Patent Number: 6,170,389

Title: Convertible household electric cooking appliance

Abstract: A cooking appliance having an upper cooking unit pivotally mounted on a lower cooking unit for rotation substantially about a horizontal axis into three different positions, a first position in which the upper cooking unit is on top of the lower cooking unit to form a contact grill, a second position in which the upper cooking unit is substantially horizontally oriented with and parallel to the lower cooking unit to form therewith a double grooved griddle, and a third, generally upright, position intermediate the first and second positions to provide access to the lower cooking plate when the appliance is being used as a contact grill. The cooking plates have elongate grooves which are generally parallel to an axis of the hinge that connects the upper and lower cooking units together and which grooves increase in depth from one side of the cooking appliance to the other for carrying liquid cooking byproducts away from the food being cooked. The lower cooking plate is supported in a horizontal orientation and has liquid outlet surface portions which direct the liquid cooking byproducts to a collection tray removably located below the liquid outlet surface portions. The collection tray is located on one side of the lower cooking unit and a timer and a "power on" light are mounted on the front of the lower cooking unit in a position which does not interfere with the use of the tray.

Inventors: Brady; Martin (Chesterfield, VA)

Assignee: Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex, Inc.

International Classification: A47J 37/06 (20060101); A47J 037/00 (); A47J 037/06 (); A47J 037/10 (); H05B 003/06 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018