed. Each heat source of the charbroiler may be an independently regulated heat source. The independently regulated heat sources may be adjusted to each contribute to the overall cooking of a food product in a cooking cycle. Each of the independently regulated heat sources may be any heat source capable of being regulated either manually or automatically by a cooking control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: CFA Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger H. Shealy, Dan M. Reep
  • Patent number: 8561526
    Abstract: A bread toaster includes an outer cover, a toaster base, a toaster frame mounted on the toaster base, a first sliding member slidably provided on a predetermined side of the toaster frame, a second sliding member also provided on the same predetermined side of the toaster frame, a front supporting frame and a rear supporting frame provided at a front side and a rear side of the toaster frame respectively, a lid arrangement, and a control circuitry, wherein the lid arrangement is arranged to be operated between a closed position and an opened position for closing and opening the toasting slots of the bread toaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Crastal Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: George Mohan Zhang, Bei Zhang, Huajin Chen, Faxi Huang
  • Patent number: 8561527
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cooking apparatus having a pan with a sidewall, a bottom wall and a grill top. The bottom wall has a top surface and a bottom surface, with the bottom surface facing a heating source and the top surface facing an air space. A grill covering is disposed on top of the sidewall, with the air space forming between the grill covering and the top surface of the bottom wall. The sidewall also contains at least one handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eden Variety Products, LLC
    Inventor: Wilfredo Ganuza
  • Patent number: 8555777
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and a method for cooking food on a grill having opposed upper and lower platens wherein a gap spacing between the platens is adjusted in an initial stage and in subsequent stages of the cooking time for the meat. The method includes causing the food to be located between two opposed platens, the opposed platens each having opposed cooking surfaces and the opposed cooking surfaces defining a gap spacing that is adjustable, and adjusting the gap spacing between the platens so that during an initial stage of the cooking the gap spacing is equal to or less than the nominal initial uncooked thickness of the food, and during one or more subsequent stages of the cooking, after the initial stage, the gap spacing between the platens is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Paul G. Simmons, Jerry Sus
  • Patent number: 8522673
    Abstract: A food heating device includes a platen (101) and a pair of conveyor segments (103). A first conveyor segment is arranged and spaced to transport a food product (201, 203, 205) between a first side of the platen (101) and the first conveyor segment (103). A second conveyor segment (103/703/903) is arranged and spaced to transport the food product between a second side of the platen (101) and the second conveyor segment (103/703/903). A transfer device (505/705) may be disposed at one end of the platen (101) such that the transfer device transfers the food product (203) from the first side of the platen (101) to the second side of the platen (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Prince Castle, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Tae-Il Chung, Loren Veltrop, Brian Hee-Eun Lee, Donald Van Erden, Christopher B. Lyons
  • Patent number: 8359970
    Abstract: A dual-sided cooking device is provided that determines whether the upper and lower cooking platens are substantially parallel to each other when in a cooking position. In addition, the method and device in accordance with the invention are capable of identifying a type of food item placed on a lower cooking platen of a two-sided cooking grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Ron Dorsten, Mike Zagorski
  • Patent number: 8272320
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus having a waste heat recovery system for incorporation into broilers, ovens, and toasters, the apparatus including a cooking chamber having a cooking platform, at least one air plenum disposed in the upper portion of the cooking chamber and having a plurality of air outlets for producing a focused forced air, a low pressure air source connected to the air plenums, a heating element or burner disposed under each of said air plenums, such that said curtain of focused forced air guides and directs heat from said heating element toward food product being cooked, and heat exchange pipes disposed between at least two of said air plenums. Radiant heat generated from the heating elements or burners rises in the cooking chamber and is retained between the air plenums to maximize heat transfer from the heated air to the heat transfer pipes, and thus to the low pressure air in the low pressure air system. The recycled heat enhances cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nieco Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Baker, Matthew Baker, Patrick Baker, Erik Magner
  • Patent number: 8227002
    Abstract: A toasting appliance includes a toasting chamber, a heating element arranged to heat a foodstuff located within the toasting chamber, and an optical system for optically illuminating the foodstuff and detecting light reflected from the foodstuff. Before the foodstuff begins to change color as a result due to the heating thereof by the heating element, a controller varies the illumination of the foodstuff by the optical system so that the intensity of the light reflected from the foodstuff is at or around a set value. The controller subsequently terminates the toasting operation when the intensity of the light reflected from the foodstuff has reduced, due to toasting thereof, from the set value by an amount depending on a desired degree of toasting of the foodstuff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Paul Graham Douglas, Kevin Paul Byrne, Adrian Anthony Parsons
  • Patent number: 8201549
