With Separate Support For Fume-producing Material Patents (Class 99/482)
  • Patent number: 10405699
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an accessory for adapting cooking grills, especially kettle and kamado style grills for better cooking of pizzas and other foods not typically thought of as appropriate for grilling. The accessory is an insert that is adapted to sit between the bottom and the top of the grill and is generally shaped with a horizontal cross-section substantially similar to the horizontal cross section at the junction of the bottom and the top of the grill with which it is adapted to work. The insert increases the height of the cooking chamber. The insert includes a side opening or window through which food may be inserted and removed from the expanded cooking chamber without the need to open or remove the top of the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: AFC BUSINESS VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Alfred F. Contarino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10051879
    Abstract: Smokers can enclose smoking subjects for production of trapped smoke with limited airflow. Optimal airflow rates and resulting smoking effects can be achieved through smokers. If a smoker has approximately 60 cubic inches volume, four 2-millimeter holes at an air inlet point achieves desired airflow and oxygen consumption in typical fills and cooking temperatures. Smokers may include a lid or other seal or access point to permit placement and enclosure of smoking materials. Smokers are useable with conventional grills and may be shaped to sit on grill racks without blocking desired airflow by grill components or smoking materials. Smokers may include a detachable handle for safer handling and heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Masoud Mafi
  • Patent number: 10051997
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an accessory for adapting cooking grills, especially kettle and kamado style grills for better cooking of pizzas and other foods not typically thought of as appropriate for grilling. The accessory is an insert that is adapted to sit between the bottom and the top of the grill and is generally shaped with a horizontal cross-section substantially similar to the horizontal cross section at the junction of the bottom and the top of the grill with which it is adapted to work. The insert increases the height of the cooking chamber. The insert includes a side opening or window through which food may be inserted and removed from the expanded cooking chamber without the need to open or remove the top of the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AFC Business Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Alfred F. Contarino, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9486000
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a grilltop smoker box designed to sit atop a cooking grid of a barbecue grill. The grilltop smoker box has a base with an aperture and a cover that covers the base. The cover and base define a space or cavity for the accumulation of smoke. The cover also comprises a port that is positioned above the base for the exit of smoke, and an outlet for directing smoke to food on a cooking grid of a barbecue grill. Embodiments of the invention may comprise other optional features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Kaderli
  • Patent number: 9433321
    Abstract: An oven for grilling food, is provided with: an outer shell (2), consisting of walls defining an internal volume, including a transparent portion (3); at least one door (4). The volume is subdivided into a zone (5) for heat production by heating elements and a cooking zone (6) including at least one grill (7) on which the food is placed. The at least one door (4) is associated with the at least one grill (7), which is slidingly supported inside the outer shell (2) and includes a bulkhead (8), opposite the door (4) with respect to the grill (7), arranged for closing the cooking zone (6) when the grill is fully extracted from the oven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: X-OVEN INVESTMENTS SA
    Inventor: Enrico Piazzi
  • Patent number: 9084506
    Abstract: A grill smoker device having an upper receptacle member adapted to receive liquid and a lower receptacle member adapted to receive wood chips, the upper and lower receptacle members being releasably connected to each other. A plurality of suspension arms extend laterally from the upper or lower receptacle members such that the device is positionable in a grill beneath the grill grid and above the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew H. Merritt
  • Publication number: 20150136109
    Abstract: A pellet bin insert system for a wood smoker grill includes a container with an open top, first and second parallel opposing sidewalls, a back wall, a front wall, a bottom surface and an inclined panel affixed around its perimeter to the side walls, the front wall and the bottom surface. The container includes a feeder opening in the bottom surface. A slide bar is slideably coupled to a portion of the inclined panel adjoining the bottom surface and has a bottom end slideably coupled to cover the feeder opening in a first position and to open the feeder opening when moved to a second position. The container is adapted to be inserted into a pellet hopper with the feeder hole aligned to drop pellets into a feeder mechanism when the feeder opening is uncovered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Edward Baker
