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Fry pot splatter shield

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Title: Fry pot splatter shield.
Abstract: A shield for a fry pot includes a sheet of rectangular, pliable metal that may be formed in a cylindrical shaping to overlap edges of the shield to create an outer diameter substantially equal to an inner diameter of the fry pot. A series of holes in the metal are provided for inserting at least one pair of supports therethrough. At least one of the supports extends through overlapping holes in the shield to secure it in place against an upper edge of a sidewall of the fry pot. ...


- Virginia Beach, VA, US
Inventor: Hilton A. Williams
USPTO Applicaton #: #20060201336 - Class: 099403000 (USPTO) -


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Related Patent Categories: Foods And Beverages: Apparatus, Cooking, Boiler Or Deep Fat Fryer Type
The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20060201336, Fry pot splatter shield.

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[0001] There are no related patent applications.

[0002] The subject matter of the present invention did not receive federal government research and development funding.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] The present invention generally relates to a shield that attaches to a cooking pot. More particularly, the invention relates to a splatter shield that attaches to an upper edge or top of a pot containing oil and that is heated by an open flame.

[0004] It has become popular in recent years to cook turkeys in an oil filled pot known as a "fry pot." Usually a fry pot kit contains a 25 to 40 quart aluminum pot, lid, turkey stand (or basket), and a lift-hook to lower and raise the turkey into the oil. Many dangers exist when using oil filled pots over open flames.

[0005] Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause the pot to overflow with hot oil. This is known as a spillover effect. Since the oil is combustible, a spillover effect may cause the oil to ignite. The ignition of the oil may cause other combustible materials to burn. If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner/flames causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

[0006] Another potential problem is the overheating of oil. Since most fry pots are not equipped with a thermostat, the user must either use a thermometer or guess at the temperature of the oil. If over heated, the oil has the potential to become combustible. Combustion of the oil be the source of a house fire or result serious burns to the user. House fires associated with turkey fryers are a leading source of injuries and property damage.

[0007] A further problem associated with the use of fry pots is splashing of hot oil onto the user when the turkey is lowered into or removed from the oil. Serious and even life threatening burns may result when this occurs.

[0008] The present invention aims to reduce the number of fires associated with the use of a fry pot, as well as the risk of injury to a user of a fry pot. All of the aforementioned problems are solved or diminished by the use of the instant invention.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0009] The present invention is a splatter shield comprising a lightweight sheet of metal or other heat and flame resistant material that is fashioned in a manner to extend a sidewall of a fry pot. By extending the sidewall of the fry pot, the risk of spillover of hot oil is greatly diminished. Thus, the risks of personal injury and starting a fire are reduced when the present invention is utilized.

[0010] The splatter shield includes a pair of supports that communicate with an upper edge or lip of the fry pot to secure the shield in place during use. Holes are provided at predetermined distances around the shield to allow the shield to be adjusted for use with various sized fry pots. The shield includes two overlapping edges. A portion of at least one of the supports extends through overlapping adjustment holes to prevent the edges of the support from separating during use.

[0011] After use, the splatter shield may be easily disassembled, cleaned and stored inside the fry pot by simply disengaging the shield supports from the upper lip of the fry pot and removing them from the holes in the shield. The oil contained within the fry pot may then be drained and the interior of the pot wiped clean. Next, the ends of the shield are overlapped to create a cylinder having an exterior radius smaller than an interior radius of the pot. The shield is then deposited into the fry pot along with the shield supports. The lid is placed on top of the lip of the fry pot.

[0012] It is an object of the invention to provide a shield that extends the sidewall of a fry pot to prevent spillover of hot oil.

[0013] It is another object of the invention to provide a shield that is easily stored within the fry pot when not in use.

[0014] These and other objects of the invention and advantages of the invention will be set forth, appear in part or become apparent after considering the specification and accompanying drawings. It is to be realized that the following embodiments of the invention have been represented in their simplest form for ease in understanding the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0015] FIG. 1A is an elevation perspective view of a prior art fry pot and showing a turkey to be cooked in hot oil over a flame. FIG. 1B is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 1B and showing the turkey positioned on a lifting rack above the hot oil. FIG. 1C is a plan view of the prior art fry pot of FIGS. 1A and 1B and showing the interior radius of the fry pot.

