With Heat Distributor Patents (Class 99/447)
  • Patent number: 9974313
    Abstract: A baking mold consists of a first exterior element having at least one first baking cavity, a second exterior element having at least one second baking cavity, and an intermediate supportive element having at least one operational channel. The intermediate supportive element is disposed between the first and second exterior elements in such a manner that the first and second baking cavities and the operational channel form a continuous baking chamber adapted to accommodate a baked product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Francis X. Brandt
  • Patent number: 9468336
    Abstract: A combination barbecue including a divergent stepped lower portion, at least one heating device removably locatable within the divergent stepped lower portion and a kettle portion locatable above the lower portion to form the combination barbecue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin John McQuillan
  • Patent number: 9423139
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method of condensation of a steam flow produced in a cooking device. The condensation system and method provides a vent pipe configured to be non-linear for providing a path for the steam flow. The condensation system and method also provides a spray nozzle which is positioned to spray water in substantially in alignment with the path of the steam flow. The system and method of increases condensation of the steam flow within the vent pipe, and the condensed steam is drained from the cooking device, producing a minimal amount of steam that is vented outside of the cooking device. The system and method of the present disclosure provide higher efficiency of condensation of steam and an overall smaller amount of atmospheric venting of steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: CONVOTHERM ELEKTROGERAETE GMBH
    Inventor: Gunter Wurdinger
  • Publication number: 20150122137
    Abstract: In a cooking pot (1) and a lid, the cooking pot (1) includes a pot body (10) and the lid (20). The pot body (10) is formed with a chamber (11) and an engaging member (12) installed on the pot body (10). The lid (20) includes a lid body (21) and a placing member (22) protruded from the lid body (21), the lid body (21) is covered corresponding to the chamber (11), and the placing member (22) is correspondingly received in the engaging member (12), thereby achieving the effect of preventing the lid (20) from being in direct contact with a tabletop (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Tall & Stout Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: KUEI-TANG CHANG
  • Patent number: 9016191
    Abstract: A portable baking oven for a pizza or other food item includes a food item heating plate, a base having a heating chamber, and a top cover having a moisture vent and a heat reflector structure extending across the inside of said top cover. When placed on said base, the top cover forms a baking chamber above the heating plate. Heat produced in the base's heating chamber circulates up through air passageways in the base into the baking chamber above the food item heating plate. This circulated heat is reflected back down toward the food item heating plate by the top cover's heat reflecting structure to accelerate baking of the top of a food item placed on the heating plate. The top cover's moisture vent can be located above the heat reflector structure in the top cover, and openings can be provided in the heat reflector structure which allow moisture emitted by a food item being baked in the oven to pass through the reflector structure and out through the top cover moisture vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventors: Robert S. Krolick, Sanford Shapiro, Cory Thomas Borovicka
  • Patent number: 8997639
    Abstract: A smoker box for a cooking grill is formed to fit between and be supported by adjacent parallel heat deflector bars of the cooking grill. The open top of the smoker box is preferably covered with a perforated lid that can be removably placed onto or hingedly connected to the top of the smoker box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Charcoal Companion Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Adams, Cory Thomas Borovicka
  • Patent number: 8993026
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an infrared-style broiler sized to be portable, safe, and occupy minimal space, while still providing surface area for use in warming foods. The warming surface may be heated from below by way of radiant heat and/or may be heated by way of venting hot air from the inside of the broiler to the warming surface by way of vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: SCI Direct, LLC
    Inventors: Jon P. Molnar, Neil R. Tyburk
  • Patent number: 8939067
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooker. In the present invention, a carbon heater is used to cook foods in a cooking chamber and electric current applied to the carbon heater is controlled by a switching element, such that an effective wavelength range and an available temperature range of energy generated from the carbon heater is adjusted. Therefore, according to the present invention, it is possible more efficiently cook foods, using the carbon heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Jun Lee, Yang Kyeong Kim
  • Publication number: 20150000539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cooking oven provided for heat transfer by convection, in particular for a domestic appliance. The cooking oven comprises at least one top convection fan (12) arranged in a central portion of a top wall of an oven cavity (10) and at least one rear convection fan (14) arranged in a central portion of a rear wall of the oven cavity (10). The cooking oven comprises at least one top heating element (16, 18) arranged in an upper portion of the oven cavity (10) and below the top wall of said oven cavity (10) and at least one rear heating element (40) arranged in a rear portion of the oven cavity (10) and in front of the rear wall of said oven cavity (10). The top convection fan (12) and the rear convection fan (14) are axial fans. At least one top propeller (32) of the top convection fan (12) and at least one rear propeller (36) of the rear convection fan(14) are arranged inside the oven cavity (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Sorin Tcaciuc
  • Publication number: 20150004296
