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Publication numberUS3073263 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 15, 1963
Filing dateDec 27, 1960
Priority dateDec 27, 1960
Publication numberUS 3073263 A, US 3073263A, US-A-3073263, US3073263 A, US3073263A
InventorsWynkoop Francis Y
Original AssigneeWynkoop Francis Y
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Charcoal igniter and stove
US 3073263 A
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Jan. 15, 1963 WYNKOOP 3,073,263

CHARCOAL IGNITER AND STOVE FIiled Dec. 27, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 m i {E- I I l 1/ [7W K a F /'g. 4 INVENTOR.

FRANCIS Y WYNKOOP ATTORNEY Jan. 15, 1963 F. Y. WYNKOOP' 3,073,263

CHARCOAL IGNITER AND STOVE Filed Dec. 27, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR.

FRANCIS X WYNKOOP ATTORNEY nit 3,tl73,263 CI-IARCGAL IGNITER AND STOVE Francis Y. Wynkoop, 1533 S. Sherman St, Denver, Colo. Filed Dec. 27, 196i), Ser. No. 78,554 16 Claims. (Cl. 110 l) and improved charcoal igniter and stove organization ,adapted in either of the operative arrangements to house and store fuel in position and condition for combustion.

A further object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved charcoal igniter and stove capable in the latter adaptation of ingenious adjustment for the regulation and control of heat output intensity and rate of charge combustion effective to qualify the unit for selective use as both heater and cooker.

A further object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved construction and operative correlation of elements constituting a charcoal igniter and stove unit of diverse utility and distinctive practicality.

A further object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved charcoal igniter and stove unit that is economical of production from readily-available materials in any desired size and capacity, that is conveniently portable in charged condition ready for immediate use in either urban or remote, isolated locations, that is amenable to both continuous and repetitious operation throughout periods of substantially unlimited duration, that is facile of manipulation and operative adjustment, and that is highly efiicient in attainment of the ends for which designed.

With the foregoing and other objects in view, my invention consists in the construction, arrangement, and operative combination of elements as hereinafter set forth, pointed out in the appended claims, and illustrated by the accompanying drawings, in which FIGURE 1 is a side elevation of a typical embodiment of the invention as organized and operatively associated with a conventional grill for ignition of a charcoal fire adjnuctive to the grill; 1

FIGURE 2 is a top plan view, on a relatively-enlarged scale, of the igniter unit according to FIGURE 1 apart from the grill.

FIGURE 3 is a bottom plan view, on the same scale as FIGURE 2, of the igniter unit according to FIGURE 1 apart from the grill, certain elements of the view being broken away to disclose otherwise concealed construction.

FIGURE 4 is a vertical section, on the same scale as FIGURES 2 and 3, taken substantially axially of the organization according to the preceding views with a partial fuel charge present in the igniter, an element of the view being broken away for clarity of illustration and an intermediate length portion of the view being omitted to conserve space.

FIGURE 5 is a side elevation of the igniter unit of FIGURE 1 as adapted within the contemplation of the invention to function in one condition of adjustment as a stove apart from the grill.

FIGURE 6 is a top plan view, on a relatively-enlarged scale, of the organization according to FIGURE 5 as viewed substantially from the zone indicated by the line 6-6.

' tat FIGURE 7 is a top plan view, on the same scale as FIGURE 6, of the organization according to FIGURE 5 as viewed with an upper end element removed substantially from the zone indicated by the line 7-7.

FIGURE 8 is a vertical-section, on a somewhat further enlarged scale taken substantially axially of the organization according to FIGURES 5, 6 and 7. with a partial fuel charge therein, an element of the view being broken away for clarity of illustration and an intermediate length portion of the view being omitted to conserve space.

FIGURE 9 is a transverse section, on the same scale as FIGURES 6 and 7, taken substantially on the indicated line 99 of FIGURE 8.

FIGURE 10 is a transverse section, on the same scale as FIGURE 9 taken substantially on the indicated line lib-19 of FIGURE 8.

The practicality and convenience of charcoal as a fuel .to obviate the delays and annoyances attending such nuisance, in consequence whereof the instant invention is directed to the provision of a charcoal igniter unit uniquely effective to establish prompt combustion of the fuel under all conceivable conditions appropriate for a charcoal fire, in any and every location suitable for such fire, without resort to extraneous aids, and in a manner inhibiting odor or flavor contamination of the fumes naturally emanating from the glowing charcoal. Further, in recognition of and to meet the need for a practical, portable, light-weight, charcoal-fueled stove conveniently employable in remote primitive areas, as by hunters, fishermen, campers, tourists, and others, as both a cooking and heating facility, the invention embraces adaptation of the unique igniter unit primary thereto, with full retention of the properties and capabilities distinguishing the same, to function with regulable generation of heat as a practical facility for the cooking of food, or as a long-persistent source of space heat, either or both.

In accordance with and to give effect to the principles of the invention, the organization represented by FIG- URES l4, inclusive, of the drawings typically exemplifies any expedient construction of the novel and improved charcoal igniter unit. As shown, the numeral 10 designates a right-cylindrical, tubular member of substantially-rigid, fire-resistant material, such as sheet metal, formed with open ends in simulation of a length of stovepipe, which it may well be, of desired size, proportions, and capacity. The member 19 houses a right-cylindrical, tubular basket 11 of substantially-rigid, fire-resistant, reticulate or foraminous material, such as wire netting, formed with open ends to a length approximating that of the member 10 and to a diameter substantially less than that of said member, which basket 11 is secured to and retained in coaxial relation with the surrounding member by means of Z-shaped brackets 12 aflixed to and spanning between corresponding ends of the member and basket in an angularly-spaced arrangement effective to establish a uniform annular clearance separating the cylindrical walls of the member and basket and to project the latter at one. end axially of and outwardly beyond the corresponding end of the member with consequent retraction of the other end of the basket inwardly with respect to the adjacent end of the member. Three of the brackets 12 desirably are applied in a uniform angui amazes 3 lar spacing at each end of the member and basket assembly to permanently engage, as bywelding, or other- WlSQdVi'th the structures they interconnect, and the said brackets securing the inwardly-retracted end of the basket to the outer member are disposed with their intermediate webportions substantially coplanar with and vradial of the retracted end of the basket to provide a support plane inwardly paralleling the adjacent end of the member 19, as hereinafter discussed; The outward 1 end projection of the basket 11 is diametrically traversed by a bar 13, expediently a metal strap inserted on edge through openings of the basket material and bent at the ticality, two handles 14 of like construction are associated with the member 19 in a right-angular spacing thereabout,.each of which handles is expediently formed froma length of metal rod material bent to outline an elongated, rectangularloop whereof the narrow end portions are similarly bent to perpendicular relation with the intermediate portion of the loop to determine a shal- 1ow,-U-shaped frame adapted to clip loosely over and diametrically of the open lend of the member 10, said intermediate portion of the loop desirably being laterally r braced andstifiened by means of plates 14 engaged with and to bridge between the parallel rod lengths thereof.

Contrived'as shown and described, each handle 14 is operatively related to the member 10 by means of a hinge strap 15 a'liixed exteriorly to and inwardly adjacent the upper end ofsaid member in rotation-accommodating engagement over and about one of the narrow end members of the handle loop thereby disposed tangentially and parallel to a diameter of the member, whereby the handle is attached to the member to swing in a plane axially thereof between extension radially and outwardly from the member, as in FIGURE 1, and diametric bridging coaction with and across the open end of the member, as in FIGURE 4. In radial extension from the appropriate for simultaneous grasps by both hands of an operator, and when swung to close diametrically over the end of the member the rod element closing the narrow end of the loop at the free end of each handle 14 latchably engages and is yieldably retained by a spring keeper 16 suitably formed and alfixedto the member 1-0, whereby the handles 14 are held in a crossed, closing relation over. the upper end of the member which provides convenient means for one-hand manipulation of a consequently-compact unit assembly.

