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Recently, the Weber grill company released the Genesis II and Special Edition (SE) series, updating their popular Genesis line with a brand new line of products—the most significant update to Weber’s product line in the last fifteen years. The new lineup is objectively impressive, decisively differentiating Weber from its competition in terms of quality and versatility.

There are dozens of significant differences between the Weber Genesis II / SE grill models and their predecessors, but here we’ll focus on the most dramatic and significant improvements. Also, please note that Weber simplified the Genesis line up getting rid of the redundant LX series as well as the 2 and 6 burner models.

What's new in the Weber Genesis II Series

Weber puts countless hours and resources into providing the most advanced, user-centric and functional updates for each new update in the Weber line of products. This is a result of their lifetime of commitment to producing gas grills that are both affordable and high-quality in all respects. Here are a few of the most significant changes in the newest line of the iconic Genesis 2 grill series:

  • Updated Modern Design
  • Improved Grilling System (More Efficient Burners, Igniters, etc.)
  • New Size Options (3 & 4 Burner Grills)
  • Wifi Connectivity for App Enhanced Grilling
  • Weber Genesis II SE Series (Only available in small number of other top tier Weber dealers. SE stands for "Special Edition".)

Meet the New Weber Genesis II Lineup

It is not easy to wrap your head around the Weber Genesis II lineup. As an example, the company refers to each gas grill with a letter number combination (e.g. E-310) as well as in all numerical fashion (e.g. 61011001). So, don't be alarmed if you see the model number in any of these formats. At the end of this article we will give you a quick cheat sheet of the current models and their respective prices.

Let's breakdown the Weber Genesis 2 products:

Pro Tip! Weber Genesis gas grill support two different fuel types. Liquid Propane (LP) or Natural Gas (NG). Please make sure you purchase the correct grill type as the company does not offer conversion between the fuel types. LP > gas that comes in a cyclinder that you see in gas stations NG > the gas that the city provides to your home

Weber Genesis II E 310, E 315, E 335

Weber Genesis II entry models feature either an open storage are or a closed one. The baseline features are 3 burners with each 13,000 BTU cooking power. 513 sq. in. surface is large enough for 15-20 hamburgers.

As you move up within the entry models you will get color options in copper and blue (Weber calls this the Deep Ocean Blue). The E-335 61016001 features both a 9,000 BTU Seared Burner as well as 12,000 BTU Side Burner which eliminates the need to run indoors.

The grates are porcelain enamel. The Genesis gas grills support both in Liquid Propane (LP) or Natural Gas (NG) fuel format. Just make sure the ultimate SKU you select matches the fuel type of your home.

Weber Genesis Gas Grills with Upgrades Wifi Smart

You can upgrade the entry level Weber Genesis II series with wifi connectivity. The "Smart Grills" give you real time data on food temperature and countdown timer. You can even receive alerts to your phone if you are busy entertaining your guests. Alexa integration is basic but cute. Supports questions such as "when will we be ready" type of questions.

The E-435 is the 4 burner version. If you have a large party the extra space and cooking power will be handy.

Weber Genesis II Stainless Steel Gas Grills

The stainless steel selection of Weber Genesis gas grills comes with a very important feature beyond the obvious outside styling. The grates in S-315, S-335, S-435, and SX-335 gas grills are 7 mm thick stainless steel rods.

Why should you care about this detail? Well, heat retention and how well heat conducts to the food determines if your family is going to nominate you as the grill master or not.

Weber Genesis Special Edition SE

Weber markets Genesis II Special Edition (SE) gas grills in select dealers across the US. You will not be able to find these models in big box home improvement stores.

The SE gas grills have the same dimension and features as their non SE counterparts. The main difference between Weber Genesis II and the SE models is the heavy 9 mm stainless steel grates features on Special Edition.

Other Features of Genesis II


  • Even heat distribution with re-engineered burners
  • Electronic ignition ensures your grill lights every time
  • Efficient grease management system reduces flare-ups
  • Porcelain enamel grates and flavorizer bars
  • Improved design makes it much easier to change propane tank
  • 10 Year Limited Warranty

Genesis II LX

Color Options: All sizes available in black or stainless steel

  • All features of the Genesis II PLUS:
  • Cabinet below for added storage
  • Upgraded stainless steel grates and flavorizer bars
  • Side burner for your side dish or sauce
  • Additional burner power (8%-16% extra BTU's depending on the model)
  • High-heat boost setting on all burners for quick preheat and high temp searing
  • Handle lights illuminate food while cooking at night
  • LED control knobs
  • Automatic ignition when turning control knobs
  • Stainless Steel Finish option

Updated Modern Design


With the Weber Genesis II series, Weber streamlined the iconic Genesis design which some believe has been long overdue for a significant makeover. Genesis series grills now come equipped with either an open-structure design or cabinet design based on the needs of each individual griller. Grill shrouds are now slightly shorter, giving each grill a wider body profile and a more luxurious look.

We’re quick to note that the open cabinet design is a radical design choice for the Weber company, who appear to be exploring the “full-monty” design as a result of users desire to have visually apparent protection for the the grease tray and other areas from accumulating waste, stray leaves or wildlife if the cabinets are left unattended.

Additionally, replacement of the LP tank is now far easier than ever before in the new Genesis II series, marking a significant improvement to convenience and ease of use over previous models.

Improved Grilling System

Weber GS4 Grilling System

We’ve outlined the significant technical improvements made to the Genesis II and II LX grills under the GS4 grilling system umbrella in a previous: In-Depth Review of the Weber GS4 Grilling System

To sum up our findings in the above mentioned research, here are the most significant components of the GS4 system:

  • New, more powerful burners
  • Infinity (E2i) ignition system
  • Updated flavorizer bars
  • Grease management system

Some of these features come with marked improvements to longevity, performance and overall ease of use over previous Genesis series models.


