Title:
Waste collector for barbecue grill
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A barbecue grill includes a grill body, and a waste collector. The waste collector includes a support member, and a regulating member. The support member has two side walls each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes each connected to the through hole of the grill body. The regulating member has two side walls each movably mounted in a respective side wall of the support member and each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes each connected to a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member. Thus, the waste collector can regulate the ventilating effect of the grill body, thereby enhancing the cooking efficiency of the barbecue grill.



Inventors:
Chung, Kiosky (Taichung City, TW)
Application Number:
11/139387
Publication Date:
11/30/2006
Filing Date:
05/27/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F24B3/00
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Primary Examiner:
MASHRUWALA, NIKHIL P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SW Patent Office (Sugar Land, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A barbecue grill, comprising: a grill body having a bottom face formed with a through hole; a waste collector mounted on the bottom face of the grill body and facing the through hole of the grill body; wherein the waste collector includes a support member mounted on the bottom face of the grill body and facing the through hole of the grill body, and a regulating member movably mounted on the support member; the support member has two side walls each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes each connected to the through hole of the grill body; the regulating member has two side walls each movably mounted in a respective one of the two side walls of the support member and each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes each connected to a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member.

2. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein the regulating member is movable relative to the support member between a first position where each of the ventilating holes of the regulating member is aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member to provide the maximum ventilating effect, a second position where each of the ventilating holes of the regulating member is partially aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member to regulate the ventilating effect, and a third position where each of the ventilating holes of the regulating member is separated from a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member to form an air seal effect.

3. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein the bottom face of the grill body is provided with two opposite substantially L-shaped guide tracks, and the support member of the waste collector is slidably mounted between the guide tracks of the grill body.

4. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 3, wherein each of the two side walls of the support member has a top edge formed with an outward extended slide plate slidably mounted in a respective one of the guide tracks of the grill body.

5. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein the support member is substantially basin-shaped.

6. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein each of the two side walls of the support member has an end face formed with a guide groove, and each of the two side walls of the regulating member is slidably mounted in the guide groove of a respective one of the two side walls of the support member.

7. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein each of the two side walls of the support member has two ends each formed with an elongated slide slot, and each of the two side walls of the regulating member has two ends each formed with a through hole for mounting a bolt which is slidably mounted in the respective slide slot of the support member to lock the regulating member on the support member and to allow the regulating member to slide relative to the support member.

8. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein the regulating member is substantially U-shaped.

9. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein each of the two side walls of the regulating member has a top edge and a bottom edge each formed with an inward extended rib to reinforce the strength of the regulating member and to provide a limit effect to the support member.

10. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein the regulating member has an end face provided with a handgrip.

11. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 10, wherein the handgrip is mounted on the regulating member by a plurality of locking screws.

12. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 1, wherein when the regulating member is pushed inward relative to the support member, each of the ventilating holes of the regulating member is aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member completely to provide the maximum ventilating effect to the through hole of the grill body.

13. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 12, wherein when the regulating member is pulled outward slightly relative to the support member, each of the ventilating holes of the regulating member is partially aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member to reduce the ventilating effect supplied to the through hole of the grill body.

14. The barbecue grill in accordance with claim 13, wherein when the regulating member is fully pulled outward relative to the support member, each of the ventilating holes of the regulating member is separated from a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member to form an air seal effect.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a waste collector, and more particularly to a waste collector for a barbecue grill.

2. Description of the Related Art

A conventional barbecue grill is used to broil food and comprises a main body having a periphery formed with a plurality of ventilating holes, a cooking grid mounted in the main body, a lid pivotally mounted on the top of the main body, and a waste collector mounted on the bottom of the main body. Thus, when the lid covers the main body, the lid and the main body form a closed space to facilitate the cooking grid broiling and cooking the food. However, each of the ventilating holes of the main body has a fixed size without a possibility of adjustment, so that the ventilating effect provided by the ventilating holes of the main body is fixed, thereby decreasing the cooking efficiency of the barbecue grill. In addition, the waste collector only has a single function, thereby limiting the versatility of the waste collector.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is to mitigate and/or obviate the disadvantage of the conventional barbecue grill.

The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a waste collector having an adjustable ventilating effect.

Another objective of the present invention is to provide a waste collector that can regulate the ventilating effect of the grill body, thereby enhancing the cooking efficiency of the barbecue grill.

A further objective of the present invention is to provide a waste collector, wherein the user only need to drive the regulating member to move relative to the support member to regulate the ventilating effect of the grill body, thereby facilitating the user operating the barbecue grill to cook the food.