    Abstract: A baking device is provided. The baking device includes a housing enclosing a baking compartment and an air handling compartment, the air handling compartment and the baking compartment being separated by a pressure panel that defines a rear wall of the baking compartment, the pressure panel including an aperture allowing fluid communication between the baking and air handling compartments. A blower wheel is mounted in conjunction with the aperture, such that rotation of the blower wheel urges air movement from the baking compartment and into the air handling compartment. A secondary blower is arranged in fluid communication with the air handling compartment, wherein operation of the secondary blower urges ambient air into the air handling compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Middleby Marshall Holdings LLC d/b/a NUVU Food Service Systems
    Inventors: Matthew E. Deming, Mark E. Halpin, Sarah J. Tresser
  • Patent number: 8875622
    Abstract: A heat transfer element includes two wings extending from a ridge. The ridge includes a first end and a second end. Each of the wings includes an edge. The first end of the ridge is placed at a higher elevation than the second end of the ridge when a plane defined by edges of the wings is placed horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kiosky Chung
  • Publication number: 20140318389
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cavity unit having a cooking chamber therein, a side wall plate with a discharge hole section, and a bottom wall plate with a lower heater hole section; a door on or over the cavity unit, configured to open and close an opening of the cavity unit; a circulation duct unit connected to the discharge hole section, configured to guide air from the cooking chamber through the discharge hole section, and back to the cooking chamber; and a lower heater unit on or below the bottom wall plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Han Ju KIM
  • Publication number: 20140318386
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cavity unit having a cooking chamber, a top wall plate with an upper heater hole section, a bottom wall plate with a lower heater hole section, and a rear wall plate with an introduction hole section; a door on or over the cavity unit, configured to open and close an opening of the cavity unit; an upper heater unit on the top wall plate, configured to supply heat and/or hot air to the cooking chamber through the upper heater hole section; a lower heater unit on the bottom wall plate, configured to supply heat and/or hot air to the cooking chamber through the lower heater hole section; and a convection heater unit on the rear wall plate, configured to supply heat and/or hot air to the cooking chamber through the introduction hole section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Han Ju KIM
  • Publication number: 20140318387
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cavity unit having a cooking chamber therein, a side wall plate with a discharge hole section, and a top wall plate with an upper heater hole section; a door on or over the cavity unit, configured to open and close an opening of the cavity unit; a circulation duct unit connected to the discharge hole section, configured to guide air discharged from the cooking chamber through the discharge hole section and back to the cooking chamber; and an upper heater unit on or over the top wall plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Han Ju KIM
  • Publication number: 20140318388
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cavity unit having a cooking chamber therein, and a rear wall plate with an introduction hole section therein; a door unit on the cavity unit, configured to open and close an opening of the cavity unit; a convection heater unit on the rear wall plate, configured to generate heat to be supplied to the cooking chamber through the introduction hole section; and an introduction opening and closing unit configured to open and close the introduction hole section and control an amount of heat to be supplied to the cooking chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Han Ju KIM
  • Publication number: 20140318385
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus includes a cavity unit having therein a cooking chamber and a rear wall plate with an introduction hole section and a discharge hole section; a door on or over the cavity unit, configured to open and close an opening of the cavity unit; and a convection heater unit on or behind the rear wall plate, heating air from the cavity unit through the discharge hole section, and supplying hot air to the cooking chamber through the introduction hole section, wherein the introduction hole section is in a lower part of the rear wall plate, and the discharge hole section is in an upper part of the rear wall plate, separate from the introduction hole section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Dongbu Daewoo Electroncis Corporation
    Inventor: Han Ju KIM
  • Publication number: 20140261010
    Abstract: A stackable cooking apparatus is disclosed for cooking a food item. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing the stackable cooking apparatus. The apparatus includes a lower vessel and an upper vessel mounted atop the lower vessel. The lower vessel, which can be disposed on the heated surface of a stove, includes a first top wall having apertures therethrough, and defines a first volume in the lower vessel. The upper vessel includes a second top wall free of apertures, and defines a second volume in the upper vessel. Food items to be cooked are placed on the first top wall so that the food item resides in the second volume. Heat from the heated surface rises into the first volume, through the apertures and into the second volume, to cook the food item therein. Means are provided for maintaining the vertical stability of the vessels when the vessels are stacked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Kolb
  • Publication number: 20140251163
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus for use with an oven to reduce the cooking time of sliced prime rib steaks and prevent the steaks from overcooking includes a base pan to be placed in the oven and a rising pan disposed on the base pan, the rising pan having a top sheet able to be a heating surface for the steaks and at least one insulation layer that creates a first air pocket between the top sheet and the at least one insulation layer, and a second air pocket between the at least one insulation layer and the base pan. The steaks are cooked from heat emanating from above the top sheet. The base pan and insulation layer shield the steaks from rising heat, thereby preventing the steaks from overcooking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: WAYNE CHARLES DAVIS
