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1. (WO2018044168) PORTABLE BARBECUE
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C L A I M S

1. Portable barbecue, the portable barbeque comprising:

a firebox for holding embers, a grate for supporting food products to be barbecued above the embers, and a cover for said firebox,

wherein the firebox has a bottom panel, a front panel, a rear panel, a left side panel and a right side panel, which panels together form the firebox, the firebox having an open top,

wherein the grate has a food product support surface, which support surface is provided with a pattern of apertures, and which grate is configured to be mounted over the open top of the firebox,

wherein the cover has a top panel, a left side panel and a right side panel, which side panels are provided at opposite ends of the top panel, such that the cover is substantially U-shaped in a frontal view, and which left side panel and right side panel are spaced for receiving the firebox between them,

wherein the firebox and the cover are adapted to be coupled in a portable

configuration, in which the cover functions as a cover of the firebox, and in a barbecue configuration, in which the cover functions as a stand of the firebox,

in which portable configuration the cover is mounted onto the firebox such that the top panel of the cover covers the open top of the firebox, and the left side panel and the right side panel of the cover extend along the left panel and the right panel of the firebox, and

in which barbeque configuration, the firebox is mounted onto the cover, such that the cover forms a stand for the firebox, and the left side panel and the right side panel of the cover vertically space the firebox at a distance from a support surface.

2. Barbecue according to claim 1 , wherein the left side panel and right side panel of the cover are provided with a coupling device at a free end of the respective side panel, which coupling devices are configured to, in the barbeque configuration, be coupled with coupling devices provided on the firebox, preferably on the bottom panel of the firebox, such that in the barbecue configuration the side panels of the cover space the bottom panel of the firebox at a distance from the top panel of the cover.

3. Barbecue according to claim 2, wherein the cover is provided with feet, preferably in the form of tabs extending along the front and rear of top panel which tabs are folded at an angle relative to the top panel, for spacing the top panel of the cover relative to the support surface when the cover supports the firebox in the barbecue configuration.

4. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the cover is configured to, in the portable configuration, be coupled with the firebox at the free ends of its

5 left side panel and right side panel.

5. Barbecue according to one or more of the claim 2-3, wherein the firebox and the left side panel and the right side panel of the cover are provided with a tab in slot connection which, in the barbeque configuration, and preferably also in the portable configuration, couples the

10 cover with the firebox.

6. Barbecue according to claim 5, wherein the left side panel and the right side panel are embodied as resilient side panels, which resilient side panels need to be pushed away from each other or need to be pushed towards each other to position the taps into the slots and

15 thus couple the cover with the firebox, and which resiliently bias the tab in the slot once the cover is coupled with the firebox.

7. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein, when in the portable configuration, the firebox and the cover engage each other such that they form a

20 box, of which the cover provides the top panel, the left side panel and the right side panel, and the firebox provides the bottom panel, the front panel and the side panel.

8. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the bottom panel, the front panel and the rear panel of the firebox extend beyond the left side panel and the

25 right side panel of the firebox, such that the firebox has substantially U-shaped side sections for receiving the left side panel and the right side panel when the cover is combined with the firebox in the portable configuration.

9. Barbecue according to claim 8, wherein the front panel and the rear panel of the firebox 30 extend above the left side panel and the right side panel of the firebox, such that, in the portable configuration, the cover is received between the front panel and the rear panel of the firebox, and preferably the grate can be located on the open top of the firebox, between the firebox and the cover when combined in the portable configuration.

35 10. Barbecue according to claim 4 and claim 8 or 9, wherein the slots for receiving the tabs of the cover are provided in the bottom panel within the substantially U-shaped side sections.

1 1. Barbecue according to claim 10, wherein the free end of each side panel of the cover is provided with a support surface and at least one tab, which at least one tab extends at an angle to the side panel of the cover and, when in the cover is coupled with the firebox,

5 extends substantially parallel to a bottom surface of the bottom panel of the firebox, and which support surface is spaced from the tab at a distance substantially similar to the thickness of the bottom panel of the firebox, such that, when in the cover is coupled with the firebox, the bottom panel is locked between the support surface and the tab, and movement of the firebox relative to the cover in a direction parallel to the side panels of the cover is 10 prevented.

12. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the cover is folded from a single blank of sheet metal.

15 13. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the front panel the bottom panel and the rear panel of the firebox are folded from a single blank of sheet metal.

14. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the firebox is provided with a grip, preferably in the form of a flexible strip mounted with opposite ends to

20 the front panel and the rear panel of the firebox.

15. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the grate is configured to rest on the left side panel and the right side panel of the firebox, and preferably

25 is provided with spacer walls extending substantially perpendicular to the food support

surface, which spacer walls are provided with slots, or are spaced relative to each other, such that the spacer walls enable the grate to be mounted onto the firebox in a raised position, in which the spacer walls rest upon the side panels and/or front panel and rear panel of the firebox, and in a lowered position, in which the side panels and/or front panel

30 and rear panel of the firebox are received in slot and/or spaces respectively provided in or between the spacer walls.

16. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the grate is provided with preferably parallel skewer side walls on opposites sides of the grate, which

35 skewer side walls extend substantially perpendicular to the food support surface, and which skewer side walls are provided with skewer slots for receiving a skewer, such that the

skewer side walls can support that skewer at a distance above the food support surface of the grate.

17. Barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims, wherein the front panel and the rear panel of the firebox extend above the left side panel and the right side panel of the firebox, such that the cover, more in particular the top panel of the cover, when in the portable configuration, is received between the front panel and the rear panel of the firebox.

18. Method for installing a barbeque according to the invention, said method comprising the steps:

carrying a barbecue according to one or more of the preceding claims in the portable configuration to a barbecue location;

removing the cover form the firebox of the barbecue and placing the cover onto a support surface, e.g. a table top; and

mounting the firebox on the cover, such that the cover forms a stand for the firebox, and the left side panel and the right side panel of the cover vertically space the firebox at a distance from a support surface.