[0016] FIG. 2 is a cross-section view showing the turkey being lowered into the hot oil. Oil has spilled over a lip of the fry pot creating a hazardous condition.

[0017] FIG. 3 is an elevation view of the present invention showing the shield in an unassembled manner.

[0018] FIG. 4A is a perspective view of the present invention showing the shield configured for use. FIG. 4B is a plan view of the shield shown in FIG. 4A and showing the exterior radius of the shield.

[0019] FIG. 5A is a perspective view of a shield support member. FIG. 5B is an elevation view of the shield support member shown in FIG. 5A.

[0020] FIG. 6 is an exploded, perspective view of the shield, lid and fry pot.

[0021] FIG. 7A is a perspective view of the shield shown assembled and installed in the fry pot. FIG. 7B is a partial cross-sectional view of FIG. 7A.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0022] The following is the preferred embodiment or best mode for carrying out the invention. It should be noted that this invention is not limited by the discussion of the preferred embodiment and should only be defined by the appended claims.

[0023] In FIGS. 1A and 1B, a turkey 110 is lowered into a fry pot 100 via a lifting rack 116. The fry pot 100 includes a sidewall 102 and bottom 104. A lip 108 defines an opening 106. This opening comprises a radius r.sub.1, as shown in FIG. 1C. Oil 112 is heated through heat transferred from fire 114.

[0024] FIG. 2 shows the turkey 110 being fully deposited into the pot 100. The amount of displacement created by the turkey 110 when initially deposited into the heated oil may cause spillover 113 of the oil to create a hazardous condition. For example, the spillover 113 may splash onto the user or cause a flash fire should it reach flames 114.

[0025] FIGS. 3 and 4 show the instant invention. In FIG. 3, the shield 1 is shown in a flattened state. In FIG. 4, the shield 1 is assembled with the supports 21 shown in FIGS. 5A and 5B and ready for being attached to the lip 108 as shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B.

[0026] The shield 1 comprises a plurality of holes 3 arranged in a row across side 8 near bottom 5. Preferably, the distance between bottom 5 and the plurality of holes 3 is less than the distance between top 7 and the plurality of holes 3. That is, the distance d.sub.1 defined between the plurality of holes 3 and bottom 5 is smaller than the distance d.sub.2 defined between the plurality of holes 3 and top 7. The holes 3 are preferably square or rectangular in shape. Side 8 includes two ends 9A and 9B. These ends may be overlapped to create a cylindrically-shaped shield as shown in FIG. 4A. The ends 9 may be kept in an overlapping position by inserting a portion of support 21 through two overlapping holes, as shown in FIG. 4A. Typically, curved edge 25 is inserted into the overlapping holes.

[0027] The support 21 comprises a long side 29 including an upper curved edge 23 rolled or folded in a first direction. A short side 27 includes a lower curved edge 27 rolled in a second direction opposite the first direction, as shown. Preferably, the support 21 is formed from a single piece or strip of sheet metal. The sheet metal is folded to create a long side and short side. The end of each of these sides is rolled as shown in FIGS. 5A and 5B.

[0028] FIGS. 6 and 7 show how the shield 1 communicates with fry pot 100. FIG. 6 is a partial exploded view showing the shield 1 assembled but disengaged from the pot 100. The exterior radius of the shield r.sub.2, as shown in FIG. 4B, is less than the interior radius of the fry pot r.sub.1, as shown in FIG. 1C. It should be noted that radius r.sub.2 is defined at a point where the two edges 9 overlap. Shield 1 is inserted into opening 106 such that curved edge 23 rests atop lip 108, as shown in FIGS. 7A and 7B. Lid 101 is then situated onto top 7 of shield 1. The outer radius r.sub.2 varies from bottom 5 to top 7. The radius may vary because the material that comprises shield 1 is flexible or pliable and is secured near bottom 5 allowing overlapping edges 9 to slightly separate near the top 7. At top 7, the radius is large enough to allow lid 101 to be appropriately seated.

[0029] It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the exact construction illustrated and described above. Various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

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Application #
US 20060201336 A1
Publish Date
09/14/2006
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