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United States Patent Inventor Alyson Skipp Hoyland 1 Deer Haven Lane, Route 2, Newfoundland, NJ. 07435 Appl. No. 699,919 Filed Jan. 23, 1968 Patented Dec. 15, I970 TOY COOKING APPARATUS 4 Claims, 7 Drawing Figs.
US. 219/200, 219/391, 219/392, 219/408 Int. Cl A2lb2/00, A21b 1/22, l-l05b 1/00 Field of Search 219/200,
201, 391, 392, 395, 405,408,41 1; l26/l9,2l, 339, 340, 41; 312/223, 236, 317
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,031,995 2/1936 Yost 219/408 2,923,584 2/1960 Broderick, Jr. 312/317 3,368,063 2/1968 Kuhn 219/411 Primary Examiner-Joseph V. Truhe Assistant Examiner-Peter W. Gowdey Attorney-March, Gillette and Wyatt ABSTRACT: A toy cooking apparatus comprising a housing adapted to receive means for holding a comestible which is to be heated or cooked, a plurality of electrical heating means, at least one of the heating means positioned above the holding means and at least one of the heating means positioned below the holding means, the door of the cooking apparatus being secured to the means for holding the comestible-so that the door and the means for holding the comestible move in unison.
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4050 m p bun/v0 B Y 1 'rov' COOKING APPARATUS BACKGROUND or THE INVENTION QBJEc'r OF THE INVENTION Accordingly, it is an object of thepresent invention to providea toy. oven which enables children to'cook or heat food without contactingan open flame, or other-heating means. Another object is to provide a'toy oven'which substantially eliminates the possibility of burns due to contacting heated portions of the apparatus. These andotherobjects of the present invention will be apparent from the following description.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The toy oven of the present invention comprises a housing having a heat reflective inner liner withinthe housing. The
inner liner contains a plurality of slots adapted to receive, pro- BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGS. 1 and 2 areperspective views of the toy oven of theinvention; in FIG. 2 the door has been'pulled open thereby pulling the tray out along with the door.
FIG. 3 is an exploded view showinga portion of the cabinet, the heat reflective inner liner, the back of-the inner liner with heating elements located thereon, andthe attachment of the inner liner to the back of the cabinet FIG. 4 shows the tray attached to the inside of the door and the handle for lifting the\'ay from itssupport.
FIG. 5 is a perspective viewof the back of the housing.
.FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 6-6 of FIG.
FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 77 of FIG. I;
DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring to FIG. 1 of the drawings, the housing 10 comprises an upper shell 11 mounted on a base 12. Upper shell 11 has a large vent 12 in the center of the roof 1 3 and a plurality of smaller vents 14 along the front and rear edges of the roof. The cabinet has a door 15 abutting its front end with a transparent section 16 in the upper portion of the door.
Referring to FIG. 2, door 15 has been opened thereby drawing tray 17 forward with it. Tray 17 slides forward and backward through a slot provided in guard panel 18 mounted within the-front portion of housing l0."Guardpanel 18 20 at the place where the sidewall is closest to the sides of the housing. Prongs 32 at the bottom of inner liner 20 attach the inner liner 20 to housing 10. Attached to the back 19 of housing 10 is the back panel 21 of inner liner 20. Back panel 21 is attached to back 19 of the housing 10 by brackets 22a, 22b and 220. Mounted on back section 21 are-upper light bulb 23 and lower light bulb 24. Bulbs 23'and 24' are so positioned that tray 17 slides between upper bulb 23 and lower bulb24.
FIG. 4 is a view of the inside of door 15 showing theframe 25 supporting tray 17 and attachment of tray- 17 .to door 15. Tray 17 is supported on circular frame 25 having a plurality of outwardly extending U-shaped projections at 25a, 25b, and 25c on each side of the frame. The forward leg of each front projection 25a is attached by any suitable means, such as screws to the inside of door 15. The connecting portion of projections 25a,and 25b and 25c are in alignment. These aligned portions form runners which engage slots inthe inner liner 20. The rearrnost legs of projection 25c are 1 joined and each of these legs has a downwardly projecting portion 25d which prevents frame 25 from being withdrawn completely out of the inner liner 20. Tray lifter 26 provides-means for lifting tray 17 a from frame 25. I
FIG. 5 shows the rear surface 27 of the housing. The rear surface is recessed so as to provide nonprotruding bracket storage means for tray lifter 26,,cutter 28 and electric cord 29. FIG. 6 is a lengthwise cross-sectional view of the interior of the oven. Comestible 30 is shown on tray l7.- Bulbs 23 and 24 provide heat to cook or heat the comestible. v
FIG. 7 is a frontal cross-sectional view of the interior of the oven. The edges of inner liner 20 closest to the sides of the housing form U-shaped slots 3la'and 3lb within which the aligned connecting portions of projections 25a, 25b and 25c slide.
The provision of heating elements above and below tray 17 insures rapid .and uniform heating and cooking. The
downwardly projecting members 25d of frame 25 engage the lower front-panel 21b and prevent complete withdrawal of frame 25 from the inner liner. This eliminates danger of' dropping the comestible as the tray when partly or fully withdrawn, is alwaysmaintained in a horizontal position by its attachment to door 15 and that portion of the runner which remains in slot 31. Guard panel 18 provides an additional safety feature by preventing the operator from inserting his hand or fingers inside inner liner 20. i
While the toy oven has been described using ordinary light I bulbs as heating means, other heating means may be used, such as, for example, infra red heat, micro wave heat, etc. Moreover, the energy source may be provided by batteries as well as electrical outlets. The toy oven may be constructed of any suitable material, such as, for example, metal, plastic, ceramic, etc. I
EXAMPLE The operation of the toy cutting tool will nowbe described. Withelectric cord 29 plugged into an electrical outlet thereby lighting bulbs 23 and 24 and heating the space within inner liner 20, door 15 is then pulled open and a portion of pizza is placed on tray 17. Door 15 is then closed. When the pizza is cooked, which may be determined by observation through the transparent section 16 of door 15, or by passage of a suitable length of time, the door is opened and tray 17 withdrawn therewith. Lower front panel 21b of inner liner 20 engages downwardly-projecting members 25:! of frame 25 therebypreventing complete withdrawal of frame 25 from the oven. Tray 17 containing cooked pizza 30 is then lifted from frame 25 by means of tray lifter 26. s
' It is .to be understood that while the invention has been described in detail, variations and modifications may be made with departing from the invention as defined in the appended claims.
I claim: I 1. A toy oven including a housing forming a heating cabinet with a movable door, a tray attached to said door and slidable in and out ofv said cabinet, said housing having supporting means therein for slidably receiving said tray therein, said tray having stop means preventing said tray from being completely withdrawn from said cabinet, said tray being supported between said door and said housing when said door is in the open position, and heating means in said housing for heating a comestible on said tray.
2. The toy oven of claim 1 wherein said housing has an inner liner with U-shaped slots forming said supporting means for slidably receiving said tray.
3. The toy oven of claim 2 wherein said heating means comprises a pair of light bulbs on said housing disposed on opposite sides of said tray.
4. The toy oven of claim 3 wherein said housing has a guard