  • Publication number: 20140224133
    Abstract: An oven suitable for roasting chickens and the like comprising at least one oven chamber (1, 2) each oven chamber comprising side walls (4), a floor (55), at least one door (3) and a ceiling, each oven chamber having a plurality of heating levels. At least one heating element cavity (12) external to and communicating with the oven chamber (1, 2) is provided with each heating element cavity (12) comprising at least one heating element (11, 15, 16). The oven has a plurality of air inlets (13, 14) into the oven chamber from the heating element cavity (12) corresponding to the heating levels in the oven chamber and at least one outlet for return air from the oven chamber into the heating element cavity; and air distributor (10) corresponding to each air inlet, each air distributor (10) circulating air from the heating element cavity (12) to the oven chamber through a respective inlet. A method of roasting items in an oven is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: TECHNOBAKE R&D PTY LTD
    Inventor: Paul Eaton Willett
  • Publication number: 20140216436
    Abstract: Provided is a barbecue apparatus for preventing flare-ups and improving temperature distribution and heat retention when cooking on a barbecue. The apparatus comprises at least one plate that is movable between a first position lying atop a respective side of at least one burner tent and a second position withdrawn from the respective side of the at least one burner tent. Further provided are a barbecue comprising said apparatus and a method of preventing flare-ups and improving temperature distribution and heat retention when cooking on a barbecue by moving at least one plate between a first position lying atop a respective side of at least one burner tent and a second position withdrawn from the respective side of the at least one burner tent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan D. George
  • Patent number: 8794130
    Abstract: A grill has a base platter, a bell-shaped container, a heat diffuser, and a set of vertical skewers and baskets, with each of the skewers having a skewer rod for receiving a meat to be roasted and a handle located at one end of the rod, and each of the baskets having a middle rod and articulated baskets mounted on the middle rod, between which the meat to be roasted can be fixed, and a handle provided on one end of the middle rod, such that tips of rods of the skewers and the baskets are supported by braces of the base platter, intermediate extensions of the skewers and the baskets supporting the meat extend vertically along the bell-shaped container, and upper ends of the rods of the skewers of the baskets close to the handles remain coupled with the streaks of the upper wall of the bell-shaped container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Ikeda Empresarial Ltda
    Inventor: Tadaharu Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20140196612
    Abstract: A door is pivotably coupled to a lower portion or an upper portion on the front side of a box so as to be opened vertically to an opening. A gap having a predetermined space is present at the lower portion or at the upper portion between the box and the door with the door closed. The box has an aperture section on the side for introducing outside air blown by an air blower mechanism into a heating chamber. The aperture section is positioned adjacent to the gap on a side surface of the heating chamber. The outside air introduced into the heating chamber through the aperture section moves so as to traverse the opening to block vapor produced from an object being cooked by heating with a heating device from leaking through the gap to the outside of the heating chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kamii
  • Patent number: 8763520
    Abstract: A vessel incorporating an improved article support surface for supporting an article, such as a food product, during processing (e.g., baking, thawing, freezing), has a surface for supporting a food product or another article and a pattern is formed or otherwise incorporated in the article supporting surface. The pattern incorporated into the support surface is comprised of a set of points (pyramids) creating a high point and a low valley underneath the supported article or food product in which air circulates or flows during processing. In a preferred embodiment various shapes and sizes of baking sheets incorporating a “pyramid pattern” is stamped onto a metal sheet and the stamped metal sheet is then formed into the desired shape. The sheets are constructed of various metal alloys used in the food equipment industry including, but not limited to aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, and silicone. The sheets will also be coated with a non stick substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Jason Sanita
  • 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: 20140150673
    Abstract: A coffee bean roasting machine of the type having a cyclone separator heating chamber and a coffee bean roasting chamber in a recirculating process stream driven by a recirculation fan is operated to air cool the roasted coffee beans in the roasting chamber, to a temperature beneath which the beans give off smoke, while at the same time incinerating smoke removed from the roasting chamber. A purge gate in ducting between the cyclone separator and the roasting chamber is opened to allow the flow of ambient air into and through the roasting chamber while blocking flow out of the cyclone separator, so that ambient air is directed through the roasting chamber. The smoke and any airborne particulate material from the roasting chamber are carried into the heating chamber and through the incineration tube, where they are incinerated. Preferably the system and process are operated automatically by a computer and programming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Loring Smart Roast, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark L. Ludwig
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140065273
    Abstract: A bakery tray made of an all-natural fibrous material is disclosed to store, ship, bake, and display single-serve baked goods such as muffins and cupcakes. The tray has a plurality of cups and a top plate for serving the cups in position relative to each other. The tray also includes various structures to provide uniform baking of baked goods in either a convention or microwave oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Ultra Green Inc.