The burners are the heart of any grill, and Weber has made major improvements to their burner designs in the Genesis II series. These new burners provide even heat throughout the cooking surface, making every inch of the grate an effective, predictable and dependable cooking surface.

Uniquely tapered burner tubes provide consistent pressure, including alignment from front to back, which provides a more consistent flame and even heat profile.

Burner holes (also known as “ports”) have been made larger and more extruded. As a result, the new Genesis II burners are more resistant to corrosion and clogging issues that can sometimes plague other grill models and series.

For comparison, here is an image of a Genesis series burner vs. the new Genesis II burner:

You can likely see the difference between these two sets of images—the old burners became more easily clogged, as well as suffering from uneven temperatures from the front of the grill to the back. The most common issue was a hotter front of the grill than the back as a result of the gas pressure not reaching the back of the grill. The new Genesis II burners solve both issues with a tapered design and larger, protruded openings to address these concerns with aplomb.

Ignition system

The new E2i electronic ignition system is more durable and more reliable compared to previous incarnations. We believe that the E2i system is the most superior ignition system Weber has ever created. Below is an up-close picture taken after we dismantled one of the Weber II grills to its most basic components.

You’ll notice a single push-button igniter on the Genesis II series, with an igniter on each individual knob (featuring easy-press design) on the Genesis II LX series. The LX series also boasts an ambient light and high-heat option on each unique knob, a luxurious set of features that also serves to set the LX series apart.

New Size Options

Weber has also lovingly revived the 2-burner edition of the Genesis II and II LX, and thank heavens for that inspired decisions—this provides grillers a choice other than opting reluctantly for the inferior Spirit series for grilling in smaller spaces or balconies. On the other side of the size spectrum, the new Genesis series features grills with four and six burners for those who like to do some serious grilling.

Exclusive: Weber Genesis II SE Series 4-Burner Grill

At Designer Appliances, we have been working closely with Weber for years to offer our customers the absolute best grill lineups while also providing unparalleled customer support. This year, Weber has returned the favor by releasing their Genesis II SE Series grill only available to a few of their select Weber dealers, including Designer Appliances. You won’t find this model at your big box home improvement stores.

Weber Genesis II SE 4-Burner Grill

For only $50 more than the standard Genesis II 4-burner grill, the SE (Special Edition) Weber Grill includes:

  • Upgraded grill grates, from standard porcelain enamel to stainless steel
  • Upgraded flavorizer bars, from porcelain enamel to stainless steel
  • Rich Color Options

Where to Purchase & Summary of Pricing

Weber has been historically consistent with its pricing. In turn, it asks the authorized dealer community to keep pricing uniform across the US. This policy allows customers to get fair pricing through the years unlike the airlines where each seat on any given day can cost vastly different.

Weber Genesis Grill Warranty

Weber is known to have the best warranty in the industry for its grilling products. Genesis II and II LX series are not an exception to this. Weber provides and amazing 10 year warranty for the heart of their grills (i.e. Burners, Ignition, Lid and the Cookbox). Furthermore, the porcelain enamel grates and flavorizer bars of the II series are warrantied for 5 years. On stainless steel versions of grates and flavorizer bars on II SE and II LX series you will get the 10 year warranty.


We are very excited to begin the grilling season and finally get these incredible grills into the hands of our customers. For more information or to purchase a Weber Genesis grill (now with free shipping anywhere in the U.S.), visit us at Designer Appliances.

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The Evolution of the Gas Grill

We all know that in 1952, Weber started with the invention of the iconic kettle that provides excellent control over cooking with charcoal.

In the 1970s and early1980s, we brought that same kettle idea into the gas grill arena.  There were stand-alone gas kettles, post-mount kettles and gas kettles in a cart.  And so it began! 

In the early 80s, through 90s, we had a little portable model we called the Hot Shot Table Top Gas Grill.   We all know it today by its new name, the Gas Go-Anywhere.

By 1985, we joined the trend toward “square” stand up gas grills, and launched our Genesis 1, Genesis 2 and Genesis 3 models, that featured an open cart design with Redwood work surfaces, porcelain enameled grates, our patented Flavorizer bars, push button ignition, a grease management system, a side burner on the Genesis 3 and many other cool things!    From here, there was no stopping us!

By the late ‘80s, the Genesis XX and XXI (later known as Genesis Jr., Genesis 4 and Genesis 5 were born, giving more options in size and design, including glass doors on the 4 and 5 models and various upgrades.

In the early ‘90s, the next generation of Genesis models was launched.   They were Genesis 1000-5000 models with more upgrades, design changes and “offspring” variations specific to certain retailers, such as the Genesis LX and Skyline models.  Wood and Durawood tables were on various Genesis models.

We also introduced the Spirit 500/700 series, Platinum series and the first Summit series of grills.   With these Weber products, you could find any gas grill to fit your needs and budget with our lineup of 2 burner, 3 burner, 4 burner and 6 burner models.  Most were open cart models, but the Platinum and Summit series also could be purchased with a closed cart for storage.  Side burners came with some models, but could be added to others. The Summit series also included 4 and 6 burner built-in models.

In 2000, we introduced our Genesis Silver, Gold and Platinum series.   Most were open cart models, but the Platinums included a closed cart version.  Thermoset tables were featured on the Silver models, porcelain tables on the Gold, and stainless steel on the Platinum.


2002-2005, we came out with our StopWatch Engineering Genesis Silver, Gold and Platinum models.  These grills could be assembled start to finish in 10 minutes……..and we had the videos to prove it!  Very simple designs, easy for consumers!   The Summit models changed to Silver, Gold and Platinum versions, mostly assembled on delivery.  These models had lots of stainless steel (lids, cabinets) - some models with stainless tables, while others had thermoset.