  • Publication number: 20150132456
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a smoker with multiple separate drawers for smoking meat, fish, sausage, etc. In an example embodiment, one drawer may contain water and another drawer may contain smoking material such as wood chips. The sliding drawers enable the maintenance of a stable smoking temperature and offer a safer means to replenish water and/or wood during the actual smoking operation. The multiple drawers allow a user to add wood and/or water without opening the smoking chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jared I. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9003962
    Abstract: An adjustable food flavoring device with removable smoker box for use in a gas grill is disclosed. The apparatus includes an inverted V-shaped upper plate, an inverted V-shaped lower plate, a feature or features to prevent the movement of the assembly once a user obtains the desired length, a plurality of tabs to keep ceramic briquettes in their desired locations, and a removable smoker box in which to place articles for heating and burning to produce smoke that flavors the food being cooked on the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Grill Performance
    Inventor: Steven Raymond Broerman
  • Publication number: 20150096448
    Abstract: A smoke generator for providing smoke to a food smoking cabinet includes an upright enclosure with a fuel storage area located above a combustion chamber. An operating rod assembly including an operating rod, partition, and fuel agitator extend downwardly into the pellet fuel storage area. The operating rod may be manipulated from outside the enclosure to operate the agitator and selectively reposition the partition and agitator within the fuel storage area of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Smokehouse Products, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy E. Wingerd, Homer W. Lindsey, Richard Furrow, Edward J. Farrell
  • 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: 8939068
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a smoker with multiple separate drawers for smoking meat, fish, sausage, etc. In an example embodiment, one drawer may contain water and another drawer may contain smoking material such as wood chips. The sliding drawers enable the maintenance of a stable smoking temperature and offer a safer means to replenish water and/or wood during the actual smoking operation. The multiple drawers allow a user to add wood and/or water without opening the smoking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Landmann USA
    Inventor: Jared I. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8925445
    Abstract: Provided is a cooking appliance. Steam generated in a steam generation part is selectively supplied into a cooktop part or a steam cooking part. The steam supplied into the cooktop part is used for cleaning a top plate. Also, the steam supplied into the steam cooking part is used for cooking a food. Thus, the steam may be used in a lot of uses, e.g., for cooking the food and cleaning the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae-Hyoun Park, Young-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 8869685
    Abstract: A food preparation apparatus and method, including an inventive shelving system, is provided. In accordance with some embodiments, an exemplary embodiment of a food preparation apparatus of the present invention includes at least, but is not limited to, a frame assembly including a permanent shelf secured to the frame assembly, a multiplicity of selectable shelf features vertically offset from the permanent shelf and attached to the frame assembly, and a first non-permanent shelf vertically offset from the permanent shelf and supported by a select number of the multiplicity of selectable shelf features. In an exemplary embodiment of a food preparation apparatus of the present invention, the permanent shelf provides a flavor infusion region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Electra Wave Corporation
    Inventors: Maurice W. Lee, III, Betty Lee
  • Publication number: 20140299005
    Abstract: A grill smoker apparatus provides a container and a cover. A carrier is disposed in the container. The carrier is configured to store smoke producing material such as wood chips. The carrier may be removable from the container for filling the container, for emptying the container, for replacing the container or for cleaning the smoker apparatus. The carrier includes an outer dimension smaller than the inner dimension of the container. As such, a carrier gap is defined between the inner container wall and the outer region of the carrier. The carrier gap may form a uniform, annular gap in some embodiments. Alternatively, the carrier gap has a non-uniform radial dimension around the perimeter of the container. The carrier gap provides enhanced airflow to the smoke producing material in the carrier for improving smoker performance. A heat concentrator also focuses heat to the smoker apparatus for igniting the smoke producing material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Vinett
