How to determine the age of your Weber charcoal grill.

Looking to determine the age of your Weber Kettle? Look no further. This page is a collaborative effort put forth by the club founders and historians – owners of 50+ vintage Weber grills – and hours and hours of research.

If your grill was made from 1979 to 2014, the top vent on the lid will have one of these serial numbers which is a one or two lettered date code listed below.

  • A:1979   G:1985  N:1991      EI:1997  DT:2003   DE:2009
  • B:1980  H:1986  O:1992     EZ:1998  DH:2004  AD:2010
  • C:1981   J:1987   P:1993      EE:1999 DO:2005   AA:2011
  • D:1982† K:1988 EH:1994  DD:2000 DR:2006 AU:2012
  • E:1983  L:1989  EO:1995   DA:2001  DI:2007  AT:2013
  • F:1984  M:1990 ER:1996   DU:2002 DZ:2008 AH:2014

 

 

 

Beginning in 2013, a serial number was added just above the two letter date code. As of 2015, Weber has switched over to these individualized serial numbers that begin with a two letter prefix. 2014 was the last year for the two letter code system.  See below.
CN####### = 2013*
CS####### = 2014*
CU####### = 2015**

*: Used in conjunction with date codes AT and AH respectively.

**: Used exclusively. There is no two letter only date code in 2015.

†: There are no true “D” code only kettles or WSMs known to exist. There are examples of 1981 “C” code Weber’s that have been seen with a small “D” stamped near or on the opposite side of the “C” stamp. These examples are believed to be the actual 1982 kettles and WSMs.

Pre 1979 Vintage Weber Kettles

If your grill is older than 1979, use the following information to determine the age of your vintage Weber grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1952 Original Weber Kettle

1952 – 1963

The Weber charcoal kettle was first available to the bbq buying public in 1952. However, the original grills, known then as “George’s BAR B Q KETTLE” were made from buoys cut in half and surviving examples are extremely rare. It wasn’t long before the original “buoy” kettle began it’s evolution.

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1953-1955 Weber Kettle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1956, the Weber kettle was redesigned to its current shape. The 1956 through 1959 Weber Kettles had a solid metal triangular base (with thin metal red, later white wheels) and the handle on the lid and bowl handles were metal (no wood). These are known collectively as “MLH” kettles. For “metal lid handle” The steel legs are held into the sockets with thumbscrews.

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1956 Redesign

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1957-59 Weber Kettle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By 1959-1960, Weber began adding saucer shaped ash catcher pans and the solid triangular base utility shelf/triangle “ash tray”  was phased out and replaced with the modern spoked triangle. This spoked triangle is still in use today.

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1960-1961 Weber Kettle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1962-1968 wheel and hubcap style

By 1962, the wheels were changed from thin white wheels  to a thicker black 6″ metal wheels with painted whitewalls. It was also around this time that the legs were changed from steel to aluminum.

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1962 Weber Kettle

 

 

1964 – 1968


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In 1964, Weber upgraded the metal handle on the lid to a wooden one.

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1964-66 Weber Kettle

This kettle style (1964-1980) are refered to as “MBH” kettles. This stands for “Metal Bowl Handle”. The first wood handles were made from walnut. Vintage Weber Kettles from this era had metal thumbscrews that held the aluminum legs in their sockets.   The wooden handles were held on with 2 small rivets.

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In 1967,Weber also introduced the Seville – a grill mounted in a metal cart with wheels.  This model continued for a few years [unknown]

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Imperial Sequoia

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.

 

 

 

 1969 through the early 1970s

 

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1969 to early 1970s Kettle lid vent

In 1968, Weber designed a new friction leg socket and filed a patent for it. Beginning with the 1969 model year, these new sockets were put into production. While Weber awaited their patent for these new sockets, they started stamping the top vent with “PAT PENDING”. These new leg sockets eliminated the need for metal thumbscrews. The patent was filed for on November 22, 1968, and it was granted (Patent # 3538906) on November 10th 1970. However, in spite of this the Weber catalogs and literature at the time continued to list the kettles as “PATENT PENDING” through the 1972 model year. The patent number is first listed in the 1973 catalog. There are quite a few examples of these “PAT PENDING” kettles out there.  It’s safe to assume any grill with Patent Pending on the vent is a 1969 or 1970 grill however depending on wheel style they could be from as late as 1971-72.

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Early 70s 26″ Weber Kettle

Early 70s wheel style

Early 70s wheel style. Around 1970-72.

Beginning in 1970, the wheels began a transition from metal rims and rubber treads to all plastic by 1973.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid 1970s

 

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Mid 1970s Kettle Lid Vent

The patent number, 3538906 was first listed in the Weber catalog beginning in 1973. Around this time the number began appearing on the kettle vents. The wheel style by this time was all plastic including the treads. By 1975 the bowl vents were changed to have large duel turn tabs.

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Mid 70s Weber Kettle

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1977

1976-1977 vent.

1976-1977 vent.

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Wheel style 1977-present

The modern plastic 6″ wheels with the word “WEBER” cut into the whitewall that is seen on basic Weber kettles today is in use by this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978

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1979-2014 Weber Kettles

 

 

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1979

 

 

In 1979, Weber started using the letter stamp (their ‘serial number’) to date their kettles. However, the features and details continued to evolve.

 

 

 

1981

 

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For 1981 the metal bowl handles were replaced with wooden handles. During 1981-1982 the wooden handles also switched from the 2-rivet handle to a single screw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983

The “One Touch” sweeping and venting system is introduced. Initially this was a “premium” model before becoming Weber’s standard kettle vent design by 2000.1997 Red 18

 

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1986 Weber One Touch Kettle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1990s

First generation Master Touch Kettle

First generation Master Touch Kettle

In 1992 the first generation Master Touch kettles were introduced. This would serve as a premium model charcoal grill through the remainder of the 1990s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2000-2014

2000plasticIn the year 2000, Weber switches from wooden handles to glass reinforced nylon (plastic) style handles. From 2000-2011 the handles were a pale white-grey in color before switching to the present day design of dark “charcoal grey”. In 2012 the bowl handles on One Touch Gold/Original Kettle Premium models were redesigned with integrated tool hooks.

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2015 to present day Weber Kettles

The new, taller, 2015 Master Touch

The new, taller, 2015 Master Touch

The leg socket design was redesigned eliminating the friction based install instead the legs now have push buttons that snap into “button hole” in the new sockets. This is the first leg socket redesign since 1969.  Also all kettles in the U.S. have switched over form welded on lid handles to bolt on with optional heat shield. The Kettles in the European market have already come with these heat shield bolt on handles for several years.

 

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