Christian Bürkert was born on 04 May 1915 in Ingelfingen. Having grown up on a farm, he attended the local grammar school and later the Robert Mayer secondary school in Heilbronn. After the premature death of his father he completed a course of study in electrical engineering at the Gauss Engineering School in Berlin, after which he worked for the appliance manufacturer Schaub Lorenz. After the war ended, he returned to the Bühlhof farm near Ingelfingen and started manufacturing incubators and hot plates, which found a ready market due to the high demand for poultry meat among the US occupation forces. Following the currency reform of 1948 the production of incubators and hot plates steadily decreased and Christian Bürkert realigned production to temperature controls, which were used for example in ovens.