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Fire under the lid: sheet metal improves U.S. barbecues

Curing, smoking, and grilling are hot topics. The process involves heating not only meat and sausages, but also the barbecue itself. The interior of the lid and the doors in particular must be exceptionally heat-resistant. This fact is not lost on the manufacturers at Weber. The American company produces gas, charcoal, and electric barbecues, from small, portable models to free-standing barbecues the size of a baroque display cabinet.

And Weber uses fal, a hot-dip-coated sheet ­developed by thyssenkrupp Steel, as the material of choice in its gas models. Fal is exceptionally resistant to chemicals and natural contaminants and can withstand temperatures of up to 800 °C. thyssenkrupp Steel has its American customer Block Steel to thank for the use of fal sheet from Duisburg in a premium product known throughout the world. The steel service center is based in Skokie, near Chicago. “Block Steel processes our master coils into tailor-made slit strips that are delivered to Weber on a just-in-time basis to be immediately used in the production of lids and doors,” says Linda Nguyen of Sales Industry at thyssenkrupp Steel.

“We consider hot-dip aluminized steel a special product,” adds her sales colleague Axel Duhr. “On the one hand, it provides the required ­material properties, and on the other, it meets the toughest surface requirements. That’s why we are able to satisfy Weber’s exacting demands regarding functionality and ­appearance.” And that means the barbecue itself makes a good impression, and not just the guy behind it. (fh)

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