  • Publication number: 20140261016
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a grilltop smoker box designed to sit atop a cooking grid of a barbecue grill. The grilltop smoker box has a base with an aperture and a cover that covers the base. The cover and base define a space or cavity for the accumulation of smoke. The cover also comprises a port that is positioned above the base for the exit of smoke, and an outlet for directing smoke to food on a cooking grid of a barbecue grill. Embodiments of the invention may comprise other optional features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Kaderli
  • Patent number: 8739380
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for a swing-out, multi-level barbeque smoker having a common mounting post wherein the individual cooking units are mounted on the common mounting post so that the individual units are slidably and swingably disposed so that a user can have easy access to the individual units. The apparatus is mounted on a wheeled carriage having a handle bar assembly so that the wheeled carriage can be easily maneuvered by a user. The upper swing-out unit has a grill for receiving food items, the middle swing-out unit has a bowl for receiving water therein and the lower unit has a grill upon which the fuel, e.g., charcoal or the like can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Robert B. Montgomery
  • 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: 8651018
    Abstract: A combination food smoker and grill system that is an effective ellipsoid shaped food smoker designed to prevent direct contact of the meat to be grilled with an open flame thereby preventing the creation of carcinogenic, carbonized meat. More specifically, the combination food smoker and grill system is a pedestal smoker and grill assembly having an upper portion grill chamber with a hinged dome cover having at least one lift handle, an adjustable heat discharge vent, a lower portion grill chamber with a first comestible grill-screen, a second comestible grill-screen, a plurality of first comestible grill-screen supports, a plurality of second comestible grill-screen supports, a smoker screen assembly, a heat portal, and a heat column assembly having a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Charlie Loud, III
  • Publication number: 20140030401
    Abstract: An outdoor cooker is double walled insulated and has a completely removable internal firebox that defines a vertical column which includes a fuel and fire chamber separated from an ash and air chamber by a fire grate. The perimeter wall defines an air inlet that opens the air and ash chamber to an air supply passage through the cooker body, and further defines an exhaust outlet that opens into the inner chamber of the cooker. Consistent low cooking temperatures (200°-250° F.) without resupplying fuel or opening the outdoor cooker for 10-20 or more hours are easily accomplished. The outdoor cooker is also versatile enough to directly cook other meats, such as steaks, at high temperatures for total cook times that may only last a matter of minutes. The outdoor cooker can also be configured for medium temperature indirect and direct barbequing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: William E. Cusack
  • Patent number: 8635947
    Abstract: A barbecue cooking apparatus is provided. The barbecue cooking apparatus includes a firebox comprising a housing having solid walls. A charcoal tray is disposed within the housing, and one or more vents are disposed in the housing above the charcoal tray. One or more vents are disposed in the charcoal tray. An upper interior chamber within the housing above the charcoal tray is configured to hold wood and charcoal. A lower interior chamber within the housing below the charcoal tray is configured to provide a volume for the collection of wood ash. A duct is attached to the housing and forms a passageway from the lower interior chamber for heated air and wood smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: William H. Karau
  • Publication number: 20140007778
    Abstract: An outdoor cooking apparatus having an indirect cooking chamber joined to and extending upward and rearward from a direct cooking chamber. A damper is operable to regulate fluid flow between the cooking chambers. Preferably, the cooking apparatus is operable for installation into an outdoor structure, and a flange is joined to at least one of the cooking chambers for engaging the structure and supporting the cooking chambers. Preferably, the indirect cooking chamber includes first and second doors that are rotatable about an approximately vertical axis for accessing an interior of the chamber, and a plurality of vertically spaced shelves are supported within the chamber. The shelves may be vertically adjustable. The direct cooking chamber preferably has a lid that is operable to lock when it is in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: ACE OF HEARTS BBQ SPECIALTIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher L. Marks, Jerome E. Bublitz
  • Patent number: 8563900