    Abstract: A heating device for a gas bottle includes a conduction heat shaft having a first end adjacent to a heat source and a second end, a conduction heat plate including a plate body and a pivoting portion formed on the plate body and pivotally connected to the second end of the conduction heat shaft, and a connector provided with the conduction heat plate and coupling with the second end of the conduction heat shaft to attach the gas bottle with the plate body of the conduction heat plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan-Nan Chen
  • Publication number: 20110303099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toaster. The toaster comprises a thermally insulating box, a mobile housing to receive a slice or piece of bread, and at least one heat element. Each one of the side walls of the thermally insulating box comprises two transparent plates and a space being provided between the two plates to form a wall. The heating element utilizes infrared radiation and is equipped with at least one means for preventing a portion of the radiation from diffusing towards the bread.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Lazzer
  • Patent number: 8069776
    Abstract: A toaster in which spaced, vertically oriented heating assemblies are nested within a cover that pivots between open and closed positions. In the open position, an consumer can add food slices to or remove toasted food slices from baskets in the toaster remotely from the heating assemblies. When the cover closes, the heating assemblies pivot to be positioned on both sides of the baskets. When energized, the heating assemblies toast the food slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Appliance Development Corporation
    Inventors: Dov Z. Glucksman, David Normand Belanger
  • Publication number: 20110239871
    Abstract: A toaster with functions of baking breads and cooking foods comprises a body having at least one receiving space. There are two heating plates, one left heating plate and one right heating plate; the left heating plate and the right heating plate are installed at a left and a right side of the body, respectively; an inner side of each of the left heating plate and right heating plate is formed with a cooking area for cooking. A lower end of each of the left heating plate and right heating plate is formed with a penetrating hole. A shaft passes through the penetrating hole. Two ends of the shaft are installed to the body so that the right heating plate and the left heating plate can rotate along the shaft to be opened or closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: CHENG-CHANG LIN
  • Publication number: 20110179953
    Abstract: A toaster in which spaced, vertically oriented heating assemblies are nested within a cover that pivots between open and closed positions. In the open position, an consumer can add food slices to or remove toasted food slices from baskets in the toaster remotely from the heating assemblies. When the cover closes, the heating assemblies pivot to be positioned on both sides of the baskets. When energized, the heating assemblies toast the food slices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Appliance Development Corporation
    Inventors: Dov Z. Glucksman, David Normand Belanger
  • Patent number: 7958817
    Abstract: One embodiment of a food heating device includes a platen (101) and an opening (103) disposed in the platen (101). The opening (103) is arranged and sized to receive a food product (203) from a first side of the platen (101) and to output the food product (203) to a second side of the platen (101). Alternative embodiments involve diagonally guiding a food product (203) along a different arrangements of platens (801, 901, 1001, 1101, 1401).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Prince Castle LLC
    Inventors: Terry Tae-Il Chung, Loren Veltrop, Brian Hee-Eun Lee, Donald Van Erden, Christopher B. Lyons
  • Publication number: 20110132202
    Abstract: The bread toaster includes a toaster frame defining at least one toaster slot for selectively receiving the bread slice, a heating device, and a lid arrangement. The lid arrangement includes a front and a rear sliding member, a plurality of sliding guiders, and at least one toaster lid. The toaster lid is coupled with the front and the rear sliding members in such a manner that the toaster lid is arranged to move between a closed position and an opened position, wherein in the closed position, the toaster lid is moved by the front and the rear sliding members to close the toaster slot, wherein in the opened position, the toaster lid is moved by the front and the rear sliding members to expose the toaster slot to an exterior of the toaster frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: George Mohan Zhang, Bei Zhang, Huajin Chen
  • Patent number: 7913615
    Abstract: A dual-sided cooking device is provided that determines whether the upper and lower cooking platens are substantially parallel to each other when in a cooking position. In addition, the method and device in accordance with the invention are capable of identifying a type of food item placed on a lower cooking platen of a two-sided cooking grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Ron Dorsten, Mike Zagorski
  • Publication number: 20110067578
    Abstract: A toaster with an housing containing at least one toasting chamber accessible from the top, the housing having a side wall that includes a door mounted to pivot about a horizontal axis relative to the rest of the housing, the axis being in a lower part of the housing, the toaster further including at least one bread carriage spaced from the axis so that in the open position of the door, a portion of bread on the carriage projects out of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: S├ębastien VOLATIER
  • Publication number: 20110017075
    Abstract: Device for controlling toasting and baking that comprises, at least: means (1) for sensing toasting, such that the degree of toasting is detected as a function of the shade thereof; means (2) for processing the signal emanating from the sensing means (1); logic processing and control means (3); logic storage means (4); and a plurality of toasting means (5); wherein all the components are connected to the logic processing and control means (3), thereby enabling a method for controlling toasting or baking, based on the change in shade of the product to be toasted or baked, to be implemented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: CRAMBO, S.A.
