Nov. 19, 1946. H. M. REEVES 2,41 1,464 STOVE CONSTRUCTION Filed March 19, 1945 O/ekéz/ffa%zeerea 514,424‘ E75“ ‘ M44. M45. 0‘? -r-ro Rag->6‘ 2,411,464 Patented Nov. 19, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,411,464 STOVE CONSTRUCTION Herbert M. Reeves, Kankakee, 111., assignor to Florence Stove Company, Gardner, Mass, a corporation of Massachusetts Application March 19, 1945, Serial No. 583,597 7 Claims. (Cl. 126—-39) 1 The invention relates to gaseous fuel cook stoves or ranges of the type comprising oven and cooking top sections disposed side by side with the top section equipped with a cover which forms a lateral extension of the oven section so as to provide a continuous flat top surface at an ele ‘ vation convenient for working purposes. Stoves of this character are commonly made in thirty 2 have shown in the drawing and will herein de scribe in detail the preferred embodiment, but it is to be understood that I do not thereby intend to limit the invention to the speci?c form disclosed, but intend to cover all modi?cations and alter native constructions falling within the spirit and scope of the invention as expressed in the ap pended claims. For purposes of illustration, the invention has six inch and forty inch widths, the former being most popular because of space limitations in small 10 been shown as incorporated in a gaseous fuel cookstove having a generally rectangular body kitchens and also for economy in cost of manu with an oven section 5 at one end and a cooking facture. With the construction heretofore com top section 6 at the other end. The oven section monly employed, ranges of the smaller size are has a ?xed working top 1 overlying a baking oven subject to the disadvantage that it is necessary to reduce the width of one or the other of the two 15 8,~s0 that the top ‘I is disposed in side-by-side rela tion to the cooking top 6. Access to the oven is sections to an objectionable degree. Thus when had by way of a hinged door 9. the oven compartment is made of ample width, In the exemplary stove, the cooking top 6 com for example, eighteen inches, the width of the prises a flat generally rectangular sheet metal cooking top section must correspondingly be re duced, this being particularly true when the walls 20 plate or ‘panel I!) formed with a depending mar ginal flange and having a plurality of depressed of the oven compartment are. insulated and annular burner bowls H formed therein. The therefore made of substantial thickness. burner bowls, of which four are shown in the The general object of the present invention is exemplary embodiment are arranged in pairs at to remove the limitations inherent in prior con structions so as to permit a more effectual utili 25 opposite ends of the cooking top and are spaced apart longitudinally of the stove so as to pro zation of the space available in the stove body. vide ample ‘room for the accommodation of con A further object is to provide a stove construc ventional cooking utensils. Each of the burner tion in which the cooking top and the oven com bowls II is formed with a central opening l2 partment are so arranged and interrelated that the overall length of the stove is substantially less 3 0 shaped to receive a gas burner l3 supported in any convenient manner in a compartment or than the oven the combined compartment. widths of the cooking top burner box I 4 provided below the cooking top. A utensil supporting grate I 5 is mounted above Another object is to provide a range construc each burner l3 and is preferably supported tion of the above character in which the door slightly above the surface of the cooking top as closing the front of the oven compartment par» by bosses it in the ‘panel l0. A flat generally tially overlaps the cooking top and has its upper rectangular cover I‘! of sheet metal has a depend edge disposed flush with the top. ing marginal flange Ila adapted to rest on the A further object is to provide an improved con~ cooking top. ‘The cover is hinged or otherwise struction which provides a maximum amount ‘of secured at the back of the cabinet to swing from usable space, which permits thorough insula the open position shown in Fig. 1 to the closed tion of the oven and which reduces manufacturing position shown in broken lines in Fig. 2. In the costs substantially as compared to the cost of closed position, the cover ll constitutes an auxil prior constructions. iary working top coplanar with and forming an Other objects and advantages of the invention extension of the ?xed working top ‘I. will become apparent from the following detailed ‘In the preferred form shown, the oven section description of the preferred embodiment illus 5 comprises an inner shell 29 and an outer shell trated in the accompanying drawing in which: Figure 1 is a perspective view of a stove embody-l ' 2! assembled in nested relation with an inter posed layer of heat insulating“ material 22. The ing the features of the invention. inner and outer shells, which are preferably con Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken in a vertical structed of sheet metal, are supported in any plane substantially on the line 2-—2 of Fig. .1. suitable manner‘. As shown in