2004 was the year we premiered our Baby Q (now called Q 1000) and Q (now called 2000) series.  These portables brought a whole new dimension to tailgating, picnics and small get-togethers.  Its unique shape fit right in with the Weber style of closed lid cooking.  We now have Q 1200, Q 2200 and the Q 3200 – a larger version in a standup gas grill.   Perfect for those with smaller spaces to grill.

2007-8, we totally redesigned our gas grill line with the Spirit E/SP, Genesis E/S and Summit E/S series.   Cabinets, lots of colors, stainless steel, Tuck-away rotisseries, handle lights and light up knobs on Summits, ……what more could you want?

By 2011, we created the Summit Grill Centers for those who wanted the extreme outdoor kitchen.  You could get the Grill Center model, or get the Social area versions, with a left or right section that made an L-shaped grilling center.  

We also redesigned the Genesis line, with the control knobs in front, sear burners and electronic ignition.  The side burner was also moved to the right-hand side.

Did we stop there?  Nope!  2013 we re-invented the Spirit line, with some models with fold-down tables, for those with space constraints.  Knobs moved to the front of the grill, instead of the side on these, so Spirit, Genesis and Summit all had front-mount control.

But wait………there’s still more coming!  Wait ‘til you see what is next!

We have totally redesigned the iconic Genesis line of grills offered in 2, 3, 4 or 6 burner models with great styling, new features and a model to fit everyone’s needs and budget!  Genesis II and Genesis II LX have arrived!! Click here to learn more about this exciting new innovation. 

We have open carts, we have closed carts!  We have colors and stainless steel lids.   The new GS4 Grilling System includes Infinity ignition, redesigned burners for high performance, stainless steel Flavorizer bars and a new grease management system to make cleaning easier.  The LP tank (not included) is now outside the grill frame. All models are iGrill 3 compatible, so grilling like a pro becomes simple!

To enhance this product line, we added the S-310, a stainless steel version of the open cart Genesis II for 2018, featuring a stainless steel lid, stainless steel grates, Flavorizer bars and heat deflectors.

Also new for 2018 is our next generation of Spirit models, the Spirit II, featuring great new colors-- red, sapphire and ivory, in addition to black.  Available in 2-burner and 3-burner models, they have an open-cart design and feature the GS4 Grilling System that includes Infinity ignition, stainless steel burners, porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars and grease management system.   All are iGrill 3 compatible (sold separately) to make you the greatest griller in the neighborhood.

When Weber is involved, you know you are getting the best!   We guarantee it!

Sours: https://www.weber.com/US/en/blog/behind-the-grill/the-evolution-of-the-gas-grill/weber-29896.html
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Grill Parts Home > Weber Grill Models

If it's been a while since you purchased your grill, you may be a little fuzzy on which model you have - This guide should help with Weber grills that are 5-10 years old. If you're unsure, you can always give us a ring at 850-622-9146 & we'll be happy to help. You can also see all of our Weber parts here.

There are many different Weber grill model names however the correct part selection can be completed with easy measurements and certain model distinctions. It's still a good idea to measure all parts and compare to the descriptions before completing your order.

Weber grill with 2 Burner Control Knobs
Two control knobs.

If your model has two controls with 2 burners which set front and back, it's a Spirit 500, Silver A, or (after 2007) Spirit E-210.

Click here for the Weber Spirit E-210, Spirit 500 and Silver-A grill replacement parts.

 Weber gas grill with 3 Burner Control Knobs
Three control knobs.

All of the other (older) models have three knobs controlling three burners, (front, center and rear).

We can narrow these choices by examining the drip vaporizer bars, which are the metal tents above the burners.

Weber Grills with 13 Flavorizer Bars

If there are 13 bars, the grill is an early Genesis or Platinum series model, designed with a 5 long bar and 8 short bar set in a crisscross pattern.

The short bars measure 16" and the long bars are 23-3/8".

Here is the list for the early model Weber Genesis Series parts.

Weber Grills with 5 Flavorizer Bars

Finally, the older models that remain are designed with 5 bars. There are three choices below: 22-1/2", 23-3/8", or 24-1/2".

Weber Genesis Silver B/Silver C Grill
5 Bars 22-1/2"long.

If your flavorizer bars are 22-1/2" long, your grill is a Weber Genesis Silver B or Weber Genesis Silver C. Here's the parts list for your grill.

Weber Platinum Grills
5 Bars 23-3/8"long.

If your flavorizer bars are 23-3/8" long, you have a Genesis Platinum B or Platinum C grill (circa 2000-2004). Here are the grill parts for your model.

Weber Genesis 300 Series
5 Bars 24-1/2"long.

If your flavorizer bars are 24-1/2" long, your grill is a Weber Genesis 300 series, which were introduced in 2007. Here's the parts list for your grill.

Still stumped?

If you haven't seen your model or aren't confident about your choice, just give us a ring at 850-622-9146 & we'll figure it out together. You can also see a complete Weber parts list here.

Sours: https://www.grillparts.com/weber/modelhelp.htm
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How To Determine The Age Of Weber Grills & Smokers

In this topic:

Determining The Age Of Weber Charcoal Grills & Smokers

Determining The Age Of Weber Gas Grills

Determining The Age Of Weber Pellet Grills

The “C” Club

What Is Weber’s Model Year?

The code schemes described below represent a grill’s model year, not a calendar year. Weber’s model year runs from October 1 to September 30. For example, a grill with date code DE is part of the 2009 model year and may have been manufactured anytime between 10/1/2008 and 9/30/2009. It’s also possible that for any given model year, a few remaining vent dampers from the previous model year were carried forward and used-up after the start of a new model year.

Determining The Age Of Weber Charcoal Grills

1952-1978: No Date Code

From 1952 to 1978, Weber charcoal grills were not marked to indicate date of manufacture or model year. Age can be estimated by certain features and physical characteristics of the grill itself.