    Inventor: Enrique Sanchez-Prieto Aler
  • Patent number: 7853128
    Abstract: A toaster uses radiant heat at infrared wavelengths optimized for producing rapid and uniform toasting of a food product. The infrared wavelengths of the radiated heat are selected for optimum speed and quality (browning and moisture content) of the food product. The selected infrared wavelengths of the radiated heat may also effectively defrost a food product. Defrosting of the food product by the infrared radiated heat adds very little time in obtaining a desired toast color to the food product. A plurality of infrared wavelengths of radiated heat may also be used, wherein the plurality of infrared wavelengths are selected for optimal heat penetration and surface browning of the food product. Shorter wavelengths for browning and slightly longer wavelengths to penetrate the food product for evaporating the moisture therein to allow surface browning by the shorter wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Applica Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Cavada, Charles Krasznai
  • Publication number: 20100154653
    Abstract: A toasting appliance includes a toasting chamber, a heating element for heating a foodstuff located within the toasting chamber, an optical system having a first light source for illuminating the foodstuff with light having a first wavelength and an optical receiver for detecting light reflected from the foodstuff. A second light source is provided for illuminating at least the optical receiver with light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength. A controller varies the intensity of the light emitted from the second light source during a toasting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Paul Graham Douglas, Kevin Paul Byrne, Adrian Anthony Parsons
  • Publication number: 20100151103
    Abstract: A toasting appliance includes a toasting chamber, a heating element arranged to heat a foodstuff located within the toasting chamber, and an optical system for optically illuminating the foodstuff and detecting light reflected from the foodstuff. Before the foodstuff begins to change colour as a result due to the heating thereof by the heating element, a controller varies the illumination of the foodstuff by the optical system so that the intensity of the light reflected from the foodstuff is at or around a set value. The controller subsequently terminates the toasting operation when the intensity of the light reflected from the foodstuff has reduced, due to toasting thereof, from the set value by an amount depending on a desired degree of toasting of the foodstuff.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Paul Graham DOUGLAS, Kevin Paul Byrne, Adrian Anthony Parsons
  • Publication number: 20100143559
    Abstract: One embodiment of a food heating device includes a platen (101) and an opening (103) disposed in the platen (101). The opening (103) is arranged and sized to receive a food product (203) from a first side of the platen (101) and to output the food product (203) to a second side of the platen (101). Alternative embodiments involve diagonally guiding a food product (203) along a different arrangements of platens (801, 901, 1001, 1101, 1401).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: PRINCE CASTLE INC.
    Inventors: TERRY TAE-IL CHUNG, LOREN VELTROP, BRIAN HEE-EUN LEE, DONALD VAN ERDEN, CHRISTOPHER B. LYONS
  • Publication number: 20100037783
    Abstract: A barbecue stove includes a body, a cover, a storage device, two primary feet and two secondary feet. The cover is pivotally connected to the body. The storage device is attached to the body. The primary feet are attached to the body. The secondary feet are attached to the storage device. The barbecue stove lies on the primary feet in use and stands on the secondary feet in storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Jan-Nan CHEN
  • Patent number: 7600468
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a relay switch arrangement for a toaster, the arrangement has an actuating member releasably engaged to the engaging metal positioned above the electromagnet, and shifted between a power-on position and a power-off default position. A homing spring is provided biasing against the actuating member for maintaining the actuating member in the power-off position. Electrical contacts are respectively provided onto a pair of power slabs for selectively completing the circuit, wherein in the power-on position, the actuating member drives two contacts approach with each other complete the circuit to charge the electromagnet attracting the engaging metal, in the power-off default position, the circuit is powered off enabling the electromagnet to release the engaging metal, the homing spring will upwardly push the actuating member thus driving the engaging metal tilt up so as to disengage the pair of contacts for security purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventors: George Mohan Zhang, Huajin Chen
  • Publication number: 20090241481
    Abstract: A system and method for making a food item are for provided. The apparatus includes a food item assembly and packaging station having a first work area assembling and packaging a food item and meal order assembly station having a second work area for assembling a meal order that includes a food item packaged on the first work surface. A conveyor is positioned beneath the first work area and extends from a position proximate to the first area to a position proximate to the second work area. A conveyor access opening is proximate to the first work area to provide worker access to the conveyor to permit manual placement of a food item assembled and packaged at the first work area onto the conveyor for conveying the packaged food item beneath the first work area to the location proximate the meal order assembly station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Ed Bridgman, David Kirby, Thomas Tapper
  • Publication number: 20090178575
