WEBER TIMELINE

George Stephen
The man behind the kettle

Grill master, inventor, and father of 12. His love of barbecue was almost as big as his love of life.

1952 Born from a buoy.

In 1952 George Stephen Sr. was working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a better grill. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food from the elements, while sealing in that only-from-the-grill barbecue flavor.

George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added some air vents and legs and, in the process, invented the grill that would spark a backyard revolution.

Milestones
  • 1952 Weber Kettle created
  • 1956 George redesigns the kettle to look more like today‚Äôs iconic shape
  • 1957 Weber Brothers Metal Works acquired by George Stephen.
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