  • Bouy-shaped grills with flat lids, sometimes called “George’s Barbecue Kettle” or “George’s Bar-B-Q Kettle”, date to 1952-1955.
  • Weber adopts the current dome-shaped lid and bowl design beginning in 1956.
  • Grills with solid metal triangular base, metal lid handle, and metal bowl handle date to 1956-1959.
  • Grills with wire triangular base, metal lid handle, and metal bowl handle date to 1959-1963.
  • Grills with two-rivet wooden lid handle and metal bowl handle date to 1964-1980. Within this date range:
    • “BAR-B-Q KETTLE” and no patent info on lid damper dates to 1964-1968.
    • “BAR-B-Q KETTLE” and “PAT. PENDING” on lid damper dates to 1969-1972.
    • “BAR-B-Q KETTLE” and “Pat. 3538906” on lid damper date 1973-1976.
    • Stylized large “weber” logo and “Pat. 3538906” on lid damper date 1976-1978.

1979-1993: A-P Code

In 1979, Weber introduced a one-letter alphabetic code representing the model year of Weber charcoal grills. The code was stamped into the lid damper of each charcoal kettle; for the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, the code was stamped into the lid damper and all three charcoal bowl dampers.

Note that in 1987, Weber skipped the letter I and used the letter J instead.

A: 1979
B: 1980*
C: 1981**
D: 1982
E: 1983
F: 1984
G: 1985
H: 1986
J: 1987
K: 1988
L: 1989
M: 1990
N: 1991
O: 1992
P: 1993

* Earliest dated Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
** First official model year of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

Example of 1981 C code on a WSM

Example of 1981 C code on a WSM

Example of 1983 E code on a WSM

Example of 1983 E code on a WSM

The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker was first introduced for the 1981 model year, so most of the oldest cookers have a C code. A few have a B code, indicating they were manufactured in 1980 in the run-up to the 1981 introduction. There are also 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.

1994-Today: “AUTHORIZED” Code

Starting with the 1994 model year, Weber switched to a two-letter alphabetic code representing the model year of Weber charcoal grills, using the word “AUTHORIZED” as the key. As with the previous code scheme, this two-letter code was stamped into the lid damper of each charcoal kettle. For the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, the code was stamped into the lid damper and all three charcoal bowl dampers. On some Performer grills, the code can also be found on labels on the rear panel of the grill or on bar code stickers under the control panel or stainless steel charbin cover.



EH: 1994
EO: 1995
ER: 1996
EI: 1997
EZ: 1998
EE: 1999
DD: 2000
DA: 2001
DU: 2002
DT: 2003
DH: 2004
DO: 2005
DR: 2006
DI: 2007
DZ: 2008
DE: 2009
AD: 2010
AA: 2011
AU: 2012
AT: 2013
AH: 2014
AO: 2015
AR: 2016
AI: 2017
AZ: 2018
AE: 2019
UD: 2020
UA: 2021


Example of 1999 EE code on a WSM

Example of 1999 EE code on a WSM

Example of 2009 DE code on a Weber kettle

Example of 2009 DE code on a Weber kettle

2013-Today: “CONSUMABLE” Code

Things got a bit more complicated in 2013 when Weber started laser-etching a nine-character alphanumeric code onto the lid damper alongside the two-letter alphabetic code. The code consists of two letters + seven numbers—two letters represent the model year using the word “CONSUMABLE” as the key and seven numbers as a serial number.



CO xxxxxxx: 2012
CN xxxxxxx: 2013
CS xxxxxxx: 2014
CU xxxxxxx: 2015
CM xxxxxxx: 2016
CA xxxxxxx: 2017
CB xxxxxxx: 2018
CL xxxxxxx: 2019
OE xxxxxxx: 2020
OC xxxxxxx: 2021


Dual coding occurred during the 2013-2014 model years only. In 2013, grills were stamped with AT and laser etched with CNxxxxxxx; in 2014, with AH and CSxxxxxxx.

Example of dual-coded 2013 AT/CN 14.5" WSM

Example of dual-coded 2013 AT/CN 14.5″ WSM

Example of dual-coded 2014 AH/CS Weber kettle

Example of dual-coded 2014 AH/CS Weber kettle

In 2015, Weber stopped using the two-letter alphabetic code on almost all charcoal grills in lieu of the nine-character alphanumeric code. The only charcoal grills still using the two-letter alphabetic “AUTHORIZED” code are those with gas assist, including certain Performer grills and the Summit Charcoal Grill and Summit Charcoal Grilling Center.

Example of 2015 CU code on a Weber Performer

Example of 2015 CU code on a Weber Performer

Example of 2016 AR code on a Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center

Example of 2016 AR code on a Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center

2017-Today: “BLAQKSMIXH” Code

Yet another nine-character alphanumeric code found on some Weber charcoal kettles consists of two letters + seven numbers—two letters represent the model year using the word “BLAQKSMIXH” as the key and seven numbers as a serial number.

For example, this code scheme was used on the limited edition red 22.5″ original kettle premium grill that was made in China and hit the U.S. market in November 2017 for the 2018 model year. Weber built up a large inventory of these grills during the summer of 2017 for the fall release and continued building them after the October 1 start of the 2018 model year, so the grills delivered were stamped with both BM (2017) and BI (2018) codes.

Due to issues with the quality of the red porcelain finish on many of these limited edition grills, Weber manufactured replacement parts for these grills during the 2018 and 2019 model years. TVWB reader Dirk Verjans from Belgium reports buying one of these leftover grills from a Weber dealer in June 2020 that came with a damaged BM (2017) lid. The dealer ordered a replacement lid and when it arrived, it had a BX (2019) code on it.

The most recent sighting of this date code was on a 2021 LB code Weber Go-Anywhere charcoal grill.

