With Drip Or Crumb Receiving Means Patents (Class 99/400)
  • Patent number: 11006780
    Abstract: A food grilling device includes a lower portion for holding food, an upper portion for trapping food between the upper and lower portions, and a sliding, adjustment mechanism. The upper portion is positioned over the lower portion and is movable relative to the lower portion. The sliding, adjustment mechanism is coupled between the lower portion and the upper portion and permits the upper portion to move forward, rearwardly, upwardly, and downwardly relative to the lower portion. The food grilling device has an open position and a closed position. In the open position, food is inserted between the lower and upper portions. In the closed position, food is trapped in the food grilling device by pressure or friction exerted on the food by the upper portion. Movement of the upper portion relative to the lower portion in a forward and rearward direction turns the food positioned between the upper and lower portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BRIGHT INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventor: David M. Lee
  • Patent number: 10016094
    Abstract: A food grilling rack provides a frame defined by a plurality of connected side walls forming a closed geometric shape. The frame includes a lower corrugated sheet that provides multiple troughs, each trough having a lowest portion. The lower sheet is attached to at least some of the side walls. An upper sheet of material is supported (e.g., removably) above the sheet of corrugated material. There are a plurality of openings in the upper sheet of material, each opening being vertically aligned with a lowest portion of a trough. In one embodiment, the frame includes a pair of flanged members attached to a lower corrugated sheet that provides multiple troughs, each trough having a lowest portion. A sheet with openings slides into the frame aligning the openings with the lowest part of the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Metal Fusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman R. Bourgeois, Barbara Bourgeois, Michael P. Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 9974120
    Abstract: A cooktop includes a burner box, a heat shield pivotably attached to a bottom of the burner box, a lock for locking the heat shield in a transport position, wherein the heat shield is self-pivotable from the transport position to an operational position after unlocking the lock, and when in the operational position the heat shield is pivoted further from the bottom of the burner box than in the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Manuel Almolda Fandos, Alfonso Lorente Perez, David Ortiz Sainz, Carmelo Pina Gadea
  • Patent number: 9820611
    Abstract: A food grilling rack provides a frame defined by a plurality of connected side walls forming a closed geometric shape. The frame includes a lower corrugated sheet that provides multiple troughs, each trough having a lowest portion. The lower sheet is attached to at least some of the side walls. An upper sheet of material is supported (e.g., removably) above the sheet of corrugated material. There are a plurality of openings in the upper sheet of material, each opening being vertically aligned with a lowest portion of a trough. In one embodiment, the frame includes a pair of flanged members attached to a lower corrugated sheet that provides multiple troughs, each trough having a lowest portion. A sheet with openings slides into the frame aligning the openings with the lowest part of the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Metal Fusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman R. Bourgeois, Barbara Bourgeois, Michael P. Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 9003959
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooking eggs that differentiates the exposure of cooking heat to the yolk and albumin of the uncooked egg by controlling both the geometry of the yolk and the albumin and their relative exposures to cooking heat, which includes a body for holding an egg white component of a egg, the body having a bottom surface and one or more side surfaces extending from the bottom surface, and at least one concave recess within the body, the recess facilitating retention and support of an egg yolk component of the shelled egg and holding the egg yolk in a substantially spherical shape, wherein the body and the recess are arranged such that the egg yolk component is shielded at least partially by one or more additional elements in comparison to the egg white component when the egg is in place within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Leonard I. Frenkil, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8997635
    Abstract: A vertical grill (11) for cooking food items is disclosed wherein the vertical grill is comprised of a body (12) containing at least one vertical grilling area disposed between at least two sources of radiant heat energy (24), and wherein the body (12) is adapted to direct fats and breakaway solids generated during the cooking of the food into an external receptacle (32) via the external opening (22). It achieves this by including (Evacuation Slides) guides (28) and (30) which are contained within the body (12) of the grill (11) and arranged in various shaped assemblies such that food and fats falling on (Evacuation Slide) guide 28 travels down until it is collected by (Evacuation Slide) guide (30) which delivers the food and fats to the external receptacle (32) where they are not in any danger of catching fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Bonnie Lee Buzick, Robert Bair
  • Patent number: 8991386
