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Title:
A DIRECT AND INDIRECT HEAT PELLET GRILL SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/005469
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
This invention relates to a grill system that achieves direct and indirect heat functionality through one or more mechanisms including a heat deflector within the cooking chamber that is adjustable through a repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector in relation to the burner from a location external to the cooking chamber when the grilling system is in cooking operation. The system may also provide a drip tray with louvers or other apertures placed over the burner area for further optimizing transfer of direct heat to the cooking area.

Inventors:
MEASOM TY (US)
BENNETT BRETT (US)
Application Number:
US2018/037025
Publication Date:
January 03, 2019
Filing Date:
June 12, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
LOGAN OUTDOOR PRODUCTS LLC (US)
International Classes:
A47J37/06; A47J37/07; F24B13/02
Foreign References:
CA2776929A12013-11-11
US20070157918A12007-07-12
US6314868B12001-11-13
US3757765A1973-09-11
US5653159A1997-08-05
Other References:
CAMP CHEF: "Woodwind SG Pellet Grill", YOUTUBE, 11 July 2018 (2018-07-11), XP054979193, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20180908]
See also references of EP 3644810A4
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FRISCHKNECHT, Preston P. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

I claim:

1. A direct and indirect heat grilling system, comprising:

a cooking chamber;

a burner adj acent to the cooking chamber;

a heat deflector within the cooking chamber, the heat deflector location adjustable with respect to the burner; and

heat deflector repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector in relation to the burner from a location external to the cooking chamber when the grilling system is in cooking operation.

2. The grilling system of claim 1, the heat deflector capable of adjustment to a first position generally above the burner for providing indirect heat to a cooking surface during cooking operation, and further capable of adjustment to a second position generally to a side of the burner for providing direct heat to a cooking surface during cooking operation.

3. The grilling system of claim 1 wherein the heat deflector is laterally repositionable with respect to the burner.

4. The grilling system of claim 2 wherein the heat deflector may be selectively repositioned to one or more of locations generally above the burner, generally to the left of the burner, or generally to the right of the burner.

5. The grilling system of claim 1, the heat deflector repositioning means comprised of

one or more tracks to which the heat deflector is attached and along which the heat deflector may travel and

one or more control means for allowing a user to reposition the heat deflector along the one or more tracks.

6. The grilling system of claim 2, further comprising a drip tray with a first plurality of apertures generally located above the burner, the drip tray capable of communicating direct heat from the burner when the heat deflector is in the second position.

7. The grilling system of claim 1, wherein the grilling system is a pellet grill system.

8. The grilling system of claim 1, wherein the burner is stationary.

9. The grilling system of claim 1, wherein the cooking chamber has a body and access panel for allowing a user to open and close the cooking chamber during cooking operation.

10. A direct and indirect heat pellet grill system, comprising:

a cooking chamber;

a stationary burner adjacent to the cooking chamber;

a heat deflector within the cooking chamber, the heat deflector repositionable with respect to the stationary burner; and

heat deflector repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector in relation to the stationary burner from a location external to the cooking chamber when the grilling system is in cooking operation, the means comprised of one or more tracks to which the heat deflector is attached and along which the heat deflector may travel and one or more control means for allowing a user to reposition the heat deflector along the one or more tracks.

11. The grilling system of claim 10, the heat deflector capable of adjustment to a first position generally above the burner for providing indirect heat to a cooking surface during cooking operation, and further capable of adjustment to a second position generally to a side of the burner for providing direct heat to a cooking surface during cooking operation.

12. The grilling system of claim 10 wherein the heat deflector is laterally repositionable with respect to the burner.

13. The grilling system of claim 10 wherein the heat deflector may be selectively repositioned to one or more locations generally above the burner, generally to the left of the burner, or generally to the right of the burner.

14. The grilling system of claim 1, wherein the cooking chamber has a body and access panel for allowing a user to open and close the cooking chamber during cooking operation.

15. The grilling system of claim 11, further comprising a drip tray with a first plurality of apertures generally located above the burner, the drip tray capable of communicating direct heat from the burner when the heat deflector is in the second position.