Organized as thus far described the unit is operable as a charcoal igniter when appropriately charged with the fuel, an important practical; advantage of the invention being the ease with which the igniter unit may be so charged ready for and in advance'of use with minimum exposure to smudging and soiling resulting from direct contact, with the fuel, Given a supply of charcoal briquets, such as are commonly available, and paper, such as sections of newsprint, wherein to individually wrap s the briquets, the'latter are grippedthrough and loosely enveloped, in a crumpled paper cover and successively placed through the upper end of the unit, from which the handles 14 have been cleared, interiorly of thebasket 1 1 as a fuel charge of desired amount within the capacity of the basket retained against escape from the container ment of the wrappings with the intersticed basket and with each other, and by the bar 13 partially obstructing the lower end of the container, all as typified by FIG- URE 4 wherein the numeral 17 designates individual wrapped components of a minimal fuel charge in place. Obviously, the basket 11 may be charged with fuel in the manner described at any time, and at any place, found to be convenient and may be so readied apart from the site, and long in advance, of intended igniter use to facilitate storage and transportation of the unit in condition for immediate operation, in which event the handles 14 are. latched in obstructing relation with the upper end of the member 1%) to inhibit escape of fuel charge components therethrough incidental to inversion and diverse positioning of the charged unit. Fuel-charged as above set forth, the igniter unit is applied to use through engagement of the projecting lower end of the basket 11 with the desired site-of the tire to be initiated thereby, such as a pit floor, ground area, gridiron, or grill 18 of a brazier 1?, FZGURE l, and consequent support of the assembly with its axis substantially upright, displacement of the handles 14 from obstructing traverse of the upper end of the member 10 and to projection radially from the same, and subsequent firing of the fuel component wrappings accessible at the exposed lower end of the basket. Fired in the placement described, the fuel component wrappings burn and flame with a high intensity promoted and stimulated by uprise of induced air flow through the charge and about the same in the annular space separating the basket 11 from the member 1t ample input of air requisite for combustion being accommodated by the spacing of the lower end of the member 19 upwardly from the adjacent end of the basket 11 functioning to support the unit and free escape of the products of combustion being furthered by the absence of obstruction restricting the open upper end of the unit. Directly subject to the high intensity flame of the burning wrappings, the charcoal components of the fuel charge promptly fire and glow under a positive ignition that persists after the very brief, almost momentary, combustion of the wrappings which, as they burn, fall and are borne away as fly ash to release the glowing charcoal briquets for collection and deposit as an active bed of fire separable from the igniter unit through the lower end of the basket 11 as the unit is lifted away from a solid support by means of the handles 14, or in consequence of gravity release through and collection below a supporting gridiron or grill from which the igniter unit is removed upon exhaustion of its charge. Heat output from the, unit functioning as an igniter in the manner described, though of brief duration, obviously may be availed of for any and all transient purposes, cooking, spacewarming, and other, for which it is adequate.

' Should it be desired to augment and intensify the flash ignition efiect of the unit operated as above set forth, as may be appropriate in connection with the use of large-diameter unit assemblies housing extensive fuel charges, compact fuel charges, and charges'of fuels other and more resistant to ignition than charcoal, supplementary air flow effectively for such purpose may be established centrally and through the charge of the unit by means of an auxiliary, open-ended tube 20 of foraminous or reticulate, heat-resistant material substantially equal in length to and diametrically much smaller than thebasket 11 disposed coaxially of the latter in supported relation upon the bar 13 expediently received in a notch diametrically of and opening axially and outwardly from one end of said tube 2%. When utilized, the auxiliary tube 26 is applied to its association with the basket 11 before introduction of the fuel charge thereto and the through the space between cooking and space heating purposes through operative,

separable association with adjunctive base, plate, and adapter features adjustable for selective regulation of combustion initiated within the unit as above set forth. Coactable with the otherwise open top of the igniter unit as support for cooking utensils subject to heat therethrough and adjustable relative to the unit top for regulative effect upon combustion within the unit, the adjunctive plate feature of the improvement is a preferably square sheet 21 of stiff, heat-resistant material sized to completely cover over the upper end of the member in moderate marginal projection therebeyond, and legs 22 fixed to project perpendicularly from the underside of said sheet in a number, angular spacing, and pattern corresponding with the arrangement of the radially-disposed, intermediate webs of the brackets 12 conjoining upper ends of said member and the basket 11. Ex-

;pediently of channel form in transverse section and bevelled at their free ends to facilitate their engagement within the upper end of the member 10, the legs 22 are of suitable stiff, heat-resistant material and alike in a length exceeding the inward offset of the radial webs of the brackets 12 from theupper end of the member 10, so that in an angular adjustment of the sheet 21 relative to and in centered coaction with the upper end of the member 10 effective to register the legs 22 with said webs of the brackets the free ends of said legs engage and rest upon the said radial webs of the brackets to support the sheet in stable position of use in an upward separation from the end of the said member, as in FIGURES 5 and 8, whereby to maintain open a passage for air and gas outflow from the unit conducive to combustion-promoting draft through the latter, while when the sheet 21 is displaced angularly away from registration of its legs 22 with the bracket webs, the said legs enter and descend freely between the member and basket 11 to accommodate closing of the plate directly over and against the upper end of the member with consequent check of vapor flow upwardly and outwardly of the unit assembly. In either elevated or lowered relation with the member 10, the sheet 21 is subject to the heat of combustion within theunit and is hence adapted to function as a stove top surface in a usual manner, and since it is normally quite hot when in use, said sheet may be provided with means, such as holes at its corners, facilitating manipulation and adjustment thereof through the instrumentality of twigs, wire hooks, and the like.