    Abstract: A firebox for a gas grill with an infrared re-emitter surface at the top, at least one heat shield at the bottom, and sidewalls intermediate between the heat shields and the emitter plate forming a box like structure in which multiple small cross sectional area tubes with gas burner ports on the top or sides are disposed in an array between the heat shield and the emitter plate. The heat shield below the burner tubes has openings disposed below the burner tubes to admit secondary combustion air and provide cooling of the burner tubes preventing pre-ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Char-Broil, LLC
    Inventor: Mallik R. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8915179
    Abstract: A muffin maker comprises a support device, a main body and a collecting plate. A pedestal of the support device includes a first inserted portion. Two support arms of the support device include a rotary device. The main body is used for baking muffin and is connected to the rotary device. The collecting plate is mounted on the pedestal of the support device and includes a second inserted portion. The second inserted portion is connected with the first inserted portion and the normal line of the collecting plate is perpendicular to the normal line of the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen(China) Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shuhui Chang
  • Patent number: 8893611
    Abstract: The invention concerns a center arm for holding an upper contact grilling or roasting plate, the center arm having a substantially vertical supporting section and a holding section which is arranged pivotably on the vertical supporting section and to which the upper contact grilling or roasting plate can be attached, which is distinguished in that a device for fixing the holding section relative to the supporting section is associated with the holding section, the fixing device comprising a control element and a latch device, and the control element being capable of being brought into engagement with the latch device for fixing the holding section in different pivot positions relative to the supporting section, and out of engagement for free pivoting of the holding section relative to the supporting section. Furthermore, the invention concerns a contact grilling or roasting device having such a center arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: H.H. Scholz KG
    Inventors: Kay Scholz, Otto Langguth, Karsten Anklam
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8794131
    Abstract: A grill with improved-configuration grease collecting box comprising feet, a pan mounted on the feet and a heating device on the backside of the pan, the feet form an opening to contain the grease collecting box, both sides of the opening have supports, the opening mounted a grease collecting box inside, and the grease collecting box mounted on the supports, said pan has grease outlet orifices on the top of grease collecting box. The grease collecting box of the present invention located below the pan, it does not occupy the additional space and uneasy to be turn overed by incaution, which add the security; Mounting the grease collecting box on the feet does not need any additional fitting device, and the simple configuration is advantageous to be carried; The grease collecting box being hidden in the feet make the appearance of the grill to be more aesthetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (China) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qisheng Lai, Youming Yang
  • Publication number: 20140165850
    Abstract: A tabletop grill generally includes a housing, a heating element disposed within the housing, and a grill plate configured to be removably mounted on the housing. The grill plate and the housing are magnetically connectable to retain the grill plate on the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Jacob D. Smith, Charles A. Nelson, Matthew A.C. Guckenberger
  • Patent number: 8752479
    Abstract: An indoor range-top grill allows a user to substantially duplicate outdoor grilling indoors. In some embodiments, the indoor range-top grill sits on top of a gas or electric burner of a stove and uses heat from the burner to grill and cook food. Typically, the indoor range-top grill comprises a grill enclosure having an opening at a top and a hole at a bottom, a burner shield positioned inside the grill enclosure, and a grate positioned above the burner shield. The hole allows heat and flame from the burner through to heat the burner shield. In some embodiments, the burner shield comprises a heat director integrally coupled to a grease ring. Preferably, the heat director burns grease, which thereby adds true BBQ taste/flavor to the food. The grease ring typically guides food residue away from the hole, trapping the food residue between the grease ring and the grill enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Headwater Holding Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Sacherman, Chan Yin Ho, Chen Chien Cheng
  • Publication number: 20140144331
    Abstract: A countertop multi-function oven has a baking and a toasting mode. The oven uses a rotating input dial as a function selector. A second rotating input dial is used to allow a user selection of a bake time or a toasting load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Breville Pty Limited
    Inventors: Keith James Hensel, Ze Kang Li
  • Patent number: 8726791