16. A direct and indirect heat pellet grill system, comprising:

a cooking chamber;

a stationary burner adjacent to the cooking chamber;

a heat deflector within the cooking chamber, the heat deflector repositionable with respect to the stationary burner; and

a heat deflector repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector in relation to the stationary burner from a location external to the cooking chamber when the grilling system is in cooking operation, the means comprised of one or more tracks to which the heat deflector is attached and along which the heat deflector may travel and one or more control means for allowing a user to reposition the heat deflector along the one or more tracks, wherein the heat deflector is capable of adjustment to a first position generally above the burner for providing indirect heat to a cooking surface during cooking operation, and further capable of adjustment to a second position generally to a side of the burner for providing direct heat to a cooking surface during cooking operation.

Description:
DESCRIPTION OF A DIRECT AND INDIRECT HEAT

PELLET GRILL SYSTEM TECHNICAL FIELD AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY OF THE INVENTION

[0001] This invention relates to a grill system achieves direct and indirect heat functionality through one or more mechanisms including a heat deflector within the cooking chamber that is adjustable through a repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector in relation to the burner from a location external to the cooking chamber when the grilling system is in cooking operation. The system also provides a drip tray with louvers or other apertures placed over the burner area for further optimizing transfer of direct heat to the cooking area.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] Pellet grills are cookers that combine elements of charcoal smokers, gas grills, and kitchen ovens. They are fueled by wood pellets and infuse food with smoky flavor associated with charcoal grills and smokers, with the convenience of gas grills, and the temperature control of traditional indoor ovens. Pellet grills can smoke as well as grill and bake using an electronic control panel to automatically feed fuel to the fire, regulate the grill's airflow, and maintain consistent cooking temperatures. Despite increasing market differentiation in pellet grills, certain features and functionality remain elusive or suboptimal. For example, there is a notable absence of features in pellet grills that allow for direct heat operations, including optimal searing, grilling, and other direct heat-preferred methods.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

[0003] In accordance with the above, a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system is provided. The system achieves both direct and indirect heat functionality in a pellet grill through one or more mechanisms comprising a cooking chamber, a burner adj acent to or within the cooking chamber, a heat deflector plate within the cooking chamber, the heat deflector plate location adjustable with respect to the burner; and heat deflector repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector plate in relation to the burner from a location external to the cooking chamber when the grilling system is in cooking operation. The system also provides a drip tray with louvers or other apertures placed over the burner area for further optimizing transfer of direct heat to the cooking area. The problem of providing adjustable direct and indirect heat in a pellet grill is therefore solved. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

[0004] To further clarify the above and other aspects of the present invention, a more particular description of the invention will be rendered by reference to specific embodiments thereof which are illustrated in the appended drawings. It is appreciated that these drawings depict only typical embodiments of the invention and are therefore not to be considered limiting of its scope. The drawings may not be drawn to scale. The invention will be described and explained with additional specificity and detail through use of the accompanying drawings in which:

[0005] Figure 1 is a front perspective view of one embodiment of a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system.

[0006] Figure 2 is a front perspective view of one embodiment of an interior of a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system, with an open cooking chamber.

[0007] Figure 3 is a bottom perspective, partial view of one embodiment of a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system.

[0008] Figure 4 is a front perspective, partial view of the cooking chamber of one embodiment of a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system with heat deflector in a first position.

[0009] Figure 5, is a front perspective, partial view of the cooking chamber of one embodiment of a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system with heat deflector in a second position.

[0010] Figure 6, is a front perspective, partial view of the cooking chamber of one embodiment of a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system with heat deflector in a third position.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION AND

MODES FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

[0011] The present invention in its various embodiments, some of which are depicted in the figures herein, is a direct and indirect heat pellet grill system. Figures 1 and 2 depict one embodiment of the pellet grill system 100. In various embodiments, the system 100 may include (but is not limited to) a pellet grill with: a cooking chamber 101; one or more support legs 102; an exhaust vent and/or chimney 103; a pellet hopper 104; a pellet auger 105; a burner 106; a heat deflector plate 107; an ash collector 108; a drip bucket 109; a drip tray 110; and one or more cooking racks 111. Cooking chamber 101 may be substantially enclosed and have a body and one or more access panels for allowing a user to open and close the cooking chamber 101 during cooking operation. Any number of other features or components common to grills or pellet grill systems may be included. Likewise, the system structure described above and below may be incorporated within grills, stoves, or barbeques that are not pellet grills without departing from the purposes and scope of the invention.