At the time of this writing, it’s not known the first year this code was introduced for charcoal grills.



BM xxxxxxx: 2017
BI xxxxxxx: 2018
BX xxxxxxx: 2019
LH xxxxxxx: 2020
LB xxxxxxx: 2021


Example of 2018 BM code on a limited edition red 22.5" kettle

Example of BM (2017) code on a limited edition red 22.5″ original kettle premium grill

Example of 2018 BI code on a limited edition red 22.5" kettle

Example of BI (2018) code on a limited edition red 22.5″ original kettle premium grill

Example of BX (2019) code on a replacement lid from Dirk Jervans

Example of BX (2019) code on a replacement lid from Dirk Jervans

What Does That Dot On The Damper Mean?

Example of dual-coded 2013 AT/CN 14.5" WSM

You may have noticed the dot stamped into the damper of the dual-coded 2013 AT/CN 14.5″ WSM shown above. The dot indicates that this smoker was a pre-production version not intended for retail sale.

Determining The Age Of Weber Gas Grills

1971-1993: No Date Code

Weber’s first gas grill was the Gas Barbecue Kettle, introduced in 1971 and sold until approximately 1985 when Genesis gas grills replaced them in the product line-up. The gas kettle came in three versions: a stand-alone kettle, a post-mounted kettle, and a cart-mounted kettle. These early gas grills had serial numbers, but we have no information to indicate that these grills were coded to indicate date of manufacture or model year.

In the early 1980s, Weber introduced a portable grill called the Hot Shot Table Top Gas Grill, the same grill we know today as the Go-Anywhere Gas Grill. We have no information to indicate that the early versions of these grills had serial numbers or were date coded.

In 1985, Weber introduced the Genesis 1/2/3/4/5 series of grills; in the early 1990s the Spirit series of grills; and in 1993 the Genesis 1000/2000/3000/4000/5000 series of grills. From 1985-1993, Weber gas grills were assigned serial numbers to indicate grill type/model and fuel source (liquid propane or natural gas), but they were not coded to indicate date of manufacture or model year.

Some owners say they’ve found date stickers on some of these early grills, so look closely for such stickers. Also, since 1993 was the only year that Genesis 1000/2000/3000/4000/5000 grills were not date coded, if you find any of these grills with a serial number beginning with “KL1” or “KN3” or “EK2” or “CL5” or similar, it’s more than likely a 1993 grill. Otherwise, without a sales receipt or a handwritten note in the Owner’s Manual indicating date of purchase, the age of grills made between 1985-1992 can only be estimated as follows:

  • Genesis 1-5: 1985 to 1992.
  • Genesis XX, XXI, Jr. (2-burner): Late 1980s to early 1990s.
  • Genesis 1000-5000: 1993, then date coding begins in 1994.
  • Spirit 500/700: Early 1990s.

If you’re interested, read this information I posted about deciphering old Weber gas grill serial numbers in the Weber Gas Grill forum at The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board.

Sorry, there's no date information in these Weber Genesis 1, 2, and 1000 serial numbers

Sorry, there’s no date information in these Weber Genesis 1, 2, and 1000 serial numbers

1994-Today: “AUTHORIZED” Code

Starting around 1994, Weber gas grills adopted the same two-letter alphabetic code used to represent the model year of Weber charcoal grills, using the word “AUTHORIZED” as the key along with a six- or seven-digit serial number. Many popular old Genesis, Spirit, and Summit gas grills utilized this date code scheme, as do today’s Summit, Weber Q, and Genesis II LX grills made in the USA.

Simply locate the grill’s serial number and compare the first two letters to the values in the table below. The serial number is usually found on a sticker found on the back of the grill or inside the enclosed storage cabinet, or sometimes on a bar code on the chassis under the control panel. Also, the serial number can often be found on the cover of the grill’s Owner’s Manual, if available.



EH: 1994
EO: 1995
ER: 1996
EI: 1997
EZ: 1998
EE: 1999
DD: 2000
DA: 2001
DU: 2002
DT: 2003
DH: 2004
DO: 2005
DR: 2006
DI: 2007
DZ: 2008
DE: 2009
AD: 2010
AA: 2011
AU: 2012
AT: 2013
AH: 2014
AO: 2015
AR: 2016
AI: 2017
AZ: 2018
AE: 2019
UD: 2020
UA: 2021


Example of 1998 EZ code on a Genesis 1000 Owner's Manual

Example of 1998 EZ code on a Genesis 1000 Owner’s Manual

Example of 2002 DU code on a Summit 450

Example of 2002 DU code on a Summit 450

Example of 2013 AT code on a Weber Q 1200

Example of 2013 AT code on a Weber Q 1200

Example of 2017 AI code on a Genesis II LX S-640 made in USA

Example of 2017 AI code on a Genesis II LX S-640 made in USA

2005-Today: “BLAQKSMIXH” Code

This two-letter alphabetic code is used to represent the model year on some Weber gas grills, using the word “BLAQKSMIXH” as the key. The most recent sighting of this date code was on a 2021 LB code Weber Q 1200.



HK: 2005
HS: 2006
HM: 2007
HI: 2008
HX: 2009
BH: 2010
BB: 2011
BL: 2012
BA: 2013
BQ: 2014
BK: 2015
BS: 2016
BM: 2017
BI: 2018
BX: 2019
LH: 2020
LB: 2021

2007-2011, 2017-Today: “DECRYPTION” Code

In 2007, Weber introduced the Spirit E-210 and E-310 grills, and with them a new two-letter alphabetic code specific to these grills, using the word “DECRYPTION” as the key along with a seven-digit serial number . In 2017 Weber also started using this code scheme on some Genesis II grills made in China.

The most recent sighting of this date code was on a 2021 ED code Weber Traveler portable gas grill.



