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y 6, 1970 R. D. GRIAMPRIE 3,513,564
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United States Patent 3,513,564 GARMENT, BOOT AND MITTEN DRYER Robert D. Gramprie, 5968 M-171, Oscoda, Mich. 48750 Filed Mar. 21,1968, Ser. No. 715,013 Int. Cl. F2611 25/00 U.S. Cl. 34 104 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A clothes dryer provided with closed tubes having open lower ends and vents in the upper end sections thereof, means for heating air and forcing it into said tubes, and means for controlling the volume of air forced through said vents.
This invention relates to a garment, boot and mitten dryer, and more particularly to a dryer having a plurality of closed tubes provided with vents for channeling the outlet of air flow through the tubes and through the articles being dried or warmed.
Another object is to provide a simple, practical and economical dryer formed of few parts and over which wet or damp garments can be spread and dried without the use of clamps or other fastening means.
A further object is to provide a dryer including a selector plate for controlling the entrance of hot air into the individual tubes and provide means for utilizing any one or any pair of tubes when drying.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide a dryer which will not stretch the garment to be dried out of shape, and which can be formed of a minimum number of parts, all of which can be economically manufactured and assembled at minimum cost.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a lightweight compact dryer construction of neat and pleasing appearance, which is readily movable from place to place, and provide means for controlling the temperature of the air forced into the tubes and out of the vents for drying purposes when the dryer is in operation.
With the above and other objects in view, the present invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts, hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and more particularly pointed out in the appended claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the form, size, proportion and minor details of construction without departing from the spirit, or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of my dryer, the broken lines showing a boot and a mitten mounted in position for drying.
FIG. 2 is a top plan view.
FIG. 3 is a sectional, elevational view, taken on the line 3-3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a sectional plan view, taken on the line 44 of FIG. 3, the one face of the selector plate being cross-hatched to more clearly show the outline of the plate.
FIG. 5 is a detail showing the hub mounting.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing in which I have shown the preferred embodiment of my in- 3,513,564 Patented May 26, 1970 vention. The numeral 8 indicates the base of the dryer on which the body 9 is mounted and which is preferably but not necessarily formed of plastic or other desired ma terial, and includes a plurality of hollow tubular members 11 open at the bottom and closed at the top, with the exception of a plurality of relatively small air outlet vents 12 arranged in any desired pattern. A hub 13 is provided on the lower end of the body of the dryer, and a flat selector plate 1 4, provided with a centrally disposed opening 15, accommodating hub 13, and is formed with a projecting tab 16 on the edge of the plate which projects beyond the wall of the dryer so that it can be readily grasped for manual operation when desired. A motor mounting bracket 17 is secured to the hub 13, and a conventional motor M is mounted in said bracket. A fan blade 18 is mounted on the motor shaft and forms a part of the assembly. A plurality of circumferentially spaced apart coil supports 19 are provided on the base. A heating coil 20 is mounted on the supports 19 and leads to switch 21 by suitable wires, and this switch can be either a push button, mercury, or toggle switch, and can be connected in a conventional manner as desired. The lower end of the body '9 is secured to the coil supports 19, and an ornamental grill 23 forms a closure for the space between the lower end of the body and the base, and also provides for intake of air and operator protection from heating coil and fan when the dryer is in operation.
Referring now to FIG. 4 of the drawing where the switch and selector tabs are shown, in both solid and broken line position, to indicate on and off position of the switch 21 and the partial or full open position of the selector plate. The operation of the dryer is as follows: After the material to be dried is placed in position on the selected tubes, the operator actuates the switch to energize the fan and heating coil from motor M, forcing warm air into the open end of the tubular members 11, and this air then flows through the outlet vents 12 and through the damp, wet, or cold material being dried or warmed. If desired, the selector plate may be moved to shut 011 some of the tubular members, thus directing more heated air through the remaining tubular members in use for faster drying or warming.
From the foregoing description it will be obvious that I have described one form of the invention that is not restricted, but may be made in many ways within the scope of the appended claims.
1. A drying device for garments and the like comprisa base member;
a plurality of drying tubes, circumferentially spaced about an axis, projecting from said base member and adapted to receive the article to be dried thereon; said tube being open at one end and including apertures near the other end;
fan means for forcing air into the open ends of said tubes and out the apertures thereof;
heating means for heating the air forced through the tubes;
a bafile rotatably mounted about said axis on said base member and selectively forming a closure for the open ends of selected ones of said tubes; said baflle including a radially extending vane rotatable from a removed non-blocking position in a path to selectively block each of said tubes; and
means for moving said battle in a rotary path.
2. A device as set forth in claim 1 wherein said bafile includes a plurality of said radially extending vanes which are conjointly rotatable from removed non-blocking positions to air-stream blocking positions adjacent selected ones of said tubes.
3. A device as set forth in claim 1 wherein each of said drying tubes include a plurality of axially spaced apertures.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,443,695 6/1948 Russell 34104 4 Jarmain 34-239 XR Lovelace 34-104 Edmonds 34-104 Roberts et al. 34-104 FOREIGN PATENTS France.
DONLEY J. STOCKING, Primary Examiner 10 H. B. RAMEY, Assistant Examiner