    Abstract: An oven body includes a grilling chamber provided with several far infrared ray heaters and a smoking chamber that emits smoke from the charcoal heated by electric heaters, wherein the meat to be roasted is rotated in the grilling chamber by a rotating means, rotating alternately through a far infrared ray heating area where far infrared ray concentrates and through a smoking area where smoke concentrates, in which process the roasting operation by the far infrared ray and the smoking operation with particular scent of a charcoal are carried out simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Dae-Hee Han
  • Publication number: 20130213243
    Abstract: A smoker box and humidifier for a barbecue grill has a container body having a top and at least one and preferably a plurality of top opening at its top. Isolated compartments are provided in the container body. At least one of the isolated compartments is capable of holding wood chips or the like for producing a flavoring smoke, and at least one of compartments is capable of holding a liquid separate from but in close proximity to the wood chips or the like. The compartments in the container body are positioned such that, when the smoker box is heated, both the flavoring smoke and moistening vapors produced in the compartments of the container body circulate up through the top openings in the top of said container body. The container body can include a drawer with isolated compartments, which can be pulled out to replenish spent wood chips and fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Cory Thomas Borovicka, Charles Adams
  • Patent number: 8502116
    Abstract: Cooking, smoking and aromatization device which consists of a casing or container (1) comprising a plurality of sealed compartments (2, 3, 4, 5) communicating with the main cooking chamber (6) by means of a plurality of channels or ducts (7) which are controlled by a plurality of valves (8a, 8b, 8c, 8d), there being at least one for each of the sealed compartments (2, 3, 4, 5) so that the contents of each of said sealed compartments are supplied to the central cooking compartment (6) with a constantly controlled flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Morganti Flavio Innovaciones Grastronomicas, S.L.
    Inventor: Flavio Morganti
  • Publication number: 20130192476
    Abstract: An adjustable food flavoring device with removable smoker box for use in a gas grill is disclosed. The apparatus includes an inverted V-shaped upper plate, an inverted V-shaped lower plate, a feature or features to prevent the movement of the assembly once a user obtains the desired length, a plurality of tabs to keep ceramic briquettes in their desired locations, and a removable smoker box in which to place articles for heating and burning to produce smoke that flavors the food being cooked on the grill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Grill Performance
    Inventor: Steven Raymond BROERMAN
  • Publication number: 20130152803
    Abstract: The Food Smoker Adapter converts an outdoor cooking system into a meat smoker without physical modification. It is comprised of a lid, smoke chamber, meat skewers, and a wood chip pan. It can also act as a stand alone meat smoking system when used with an electric heating element. The smoke chamber is a tube or duct, and is placed on the wood chip pan or an accessory allowing the stacking of an additional smoke chamber. The wood chip pan rests above the heat source. Skewers are placed across the top of the smoke chamber allowing meat to hang inside. The lid acts as a smoke chamber lifting mechanism, and has tabs that snap into slots near the top of the smoke chamber allowing the lid, smoke chamber, skewers, and meat to be removed and set aside allowing access to the wood chip pan for tending.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Rick D. Patton
  • Patent number: 8464702
    Abstract: This invention is to be used primarily to convert a traditional charcoal grill into a multifaceted smoker with wet and dry smoking capabilities. Furthermore, novel racks within the invention allow the user to utilize all of the space within the smoker providing for more food cooked over a given time frame. The invention also included a removal tray allowing access to the fuel and liquid pan with only negligible heat loss and no risk of damage to the contents of the smoker or the surface upon which the smoker is placed when removed from the primary heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Frank P. Foster
  • Patent number: 8443722
    Abstract: A cooking rack accessory for steaming food and a method thereof. The cooking rack accessory comprises of a support frame that includes a toroidal fluid reservoir configured to store a fluid. A manifold is disposed above the fluid reservoir and is in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir. A toroidal steam chamber is disposed above the manifold and is in fluid communication with the manifold and the fluid reservoir. A plurality of coupling members is coupled to the support frame and configured to selectably couple to a cooking rack. The coupling members are elongated members extending from the fluid reservoir and arch over a cooking rack. A plurality of steam apertures is disposed through the steam chamber to release steam. A selectably sealable fill aperture includes a spout member coupled to a funnel member, which is all in fluid communication with each other and with the fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: William C. Manson
  • Publication number: 20130004633