NT xxxxxxx: 2007
NI xxxxxxx: 2008
NO xxxxxxx: 2009
DN xxxxxxx: 2010
DD xxxxxxx: 2011
DE xxxxxxx: 2012
DC xxxxxxx: 2013
DR xxxxxxx: 2014
DY xxxxxxx: 2015
DP xxxxxxx: 2016
DT xxxxxxx: 2017
DI xxxxxxx: 2018
DO xxxxxxx: 2019
EN xxxxxxx: 2020
ED xxxxxxx: 2021


Example of 2007 NT code on a Spirit E-210

Example of 2007 NT code on a Spirit E-210

Example of 2017 DT code on a Genesis II E-410 made in China

Example of 2017 DT code on a Genesis II E-410 made in China

2012-Today: “GVIEJOYNUW” Code

In 2012, Weber started using another two-letter alphabetic code on some Spirit grills, using the phrase “GVIEJOYNUW” as the key along with a seven-digit serial number. In 2017 Weber also started using this code scheme on some Genesis II grills made in China and sold in the United States. In 2021, we had reports of Genesis II E-335 and Spirit E-330 grills in Germany with VW codes that were known to have been purchased in 2020.



GV xxxxxxx: 2012
GI xxxxxxx: 2013
GE xxxxxxx: 2014
GJ xxxxxxx: 2015
GO xxxxxxx: 2016
GY xxxxxxx: 2017
GN xxxxxxx: 2018
GU xxxxxxx: 2019
VW xxxxxxx: 2020
VG xxxxxxx: 2021


Example of 2015 GJ code on a Spirit E-210

Example of 2015 GJ code on a Spirit E-210

Example of 2017 GY code on a Genesis II E-310 made in China

Example of 2017 GY code on a Genesis II E-310 made in China

Example of 2020 VW code on a Genesis II E-335 made for Germany/Austria

Example of 2020 VW code on a Genesis II E-335 made for the Germany/Austria market

2013-Today: “CONSUMABLE” Code

In 2013, Weber started using the same nine-character alphanumeric code on the Go-Anywhere Gas Grill as it uses on Weber charcoal grills. The code consists of two letters + seven numbers—two letters represent the model year using the word “CONSUMABLE” as the key and seven numbers as a serial number. The code is laser-etched on the gas burner.



CO xxxxxxx: 2012
CN xxxxxxx: 2013
CS xxxxxxx: 2014
CU xxxxxxx: 2015
CM xxxxxxx: 2016
CA xxxxxxx: 2017
CB xxxxxxx: 2018
CL xxxxxxx: 2019
OE xxxxxxx: 2020
OC xxxxxxx: 2021


Example of 2013 CN code on a Go-Anywhere Gas grill

Example of 2013 CN code on a Go-Anywhere Gas grill

Determining The Age Of Weber Pellet Grills

In 2020, Weber introduced a new line of SmokeFire pellet grills, the 24″ EX4 and 36″ EX6. These grills use a nine-character alphanumeric code. The code consists of two letters + seven numbers—two letters represent the model year using the word “AUTHORIZED” as the key and seven numbers as a serial number.



UD xxxxxxx: 2020
UA xxxxxxx: 2021

Example of SmokeFire serial number located inside pellet hopper

Example of 2020 UD code inside SmokeFire pellet hopper lid

The “C” Club

The Smokey Mountain Cooker made its debut as part of Weber’s 1981 model year. Most of those first-year grills were stamped with a “C” date code, but a smaller number were stamped with a “B” because they were manufactured in 1980 leading into the 1981 model year.

The “C” Club was established as a fun way to recognize the proud owners of these first-year Weber smokers. Unfortunately, the club was named many years before we understood that there were some “B” smokers out there! Oh well, too late to change the name now! We’re sticking with The “C” Club.

To join this exclusive club, send me an e-mail including your name, city/state, some background on how you got your WSM, and a digital photo of your cooker with “B” or “C” clearly stamped on the vent damper, and I will add you to the list below.

Kelly Coplen, Olathe, KS

Date Code: C

Kelly Coplen's C WSM
Kelly Coplen's C WSM - Closeup

Kelly writes, “I saw an ad on Craigslist 60 miles from Olathe, Kansas. I arrived to see it and learned it was missing a water pan and had rust. The seller lowered the price to $30 and am glad I bought it. Cleaned it up and ready to use it.”

Matthew La Rou, The Netherlands

Date Code: C

Matthew La Rou's C WSM
Matthew La Rou's C WSM - Closeup
Matthew La Rou's C WSM - Orange peel enamel finish

“I found one here in The Netherlands and it looks like the real deal,” says Matthew. “With super orange peel enamel!” You can see the orange peel effect in the reflection on the lid in the second photo. Many people find this orange peel effect a desirable characteristic of older Weber grills.

Scott Zoellner, Sandwich, IL

Date Code: C

Scott Zoellner's C WSM
Scott Zoellner's C WSM - Closeup

Searching Craigslist one day, Scott says, “I came across this beautiful ‘C’ code 18.5″ WSM. It’s in great shape with just a little rust on the legs and missing the access door knob. It was being sold as part of a pre-estate sale by a great guy. He sold it to me for $30. Needless to say I’m very happy with the find and the condition.”

Clark Hodgson, Wyocena, WI

Date Code: B

Clark Hodgson's B WSM
Clark Hodgson's B WSM - Closeup

“I was driving past my neighbor’s place in Wyocena, WI on Memorial Day weekend 2006 while they were having a garage sale. I saw what I thought for sure was a WSM sitting in his driveway. It was a little rusty, the access door and legs anyway, but appeared to be in excellent condition otherwise.

“My neighbor had a price tag on it of $20.00. He said, ‘Don’t buy that because then you’ll have to cook!’ I told him I used my Brinkmann to cook all the time. Since I am his neighbor, he said $10.00 would take it away. I couldn’t pass up that deal.