    Inventor: Calvin S. Krupa
  • Publication number: 20140053739
    Abstract: A rotating grill platform functional as an independent grill unit or placeable on a grill and that incorporates a stationary lower grill platform with a rotator Fan attached to it in a manner to draw air comprised of smoke and cooking vapors from the grilling chamber and to recirculate the air back to the grilling surface to provide substantially uniform heat distribution for the food being cooked, with the blade tilting mechanism designed to increase or decrease the grill platform rotational speed as per user preferences and the cooking requirements. The grill platform is compact, lightweight, versatile and does not require gas or any Electric power, but can operate in a self sustaining manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: SAMIR HANNA SAFAR
  • Publication number: 20140044851
    Abstract: The present invention includes an appliance that has a cook vessel and a temperature regulation system with a Peltier device. The active side of the Peltier cools and heats the cook vessel in the absence of a motive heat distribution system. The temperature regulation system may include a motive heat distribution system on its waste side where the top edge of the fan is located at or above the bottom edge of the any waste heat sink. Methods of cooling and heating food are also part of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Brian C Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20140033932
    Abstract: An oven comprising a housing, a cavity located within the housing, and a rotator having a first food loading section and a second food loading section is disclosed. The cavity includes a single opening for loading a food item into the cavity. If one of the first food loading section and the second food loading section is located outside of said cavity, then the other of the first food loading section and the second food loading section is located within said cavity. A first cook setting of the oven when the first food loading section is within the cavity and a second cook setting of the oven when the second food loading section is within the cavity are independently controllable. The first food loading section and the second food loading section may be separated by a divider, which prevents heat from escaping from the cavity through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: APPLIANCE INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Philip R. McKee, Alex Wayne Johnson
  • Publication number: 20130344208
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for applying laser energy to a food product to effect cooking thereof. The energy can be applied with a laser emitter in proximity to the food product. The application of the energy can be controlled according to a profile so as to generate a plasma in and around the food product during a cooking period. The application of energy can be adjusted based on feedback associated with the controlled application of the energy to the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Inderjit Singh
  • Publication number: 20130312622
    Abstract: A heat transfer element includes two wings extending from a ridge. The ridge includes a first end and a second end. Each of the wings includes an edge. The first end of the ridge is placed at a higher elevation than the second end of the ridge when a plane defined by edges of the wings is placed horizontally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Kiosky CHUNG
  • Publication number: 20130298781
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable, passive-convection oven having a base containing a heat-distributing plate. A grill-plate is placed over the heating plate and a lid put on top. The lid, grill-plate and base each have a handle. A circular hole in the bottom of the base is sized to fit over a domestic stove heating element. A catchment rim running along the perimeter of the hole prevents liquid spilling into the hole. The convection plate has a convex heating surface elevated above the hole by a gap that allows heated air to flow up over the top of the heating surface. The heating surface extends out over the catchment rim. The grill-plate is positioned above the heat surface, and has a number of holes through it that allow heated air to rise through it and heat the items that are being cooked while supported by the grill-plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Wilfredo Ganuza, Juan Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20130276643