    Abstract: Food smoker with self-basting features and relatively low thermal conductivity chip bowls. A lid of the food smoker may include downward pointing protrusions to control dripping onto food being smoked. This self-basting feature reduces the need to open the food smoker to baste the food smoking. The food smoker may include a ceramic chip bowl to reduce the rate of consumption of wood chips used to add flavoring to the food being smoked. This further reduces the need to open the food smoker. The housing of the smoker may be constructed with inner and outer walls, minimizing the heat loss during the cooking process. In combination, these features result in an improved food smoker that requires less user interaction than traditional systems. Moreover, the food smoker may need to be opened fewer times during the smoking process, which reduces heat loss and thus leads to greater energy efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: LINK FORGE LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Allen McMaster, Craig William Elving, Leonard Scott Huff
  • Patent number: 8304696
    Abstract: An air circulator and an oven including such an air circulator. Ducting has an inlet located toward an upper end of a cooking chamber of the oven and an outlet proximate the lower portion of the chamber. An air mover can move air in the chamber though a fluid passage defined in the ducting from the upper portion of the chamber to the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: David B. Knight
  • Patent number: 8304697
    Abstract: A smoker device having a low profile fits beneath the lower most rack of an oven thereby allowing full use of all possible shelves of the oven. The smoker device comprises a uniquely shaped bi-level heater element that allows the smoker device pan to be cradled just above the bottom wall of the oven chamber. A method and system allow a processor control of the smoker device manually or automatically as a part of a programmed recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Cleveland Range, LLC
    Inventors: Owen R. McGhee, Jr., David R. Lastoria, David S. Schwerzler
  • Publication number: 20120210884
    Abstract: An egg pan has individual egg bowls and a water reservoir having channels surrounding the egg bowls. Water is introduced into the water reservoir during the final stage of cooking eggs. A user would cook eggs inside the egg bowls to desired consistency and then pour a small amount of water into the water reservoir and close a snugly-fitting lid, thus generating steam. Exposure to steam at the final stage of cooking causes improvement in shape and appearance of the cooked eggs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Edwin J. Stacey
  • Patent number: 8230848
    Abstract: A cooking surface for a grill includes a cylindrical fire column. Food placed on the grill surface directly above the fire column will be impinged by the heat of the heat source, made even more intense by the upward, directional flow of air through the fire column. Food placed on the grill surface but not directly above the fire column can be cooked with indirect heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Augustine Fou, Joseph Fou
  • Patent number: 8127757
    Abstract: An outdoor cooking apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus features a cabinet having a firebox that heats an oven interior within the cabinet. The firebox also cooks food items placed on a grill panel that is supported above the firebox with a grill support frame. The firebox and grill support frame can be removably attachable to the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Norman Bourgeois
  • Publication number: 20120024171
    Abstract: An accessory (10) for converting a grill (G) into a smoker comprises a sheet that sits vertically through a cooking grate (R) portion of the grill and resting on a charcoal grate (P) to divide the grill, when a cover (C) is placed over it into a heat chamber (HC) and a smoke chamber (SC). Wood (W) is smoldered on charcoal (B) in the heat chamber and food to be smoked is placed on a portion of the cooking grate within the smoke chamber. The sheet has holes (20) or vents (24), or a combination of holes and vents to allow passage of heated air from the heat chamber into the smoke chamber to smoke the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Robert T. Estes
  • Patent number: 8092850
    Abstract: An offset barbeque smoker grille has an openable cover shaped as the elongated back portion of a quadruped and the products of combustion are applied to meat on said grille with the cover closed and at least one restrictor is included in said fourth flow path to hold smoke in contact with said meat wherein a meat treatment apparatus is used as a smoker. The cooking and smoking uses counter flow from the firebox near the head of the quadruped under the cooking and smoking chambers toward the rump of the quadruped and back over the top of the cooking chambers to provide even cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Russell A. Marr
  • Publication number: 20110268853