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a control panel that is movable between a rest position and an exposed position. A reservoir, which is adapted for holding a fluid, has a filling opening and is positioned behind the control panel in an interior of the household appliance when the reservoir is in an operating position. The control panel is configured to impede access to the reservoir and/or the filling opening when the control panel is in the rest position and the reservoir is in the operating position. The control panel is further configured to allow access to the reservoir and/or the filling opening when the control panel is moved to the exposed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Adamczak, Uwe Berger, Ruediger Hoehn, Franz Thorman, Wolfgang Wieneke
  • Patent number: 8720324
    Abstract: An improved stovetop grilling device includes a grilling surface, a catch tray and a heat conducting element. The grilling surface has a plurality of upward pointing V-shaped first members. The first members are attached at first and second ends to a first supporting frame. Adjacent pairs of their side edges are spaced apart by a first distance. The catch tray has a plurality of downward pointing V-shaped second members. The second members are attached at their first and second ends to a second supporting frame. Adjacent pairs of their side edges are spaced from one another by the first distance. The first supporting frame is located over the second supporting frame such that drippings from the grilling surface fall into the catch tray. The heat conducting element has a plurality of upward pointing planar third members that extend upwardly between the second members and contact undersides of the first members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Coutts
  • Patent number: 8646381
    Abstract: An oven rack and drip pan assembly is provided in an appliance, such as an oven. The oven rack includes a support platform and a pair of drip pan rails extending downwardly from opposing sides of the support platform. The drip pan includes opposing side portions configured to be slidably received within the drip pan rails and a plurality of vented portions provided through a surface of the drip pan. The vented portions are configured to allow heated air to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Maureen Donoho
  • Patent number: 8516950
    Abstract: The invention concerns a center arm for holding an upper grilling or roasting plate, the center arm having a substantially vertical supporting section and a holding section which is arranged pivotably on the vertical supporting section and on which is arranged the upper grilling or roasting plate, which is distinguished in that the pivot shaft of the holding section is formed and arranged approximately at the point of intersection S of the center axes M1 and M2 of the holding section on the one hand and the supporting section on the other hand. Furthermore the invention concerns a contact grilling or roasting device having such a center arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: H.H. Scholz KG
    Inventors: Kay Scholz, Otto Langguth, Karsten Anklam
  • Patent number: 8444010
    Abstract: A food dispensing device having a frame with first and second sidewalls in spaced parallel relation that house a heating board and a slant board. The slant board is positioned below the heating board and both slope downwardly. Specifically, the heating board has a plurality of slots therein such that juice from a food product flows through the slots and onto the slant board. Adjacent and below the heating board and slant board is a flange that is positioned such that when a food product is placed on the heating board the food product rolls toward the flange and simultaneously juice flows from off the slant board into a juice tray disposed below the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Benchmark USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom S. Berger
  • Patent number: 8347874
    Abstract: The inventions disclosed herein relate to frame assemblies for gas barbecue grills which incorporate structures for preventing a consumer from storing replacement fuel tanks on the grill, in order to minimize fire and tipping hazards. Because it is known that many consumers never install or even remove prior art tank blockers, the tank blocker of the present invention is adapted to serve as a function of the grill (in addition to the function of blocking a tank) or to support a component of the grill. The preferred embodiment of the tank blocker described herein is adapted to support a component of the grease management system, namely the grease drip pan. Consequently, it is believed that consumers will be forced to install or will be prevented from removing the tank blocker, lest the grease management system become inoperable (or function improperly), causing grease to spill onto the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Daniel S. Choi, Leonard Zelek
  • Patent number: 8242413
    Abstract: A method of controlling an oven is provided. The oven includes a first heater, a second heater having a lower output than the first heater, at least one third heater, and at least one fan blowing a heat of the third heater to a cavity. The first heater operates for cooking food and then the second heater operates after the first heater stops. Then, the third heater and the fan continuously operate while the first heater and second heater operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Moo Yeon Choi, Eui-Seog Jeong
  • Patent number: 8104399
    Abstract: A cage for holding a filling material includes a housing have a first part and a second part. An orifice is defined between the first part and the second part for holding a filling material. The housing is shaped in a manner such that is it insertable inside a cavity and has an open position in which filling material may be inserted into the orifice. The housing also has a closed position in which the filling material is trapped within the orifice. The housing is cage-like for holding the filling material. The housing may include a handle, hinges for joining the first and second parts, and a latching mechanism for latching the first and second parts together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Levie
