US 20060288997 A1
A mobile portable steam table with a chafing dish system heated by liquid propane gas (LPG), to keep previously cooked meats and vegetables warm and moist through a water medium reservoir intimately involved directly beneath and holding the chafing dishes.
1. A mobile steam table, comprising:
a tubular main frame;
a gas burner attached to said tubular main frame;
a holding pan supported by said tubular main frame above said gas burner, said holding pan adapted to hold a liquid therein and transfer heat from said gas burner to the water upon operation of said burner;
a plurality of walls attached about said tubular main frame to form an enclosed stored space accessible via at least one of said plurality of walls, the least one of said plurality of walls pivotally attached to said tubular main frame; and
a plurality of wheels pivotally attached to said tubular main frame to render the cart mobile.
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This invention relates to food maintenance, and in particular to keeping prepared food warm.
Typically, when having a Barbecue or cookout, the cook grills meats, such as chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. After the food is prepared, there is no place to set the food down except an available table. This placement of food takes up valuable table space that could otherwise be used for something else. After a while the prepared food dries out and gets cold and hard. When placed in this situation, guests and friends take their food out of the container on the table, place it on their plates and head for the kitchen to warm their food, for example, on a stove or in the microwave oven. This creates the problem of people going in and out of the house, causing unwanted traffic, unintentionally tracking dirt in and out of the house, and possibly accidentally dropping or spilling food on the floor. This is where the portable steam table of the invention comes into play.
While not being limited to a particular theory, the portable steam table in accordance with the invention was created preferably for the weekend griller, and eliminates all of the problems stated above. According to the preferred embodiments, after the food is cooked (e.g., grilled, baked, fried, steamed, broiled, roasted, prepared, poached, seared), the cooked food is placed in chafing pans on the portable steam table. Now anyone wanting the cooked food can take his or her plate to the portable steam table and proceed to fill their plates with the food, which has been kept warm, moist and as desired for eating. The portable steam table keeps food moist and delicious for hours at a temperature warm for human consumption, yet not hot enough to recook or burn the food.
The invention will be described in conjunction with the following drawings in which like reference numerals designate like elements and wherein:
According to the preferred embodiments of the invention, a mobile steam table includes a tubular main frame, a gas (e.g., liquid propane) burner, a water reservoir holding pan, enclosed storage space, and wheels associated to render the cart mobile. An exemplary tubular main frame 1 is shown in a partial cross sectional view. Currently a half-inch square hollow low carbon steel tubing is being utilized, although the invention is not limited thereto.
While not being limited to a particular theory, the preferred dimensions of the steam table are about 25″×38″×45″ with a frame that is about ½ inch and hollow formed of low carbon steel, and with all the tubing welded in place. The chafing pan is made of stainless steel.
The chafing dish holding pan 21 preferably holds about 4 to 5 gallons of water and includes a drain with a shut off valve 23 (e.g., about ¾ inch) along its bottom side to make it easier to drain the water from the chafing pan. During operating of the steam table, the water is heated with a fuel (e.g., liquid propane) in a container (e.g., about 20-25 lbs.), which sits on a stand. The stand includes supports (e.g., three L-shaped stays of about one inch) to hold the container or tank in place. The steam table also includes an automatic lighting igniter, many of which are well known in the art. In the preferred embodiments, the steam table includes four wheels, each wheel being about six inches and a handle (e.g. about three inches) to make the steam table mobile. That is, with the wheels 25, the steam table can be moved from place to place very easily. Of course, the steam table can be stored outside just like known grills, and it is made of materials known to be easy to clean. It goes without saying that, like all other gas operated appliances, the steam table should be used with the utmost care for safety.
It is understood that the portable steam table described and shown are exemplary indications of preferred embodiments of the invention, and are given by way of illustration only. In other words, the concept of the present invention may be readily applied to a variety of preferred embodiments, including those disclosed herein. While the invention has been described in detail and with reference to specific examples thereof, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that various changes and modifications can be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope thereof. Without further elaboration the foregoing will so fully illustrate the invention that others may, by applying current or future knowledge, readily adapt the same for use under various conditions of service.