Today’s Big Green Egg is modelled on the clay cooking vessels, fuelled by wood or natural charcoal, first seen during the Chinese Qin Dynasty and later used by the Japanese beginning in the 3rd century. U.S. servicemen discovered this cooker during World War II, with one serviceman and entrepreneur Ed Fisher deciding to import them after the war.
When Ed opened his first Big Green Egg store in Atlanta in 1974, he sold a simple clay cooker based on the same design and materials that had been used thousands of years ago. Ed later refined the composition of the EGG and commenced working with a state-of-the-art factory to manufacture his products. Based on materials initially developed by NASA for the space program, company engineers incorporated new types of ceramics and worked tirelessly to find ways to improve the design. The result is the strongest, most durable and the best insulated outdoor cooker available today in the market.