Looking to determine the age of your Weber Kettle? Look no further. This page is a collaborative effort put forth by the club founders – owners of 50+ vintage Weber grills – and hours and hours of research.
If your grill is 1979 or newer, the top vent on the lid will have a letter code.
Pre 1979 Vintage Weber Kettle
If your grill is older than 1979, use the following information to determine the age of your vintage Weber grill.
1952 – 1963
The Weber charcoal kettle was born in the 50s. However, the original grills, made from buoys cut in half, are ultra rare. In 1956, the Weber kettle took it’s current shape. The 1956 and 1957 Weber Kettle had a solid metal triangular base (with metal wheels) and the handle on the lid was metal (no wood).
In 1958 the solid triangular base went away and was replaced with the spoked triangle. This spoked triangle is still in use today.
1964 – 1968
In 1964, Weber upgraded the metal handle on the lid to a wooden one. The first wood handles were made from walnut. Vintage Weber Kettles from this range had metal thumbscrews that held the aluminum legs in their sockets. The wooden handles were held on with 2 small rivets.
In 1967, Weber also introduced the Seville – a grill mounted in a metal cart with wheels. This model continued for a few years [unknown]
In 1968, Weber introduced the Imperial Sequoia. The sequoia is another grill mounted in a wheeled cart; however the sequoia carts were made from wood. The sequoia came in a couple different varieties. The black kettled version came in a red cart, while the red, avocado, and brown kettles came in a brown cart.
In 1968, Weber designed a new leg socket and filed a patent for it. They started stamping the top vent with ‘patent pending.’ These new leg sockets stopped using the metal thumbscrews. The patent was filed for in November of 1968, and granted in November of 1970. It’s safe to assume any grill with Patent Pending on the vent is a 1969, or a 70. The wheels also switched over to an all-plastic design during this time.
Also in 1968, Weber filed a patent for the Seville
November 10th, 1970, the US Patent office issued Weber a patent number. Weber replaced the ‘patent pending’ stamp with the patent number. This patent (3538906) is for the redesigned leg sockets (still in use today)
In 1979, Weber started using the letter stamp (their ‘serial number’) to date their kettles. However, the features and details continued to evolve.
The 1981 kettle lost the metal handles on the side of the bowl. They were replaced with wooden handles. The wooden handles also switched from the 2-rivet handle to a single screw.
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