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a barbecue grill, comprising:

a grill body having a bottom face formed with a through hole;

a waste collector mounted on the bottom face of the grill body and facing the through hole of the grill body; wherein

the waste collector includes a support member mounted on the bottom face of the grill body and facing the through hole of the grill body, and a regulating member movably mounted on the support member;

the support member has two side walls each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes each connected to the through hole of the grill body;

the regulating member has two side walls each movably mounted in a respective one of the two side walls of the support member and each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes each connected to a respective one of the ventilating holes of the support member.

Further benefits and advantages of the present invention will become apparent after a careful reading of the detailed description with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a barbecue grill in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a partially perspective view of the barbecue grill as shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a waste collector of the barbecue grill as shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the barbecue grill as shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a side plan view of the barbecue grill as shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is a schematic operational view of the waste collector as shown in FIG. 5; and

FIG. 7 is a schematic operational view of the waste collector as shown in FIG. 6.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to the drawings and initially to FIGS. 1-5, a barbecue grill in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a grill body 10 having a bottom face formed with a through hole 15, and a waste collector 20 mounted on the bottom face of the grill body 10 and facing the through hole 15 of the grill body 10.

The waste collector 20 includes a support member 30 mounted on the bottom face of the grill body 10 and facing the through hole 15 of the grill body 10, and a regulating member 40 movably mounted on the support member 30.

The bottom face of the grill body 10 is provided with two opposite substantially L-shaped guide tracks 16 (see FIG. 5), and the support member 30 of the waste collector 20 is slidably mounted between the guide tracks 16 of the grill body 10.

The support member 30 is substantially basin-shaped and has two side walls each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes 35 each connected to the through hole 15 of the grill body 10. Each of the two side walls of the support member 30 has a top edge formed with an outward extended slide plate 31 slidably mounted in a respective one of the guide tracks 16 of the grill body 10. Each of the two side walls of the support member 30 has two ends each formed with an elongated slide slot 32. Each of the two side walls of the support member 30 has an end face formed with a guide groove 33.

The regulating member 40 is substantially U-shaped and has two side walls each movably mounted in a respective one of the two side walls of the support member 30 and each formed with a plurality of elongated ventilating holes 45 each connected to a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30. Each of the two side walls of the regulating member 40 is slidably mounted in the guide groove 33 of a respective one of the two side walls of the support member 30. Each of the two side walls of the regulating member 40 has a top edge and a bottom edge each formed with an inward extended rib 41 to reinforce the strength of the regulating member 40 and to provide a limit effect to the support member 30. Each of the two side walls of the regulating member 40 has two ends each formed with a through hole 42 for mounting a bolt 43 which is slidably mounted in the respective slide slot 32 of the support member 30 to lock the regulating member 40 on the support member 30 and to allow the regulating member 40 to slide relative to the support member 30. The regulating member 40 has an end face provided with a handgrip 46 which is mounted on the regulating member 40 by a plurality of locking screws 47.

Thus, the regulating member 40 is movable relative to the support member 30 between a first position as shown in FIG. 5 where each of the ventilating holes 45 of the regulating member 40 is aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30 to provide the maximum ventilating effect, a second position as shown in FIG. 6 where each of the ventilating holes 45 of the regulating member 40 is partially aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30 to regulate the ventilating effect, and a third position as shown in FIG. 7 where each of the ventilating holes 45 of the regulating member 40 is separated from a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30 to form an air seal effect.

In practice, as shown in FIG. 5, when the regulating member 40 is pushed inward relative to the support member 30, each of the ventilating holes 45 of the regulating member 40 is aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30 completely to provide the maximum ventilating effect to the through hole 15 of the grill body 10, so that the grill body 10 has the maximum fire.

As shown in FIG. 6, when the regulating member 40 is pulled outward slightly relative to the support member 30, each of the ventilating holes 45 of the regulating member 40 is partially aligned with a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30 to reduce the ventilating effect supplied to the through hole 15 of the grill body 10 so as to regulate the fire of the grill body.

As shown in FIG. 7, when the regulating member 40 is fully pulled outward relative to the support member 30, each of the ventilating holes 45 of the regulating member 40 is separated from a respective one of the ventilating holes 35 of the support member 30 to form an air seal effect, so that the grill body 10 has the minimum fire.

Accordingly, the waste collector 20 can regulate the ventilating effect of the grill body, thereby enhancing the cooking efficiency of the barbecue grill. In addition, the user only need to drive the regulating member 40 to move relative to the support member 30 to regulate the ventilating effect of the grill body, thereby facilitating the user operating the barbecue grill to cook the food.

Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment(s) as mentioned above, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the scope of the present invention. It is, therefore, contemplated that the appended claim or claims will cover such modifications and variations that fall within the true scope of the invention.