    Abstract: A portable baking oven for a pizza or other food item includes a food item heating plate, a base having a heating chamber, and a top cover having a moisture vent and a heat reflector structure extending across the inside of said top cover. When placed on said base, the top cover forms a baking chamber above the heating plate. Heat produced in the base's heating chamber circulates up through air passageways in the base into the baking chamber above the food item heating plate. This circulated heat is reflected back down toward the food item heating plate by the top cover's heat reflecting structure to accelerate baking of the top of a food item placed on the heating plate. The top cover's moisture vent can be located above the heat reflector structure in the top cover, and openings can be provided in the heat reflector structure which allow moisture emitted by a food item being baked in the oven to pass through the reflector structure and out through the top cover moisture vent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Robert S. Krolick, Sanford Shapiro, Cory Thomas Borovicka
  • Publication number: 20130255508
    Abstract: A convective cooking apparatus is provided. In some embodiments, the convective cooking apparatus includes a lid that provides for a more effective cooking environment through improved heat capture and/or by creating a convective cooker. Waste heat that normally escapes up the side of a pan is captured by an overhang of the lid and redirected back into the pan and onto the food. In some embodiments, the convective cooking lid includes topographical changes on the surface of the lid adjacent to the pan, the topographical changes inducing a turbulent air flow between the pan and the conductive lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Convectop, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Finnegan, Zeb Stewart, Michael T. Northen, Dallas A. Swindle, IV
  • Patent number: 8544382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to cooking grates for use in connection with grills, ovens and/or range tops. In one embodiment, the present invention relates to a cooking grate that is designed to be used in conjunction with a barbecue grill, where the cooking grate is designed to evenly distribute heat across the entire surface of the grate in order to eliminate, and/or reduce, any “hot” or “cold” spots thereon. In another embodiment, the present invention relates to a cooking grate that contains one or more heat transmitting members positioned in such a manner that heat is transmitted from the central portion of the cooking grate to the edge portions thereof, thereby facilitating a more even heat distribution across the entire cooking surface of the cooking grate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jie Zhao, Sherman S. Lin, James M. White
  • Publication number: 20130247779
    Abstract: A cooker is mounted on a combustion type heating device used as a heat source for the cooker, and has a combustion gas distribution chamber formed in the space between double walls of a dish-shaped cooker base and a combustion gas distribution unit that are sequentially stacked from a lower, and a cooking chamber formed above the combustion gas distribution chamber by stacking the combustion gas distribution unit or the cooker base and a cooking chamber cover unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Jongho Hong, Yerin Hong, Mihyun Lee
  • Publication number: 20130243921
    Abstract: A process and reactor used for the depth thermal treatment in maize for producing High Performance Integral Nixtamal, a process for treating maize under conditions different from known ones and by which a new product can be manufactured which has been called High Performance Integral Nixtamal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Roberto Leopoldo Castro GENERA, Alicia Olga Lobo IRUEGAS
  • Patent number: 8535052
    Abstract: A cap for a gas burner is disclosed. The cap includes a center portion including a top surface having a periphery; at least one extension extending outward from the center portion, the at least one extension defining a drain channel extending outward and downward from the top surface; and a ledge extending along the periphery. A spill resistant gas burner assembly incorporating such a cap is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Paul Bryan Cadima
  • Publication number: 20130213242
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus comprising a housing defining an inner burn chamber, a charcoal tray in the burn chamber for holding charcoal; a cooking surface above the charcoal tray; and an infrared energy emitter positioned between the charcoal tray and the cooking surface. The cooking surface generally is a cooking grid or grill. The infrared energy emitter can be removable and comprise a ceramic, radiant glass or metal element positioned just below the cooking grid, wherein the energy emitter absorbs heat energy in the form of convection and infrared radiant heat generated by burning charcoal in the charcoal tray. The energy emitter generally reaches temperatures of about 200° to about 1000° F.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: EMPIRE COMFORT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: EMPIRE COMFORT SYSTEMS, INC.