“So I came back with my truck, loaded it up, took it home and gave it a good cleaning. All of the porcelain was in really good shape. The grates were all rusty, but a wire brush took care of that. Since it did not have a thermometer, I searched the Web for retrofit ideas, which is how I happened on your site and learned about the date codes.”

Clark cleaned up the old steel legs as best he could, but took a wire brush to the steel access door and sprayed it with black barbecue paint to make it look better.

Clark Hodgson, Wyocena, WI

Date Code: C/D

Top vent C/D stamps
Bottom vent C/D stamps
Clark Hodgson C/D stamp WSM

“Last year (2012), I picked up a ‘C’ WSM from Craigslist and finally got around to cleaning it up and getting some pics. Of course, I can’t just find any ‘C’ WSM. No, it has to be one with anomalies.

“I have attached three pics for your viewing pleasure. One shows the top vent with an unmistakable ‘C’ stamp and a partial ‘D’ stamp. One shows a bottom vent with very visible ‘C’ and ‘D’ stamps. The other is just a shot of the WSM out in the yard.

“It has some condition issues, porcelain chips, a little rust on the legs, banged up water pan, but all in all it’s in good shape, and now has a good home.”

Michael Mcintryre

Date Code: C

“(My WSM is) currently serving vacation duty near Yosemite,” says Michael. “I think I paid $150 for it back then. Over 20 years, and still a friend.”

Catherine Lambrecht

Date Code: C

“I bought mine at the Ace Hardware store in Lake Forest, IL at the end of the season for around $100. It was their floor model, which was already assembled.”

Mike DiRubbio

Date Code: C

Mike DiRubbio's WSM

“Here is a picture of my old bullet. My wife seems to think we bought the smoker in Spring 1982.”

John Wells, Overland Park, KS

Date Code: C

John Wells' WSM
John Wells' WSM

“I had to laugh when I saw the note about the ‘C’ club on New Years Day 2005. I was smoking a turkey and realized when loading the charcoal, that I need a new charcoal grate. It’s FINALLY giving out. I was checking your website and saw the thing about the letters stamped into the vents.

“This has been one great smoker, consistent and easy to use! I can’t remember where I got it or what I paid for it, but I’ll buy another for sure—when this one can’t be used anymore!”

Edward Dannewitz, Overland Park, KS

Date Code: C

Edward Dannewitz's WSM
Edward Dannewitz's WSM

“Although it’s not in top shape, my ‘C’ model WSM still cooks up a storm. My father found this gem for me approximately 12 years ago sitting in a moving sale. Asking price was $15.00 and he talked them down to $5.00. Didn’t fully appreciate what he had gotten me until I found out what it was and what real Q’ing was about. I now own three, and all are being used in competitions yearly.”

Greg Urganus

Date Code: C

Greg Urganus' WSM

“Just joined TVWB and thought I’d send in my application for the ‘C’ Club. I inherited it several years ago from a friend going through a bad divorce. She was just going to put it out with the trash, getting rid of all his stuff. She gave it to me for free, just had to go and pick it up. Since then I’ve put it to extremely good use.”

Jim Pfefferle, Pewaukee, WI

Date Code: C

Jim Pfefferle's WSM
Close-up of Jim Pfefferle's WSM

“I rescued this bad boy from the back porch of my sister’s place, where it had gathered dust since my father’s passing five years ago. Before looking, I was pretty confident it would be a ‘C’ model, since my Dad was always trying out new grills and loved Weber products. I now consider this WSM a family heirloom.”

Bill Nipe, Birchwood, WI – Model 1880

Date Code: C

Bill Nipe's Model 1880
Close-up of Bill Nipe's Model 1880

“I was attending an estate auction when I came across a box which appeared to have a small charcoal grill in it. Upon further inspection, I noticed it was a Weber smoker.

“I was sure someone was gonna outbid me, but I won at $18. When I got home, I removed the smoker from the box and found out that it had never been used. I did not know much about the art of smoking or about these smokers until I stumbled across your site.

“Well, I have been smoking this little guy every weekend since and the whole family loves the meals this thing turns out. This smoker has been a blast to use along with your site, and it will be smoking for a long time to come.”

Craig Smith, Chattanooga, TN

Date Code: C

Close-up of Craig Smith's WSM

“I was talking at work about building a drum smoker and a girl I work with overheard me. She said her husband had an old smoker that doesn’t get used at all and offered to call him to see if it was something he wanted to get rid of. Turned out that he was, and this smoker has the date code of “C”.

“Thanks for putting a website like this up and thanks for all the info to use my new to me old Smokey Mountain.”

Clay Houser, Topeka, KS

Date Code: C

Clay Houser's WSM
Close-up of Clay Houser's WSM

“I was looking at Big Green Eggs online, but I was appalled at their price and weight, so I was searching for a better alternative when I came across The Virtual Weber Bullet. The site convinced me (pretty easily) that a WSM was what I needed, so I started searching Craigslist and found one for sale about 60 miles away in Kansas City. The pictures looked great, and when I got there the next day I found a well-used but wonderfully maintained WSM, so I paid the man and took it home!

“The previous owner was a BBQ enthusiast and he’d already changed to a Brinkmann water pan and installed a Tel-Tru thermometer, so I was ready to go as soon as I got home and I haven’t slowed down since. It was a huge surprise to find out that this WSM left the factory two years before I was born and it still cooks like a dream!”

Lu Bennett, IL

Date Code: C

Lu Bennett's WSM
Close-up of Lu Bennett's WSM

“We found your website after we had the pleasure and excitement of finding a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker at an estate sale. We love our Weber Performer but have always wanted to have a smoker.