The base feature adjunctively qualifying the igniter unit assembly to function as a stove within the contemplation of the invention is'a shallow, circular receptacle 23 of substantially-rigid, heat-resistant material formed to open upwardly in a diameter materially exceeding that of the member 19 and an axial depth exceeding the projection of the basket 11 beyond the lower end of said member when supported generally parallel to and in a spacing upwardly away from contactwith an appropriate horizontal surface by means, such as spaced legs 24, de-

sirably three in number, alfixed thereto to extend with stabilizing effect radially therebeyond. The receptacle 23 houses a circular array of independent, arcuate bands 25, alike in an angular extent approximating a half circle,

spirally correlated and uniformly spaced apart in a fixed v 6 V of the latter to telescopically accommodate the projecting lower end of the basket 11 therewithin.

The adjunctive adapter feature utilized in coaction with the base feature above described to condition the igniter unit for operation as a stove is characterized by an annulus 2'7 of suitable rigid material formed with a major diameter as greater as, or slightly exceeding, that of the receptacle 23 and a diameter of central opening approximating the interior diameter of the member 10. The

annulus 2'7 is arranged for selective, detachable association with the igniter unit as a radial flange exteriorly circumscribing the lower end of the member 10, for which purpose angle lugs 23 fixed in an angular spacing to the lower surface of said annulus correspondingly intrude radially of the central opening thereof to dispose their inner end legs as downwardly-directed determinants of a concentric, circular, open area conformably receptive of the projecting end of the basket 11, whereby engagement of the inner legs of the lugs 28 with and exteriorly about the projecting end of the basket is availed of to center the annulus 27 relative to the igniter unit as a flange abutting the member 10 in radial and outward extension therefrom and in substantial registration of the central opening of the annulus with the interior of said member. The downturned leg of each lug 28 is opposed by a keeper 29 disposed interiorly of the projecting end of the basket 11 for reaction to a bolt 30 traversing the lug leg, basket and keeper in a manner to clamp said elements together and thereby retain the annulus 27 in mounted relation on and in use association with the igniter unit. Equipped with the annulus 27 as shown and described, the igniter unit is operatively and adjustably correlated with the base adjunct to realize the purposes of the stove adaptation by means of L-shaped fingers 31 fixedly depending from and angularly spaced about the lower surface of said annulus as elements of a circular.

array complementary to the bands 25 receivable in close clearing relation within the upward opening of the receptacle 23. Each finger 31 attaches to the annulus 27 at the end of a vertically-disposed leg sized for accommodation between the bands 25 and adjacent wall of the receptacle 23 in such manner as to present its other leg as an inward, radial extension spacedly parallel to said annulus positioned to engage at its lower margin with and rest upon one of the bands 25. The inwardly-directed, radially-disposed legs of the fingers 31 are alike of a width, or dimension axially of the igniter unit, slidably receivable in the spiral throats separating adjacent bands 25, as above described, and said legs are alike spaced from the annulus 27 a distance such as to close the latter over and against the upper end of the receptacle 23 when said legs are engaged in and at the limit of their travel inwardly and downwardly through said spiral throats, whereby to qualify the bands 25 and fingers 31 as coacting components of a bayonet joint effective to separably and adjustably couple the igniter unit to the base.

With the annulus 27 assembled thereto as illustrated and explained, the igniter unit retains the capabilities of the organization first described and may be utilized apart from the base and with or without the plate adjunct for effective ignition of charcoal fires, adequate input of air of combustion being available radially and inwardly under and upwardly through said annulus. As so conditioned, utility of the igniter unit is readily enlarged through simple association with the base and plate adjuncts whereby it is adapted to function as a stove, it being manifest that such operable association results when the fingers 31 of the unit assembly are entered within the receptacle 23 and engaged to rest upon the bands 25 therewithin and the plate 21 is applied tothe upper end of the consequently-upright igniter unit supported by and in centered relation with the base. Angularly adjustable in its mounted position between elevated and closing relation with the upper end of the member 10, as above aovaaea discussed, the plate 21 is applicable-as an effective outflow damper for consequent regulation of draft, in addi tion whereto the correlation of the unit assembly with the base had'through the bayonet joint comprised from the bands 25 and fingers 31 provides effective selective regulation of draft, or air of combustion, in coming to angular adjustment ofthe igniter unit relative to the base in one direction acts through the interengagement of the supporting fingers 31 and spiral throats defined by the bands 25 to lower the unit until the annulus 27 closes against the base for interruption of air input to the unit, while angular adjustment of the unit in the opposite direction relative to the baseserves to elevate the annulus away from the basemargin and to support the same in any desired spacing permissive of air inflow. Regulable as to draft in the manner and by the means set forth, a fire once ignited within the basket 11 maybe controlled as to intensity and duration for many hours of heat out- 1 put from an initial fuel charge.

