Title:
Detachable stove and barbecue combination
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A detachable stove and barbecue combination being used as both heater and barbecue at the same time, which comprises a hollow compartment comprising an opening for loading fuel thereinto, and a detachable internal gridiron for placing meat thereon; a flue pipe on top of the compartment and in communication therewith for escaping smoke generated by burning fuel; and a support on underside of the compartment, the support having a predetermined height for mounting the compartment above the ground by the predetermined distance, enabling the combination to be detachable for eliminating the drawbacks of being bulky, not easy to move and not easy to clean.



Inventors:
Yu, Shu-feng (Sindian City, TW)
Application Number:
11/102650
Publication Date:
10/12/2006
Filing Date:
04/11/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
126/25R, 126/58
International Classes:
F24C1/00
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Primary Examiner:
BASICHAS, ALFRED
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BACON & THOMAS, PLLC (ALEXANDRIA, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A stove and barbecue combination having detachable components, comprising: a hollow compartment comprising an opening for loading fuel thereinto, and a detachable internal gridiron for placing meat thereon; a flue pipe on top of the compartment and comprising at least two sections; and a support on underside of the compartment, the support having a predetermined height for mounting the compartment above the ground by the predetermined distance.

2. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, wherein the compartment further comprises a meshwork hingedly connected to the opening, the meshwork being adapted to close the opening by pivoting, a latch bolt on an edge of the meshwork proximate an outer surface of the compartment, and a strike on the outer surface of the compartment proximate the opening.

3. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, further comprising a fresh air inlet on the outer surface of the compartment between bottom of the compartment and the opening, and an air inlet control on one side of the fresh air inlet.

4. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, further comprising two handles on opposite sides of the outer surface of the compartment.

5. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, wherein the compartment further comprises: an upper housing including a top flue collar connected to the flue pipe; and a lower housing having a lower portion secured to the support by means of a plurality of bolt and nut combinations; wherein the lower housing further comprises an arcuate top recess, and the upper housing further comprises a arcuate bottom recess matched the top recess of the lower housing and secured together by driving a plurality of bolt and nut combinations through a plurality of plates.

6. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, wherein the gridiron is pivotably provided in the compartment proximate the opening.

7. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, further comprising a lug on the outer surface of the compartment, and a hook adapted to place on the lug.

8. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 5, wherein one of at least two sections of the flue pipe comprises a coupling end, the other of at least two sections of the flue pipe comprises a mated coupling end facing the coupling end of one section such that the sections are adapted to fasten together by connecting the coupling ends together, and one section further comprises a bottom end facing the compartment, the bottom end being adapted to connect to the flue collar and secure together by driving a plurality of bolt and nut combinations through itself and the flue collar.

9. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, further comprising a top hood above top of the flue pipe and a plurality of posts interconnected the hood and the top of the flue pipe, the posts being of predetermined length for escaping smoke therebetween.

10. The stove and barbecue combination of claim 1, wherein the support comprises an intermediate metal ring and a plurality of legs equally spaced around the ring and fixedly connected thereto, the legs having top ends secured to the compartment by driving a plurality of bolt and nut combinations therethrough.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to heating devices and more particularly to a detachable stove for both outdoor and indoor uses, the stove being adapted to additionally serve as a barbecue while heating.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Temperature is relatively low in high latitude countries or mountains or plateaus of high elevation. People living in above areas typically wear thick clothes for keeping body warm while engaging outdoor activities. Sometimes, those also use temporary shelters as well as heating devices (e.g., stoves). The stoves are typically activated by burning fuel or electricity. Electricity is particularly suitable for activating the stove due to its convenience. However, electricity is typically unavailable in mountains or plateaus of high elevation. Thus, heater or stoves powered by electricity are of no use. Insteadly, fuel only used in a stove in such area is wood, coal, or oil.

A prior stove is shown in FIG. 1. The stove is typically integrally formed (e.g., one formed of ceramic material) or is formed by assembling components by, for example soldering. The stove comprises a large, stable base 21, a column 22 extended upward from the base 21, a substantially round compartment 23 formed on top of the column 22, a meshwork 24 on a front opening of the compartment 23 for preventing ashes from blowing out, and an upright flue pipe 25 formed on top of the meshwork 24 by soldering. The flue pipe 25 may take any form to be shown in different size. In operation a user may move the stove to a suitable location. Next, load fuel (e.g., coal or wood) into the compartment 23 for burning. As a result, heat is generated.

However, the prior stove suffered from a couple of disadvantages. For example, it is bulky and not detachable such that a movement thereof may involve many persons. Further, it is not easy to clean or store since it is not detachable. Thus, it is desirable to provide a novel detach having features such as convenience and decreased manufacturing cost while without the inadequacies of the prior art.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

After considerable research and experimentation, a detachable stove and barbecue combination according to the present invention has been devised so as to overcome the above drawbacks of the prior art.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a detachable stove and barbecue combination and which can be used as both heater and barbecue at the same time. The stove and barbecue combination comprises a hollow compartment comprising an opening for loading fuel thereinto, and a detachable internal gridiron for placing meat thereon; a flue pipe on top of the compartment and in communication therewith for escaping smoke generated by burning fuel; and a support on underside of the compartment, the support having a predetermined height for mounting the compartment above the ground by the predetermined distance. The above components are detachable such that by utilizing the invention prior drawbacks such as being bulky, not easy to move, and not easy to clean are eliminated.