[0012] The system 100 achieves variable heat functionality in a pellet grill through one or more mechanisms. For example, in preferred embodiments, the system 100 provides adjustable, direct and/or indirect heat within the cooking chamber 101 facilitated by a heat deflector plate 107 repositionable with respect to the burner 106. In various embodiments, heat deflector plate 107 has a top and two or more sides and is connected to and/or in communication with a pull rod 113, at least one end of which is accessible from the exterior of the cooking chamber 101. Heat deflector plate 107 is adjacent to, in communication with, and/or slidable on, one or more heat deflector plate rails or tracks 112a, 112b located within or adjacent to the cooking chamber 101, preferably near the bottom thereof. Depending on the embodiment, heat deflector plate 107 may be repositionable with respect to a burner 106 that is stationary and/or fixed within or adjacent to the cooking chamber 101.

[0013] In various embodiments, the pull rod 113 may form one or more of heat deflector plate rails 112a, 112b. Heat deflector plate 107, pull rod 113, and one or more heat deflector plate rails 112a, 112b collectively make up a heat deflector repositioning means that allows a user to reposition the heat deflector plate 107 in relation to a burner 106 from a location external to the cooking chamber 101 when the grilling system is in cooking operation. The heat deflector repositioning means therefore allows a user to select the location of the heat deflector plate with respect to the burner from among a number of different potential locations (some of which are described in more detail below) in order to achieve direct heat, indirect heat, or variations between in cooking operations.

[0014] Referring briefly to Figure 3, in some embodiments, one or more stops 202 may be incorporated in or adjacent to the rails 112a, 112b to limit or govern the movement or positioning of the heat deflector plate 107. In the illustrated embodiment, rails 112a, 112b are be positioned on opposite sides of the burner 106 and parallel to a longitudinal axis of the cooking chamber 101. However, the heat deflector repositioning means, including the number and configuration of rails, may be structured in various different ways without departing from the purposes and scope of the invention.

[0015] Figures 4 through 6 show one example of the functionality and position options relating to the heat deflector repositioning means of the system 100. Referring now to Figures 4 and 6, the heat deflector plate 107 of the illustrated embodiment is capable of adjustment and/or placement to one or more positions generally to the right or left of the burner 106 for providing direct heat (e.g., for searing or grilling) to a cooking surface within the cooking chamber 101 during cooking operation. In such positions, the burner flame may hit the bottom of the drip tray 110 directly. Referring to Figure 5, the heat deflector plate 107 is also capable of adjustment to a position generally above the burner 106 for providing indirect heat to a cooking surface within the cooking chamber 101 during cooking operation. In this position, the heat deflector plate 107 blocks the flame from the burner 106. Any number of intermediate positions or subsets of the above positions may be used to achieve a combination of direct and/or indirect heat. The system 100, may therefore be capable of a number of different cooking modes that correspond to the different positions of the heath deflector plate 107.

[0016] Direct heat functionality may also be enhanced in the system 100 through specific drip tray 110 configuration. Referring now to Figure 2, the drip tray 110 may have a plurality of fixed louvers or other apertures 201 which, when the drip tray 110 is in use, is located over or adj acent to the burner area to allow direct heat to the one or more cooking racks 111 when the heat deflector 107 is positioned away from the burner area for direct heat mode. Various embodiments may include louvers and/or other aperture configurations concentrated in certain areas or throughout the drip tray 110.

[0017] Thus configured, embodiments of the present invention provide a direct heat pellet grill system with adjustable, direct heat through an external pull rod capable of removing the grill' s heat deflector from the burner area, and a drip tray with louvers or other apertures over the burner area. The problem of providing direct heat in a pellet grill for searing and/or grilling, in addition to the more traditional functions of a pellet grill, is therefore solved.

[0018] The present invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from its spirit or essential characteristics. The described embodiments are to be considered in all respects only as illustrative and not restrictive. The scope of the invention is, therefore, indicated by the appended claims rather than by the foregoing description. All changes which come within the meaning and range of equivalency of the claims are to be embraced within their scope.