US 1248234 A
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APPLICATION FILED JULY 24. 1914- 18fi341h Patented Nov. 27, 191?.
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CORN POPPER. APPLICATION FILED JULY 24. 1914.
Patented Nov. 27, 1917.
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JAMES WORTH, F LINEVILLE, IOWA, ASSIGNOJR, 0F ONE-HALF TO ROBERT D. PARKS,
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, JAMES WORTH, a citizen of the United States, residing at Lineville, in the county of Wayne and State of Iowa, have invented new and useful Improvements in Corn-Poppers, of which the following is a specification.
This lnvention relates to corn poppers and more particularly to portable corn popping cabinets. One of the principal objects of the invention is to provide a cabinet of the character set forth which is of novel construction and in which the heating element as Well as that portion of the popping receptacle supporting the material to be popped will be protected from air currents so asto prevent the conduction of'heat away from the receptacle and an unsteady flame from the heating element.
Further objects of the invention will appear as the following description is read in.
a connection with the accompanying drawing, which forms a part of this application, and
Figure 1 is aside elevation. Fig. 2 is a top plan view, with the cover in table forming position.
- Fig. 3 is a vertical section on the line 33 of Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is a' similar section on the line 44 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a-vertical sectional view taken through the popping pot or receptacle.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, -11 represents a suitable running gear of any preferred form and which is preferably supplied with springs 2 upon. which the rectangular bottom frame 4 of the cabinet is mounted. V 'Exten'ding vertically from the frame 4 are the corner uprights 5 and the intermediate uprights 6, all of which are joined together by the horizontal bars 7 and by the cross bars 8, 9 and 10. The uprights 5 at one end of the cabinet are joined to the uprights 6 by horizontal bars 11 and 12, the latter extending the full length of the cabinet and being connected tothe other corner u rights. One side of, the cabinetis complete y covered byany suitable material, such as tin, sheet metal orthe like, as indicated at 13, and both ends are covered from the top to the cross bars 8 and 10 by similar materlal, as indicated at 14. The
opposite side is completely covered between Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed. July 24, 1914. Serial No. 852,875.
zontal bar 7 and the top of the cabinet is closed by a door 17 which is hinged to the .vertical upright 6.
Thecrectangular' frame 4 has mounted therein a bottom member 18 upon which are slidably mounted the drawers 19 and 20 operating between the-corner uprights, the rectangular frame and the cross bar 8 upon one side and the rectangular frame and the cross bar 10 upon the opposite side.
The lower-longitudinal bars 7 between the uprights'6 and the uprights 5 atone end of the frame are connected by cross-bars 20 supporting a partition 21 dividing this end of the cabinet into upper and lower compartments, the latter containing said drawer 20. The upper longitudinal bars 7 are connected by cross-bars 22 which support a two-part platform practically sub-dividing said upper compartment. The platform is made up of parts or members 23 and 24 standing in thesame horizontal plane and spaced at their inner edges to leave an open ing 25 as best seen in Fig. 4, and within such. opening stands a fixed burner 26 whose fiuid'fuel is fed through a valved pipe from a supply tank 27 as seen.- The entire cornpartment may be closed by the door 17 as seen in Figs. 1 and 4, but when this door is swung open the operator has access to the valve in the fuel supply pipe which is beneath the platform and to the popping mechanism (described below) Which is located entirely above the platform whereas the burner stands midway withinthe opening between the parts of said platform.
Hinged to one of the intermediate uprights 6 at a point 28 within the upper compartment and above the'platform therein, is one end of a crane 28 whose body is preferably braced as shown and may swing into the. upper divislon of this compartment.
'The free end of this crane has a supporting -member or horizontal ring 29 upon which thepopping pan or kettle 30 is mounted.
This kettle 1s provided with a lid or cover therefrom, and said shaft has at its on handle longitudinally -ator could give 31 in which and in the associated bearing arm 32 is journaled a vertical stirrer shaft 33 havingstirring fingers 34 upon its lower end.' .The shaft is also provided with a beveled pinion 35 which meshes with a similar pinion 36 upon the operating shaft 37. This shaft is journaled in a bracket 38 carried by the cover and a bracket 39 carried by the outer end of the handle 40 of the kettle which is fixed thereto and projects radialy er and a handle or crank 37' revoluble beyond the end of the radial handle 40.
Thus it will be seen that the corn within the kettle may be agitated in a variety of ways. By grasping the handle 40 the kettle 30 may be rotated or oscillated within its ring-shaped support, by
the kettle and ring as the crane turns on its pivot or it is possible that the operthe kettle these movements simultaneously. Also by turning the crank handle 37 the stirrer may be moved within the kettle so as to further agitate its contents. Thus an operator standing at the side of themachine has complete control over the burner and a most thorough control over the corn being popped, and the latter need in no case be burned if he exercises ordinary diligence. If his attention is called to the other end of the apparatus as in making a sale, he can swing open the door 17 and, by drawing on thehandle 40, he can swing the crane and popper entirely out of the cookin compartment and away from its position a ove the flame, and thus cut off the heat temporarily without turning down the burner.- But whether he opens the door or not, he can at any time lift the kettle and its charge of cooked corn (without removin can be swung or hinge 28,
the agitator or stirrer), turn it over, an
and is removably mounted b which they may be removed and again dump the charge into the pan or receptacle 42; after which he recharges the kettle and replaces it in the ring. This pan or receptacle is indicated by the numeral 42 in Fig. 3,
its flange resting upon cross cleats 41 at t e upper end of the cabinet between the upper extremities of one pair of end uprights 5 and those of the intermediate u rights 6, so that the pan is at the top ref t e structure and adjacent the normal position of the kettle. .The pan is provided with a foraminous or screen bot- .tom 43 whose mesh is of suflicient size to pass the unpopped grains of corn which have been emptied therein from the receptacle 30.
These grains fall into the drawer 19 from reciprocating the I off the ring a closed position the receptacle 42 has been removed and arranged in the drawer 19 and the receptacle 30 inserted in that space previously occupied by the receptacle 42.
In the position of the top or cover shown in Fig. 2 it is adapted to act as a shelf or table for supporting any suitable articles.
What is claimed 1s:-
1. In a corn popper,
a crane hinged at one end to the frameworkand having a ring atits other end adapted to swing over the burner, a kettle removably and rotatably supported within the ring and having a fixed radial handle, kettle, a rotary stirrer mounted within the kettle, and operating mechanism for the stirrer carried entirely by the cover and the .work and standing in a plane-below said a cover for the Y the combination with g a framework, and a fixed burner therein; of-
pan, and means for supplying fuel to-said burner; of a crane hinged at one end to one of the intermediate uprights and having a rin at its other end adapted to swing over sai burner, a kettle removably supported within the ring and capable of being swung over the burner or out of a os1- tion above it as desired, and a handle. ed
to said kettle and proj ectm beyond the conand rotably tour of the framework whereby the kettle may be moved as described or may be hfted pan.
. In testimon whereof I aflix: my signature in presence 0 two witnesses.
. JAMES WORTH.
O. G. Sm'rn, 1 W.- O. WmmLsm'rH.
to dump its contents into the