,sertaole in and to transversely obstruct the lower end of the basket, in which arrangement the auxiliary tube 26,

when utilized, may be elevated from the bar 13 and based upon said grid or grate, as in FIGURE 4.

, Since changes, variations, and modifications in the form, construction, and arrangement of the elements shown and described may be had without departing from the spirit of my invention, I wish to be understood as being limited solely by the scope of the appended claims, rather than by any details of the illustrative showing and foregoing description.

' I claim as my invention:

1. A charcoal igniter and stove comprising a straight elongated, tubular member of solid, heat-resistant material open at its ends a straight, elongated tubular basket of permeable, heat-resistant material open at its ends fixedly adapted to traverse said member in peripherallyspaced relation therewith, means connecting said basket to and coaxially of said member in relative axial displacement effective to extend one end of the basket outwardly from and beyond the corresponding end of the member, a charge-retaining bar diametrically traversing the otherwise open, projecting end of said basket, and manipulating means exteriorly associated with said member adjacent the end thereof remote from the basket end projection.

2. A charcoal igniter and stove comprising a tubular member of solid, heat-resistant material open at its ends, a tubular basket of permeable, heat-resistant material formed with open ends to approximate the length of said member in a diarneter materially less than that of the latter, angularly-spaced brackets connecting said basket to and coaxially of said member with one end of the basket projecting through and outwardly beyond the cor responding end of the member, charge-retaining means partially obstructing the otherwise open, projecting end of said basket, and manipulating means exteriorly and hingedly associated with said member adjacent the end thereof remote from the basket end projection selectively adjustable to extend radially and outwardly from the member and alternatively to close diametrically over the adjacent open end thereof. 1

3. A charcoal igniter and stove comprising a tubular member of solid, heat-resistant material open at its ends,

a tubular basket of permeable, heat-resistant material the fuel in the basketll, since it is fully apparent that projecting through and outwardly beyond the corresponding end of the member, a bar fixed diametrically of and partially obstructing the otherwise open, projecting end of the basket, manipulating means exteriorly and hingedly associated with said member adjacent the end thereof remote from the basket end projection selectively adjustable to extend radially and outwardly from the member and alternatively toclose diametrically over the adjacent open end thereof, and a keeper on said member releasably coactable with and to retain said latter means when closed over the member end.

4. The organization according to claim 3, together with a tube of permeable, heat-resistant materal separably upstanding from said bar within and spaced inwardly from said basket.

5. The organization according to claim 3, wherein said manipulating means comprise a pair of like, rigid, elongated, rectangular loops having rod elements closing their narrow ends correspondingly offset from the major plane of the loop in a spacing longitudinally of the latter adapted to receive the end of the member, a strap hingedly securing a rod element of each said loop to and tangentially against the exterior of the member in a spacing from the adjacent end thereof approximating the displacement of the element from the plane of its loop, said straps being spaced apart angularly of the member to dispose the associated loops for divergent outward and radial extension from the member at times, and a plate stifily yoking the long side elements of each said loop, said keeper being formed as a spring clip affixed to and exteriorly of the member in position to latch over the rod element at the unhinged end of a loop disposed to traverse the adjacent end of the member.

6. YA charcoal igniter and stove comprising a tubular' member of solid, heat-resistant material open at its ends, a tubular basket of permeable, heat-resistant material formed With'open ends to approximate the length of said member in a diameter materially less than that of the latter, angularly-spaced brackets connecting said basket to and coaxially of said member with one end of the basket projecting through and outwardly beyond the corre sponding end of the member as a lower end support for the assembly in use and the other end of the basket retracted inwardly from the adjacent, operatively-upper, end of said member, the brackets c'onjoining said member and basket at said operatively-upper end thereof being formed with coplanar web portions closing between and radially of the member and basket parallel to and adjacent the transverse upper end plane of the basket, charge-retaining means-partially obstructing the lower end of said basket, manipulating means exteriorly and hingedly associated with said member selectively adjustable to extend radially and outwardly therefrom and alternatively to close diametrically over the open upper end thereof, a heat-resistant plate adapted to rest upon and close the upper end of said member, and legs adapted for end engagement with the said web portions of the brackets fixedly projecting from the under side of said plate in a number and angular spacing appropriate to register with said web portions and a uniform length exceeding the inward retraction of the web portion plane with respect to the adjacent end of said member, whereby adjustment of said plate to end engagement of said legs with said web portions eifects support of the plate in elevated, spaced relation with the upper end ofthe member and release of said legs from 'such engagement with the web portions effects direct, closing engagement of the plate against the member upper end as a result of leg accommodation in the space separating the basket and member.

