Deep fat fryer with upwardly and downwardly movable conveyor and heating apparatus

  • US 5,074,199 A
  • Filed: 09/22/1989
  • Issued: 12/24/1991
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a deep fat fryer, a housing adapted to hold a bath of hot fat or the like, endless conveyor means mounted on said housing and adapted in operative position to carry product portions on the upper run thereof from an infeed end of said housing to a discharge end thereof, including passing of the product portions through the bath, means for driving said conveyor means, power means coacting with said housing for lifting said conveyor means upwardly to an inoperative position above the bath, and for lowering said conveyor means downwardly to said operative position, heater means adapted to be positioned relative to said housing in the bath for heating the latter, and means coacting between said conveyor means and said heater means when said heater means is at a relatively cool temperature for selectively coupling said heater means to said conveyor means for moving the heater means upwardly with said conveyor means upon movement of the latter to said inoperative position whereby said heater means will be disposed above the bath, or alternatively to permit said heater means to remain in the bath when said heater means is at a relatively high temperature when said conveyor means is moved to said inoperative position above said bath.

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