[ii] Patent Number: 5,132,520  Date of Patent: Jul. 21, 1992
4,891,498 1/1990 Fortmann 219/401
4,924,072 5/1990 Oslin 219/400
4,939,987 7/1990 Smith 219/401
Primary Examiner—Teresa J. Walberg
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Michael A. Mann
A food storage cabinet, preferably with a food toaster mounted thereon, for storing toasted foods in a heated, humidified state. The cabinet has an upper chamber and a lower chamber with supply and return ducts connecting the atmospheres of the two chambers. Heat and humidity sensors in the return duct emit signals to a controller indicative of the temperature and humidity in the upper chamber, where food is stored, so that the temperature and humidity can be regulated and maintained against a specified temperature and humidity. Additional heat for the upper chamber is generated by a strip heater attached to the ceiling of the lower chamber, providing heat and also evaporating condensate forming on the floor of the upper chamber. Additional humidity is provided by a spray of a water mist onto a heating element in the lower chamber. A slightly angled door in the top of the upper chamber allows access to stored foods and rolls shut when not being held open. Toasted foods pass from the toaster through baffles to the upper chamber, the baffles keeping heated air from exiting the upper chamber through the toaster.
21 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets