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Publication numberUS2521220 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 5, 1950
Filing dateJun 27, 1949
Priority dateJun 27, 1949
Publication numberUS 2521220 A, US 2521220A, US-A-2521220, US2521220 A, US2521220A
InventorsHuntington James M
Original AssigneeHuntington James M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Barbeque spit structure
US 2521220 A
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p 1950 J. M. HUNTINGTON 2,521,220

BARBECUE SPIT STRUCTURE Filed June 27, 1949 /RMES l/l. HUNT/N670,


Patented Sept. 1950.


Application June 27, 1949, Serial No. 101,530

1 Claim.

This invention relates to barbecue equipment and particularly pertains to a barbecue spit structure.

For the last few years it has been usual to employ portable barbecue equipment for outside service. More recently masonry barbecues have been built and used. These, for the most part, are fitted with suitable means for supporting one or more barbecue spits. In view of the varying sizes and designs it is desirable to provide a spit support which may be easily placed in operative position or removed, and which may be easily adapted to be seated over the firebox of barbecue equipment regardless of its shape or size.

The present invention contemplates the provision of a frame structure which is collapsible and which is designed to accommodate one or more spits.

The invention is illustrated by way of example in the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a view in plan showing the construction of the frame and its application to an opening over a barbecue firebox.

Fig. 2 is a view in end elevation showing the 'apron structure by which a portion of the firebox opening may be closed.

Fig. 3 is a view in plan showing the frame structure as being folded.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, It indicates a rear upright frame element, and l I indicates a front angle-shaped frame element. The elements I9 and II are articulately connected at their ends by rods I2 and I3. These rods are preferably formed with a straight portion and upwardly extending bent portions I4 by which the frame elements It] and II are hinged together and the structure may be allowed to collapse in the manner indicated in Fig. 3 of the drawings.

The frame members ID and I I are formed near their opposite ends with loops I5 which are struck outwardly from the metal and provide openings from which removable rods I6 may be held. These rods may be of any desired length and will span the opening over the firebox of a barbecue. The rear frame portion II), as previously stated, forms an upwardly extending section, the upper edge of this section is formed with a plurality of notches IT. The forward frame member II has a horizontal apron portion I8 and a vertical portion I9. The vertical portion I9 is formed with notches 20 agreeing in alignment with the notches ll of the rear portion I0 when the structure is unfolded. The notches are preferably square and receive squared lengths 2| of spits 22. These spits are fitted with handles 23 which are shielded from the fire by the apron I8 and when the spit is raised out of a notch it may be rotated and then replaced in the notches so that articles being cooked on the spit may be held firmly in their rotative position. This insures that the article to be cooked may be easily turned and positioned to best cooking advantage with relation to the fire.

In operation of the present invention the structure is first assembled by connecting the front and rear sections I9 and II through the medium of the rods I2 and I3. The pivots It make it possible for the frame sections I0 and I I to shift laterally with relation to each other and to move toward each other in a collapsed position. After the frame structure has been unfolded the supporting rods I6 may be inserted through the members i5 so that the unfolded frame structure may be disposed to rest upon the barbecue and will be supported over the fire. A desired number of spits 22 may then be placed in position in the notches I1 and 20 of the rear and front frame sections ill and II. When the device is not required the spits 22 are removed and this will allow the frame members l0 and II to be in relative shifting movement toward each other as indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 1. The frame structure may then be collapsed and will occupy a relatively small space so that it can be packed easily or easily transported from place to place.

It will thus be seen that the spit frame structure here disclosed is simple in its construction, is decidedly economical as to material and manufacturing costs, and that the device may be easily folded or unfolded and adapted for use over a barbecue fire opening of any dimensions or size. While I have shown the preferred form of my invention as now known to me, it will be understood that various changes may be made in combination, construction and arrangement of parts by those skilled in the art, without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

A foldable barbecue spit frame structure comprising a rear vertical plate, a front plate of angle section having a vertical portion extending in a plane parallel to the plane of the rear vertical plate, a horizontal apron portion at an angle thereto, tubular bearing members extending vertically and carried at the ends of the front and rear frame sections, connecting rods formed with end portions bent to extend into said tubular bearing members whereby the front and rear frame sections may be disposed in spaced parallel relation to each other or may be moved to a folded position with the vertical portions of the frame sections substantially against each other, notches formed in the upper edges of each of said frame sections, a spit adapted to seat Within corresponding notches in the two frame sections, tubular bearing members carried by the front and rear frame sections and extending horizontally, with the openings of 'the bearing members on each frame section being in longitudinal alignment, and supporting rods designed to be inserted through said longitudinally aligned bearing members on said frame sectionsto pro.-

vide a support for the entire frame structure'over 1 a firebox opening.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

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U.S. Classification99/419, 99/421.0HH
International ClassificationA47J37/04
Cooperative ClassificationA47J37/041
European ClassificationA47J37/04A