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a smoker with multiple separate drawers for smoking meat, fish, sausage, etc. In an example embodiment, one drawer may contain water and another drawer may contain smoking material such as wood chips. The sliding drawers enable the maintenance of a stable smoking temperature and offer a safer means to replenish water and/or wood during the actual smoking operation. The multiple drawers allow a user to add wood and/or water without opening the smoking chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Jared I. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8042459
    Abstract: A grill with a removable smoker unit comprises a pan, a body, a pan cover, a smoker unit and a socket unit, wherein the smoker unit comprises a smoker box and a heating tube member with two plug terminals. The smoker unit is removably mounted on one side of the body, wherein there is a hole in the pan where the smoker unit inserts into the body, and a removable insulation lid mounted on the hole. The socket unit is mounted in the body, and provides electrical connection. The socket unit has holes for receiving the plug terminals. The grill with these structures not only has the conventional functions, but also provides an optional smoking function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (China) Enterprises Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chunyu Wu
  • Publication number: 20110217441
    Abstract: A barbecue cooking apparatus is provided. The barbecue cooking apparatus includes a firebox comprising a housing having solid walls. A charcoal tray is disposed within the housing, and one or more vents are disposed in the housing above the charcoal tray. One or more vents are disposed in the charcoal tray. An upper interior chamber within the housing above the charcoal tray is configured to hold wood and charcoal. A lower interior chamber within the housing below the charcoal tray is configured to provide a volume for the collection of wood ash. A duct is attached to the housing and forms a passageway from the lower interior chamber for heated air and wood smoke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: William H. Karau
  • Patent number: 7984672
    Abstract: A smoking system for cooking food products includes a controller, a smoke generator electrically coupled to the controller, a smoke chamber including first and second trolleys juxtaposed side-by-side, and a first duct with opposed ends directly coupled to the smoke generator and the smoke chamber. The system further includes a plurality of circulation motors, second and third ducts directly coupled to the motors and the trolleys respectively, and a cleaning section in fluid communication with the first and second trolleys. A ventilation motor is directly connected to the cleaning section, and a fifth duct is provided with an associated damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Yong Sung Yun
  • Patent number: 7946220
    Abstract: A method for regulating a cooking process of a cooking product in an oven of a steamer, during which the moisture in the oven coming from the cooking product is at least periodically determined over time by a moisture sensor. During a measuring phase there is no introduction of steam into the steam oven and the moisture sensor is evaluated. For a given cooking process with fixed times for the supply of steam, on the basis of the moisture sensor evaluation during the measuring phase, the end of cooking is determined. Prior to the measuring phase and during a steam phase, steam is introduced into the oven, the steam supply being terminated following the steam phase and prior to the measuring phase during a ventilating phase. During the ventilating phase the steam concentration in the oven is greatly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: E.G.O. Elektro-Geraetebau GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Ose, Michael Riffel, Wilfried Schilling, Konrad Schoenemann
  • Patent number: 7938285
    Abstract: A wood chip soaking apparatus has a fluid holding base container having end walls suited for supporting at least one, and suitably two, or even more, wood chip baskets in the container for pre-soaking the wood chips to be added to a barbeque heat source. Wood chips are preferably supported in the base container on handles projecting from the wood chip baskets. The base container preferably is provided with elevated side walls for supporting the wood chip baskets in an elevated position after soaking for draining the fluid from the baskets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Charcoal Companion Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven Raichlen, Charles Adams
  • Publication number: 20110079153
    Abstract: A System for storing products, in particular sausages, each having a sausage-shaped body and a loop (22), which is fixed to the sausage-shaped body and being used for a pendulously storage of the products (20) on rod-shaped storage devices (50). The System comprises at least one rod-shaped storage device (50) for storing several products (20) by their loops (22) one after another. The system also comprises at least one conveyor device (30) with at least one conveyor element (40) for conveying the products (20) by means of their loops (22) to storage places on the rod-shaped storage device (50). Furthermore, the system comprises at least one damping unit (70, 170) for reducing a swinging motion of the products (20) is positioned at least partially along the rod-shaped storage device (50) such that it abuts on the products (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: POLY-CLIP SYSTEM GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen Reitz, Manfred Waldstädt