  • Patent number: 8037879
    Abstract: A heat distributing tray for use in a barbecue grill includes a corrugated unitary body of heat conducting material having alternating solid and grated walls which define channels. More specifically, the body includes first and second side portions defined by both solid walls which extend at gradually decreasing angles with respect to a common horizontal plane and varying length grated walls interconnecting the solid walls. In use, the tray is placed over one or more heating elements in a barbecue housing, with radiant and convective heat from the heating element being optimally distributed throughout the entire interior portion of the barbecue grill due to the relative structure and configuration of the solid walls in relation to the grated walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan S. Murrin, Joel M. Sells
  • Patent number: 7971522
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a grill liner for placement on top of a cooking grate and used to cook food placed thereon. The grill liner includes a plurality of holes to help allow heat to move through the grill liner. The grill liner further includes at least one flap that is secured to a portion of the grill liner through a frangible bridge, point, or line of weakness. The frangible bridge when broken permits the flap to bend downwardly. The grill liner when placed on the cooking grate may then have its one or more flaps bent downwardly through bars such that the grill liner movement across the cooking grate can be limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventor: Norton Sarnoff
  • Patent number: 7781702
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus is disclosed. The cooking apparatus includes a housing having a cooking chamber and a heating unit. The heating unit includes a partition plate detachably installed in the chamber, the partition plate partitioning the chamber into sub-chambers, and a heater configured to heat at least one of the sub-chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young-Sok Nam, Hyeun Sik Nam, Yong Soo Lee, Seong Ho Cho
  • Patent number: 7777158
    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: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Cleveland Range
    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: 7640849
    Abstract: A cooking appliance includes a base, and lower and upper cooking plates pivotally mounted to the base such as to permit: (a) the upper cooking plate to be pivotted to an open position with respect to the lower cooking plate for introducing and removal of food articles between the cooking surfaces of the two cooking plates; (b) the upper cooking then to be pivotted to a closed position with respect to the lower cooking plate for contacting the food article between the cooking surfaces of the two cooking plates; and (c) both plates to be pivotted to any desired angular position with respect to the base for drawing fluids from the food article while being cooked between the cooking surfaces of the two cooking plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: AAC Trade Ltd.
    Inventor: Ann Grant
  • Publication number: 20090288563
    Abstract: A toaster-and-oven device with visible interior, wherein bread or cooking ingredients are added and removed through the side, and wherein the bread can be gripped while toasting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Jaesang Lim
  • Patent number: 7600469
    Abstract: A barbecue device includes two cooking plates. The first cooking plate has two hinge joints at both rear ends, with each joint including an elliptical cavity, a shoulder on its inner wall, and a rib projected from the inner wall. The second pivotal cooking plate has two arc rabbets corresponding to the hinge joint, with each arc rabbet adapted to fit onto the joint and slide thereon. An inverted U-shaped handle is pivotally secured to the first cooking plate and has two rotation portions at both ends. Each rotation portion includes a projecting pin inserted into the elliptical cavity, disposed at one end of the elliptical cavity, and being lengthwise slidable therein, and a projecting stop member being parallel to the pin. The hinge is adapted to adjust an angle between the cooking plates in response to different thickness of foodstuffs or the number of foodstuffs to be broiled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Uni-Splendor Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 7475632
    Abstract: An infrared barbecue grill which includes a body, a pair of infrared burners, a first shield member, a first baffle installed on the outer edge of the first shield member, a second shield member, a second baffle having a first edge installed on the outer edge of the second shield and having a lug, a grate placed on the body, a heat dissipator arranged on a bottom of the body, and a water basin mounted under the heat dissipator, whereby the baffles will guide the heat through the holes thereon to the region of the grate where the infrared ray emitted from the infrared burners cannot cover, the lug will prevent the rear infrared burner from emitting infrared rays directly to the user, and the water basin will provide water vapor to add moisture to the food on the grate thereby making the food juicy and delicious to eat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Grand Hall Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: William Home