    Abstract: A cooking system using a pressurized air system combined with one or more gas or electric heating elements, including an air plenum connected to a source of pressurized air and having one or more arrays of air outlets that produce focused forced air curtains to confine and guide heat from the heating element to the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: NIECO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edward Baker, Matthew Baker, Patrick Baker, Mohsen Sarfehjoo, Erik Magne
  • Publication number: 20080173186
    Abstract: A bun heating and toasting apparatus provides at least one elongated, inverted V-shaped bun support member formed of heat conductive material, each bun support member arranged to support a partially opened hot dog bun or other elongated bakery bun over an underlying heat source for heating and toasting of the interior surface of the supported bun. The bun support members capture the heat from the heat source in an air space between the base and the apex of the interior cavity of the inverted V-shaped support members. The bun-supporting surface of the bun support members is preferably provided with a non-stick coating or is highly polished to prevent sticking. The apparatus preferably includes enclosing, peripheral side walls that may include receivers for insertion of a removable carrier handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: James P. Roake
  • Patent number: 7361864
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a combined toaster and microwave oven having a function to cook food by using microwave and a function to bake bread. Accordingly, the present invention provides a combined toaster and microwave oven comprising: a body forming an appearance thereof; a cavity formed in the body, for accommodating objects to be cooked by using microwave; an electronic chamber provided at a portion inside the body and in which electronic parts for applying microwave into the cavity are installed; and a toaster. The toaster comprises: a toaster case provided in the front of the electronic chamber and having slits on both sides thereof; at least one tray assembly having means for receiving and ejecting bread and preventing the bread from slanting; and a heater assembly installed inside the toaster case, for heating the bread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Woog Lee, Young Choi
  • Patent number: 7314000
    Abstract: A toaster composed of a case having lateral walls that constitute the outer cover of the toaster, the case containing a frame forming a toasting chamber having an opening at an upper part of the case and an opening at a lower part of the case, a base removably connectable to the case and facing the opening at the lower part of the case, and a heating unit for the chamber having heating elements situated in proximity to the chamber and connected to a device for supplying electric power and for controlling the heating elements. The base is completely removable from the case, and the base and the case have respective elements that interact with one another when the case is disposed on the base, such that withdrawal of the case from the base suppresses the interaction to prevent the supply of electric power to the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: SEB S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Houel
  • Patent number: 7287463
    Abstract: A circular cylindrical broil apparatus includes an outer cylinder and a core part. The outer cylinder has an upper opening at the top thereof and is provided with a lower recess at an outer wall thereof and the lower recess is inserted with a movable heat initiating plate. The core part has the bottom thereof being provided with a lower net and extends upward a plurality of circular heating cages from the lower net to form a central broil zone. Each of the heating cages has an open top and providing a core wall next to the central broil zone with a plurality of perforations. Once the heating cages are filled with fuel and placed in the outer cylinder and the initiating plate inserted into the lower recess is ignited for the fuel being burned or the heating cages are placed with a plurality of electrical heating plates and the electrical heating plates are powered on, broiled stuff, which is placed in the broil zone, can be broiled effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventors: Shan-Wen Ko, Ching-Tien Wang, Hui-Chun Yu
  • Patent number: 7278350
    Abstract: A flexible composite with integral flights is provided and methods for making the same. The composite is made from, for example, silicone rubber, urethane rubber, polytetrafluoroethylene or other polymer. The composites are useful for making conveyor belts for use in high temperature food processing, and particularly for contact toasters. The conveyor belts are an improvement over the prior art in that they prevent slippage of the articles conveyed, may be manufactured at low cost, and are relatively easy to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
    Inventors: Frank M. Keese, Kevin C. Bauler, Gerard T. Buss, John A. Effenberger
  • Patent number: 7268328
    Abstract: Toaster cum microwave oven having a heater for toasting bread, including a memory for storing a voltage level to a heater according to the function of the toaster the user selects, a temperature sensor for sensing an inside temperature of the toaster, and a microcomputer for controlling a toasting time period according to a kind and a toasting level of bread the user selects, and an inside temperature of the toaster, and controlling the microwave oven according to a command received through the first key input part, thereby permitting toasting bread to a desired degree of toasting regardless of the inside temperature and continued user of the toaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byeong Yong Lee, Dong Hun Youn, Young Jin Oh
  • Patent number: 7170039
