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jaguarjim

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vintage WSM
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:26:52 PM »
Any idea as to how I can I determine the age of my WSM?  It has teak handles so it's vintage, right?

I picked it up for $50

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pbe gummi bear

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 02:37:45 PM »
There should be a letter on the top vent that you can cross reference with the "age guide" link above. Yours looks pretty old because of the round door knob, but it's not one of the first run wsm's. 
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Mike in Roseville

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 07:47:16 PM »
I am curious as to the code on this. I would guess late 80's/early 90's.

Either way, excellent score for $50.
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jaguarjim

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 02:13:53 PM »
I am curious as to the code on this. I would guess late 80's/early 90's.

Either way, excellent score for $50.
Accordingly the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker was first introduced for the 1981 model year. There are a few smokers that have no date code; it's assumed these smokers are the result of manufacturing errors or they may be pre-production models.  Since mine does not have a date code on any of the dampers and it having teak handle and round teak knob for the door, I'm guessing it may very well have been a pre-production model. Also, those with stamps have dampers which have 3 raised notches.  my dampers are all flat.


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Mike in Roseville

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 08:40:42 PM »
I am curious as to the code on this. I would guess late 80's/early 90's.

Either way, excellent score for $50.
Accordingly the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker was first introduced for the 1981 model year. There are a few smokers that have no date code; it's assumed these smokers are the result of manufacturing errors or they may be pre-production models.  Since mine does not have a date code on any of the dampers and it having teak handle and round teak knob for the door, I'm guessing it may very well have been a pre-production model. Also, those with stamps have dampers which have 3 raised notches.  my dampers are all flat.

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It could also be a Weber warranty factory replacement. The replacements don't have any stamps/markings whatsoever.
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jaguarjim

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2018, 09:48:40 AM »
I am curious as to the code on this. I would guess late 80's/early 90's.

Either way, excellent score for $50.
Accordingly the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker was first introduced for the 1981 model year. There are a few smokers that have no date code; it's assumed these smokers are the result of manufacturing errors or they may be pre-production models.  Since mine does not have a date code on any of the dampers and it having teak handle and round teak knob for the door, I'm guessing it may very well have been a pre-production model. Also, those with stamps have dampers which have 3 raised notches.  my dampers are all flat.

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It could also be a Weber warranty factory replacement. The replacements don't have any stamps/markings whatsoever.
I haven't heard of that possibility.  thanks.

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SmokenJoe

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 11:08:36 PM »
Someone on our site mentioned that the early legs were made of steel (usually a bit rusty), these look like aluminum to me but a magnet would know ?

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Scott Zee

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Re: vintage WSM
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2018, 05:13:48 AM »
Really nice pickup. I to have an unmarked 18.5. But it definitely has a different door than yours. All 4 vents are the same, totally unmarked and flat, no bubble notches. 

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