  • Patent number: 7472644
    Abstract: An electric baking oven includes an open mesh vertically oriented baking basket to hold food while the food is baked in air by a programmed combination of radiant and convective and conductive energy transfer. An electrical programming control controls the energy from vertically oriented toaster heating elements located juxtaposed to the large vertical faces of the basket and from at least one elongated heating member located below the vertical baking basket with the axis of the elongated heating member oriented nominally horizontal and parallel to the longer horizontal axis of the vertically oriented baking basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Edgecraft Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel D. Friel, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20080289512
    Abstract: A toaster for bread-type food products includes a housing defining at least one toasting cavity having an upper mouth for depositing the food products into the cavity and a lower opening from which toasted food products exit the cavity. A perforate rack is provided beneath the lower opening and onto which the toasted food products are deposited as they exit the cavity. The rack is perforated to significantly reduce the surface area of the rack which might otherwise stick to the toasted food products. An imperforate plate is juxtaposed behind the perforate rack to prevent crumbs from the toasted food products from falling into the bottom of the toaster. The plate is spaced from the rack a sufficient distance to prevent any portions of the toasted food products from projecting through the perforate rack and touching the plate and sticking thereto. As disclosed herein, the perforate rack is provided as a wire form structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Robert C. Long, Michael M. Maciejewski
  • Patent number: 7442901
    Abstract: An electric oven includes an oven body, a first convection system having a first convection heater and a first convection fan that are installed in the oven body to operate for a first space in the oven body, and a second convection system having a second convection heater and a second convection fan that are installed in the oven body to operate for a second space in the oven body. Further, the first and second convection fans are driven by a single common driving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yang Kyeong Kim, Jae Kyung Yang, Dong Seong Kwag
  • Patent number: 7421942
    Abstract: A grease collection system is provided that may be connected to an oven for the real-time removal of grease from the heating chamber while maintaining a closed system. In particular, one end of a grease removal conduit is placed in communication with a drain in the cooking chamber, and the other end of the conduit is placed in a portable reservoir for the disposal of grease having a predetermined fluid level to prevent ambient air from entering the heating chamber during the preparation of food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Alto-Shaam, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Hansen, Janus Bartelick
  • Patent number: 7377210
    Abstract: A grease receiving and holding system includes a sink that has a peripheral flange having an opening extending therethrough. A housing is mounted below a plane of the peripheral flange. The housing has a bottom wall, a top wall and a peripheral wall extending between and is attached to the top and bottom walls. A pipe has a first end and a second end. The first end is fluidly coupled to the housing. A funnel is fluidly attached to the second end of the pipe. The funnel has an upper edge that has a diameter that is substantially equal to a diameter of the opening. A peripheral lip is attached to and extends around the upper edge. The peripheral lip is abuttable against the flange when the funnel is positioned in the opening. Grease may be poured down the funnel and into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Geno A. Franco
  • Patent number: 7373875
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cooking grate for use within a barbecue grill assembly comprising a cooking chamber and a gas burner positioned in a lower portion of the cooking chamber. The grate has a plurality of elongated members defining a cooking surface and multiple openings. The grate further has a grease control assembly that is cooperatively positioned over a burner flame region to direct and control the flow of grease generated by cooking food on the grate. The grease control assembly has at least one rib group and at least one ledge. The rib group comprises a plurality of ribs, each rib having a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface. The grease control assembly also has an outer ridge and an inner ridge depending from a lower surface of the grate. With these structures, the grate prevents grease and byproducts from draining onto the burner flame region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Erich Schlosser, Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 7350458
    Abstract: A hanging roaster combines a “drip” pan, two pan-supports for suspending the pan from a rack (typically the top rack) in an oven, and at least two skewer-supports for supporting a food-carrying skewer spaced above the pan bottom and below the top rack of the oven. The pan-supports are pivotable to facilitate compact storage of the hanging roaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Lapform Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Leibowitz
  • Patent number: 7241466