The above and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description taken with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front view of a conventional stove;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of detachable stove and barbecue combination according to the invention with the meshwork being open; and

FIG. 3 is an exploded view of FIG. 2.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIG. 2, there is shown a detachable stove and barbecue combination 100 according to a preferred embodiment of the invention. It comprises a hollow compartment 200 including a front opening 210 and a gridiron 220 in the compartment 200 such that meat can be placed on the gridiron 220 through the opening 210 and fuel can be placed in a space between bottom of the compartment 200 and the gridiron 220. As such, heat generated by burning the fuel can broil meat (e.g., beef) placed on the gridiron 220. The stove and barbecue combination 100 further comprises a flue pipe 300 on top of the compartment 200 and those are both in communication therewith. Thus, smoke generated by burning fuel escapes through the flue pipe 300. The stove and barbecue combination 100 further comprises a support 400 formed on underside of the compartment 200. The support 400 has a sufficient height so as to mount the compartment 200 above the ground by a predetermined distance. Also, each component described above is detachable, thereby eliminating drawbacks such as being bulky, not easy to move, and not easy to clean associated with prior stove.

Referring to FIG. 3, in the embodiment the compartment 200 comprises a meshwork 230 hingedly connected to the opening 210. The meshwork 230 is adapted to close the opening 210 by pivoting. A latch bolt 233 is formed on an edge of the meshwork 230 proximate an outer surface of the compartment 200. A strike 235 is formed on the outer surface of the compartment 200 proximate the opening 210. The latch bolt 233 fits into the strike 235 when the meshwork 230 is closed. As such, the meshwork 230 is prevented from opening accidentally. By configuring as above, either fuel in the compartment 200 or meat placed on the gridiron 220 is prevented from leaving out of the compartment 200 or external articles are prevented from entering the compartment 200.

A fresh air inlet 240 is provided on the outer surface of the compartment 200 between bottom of the compartment 200 and the opening 210. An air inlet control 245 is provided on a side of the fresh air inlet 240 and is also disposed on the outer surface of the compartment 200. The air inlet control 245 is adapted to open or close the fresh air inlet 240 for controlling air flowing through the fresh air inlet 240. This can optimize burning efficiency. Moreover, two handles 250 are provided on opposite sides of the outer surface of the compartment 200 for facilitating movement of the stove and barbecue combination 100.

Referring to FIG. 3 again, in the preferred embodiment of the invention the compartment 200 consists of an upper housing 260 and a lower housing 270. Two arcuate recesses 263 are either formed on top of the lower housing 270 and the bottom of the upper housing 260 to help coupling each other. The coupled recesses 263 can be engaged prior to securing together by driving a plurality of fasteners (e.g., bolt and nut combinations) 500 through a plurality of plates 265. As a result, the upper and lower housings 260 and 270 are formed as a unit. A flue collar 261 is provided on top of the upper housing 260. The flue collar 261 is adapted to connect to the flue pipe 300. Further, a lower portion of the lower housing 270 is secured to the support 400 by means of a plurality of bolt and nut combinations 500.

The gridiron 220 is pivotably provided in the compartment 200 proximate the opening 210. Accordingly, the gridiron 220 is adapted to move in or out of the opening 210 of the stove and barbecue combination 100 by pivoting. Also, the gridiron 220 can be easily detached or assembled for replacing with a new one. The gridiron 220 is too hot to be touched by the hand when the stove and barbecue combination 100 is operating. As such, a hook 225 is used to pull the gridiron 220 out of the compartment 200 prior to placing meat thereon. Next, push the hook 225 toward inside of the compartment 200 for pushing the gridiron 220 back into the compartment 200. A lug 255 is formed on the outer surface of the compartment 200 (e.g., on the outer surface of the lower housing 270). The hook 225 may place on the lug 255 when it is not in use.

Referring to FIG. 3 again, in the preferred embodiment the flue pipe 300 comprises at least two sections 310. One section 310 has a coupling end 313 facing a mated coupling end 313 of the other section 310. As such, the sections 310 can be fastened together by connecting the coupling ends 313 together (i.e., the flue pipe 300 is assembled). One section 310 has a bottom enlarged end 314 facing the compartment 200 but opposing the top coupling end 313. The enlarged end 314 is adapted to connect to the flue collar 261 prior to securing together by driving a plurality of fasteners (e.g., bolt and nut combinations) 500 through itself and the flue collar 261.

A top hood 315 is provided above top of the flue pipe 300 for preventing external objects or rain from falling into the flue pipe 300. A plurality of posts 317 are interconnected the hood 315 and top of the flue pipe 300. The posts 31 are of predetermined length for forming a plurality of openings for escaping smoke and preventing external objects from falling into the flue pipe 300.

Referring to FIG. 3 again, in the preferred embodiment the support 400 comprises an intermediate metal ring 410 and a plurality of legs 420 fixedly connected to the ring 410. Also, the legs 420 are equally spaced around the ring 410. Top ends of the legs 420 are secured to the compartment 200 by driving a plurality of fasteners (e.g., bolt and nut combinations) 500 therethrough. As such, the legs 420 are adapted to support the stove and barbecue combination 100 and the ring 410 are also adapted to support the compartment 200 above the ground by a predetermined distance.

Referring to FIG. 2 again, in the preferred embodiment of the invention the stove and barbecue combination 100 is adapted to serve as a heater in an indoor or outdoor environment. Also, the stove and barbecue combination 100 can broil meat while being served as heater. In use a user may open the opening 210 to fill fuel (e.g., wood or coal) on bottom of the lower housing 270 and place meat on the gridiron 220 in the upper housing 260. Meat on the gridiron 220 is thus broiled by heat generated by burning fuel in the lower housing 270. Also, the user may fit the latch bolt 233 into the strike 235 to close the meshwork 230. The user is therefore prevented from being hurt by fire inside the compartment 200. In brief, heating and barbecue can be done at the same time by the invention.

While the invention herein disclosed has been described by means of specific embodiments, numerous modifications and variations could be made thereto by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention set forth in the claims.