Fig. 3 of the Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken in a vertical drawing, the inner shell 29 comprises upright plane substantially on the line 3—3 of Fig. 1. side panels '23 and 2 3a. and a horizontaltop panel While the invention is susceptible of various 26. The panels are preferably coated on their modi?cations and alternative constructions, I 2,41 1,464 3 4 inner surfaces with vitreous enamel or other suit . able heat resisting coating and form respectively extends beyond the fixed front panel Illa of the cooking top section. the inner side and top walls of the oven. Trans verse ridges 27 embossed in side panels 23 and 23a serve as supports for conventional cooking racks 28. A back wall member 29 secured to the side and top panels of the shell closes the back I claim as my invention: 1. In a gaseous fuel cookstove of the table type in combination, a pair of sheet metal shells as» sembled in nested relation with an interposed of the oven. layer of heat insulating material, said shells being mounted at one end of the stove to de?ne an oven, The outer shell 2!, as herein shown, is formed each of said shells having top and side panels in a plurality of separate parts including side 10 connected by corner portions, the top panel of panels 30 and 3| and a top panel 32. The top the outer shell forming a ?xed working top, panel 32 forms the working top 1 of the stove means on the side panels of the inner shell for and together with the panel 26 of the inner shell supporting a plurality of utensil racks, a cooking forms the top wall of the oven compartment. top at the other end of the stove, depressed Similarly, the side panels of the two shells form 15 burner bowls formed in said cooking top and the opposite side walls of the oven compartment. partially overlying said oven, burners mounted vIn order that the cooking top may overlap the below said bowls, a removable cover having oven section and thus permit both of these units marginal edge flanges resting upon said cooking to be made of optimum width, the inner insu top, said cooking top being depressed below said lated side wall 2| of the oven section is connected working top to permit said cover to lie flush there to the top wall by a corner portion 24 having a with, the corner portions of said shells adjacent rabbet 34 therein forming a seat for the marginal said cooking top being shaped to provide clearance edge of the cooking top panel l0. As best shown for the overlying burner bowls and the burners in Fig. 2, the corner portion 24 is preferably of associated therewith. ’ convex curvature. It is formed on a relatively 25 2. In a gaseous fuel cookstove of the table type large radius so as to provide for a substantial having an oven at one end and a cooking top at overlap, and the rabbet 3:3 is located at thejunc the other end partially overlying said oven, the tion of the corner portion with the top wall of combination of an outer sheet metal shell, in; the oven section so that the seat provided for cluding a horizontal panel forming a working top the cooking top panel is offset substantially from 30 for the stove and an upright panel disposed below the inner side wall of the oven. In the present said cooking top'and connected with said top instance the rabbet 34 is formed by shaping the panel by a curved section, an inner sheet metal upper edge portion of the shell 21 so as to form shell having top and side panels connected by a an upright ?ange 35 to which the depending convexly curved corner portion spaced from the marginal ?ange of the ?xed top panel 32 is suit— ably secured. It will be observed that the fixed top wall of the oven section is made of substantially greater thickness than the side walls. It is therefore corresponding parts of said outer shell, the side panel of said inner shell having means for sup porting an oven rack, a layer of heat insulating ’ heavily insulated so as to maintain the working I top surface 7 relatively cool when the oven is in operation. At the same time, it permits of the formation of a rabbet of substantial depth to re ceive not only the flanged marginal edge portion of the cooking top panel IE) but the correspond ing edge of the cover I ‘i. In other words, the rab bet may be made of a depth corresponding to the combined thickness of the cooking top panel and its cover so that the top face of the latter is positioned coplanar with and forms an exten- ~ sion of the ?xed working surface ‘I of the oven section. While a rabbet of substantial depth has the effect of reducing the thickness of the corner portion 24, it is to be observed that this occurs material disposed in the space between, said inner and outer shells, a sheet metal plate form ing the cooking top of the stove, a depressed burner bowl formed in said plate and positioned ‘ to extend over the corner portion of said outer shell, and a removable cover for said cooking top, said plate being positioned below saidwork ing top to permit said cover when closed to lie flush therewith, the curvature of the corner por tions of said shells being such as to provide clear ance for said burner bowl in the depressed posi tion of said member. 