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a gas grill or add-on component for a gas grill that provides the additional functionality of permitting grilling with either gas, charcoal briquettes, or wood chips. The additional functionality of being able to cook with charcoal or wood chips on a gas grill is achieved by positioning moveable flaps in a second position thus providing a horizontal surface above the gas burner, yet below the cooking surface, upon which to place charcoal briquettes. Spaces on either side of each pair of flaps allow the gas burners to be used to ignite the charcoal briquettes or wood chips. Once the charcoal briquettes or wood chips are ignited, use of the gas burner is discontinued. The charcoal or wood chips are permitted to burn to complete ash, then the moveable flaps are placed to a first position thus forming an apex that permits the ash to fall into an ash pan located in the bottom of the firebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Meco Corporation
    Inventor: J. Scott Dellinger
  • Patent number: 7228792
    Abstract: A cooker has a pan of circular configuration with an open upper end receiving a circular lid and a bottom having apertures therein. A disk shaped drip tray disposed below the pan and having upstanding lugs thereon is selectively moved between raised and lowered positions using opposite latching mechanisms which adjustably couple the drip tray to the pan. In the raised position, the drip tray engages the bottom of the pan and the lugs on the drip tray extend into and close the apertures in the pan. In the lowered position, the lugs are removed from the apertures, permitting greases, fats and similar substances to drain through the apertures and onto the drip tray. The latching mechanisms permit separation of the drip tray from the pan for separate cleansing thereof such as by placing in a dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Original Ideas, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan D. Crawford, Robert A. DeMars, Spencer L. Mackay, John R. Petersen
  • Patent number: 7210402
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a body, a pair of heating units, a grill unit, a heat reflecting unit, and a cooling fan. The heating units are arranged between the grill unit and the heat reflecting unit. The heat reflecting unit includes inner and outer reflecting plates that are inclined at certain angles to reflect heat radiated from the heating units toward the grill unit. The cooling fan is positioned in an inner space of the heat reflecting unit. The heat reflecting unit has front, rear, and side plates, which are provided with a plurality of through holes, so that air passes through the inner space of the heat reflecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Sung Han, Chul Kim, Yong-Woon Han, Seong-Deog Jang, Kyung-Hee Hahm, Joo-Yeong Yeo, Han-Seong Kang
  • Patent number: 7150220
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus which allows an interior of a cabinet thereof to be easily cleaned. The cooking apparatus includes a cabinet. The cabinet has an opening in a top surface defining a heating space. A heating unit to heat food is installed in the heating space and heat is transmitted from the heating unit to the food. A grill unit is seated on the top surface of the cabinet to support the food over the opening. A contamination preventing unit is installed in the heating space to prevent an inside surface of the cabinet from being contaminated with material dropping from the food. The cooking apparatus of the present invention guides splashed material back to a tray when the material collides with the tray splashes. The contamination preventing unit may be removed from the heating space, enabling a user to easily clean the contamination preventing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Sung Han, Chul Kim, Yong-Woon Han, Seong-Deog Jang, Kyung-Hee Hahm, Joo-Yeong Yeo, Han-Seong Kang
  • Patent number: 7146906
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a brazier grill and a brazier with such grill used for cooking foodstuffs. Said brazier grill (2) is single layered and comprises grooved grill bars (4, 4?, 4?), which are placed in parallel to each other and remove molten fats and cooking liquids emanating from foodstuffs placed thereon during grilling. Two such grooved grill bars (4, 4?, 4?) are placed side by side in parallel with a b2 distance to form a grill grill opening (6) corresponding to 1 mm to 10 mm. This grill opening (6) is formed in a direction perpendicular (T) to the grill so as to allow heat rays emitted from an underneath heat source to pass directly (without encountering any obstructions) through such grill openings to reach a foodstuff on said grooved grill bars during grilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Hikmet Kuran
  • Patent number: 7073429
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cooking grate for use within a barbecue grill assembly comprising a cooking chamber and a gas burner positioned in a lower portion of the cooking chamber. The grate has a plurality of elongated members defining a cooking surface and multiple openings. The grate further has a grease control assembly that is cooperatively positioned over a burner flame region to direct and control the flow of grease generated by cooking food on the grate. The grease control assembly has at least one rib group and at least one ledge. The rib group comprises a plurality of ribs, each rib having a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface. The grease control assembly also has an outer ridge and an inner ridge depending from a lower surface of the grate. With these structures, the grate prevents grease and byproducts from draining onto the burner flame region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Weber-Stephen Products Co.