  • Patent number: 7900553
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooking using wood pellets comprising: a direct cooking zone; an indirect cooking zone separated from the direct cooking zone by a divider; and a wood pellet burner positioned in the direct cooking zone such that food items in the direct cooking zone will be positioned above the burner. The cooking apparatus has a combustion flow path such that combustion gas from the burner will flow upwardly in the direct cooking zone, then over the divider, and then downwardly into the indirect cooking zone. The downward flow of combustion gas into the indirect cooking zone provides a top down cooking mode for food products placed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Edward C. Maurin
  • Patent number: 7895942
    Abstract: A barbecue cooking apparatus is provided. The barbecue cooking apparatus includes a firebox comprising a housing having solid walls. A charcoal tray is disposed within the housing, and one or more vents are disposed in the housing above the charcoal tray. One or more vents are disposed in the charcoal tray. An upper interior chamber within the housing above the charcoal tray is configured to hold wood and charcoal. A lower interior chamber within the housing below the charcoal tray is configured to provide a volume for the collection of wood ash. A duct is attached to the housing and forms a passageway from the lower interior chamber for heated air and wood smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: William Karau
  • Publication number: 20110038990
    Abstract: A food cooking apparatus includes: a main body having a cooking room therein; a rotation motor transmitting power to a rotating shaft disposed in the cooking room to rotate the rotating shaft; a plurality of rotating plates being connected to the rotating shaft and rotating by interlocking with the rotation of the rotating shaft; a holder detachably formed on the tops of the rotating plates; and a plurality of heaters disposed on the inner side surfaces of the cooking room to generate heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Suk Hyun
  • Patent number: 7866256
    Abstract: A smoker attachment for heating and burning smoking particles for a gas grill includes a housing and end caps. The housing is an elongate hollow member with a triangular cross-section. The housing has open ends and a slot just below the apex. A cavity of the housing holds the smoking particles. End caps cover the open ends. For flavoring food on a gas grill, the smoker assembly, filled with smoking particles, is used in place of one sear bar located directly above one of the gas burner tubes. Heat released from the gas burner tube directly below the base of the smoker attachment causes the smoking particles to ignite and smolder. This smoke flows through the slot in the housing and fills the grill area. During this process, the food being cooked on the grill is flavored by the smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J. Frigo
  • Patent number: 7861705
    Abstract: A vertical food cooker includes: (a) an open-bottomed upper warming portion including: a support frame, a temperature measuring gauge, an adjustable upper air vent, and an openable cooker lid, the support frame including a substantially cylindrical-shaped upper collar and at least two spaced apart rails extending generally downward from the upper collar; (b) a cooker base portion including: a burn chamber, an adjustable base damper to the burn chamber, a substantially planar fire pan at a bottom of the otherwise bottomless burn chamber, and at least three legs; (c) a cooker mid portion between the upper warming portion and the base portion, the mid portion including between about one and about six substantially cylindrically shaped, open-bottomed, independently openable, stacked cooking drawers; and (d) grate brackets attached to the support frame, each of the cooking drawers, and the burn chamber; grill grates being supportable on the grate brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: William C. Hulsey
  • Patent number: 7832330
    Abstract: A cooker to smoker adapter is provided, and in one embodiment the cooker to smoker adapter includes first and second walls constructed to cooperate with a wall of a cooker to provide a fuel containment zone for receipt of fuel to be used in a smoking process. In another embodiment, one of the walls includes at least one aperture to readily permit the addition of fuel to the fuel containment zone. In yet another embodiment, a second aperture is provided in one of the walls, this aperture being adapted to receive a reservoir for a liquid. In a further embodiment, a liquid holding reservoir is provided integral with one of the walls. In another embodiment, stand-alone structures are provided to define a fuel containment zone to permit the burning of fuel while avoiding direct radiant transmission of heat from the fuel containment zone to a food which is being smoked. In one embodiment, the stand-alone structure is adapted to receive a reservoir for water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Donald E. Thompson