US Patent No: 4,236,501

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Dual action safety latch for stove door




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A latch for a door of a substantially airtight solid-fuel stove, whose operation requires that before full opening of the stove door can be accomplished the door be positioned in a partially opened position while the latch is being manipulated. A latch dog normally engages a wedge to hold the door fully closed, and a limit stop allows a first rotation of the latch mechanism to disengage the dog from the wedge but prevents rotation sufficient to allow the latch dog to clear the edge of the doorway opening. A space defined between the wedge and the front of the stove permits the latch dog to pass between the wedge and the front of the stove during a second rotation of the latch mechanism, in the opposite direction, to a position allowing full opening of the stove door. During this second motion of the latch mechanism the door is partially opened, allowing sufficient air to enter the combustion chamber to establish normal convective draft currents and prevent backpuffing and expulsion of smoke and flame.

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Bitler, Harold C Springfield, OR 1 3

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 5,956,902 Underground mine personnel doors 2 1997
6,474,702 Range door lock with nuisance latch 10 2000
Spacemaker Limited (1)
* 4,558,687 Stove 1 1982
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