  • Publication number: 20130180413
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for preparing food by moving a flow of hot air over items of food to heat the food. An apparatus for preparing food according to the invention includes a food preparation chamber (3) with an outer wall (2), an inner wall (4) defining a food receiving space (5) with an air inlet (9) and an air discharge opening (10). The apparatus also includes a fan (12) for moving a flow of hot air successively through the air inlet (9), the food receiving space (5) and the discharge opening (10) and air guide means (6) for returning the flow of air from the discharge opening (10) towards the air inlet (9) separate from the food receiving space (5). A vent (18) is provided which is formed through the outer wall (2) for exhausting air from the food preparation chamber (3) to outside the apparatus and an air guide member (22) directs a portion of the flow of air towards the vent (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Johan Michiel Tjerkgaast, Remco Linnewiel
  • Patent number: 8474444
    Abstract: A device for recovering, harnessing and reutilizing heat from along a side wall of a cooking vessel, a cooking vessel comprising such device, and a method of using such device. The device can be constructed as part of the cooking vessel or can be an accessory that attaches to different sized cooking vessels via adjusting means. Specifically, the device is made of a highly conductive and durable metal or metal alloy and comprises a skirt-like body, extending from the side of the cooking vessel and attached to a perforated slip-like portion that may be attached to or integrated into the side wall of the cooking vessel. The device harnesses and reutilizes heat from the underside of the body and safely and efficiently transfers the heat to the cooking vessel through conduction. The device can further comprise diffusers, a bottom portion with a plurality of ventilation openings, and a heat shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel J. Repetti, III
  • Publication number: 20130129890
    Abstract: Various types of food preparation pans such as but not limited to food preparation pans used for baking, steaming, chilling, freezing and molding various foods and food combinations intended for consumption are disclosed. The pan includes a plurality of thermal conveyance depressions protruding in a vertically oriented disposition relative to a horizontal inner pan bottom surface; and upwardly projected depressions in an outer pan bottom surface of the thermal conveyance depressions to form hollow depressions spaced in between by bridging portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Monte William Cox
  • Publication number: 20130108761
    Abstract: A grill pan has a diamond grill forming at least a portion of its cooking surface. The diamond grill may provide a diamond grill pattern on cooked food products without having to turn the food products in a 45 degree angle to make a diamond pattern. The pan may have a diamond pattern raised from a bottom, heat application side of the pan. The pan may be made from cast iron, enamel coated cast iron, or stainless steel. In some embodiments, the pan may be made from cast iron containing from about 1.7 to about 4.5 percent carbon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Darlton Newton Kenton
  • Patent number: 8424450
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus equipped with a heating device enabling uniform distribution of heat. The cooking apparatus includes a plate to put a cooker thereon, a heater disposed under the plate, and a guide member disposed between the plate and the heater to induce energy emitted from the heater toward the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Suk Jeon, Jong Hak Hyun, Jong Chull Shon, Tae Woo Kim
  • Publication number: 20130055906
    Abstract: The invention provides a roasting and/or grilling apparatus for cooking purposes, having a cooking chamber, a food holding unit which is arranged in the cooking chamber, and a combustion chamber for arranging a heating apparatus. The combustion chamber surrounds the cooking chamber at least in sections at the sides and the combustion chamber is open to the cooking chamber. The combustion chamber and/or the cooking chamber also have an associated air inlet in a lower region and an associated air outlet in an upper region for the purpose of creating a chimney effect. A heating insert for a heating apparatus which is to be arranged in a roasting and/or grilling apparatus is provided. The heating insert is exchangeable and is designed to accommodate a heat source. In this case, the heat source is a fossil fuel and/or a gas burner and/or a radiant electric heating element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Erdogan Kanbur, Sendogan Kanbur
  • Publication number: 20120308701
    Abstract: The baking pan disclosed herein creates a single, or double, bite sized baked product that has a crispy outer edge and a chewy interior. The ratio between the side of the interior insert of the pan and the exterior side of the pan is critical to form the desired product. The pan can range in size from about a 5 inch exterior diameter to a 16 inch exterior diameter with the interior insert increasing accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Sharon Lynn Campbell, George Campbell
  • Patent number: 8281709
    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, an optional cone positioned above the burner shield, a grate positioned above the cone, and an optional separator configured to position the grill enclosure thereon. In some embodiments, the burner shield comprises a heat director integrally coupled to a grease ring. 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: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Headwater Holding Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Jim Sacherman, Chan Yin Ho, Chen Chien Cheng
  • 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: 8261732
    Abstract: The invention is a cooking grill comprising a housing defining a cooking chamber and having a door therein hinged at a bottom thereof, a heating element disposed in the cooking chamber, a cooking surface slidably disposed to slide in and out of the housing through the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Season 4, LLC
    Inventor: Alfred F. Contarino, Jr.