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HARVEST BIN COOLING CHEST

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245335D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-01
Document File: 5 page(s) / 668K

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Pearne & Gordon LLP: ATTORNEY

Abstract

A harvest bin cooling chest can be provided for the storage of produce, such as home-grown fruits and vegetables, and in that context can provide an alternative or adjunct to storage facilities such as root or fruit cellars. A harvest bin cooling chest can include a cabinet and a lid alternately closing off the open top of the cabinet and providing for access to the interior of the cabinet. The harvest bin cooling chest can comprise a freezer chest that has been converted by the conversion of the cooling system for the freezer chest to a type of cooling system that is needed to effectively maintain perishable produce. Ultra-violet lights can be installed at the underside of the lid for the purpose of killing any bacteria that is present at the interior of the cabinet. The harvest bin cooling chest can include open baskets for holding items to be stored. The baskets can be arranged so that more than one basket can be available at any one level within the interior of the cabinet, and the baskets can be installed at several different levels within the interior. The baskets can be constructed of bamboo and include a material such as neoprene that absorbs ethylene gas that tends to be emitted from fruits and vegetables in storage. A system for supporting the baskets in place within the interior of the cabinet can be provided.

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HARVEST BIN COOLING CHEST

    Described herein, with reference to the accompanying drawing consisting of FIGs. 1, 2 and 3, is a harvest bin cooling chest that can be rendered in several different embodiments including the several described below. Among other applications, the harvest bin cooling chest can provide for the storage of produce, such as home-grown fruits and vegetables for example, and, in that context, can provide an alternative or adjunct to storage facilities such as root or fruit cellars for example.

    FIG. 1 depicts an embodiment of a harvest bin cooling chest, indicated generally at 10, that includes a cabinet 12 and a lid 14 for alternately closing off the open top of the cabinet 12 and providing for access to the interior 16 of the cabinet 12 upon the raising of the lid 14 at hinged connections 18. The embodiment of FIG. 1 can comprise a freezer chest that has been converted to a harvest bin cooling chest. Specifically, the cooling system for the freezer chest can be converted to a type of cooling system that is needed to effectively maintain perishable produce, for example, at temperatures required for the extended storage of the perishable produce. Preferably, the cooling system would be such as to provide for good air circulation at the interior 16 of the cabinet 12 and the control of the humidity within the interior 16. The cooling system also can include air filters and/or odor absorbers so as to maintain the interior 16 of the cabinet 12 in an optimum condition for maintaining stored items in a wholesome condition. Additionally, ultra-violet lights, indicated generally at 20, can be installed at the underside of the lid 14 for the purpose of killing any bacteria that are present at the interior 16 of the cabinet 12. The ultra-violet lights 20 can be connected to an electrical system that provides for the automatic activation and deactivation of the lights when the lid 14 is closed and opened, respectively. Alternatively, a switch can be provided for turning the ultra-violet lights on and off manually.

    For the purpose of holding items stored in the harvest bin cooling chest 10, open baskets, indicated generally at 22, can be provided as shown in FIG. 2. The baskets 22 can be arranged so that more than one basket can be available at any one level within the interior 16 of the cabinet 12, and the baskets can be installed at several different levels within the interior 12, as can be seen in FIGs. 1 and 3. The determination of the number of baskets located at any one level and the number of levels of baskets provided would be a matter of choice. The baskets can be provided with lids for closing off the open tops of the baskets if desired.

    The baskets 22 themselves can be constructed so as to have four side walls 24 made of interlaced strips of bamboo that allow for air flow through the side walls. The bottoms of the baskets also can be constructed of interlaced strips of bamboo or they can be made of a material suc...