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a combined toaster and microwave oven having a function to cook food by using microwave and a function to bake bread. Accordingly, the present invention provides a combined toaster and microwave oven comprising: a body forming an appearance thereof; a cavity formed in the body, for accommodating objects to be cooked by using microwave; an electronic chamber provided at a portion inside the body and in which electronic parts for applying microwave into the cavity are installed; and a toaster. The toaster comprises: a toaster case provided in the front of the electronic chamber and having slits on both sides thereof; at least one tray assembly having means for receiving and ejecting bread and preventing the bread from slanting; and a heater assembly installed inside the toaster case, for heating the bread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Woog Lee, Young Choi
  • Patent number: 7164106
    Abstract: A toaster-cum-microwave oven includes a toasting chamber, a heating device, a humidity measuring device for measuring an inside humidity of the toasting chamber and producing a humidity signal indicating the measured inside humidity, a switching device for selectively cutting or allowing a power supply to the heating device, and a controlling device. The controlling device receives the humidity signal, calculates a rate of change of humidity using the humidity signal, compares the rate of change of humidity with a predetermined value, and controls the switching device to cut the power supply to the heating device after a remaining cooking time has lapsed if the rate of change of humidity is equal to or greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hak Seok Yu, Seung Hoe Kim
  • Patent number: 7132633
    Abstract: Toaster cum microwave oven having a heater for toasting bread, including a memory for storing a voltage level to a heater according to the function of the toaster the user selects, a temperature sensor for sensing an inside temperature of the toaster, and a microcomputer for controlling a toasting time period according to a kind and a toasting level of bread the user selects, and an inside temperature of the toaster, and controlling the microwave oven according to a command received through the first key input part, thereby permitting toasting bread to a desired degree of toasting regardless of the inside temperature and continued user of the toaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byeong Yong Lee, Dong Hun Youn, Young Jin Oh
  • Patent number: 7067777
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a combined toaster and microwave oven that can obtain uniformly toasted slices of bread even when the slices of the bread are toasted successively several times. The combined toaster and microwave oven includes a key input unit for selecting user's favorite kind of the bread and baking level, a memory for storing heating time of the heaters according to the favorite kind of the bread and the favorite baking level, a temperature sensor for sensing internal temperature of the toaster, a controller for counting an elapsed time for the heaters to operate after the heaters stop and adjusting the heating time of the heaters according to the counted time and the internal temperature of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byeong Yong Lee, Sung Un Shin, Shin Jae Jeong, Won Kyoung Park
  • Patent number: 7047871
    Abstract: Apparatus 10 for a toaster appliance having at least one circular-like carriage 14 forming a support element for food articles 12 such as tortillas, pita, naan and other flatbreads during a warming/toasting session. The support walls 16, 20 are comprised of wire mesh 18 with one side having a partial lower peripheral rim or lip 38 positioned flange extending thereinbetween acting as a carriage for the food article. Diametrically opposed is the other support wall that is spaced over the depending flange 38 extending from the other wall. Adjacent coplanar posts or pins 36 extend from the mesh-walls 16, 20 traveling in and through guide tracks 40 located at each end of the interior housing 24 with tensioning members 34 fastened to the post distal ends keeping the support walls compressed. One of the tracks 40 is of greater width thereby providing for variable thickness of the food article, which is held by the tensioned mesh walls 16, 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Brett M Christoffel
  • Patent number: 7041948
    Abstract: A microwave oven with a toaster includes a toaster casing, a heating chamber inserted in the toaster casing, a bread receiver slidably inserted in the toaster casing, and a toaster door attached to a front side of the bread receiver. The bread receiver is selectively placed in the heating chamber. The microwave oven further includes a crumb tray slidably inserted in the toaster casing for collecting crumbs of bread and a holding unit for holding bread put in the bread receiver. The crumb tray is placed under the bread receiver. Further, there is provided a process for controlling a heater of the toaster, which is capable of properly baking bread even when the toaster is continually operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Hyun Lee, Gil Ju Jung, Yun Ho Cho
  • Patent number: 7004063
    Abstract: A barbeque grill assembly includes a grill housing, a support frame, and a side rack. The grill housing includes a lower housing part that has an upright lower lateral wall. The support frame is mounted movably on the lower lateral wall, has an inner end that extends into the lower housing part and an outer end that is disposed outwardly of the lower housing part, and is movable horizontally between extended and retracted positions relative to the lower lateral wall. The side rack is coupled pivotally to the outer end of the support frame, and is pivotable to a horizontal unfolded position, in which the side rack is disposed on top of the support frame, when the support frame is at the extended position. The side rack is further pivotable from the unfolded position to a vertical folded position to permit retraction of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung-Shuan Li