    Inventors: Adrian A. Bruno, Erich Schlosser, Mark Johnson
  • Patent number: 7036424
    Abstract: An electric baking oven includes an open mesh vertically oriented baking basket to hold food while the food is baked in air by a programmed combination of radiant and convective and conductive energy transfer. An electrical programming control controls the energy from vertically oriented toaster heating elements located juxtaposed to the large vertical faces of the basket and from at least one elongated heating member located below the vertical baking basket with the axis of the elongated heating member oriented nominally horizontal and parallel to the longer horizontal axis of the vertically oriented baking basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Edgecraft Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel D. Friel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7021200
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus having a body, one or more heating units, a grill unit, and a heat reflecting unit. The heating units are arranged between the grill unit and the heat reflecting unit. The heat reflecting unit has front and rear plates, side plates, and a pair of inner reflecting plates and a pair of outer reflecting plates. The inner reflecting plates are upwardly projected to be higher than the outer reflecting plates. The front plate includes an upper surface and inner and outer surfaces, and is provided in the upper surface thereof with a water inlet, and in the inner surface thereof with an overflow hole. The front plate has a water level window to ascertain a level of water. The front plate is positioned outside the body so that oil and sauce are prevented from entering the inner space of the heat reflecting unit through the water inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Sung Han, Chul Kim, Yong-Woon Han, Seong-Deog Jang, Kyung-Hee Hahm, Joo-Yeong Yeo, Han-Seong Kang
  • Patent number: 6966253
    Abstract: A V-shaped flavor plate is used in a barbecue in place of briquettes. The V-shaped flavor plate has three inverted V-shaped sections forming three peaks and two valleys. A plurality of spaced oblong openings are located along a lowermost surface of the valleys. The openings are separated by ridges that prevent the collection of flammable liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Onward Multi-Corp Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore A. Witzel
  • Patent number: 6932078
    Abstract: A bamboo grid for a barbecue grill is introduced, which comprises a plurality of natural bamboo strips, a pair of end retainers and a grid mounting set having a metal frame and a pair of grid mounting plates for mounting the grid set. An arch-shaped bamboo grid set has a plurality of bamboo strips, a pair of end retainers, clip array, and a grid mounting set having a rectangular steel frame, bandies and grid mounting plates for mounting the bamboo grid. A bent mounting set comprises a steel frame, a bent mounting plate and a pair of braces at both sides for mounting the disposable bamboo grids. A narrow bamboo strip is sliced from a natural bamboo stalk and the surface is carved with various decorative incisions not only for decorating, but also for extracting bamboo sap and allowing it to permeate into the cooking meat during broiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Jae-Yeorl Lee
  • Patent number: 6931985
    Abstract: A cooking vessel that combines the functions of a grill and an oven. The vessel includes a cooking chamber having an upwardly arched ceiling comprised of fire brick. A cooking surface is located within the cooking chamber. A pull-out mechanism is attached to the cooking surface and is adapted to move the cooking surface in and out of the cooking chamber through a front opening. The front opening defines a baffle, which traps heat in the cooking chamber. Two infrared gas burners, located below and outboard from the cooking surface, heat food located on the cooking surface directly. Radiant heat from the ceiling indirectly heats the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Nobile Attie
  • Patent number: 6854380
    Abstract: A toaster has a housing with one or more bread receiving holes and an aperture. One or more bread carriages are positioned in the one or more bread receiving holes. The toaster has a first tray positionable in the aperture. The first tray has a first crumb collecting position and a second crumb removing position. The first tray also has a trough. A second removable tray is positionable in the trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Wanat
  • Patent number: RE40285
    Abstract: A grill device includes two independently controllable cooking sets confining two isolate cooking spaces such that two different meat pieces can be grilled therein under different cooking temperatures at the same time. Each of the cooking sets has a cooking plate provided with first and second grill ribs alternately disposed thereon. The first grill rib has a horizontal flat portion and a curved portion extending curvedly and downwardly from the flat portion. The second grill rib has a horizontal flat portion, and a curved portion extending curvedly and upwardly from the flat portion. The curved portion of the second grill rib has an elevation higher than those of the flat portions of the first and second ribs to prevent sliding out a meat piece from the cooking plate when the meat piece is disposed on the flat portions of the first and second grill ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Tsan-Kuen Wu