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July 11, 2012

Celebrating 60 years of the Weber Kettle Grill

by BBQ Insanity

The Weber kettle grill is now 60 years old.  Nobody knows for sure what day exactly the first kettle went into production, but it all started some time back in 1952.

It was invented by a man called George Stephen Sr. who owned a sheet metal shop in Chicago.  He originally named his invention “George’s Barbecue Kettle” and the genius lay in its simplicity.  It was made with just two sheet metal half-spheres normally used as parts of buoys built in his shop.  

Some say he just cut a buoy in half to make the grill.  One half being the base for the coals, the other half was the lid!  It was lightweight, with few parts, and with no welds that could rust away.  Even to this day, while there has been several incremental improvements, the original design remains the same.

60 years on, the Weber kettle remains an icon of barbecue cooking, and can be used in a variety of ways, from direct grilling, two & three zone fires, indirect cooking and smoking.  Now there’s even a rotisserie attachment that you can fit to your Weber grill.  But when it boils down to it, the Weber kettle is just a big metal drum in which to place food over fire.  It’s that simple!

Weber kettles are sturdy and durable.  It’s not unusual for people to own their Weber grills for 20 or even 30 years!  In an age where it seems things are no longer built to last, the Weber Kettle is a welcome exception.  Every Weber grill is manufactured in the USA, and we believe that those high production qualities are a reason for its durability, along with its simple yet elegant design.

Working with the Weber company to produce his invention, George soon was able to buy out that company and renamed it Weber-Stephen Products as it remains to this day.  Such a shame really that the man on the street just knows the company by its brand “Weber”, and the name of it’s greatest inventor is now forgotten.  However, his legacy lives on!

Join us here at BBQInsanity.com in wishing the Weber Kettle a happy 60th birthday!

Read more on the story of Weber here:  http://www.weber.com/weber/story
For more details there’s a great article at The Huffington post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-goldwyn/all-hail-the-iconic-weber_b_1590457.html

 

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