7. A charcoal igniter and stove comprising a tubular member of solid, heat-resistant material open at its ends, a tubular basket of permeable, heat-resistant material formed with open ends to approximate the length of said member in a diameter materially less than that of the latter, angularly-spaced brackets connecting said basket 9 to and coaxially of said member with one end of the basket projecting through and outwardly beyond the corresponding end of the member as a lower end support for the assembly in use and the other end of said basket retracted inwardly from the adjacent, operatively-upper, end of said member, charge-retaining means partially obstructing the lower end of said basket, manipulating means exteriorly and hingedly associated with said member selectively adjustable to extend radially and outwardly therefrom and alternatively to close diametrically over the open upper end thereof, a heat-resistant plate separably and selectively coactable with the open upper end of said member adjustable thereon between closing and upwardly-spaced relation therewith, a base having an upwardlycpen receptacle adapted to separably receive the lower end of the axially-upright basket, an annulus separably coactable with the lower end of said member as a radially-outward flange exteriorly circumscribing the same in opposition to and as a closure for said receptacle, and complementary joint components carried by said annulus and receptacle reactive to relative rotation of the latter to intercouple the same for selective adjustment of said annulus into and upwardly away from closing coaction with the receptacle.

8. The organization according to claim 7, together with a grate separably supported within and transversely of the lower end of said basket.

9. The organization according to claim 7, together with a grate separably supported within and transversely of the lower end of said basket and a tube of permeable, heat-resistant material separably upstanding from said grate within and spaced inwardly from the basket.

10. The organization according to claim 7, wherein said annulus mounts angle lugs intruding in an angular spacing radially thereof adapted for inner end engagement against and attachment to the lower end of the basket.

11. The organization according to claim 7, wherein said complementary joint components comprise acircular array of spaced, spirally-correlated, independent elements defining spiral throats concentrically within and spaced from the circumscribing walls of the receptacle adapted to loosely embrace the lower end of the basket, and fingers latchably cooperable with said throats fixedly depending from said annulus.

12. A charcoal igniter and stove comprising lengthcoextensive, straight, elongated, outer solid and inner permeable tubular components formed with open ends of heat-resistant material coaxially associated as a unit to define an annular space therebetween in a fixed relative axial displacement effective to extend the inner component outwardly from the outer component at the operatively-lo wer end of the unit and to retract said inner component inwardly of the outer component at the operatively-upper end of the unit, a charge-retaining bar diametrically traversing the lower end of the inner component, and manipulating means exteriorly associated with said outer component.

13. The organization according to claim 12, wherein said manipulating means are hinged to the outer component to extend radially and outwardly therefrom and alternatively to latchably close over the upper end thereof.

14. The organization according to claim 12, together with a tube of permeable, heat-resistant material separably upstanding from said charge-retaining bar within and spaced inwardly from said inner component.

15. The organization according to claim 12, together with an imperforate, fiat plate of heat-resistant material separably and adjustably coactable with the upper end of said outer component to close thereover and alternatively angularly adjustable to position in relatively-elevated, supported relation therewith.

16. The organization according to claim 12, together with a plate of heat-resistant material separably and adjustably coactable with the upper end of said outer component to close thereover and alternatively toposition in relatively-elevated, supported relation therewith, a base having an open-top receptacle diametrically exceeding said outer component, a radial flange separably and exteriorly circumscribing the lower end of said outer component adapted to close over said receptacle, and means detachably intercoupling said flange and receptacle reactive to relative rotation thereof to selectively close said flange over the receptacle and to support the component unit from and concentrically of said base in a variable elevation of said flange relative to the receptacle.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification126/25.00B, 126/290, 126/163.00R, 126/9.00R
International ClassificationA47J37/07
Cooperative ClassificationA47J37/079
European ClassificationA47J37/07L2