3. A cookstove of the table type having, in com¢ bination, a horizontally disposed ?xed working top at one end of the stove, an oven located below said working top, a cooking top at the other end of the stove having a depressed burner bowl ex~ in the region beneath the cooking top panel and 55 tending partially over said oven, a removable is therefore unobjectionable. cover for said cooking top having an edge ?ange The corner portion 24 has an outer surface resting on said top, said cooking, top being'dis 33 sloping upwardly and outwardly away from posed in a plane below said working top to permit the adjacent burners [3 so as to afford ample said cover when closed to be iiush with the work“ clearance for the burners and their respective 60 ing top, a pair of upright sheet metal panels burner bowls. At the same time, the radius of spaced laterally from the abutting edges of the curvature is not sufficiently great to reduce to cooking top and the Working top so as to ,lie any objectionable degree the volumetric capacity beneath the cooking top, said panels forming of the oven. In practice, radii of from two to inner and outer side wallsof said oven, and con three inches have been found to be satisfactory. 65 veXly curved sections along the upper edges of For the sake of symmetry, the opposite side of the said panels shaped to provide clearance for said oven may likewise have a curved corner portion burner bowls and to provide sufficient space be~ 25 formed on the same radius as the portion 24. tween the sections for e?icient insulation of the As will be seen from Fig. 1, the oven door 9 is made of conventional rectangular form notwith 4. A gaseous fuel cookstovehaving, in com standing the use of the curved corner portions bination, oven and cooking top sections disposed 213 and 25. However, because of the construction side by side and respectively having topsurfaces and arrangement employed, the straight upper lying in a common plane, said oven section having edge of the door lies flush with the cooking top inner and outer shells spaced apart“ to receive panel so as to overlie the portion thereof which 75 insulating material therebetween and forming top oven. , , ‘ I 2,411,464 5 and side walls with convexly curved corner por tions, the corner portion adjacent the top section forming with the top wall a rabbet the bottom of which is disposed substantially below the upper surface of the oven top wall, and said cooking section comprising a top plate with an edge por tion projecting substantially beyond one vertical 6 section and a cooking top section disposed side by side and respectively having top surfaces dis posed in vertically spaced horizontal planes, said cooking section having a top plate, and said oven section having a horizontal top wall, a vertical side wall for said oven section underlying the adjacent edge portion of the cooking top plate, a corner portion connecting the horizontal top side wall of the oven section in overlapping rela wall and said vertical side wall, and a cover rest tion thereto and ?tting into said rabbet with the upper surface of the top plate spaced below the 10 ing upon the top plate and providing a top surface coplanar with the top surface of the oven sec plane of the oven top, said top plate having a tion, said corner portion of the oven section pro» burner bowl partially overlying the vertical wall viding a rabbet for receiving the edge of the top of the oven section, a utensil supporting grid over plate and the corresponding edge of the cover lying the burner bowl, and a cover for the top plate resting thereon and forming the top surface 15 and made of a vertical depth substantially equal to the combined thickness of the top plate and of the cooking section. 5. A gaseous fuel cookstove comprising, in com— bination, a cooking top section having a top plate with a plurality of burner openings therein and cover. 7. A gaseous fuel cookstove comprising, in com bination, a cooking top plate with a burner open a cover overlying the cooking top plate, an oven 20 ing in one edge portion thereof and a cover over lying the top plate, an oven compartment hav section having a compartment with one vertical side wall oifset laterally with respect to the edge of the cooking top section and underlying the cooking top plate, a horizontal top wall for said oven section, and a rounded corner portion con ing a horizontal top wall of substantial thickness, a vertical side wall for said oven compartment, and a corner portion connecting the side wall 25 with the top wall and underlying said edge por necting said upright side wall and said hori zontal top wall, said corner portion having a rabbet receiving the top plate and cover and made of a depth substantially equal to the combined tion of the top plate with said burner opening disposed adjacent to the corner portion, said oven compartment being open at-its forward side and when closed is disposed coplanar with the hori zontal top wall of the oven section. surface of the cooking top plate. having a door closing the same with the upper thickness of said top and cover so that the cover 30 edge of the door substantially ?ush with the upper 6. A gaseous fuel cookstove having, an oven HERBERT M. REEVES.