“This smoker is designated with a ‘C’ on the vent. It was purchased by a man who died before he could ever use it and his family was selling it at their estate sale. It is unused and in mint condition. We can’t wait to use it.”


Lu contacted Weber about this pristine WSM and agreed to trade it for a new 2009 WSM. Lu says that “it just feels right” for this “C” WSM to return to Weber headquarters in Palatine, IL where it will take its place alongside other historic Weber charcoal grills. Way to go, Lu!

Frits de Jonge, Nijmegen, Netherlands – Model 1880

Date Code: C

Frits de Jonge's WSM Model 1880
Close-up of Frits de Jonge's WSM
Model 1880 Owner's Manual

“Today I saw an advertisement for a WSM on a second-hand website in the Netherlands,” writes Frits. “From the pictures, it was clear that it was a small Model 1880. When I phoned, they told me that the letter C was stamped on the top vent. I immediately closed the deal and jumped in the car to collect it.

“Although it has some imperfections—the enamel on the bottom rim is not perfect, the bottom grill is missing, and it’s not perfectly round anymore—the rest it still looks great. The original booklet was present as well.

“The owner told me that he had received this smoker from his sister in Scotland, but they never used it. As you can imagine, I am very pleased to own such an old, special WSM.”

Roger Fecher, Cincinnati, OH

Date Code: C

Roger Fecher's WSM
Roger Fecher's owners manual
Pork butt on Roger Fecher's WSM

“After deciding that a Weber Smokey Mountain was the best bet for great BBQ at a reasonable price, I set off to find a smoker. I found this smoker through an online estate auction. The colored manual pictured in the auction led me to believe that it was an early model. As I read more, I got excited that I could be looking at an early 1980s model of the WSM. A few others drove the price up to $80, which I was glad to pay.

“When I picked up the item I was pleased to find that the only parts that needed to be replaced were the food grates. It even came with the original teak wood handle in good condition as well as the original assembly guide and full color manual. I got excited when I saw the C date code stamp. I opted to purchase a new door since the original had obvious air gaps and was rather rusty due to its time in the elements. (Uncovered on a patio for who knows how long.) I was amazed at the wonderful condition of the rest of the unit. The legs are rusted over, but the porcelain finish is still in great condition. The charcoal grate is a bit rusty, but perfectly usable.”

Ryan Couse

Date Code: C

Ryan Couse's WSM
Close-up of Ryan Couse's WSM

“I bought this from a relative for $40.00. It belonged to my late brother in law, he was the one who got me hooked on grilling and smoking. It’s in great shape except for needing a new handle.”

Marcus Hsia, Austin, TX

Date Code: C

Marcus Hsia's WSM
Close-up of Marcus Hsia's WSM lid damper
Marcus Hsia's WSM lid

Marcus writes, “I have a Craigslist search for all things ‘Weber’ and this unit popped up one day for $10! Even though I already had two WSMs, I immediately texted the seller to see if I could pick it up. He said, ‘Well, someone is already coming by after work to pick it up…’ to which I said, ‘What if I were to come NOW and give you $20 instead?’ Apparently that was too good of a deal to pass up, so he agreed.

“I installed a thermometer, installed handles on the side of the unit, replaced the legs, and used the door from my other WSM. I changed out the grill grates and replaced the pan with a Brinkmann water pan. The unit itself was in tremendous shape—it looked like it had never been cooked in before.

“I didn’t realize the treasure I was blessed to discover until I found this page on the site to figure out why this unit had a wooden handle instead of a plastic one. Now that I know this is such a special WSM, I’m going to make it my main smoker.”

Kevin Steers, Cedarburg, WI

Date Code: B

Kevin in WI's WSM
Close-up of Kevin's WSM lid damper
Close-up of holes in charcoal bowl, part of a propane conversion mod

Kevin says, “Days after an estate sale in my neighborhood in northern Wisconsin, this WSM was found in the bushes, where it had been abandoned. The new homeowner told me to take it, as he knew I was a barbecue guy. I will need to reverse a mod, as the original owner converted it to propane, I believe, as evidenced by the holes in the base.”

In the first photo, you can see the propane valve attached to the front leg of the charcoal bowl. In the third photo looking inside the charcoal bowl, the rectangular hole is probably access for the propane burner; the small hole in the bottom is probably a weep hole for water.

Tyler Vickstrom

Date Code: C

Tyler Vickstrom C code lid vent
Tyler Vickstrom 1981 14.5 WSM

“I bought my C code 14.5″ WSM off of Facebook Marketplace for 30 bucks! Also, that kettle in the back was made somewhere between 1976 and 1978.”

Photo of 2019 BX code on replacement red kettle lid: 2020 by Dirk Verjans
Photo of 2007 NT code on a Spirit E-210: 2017 by Bruce

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Grill genesis old weber

Restoring Genesis Grills?

Jason, Thanks for your post. I am sure you will get some great feedback...

Weber tried to make a gas grill out of their famous "kettle". It was a miserable failure, but to their credit Weber learned a lot. They came up with some very simple solutions to gas grilling, especially replacing lava rocks with angled "flavorizer bars" in their new creation, the Genesis. They also designed a product that was easy to operate and easy to maintain. Built it rugged with a strong steel frame, when cheap competitors gas grills were just rickety pieces of junk. They also put in some warm charm with stained wood tables and fold-up trays and over time a variety of hood colors.

Weber was a family-owned business and concentrated on quality products and excellent customer service. As outsourcing and Chinese manufacturing became the thing, Weber's competitors began to bring flashy large "stainless" (actually cheap corrosion-prone junk) grills to the big box stores at prices well below Weber's. Weber, I am sure, felt this pressure and responded by making bigger and flashier grills, too. Along the way, though, the quality and simplicity started to erode. Weber was sold to a private equity firm :pand they have accelerated the outsourcing to China of almost everything. The sad result of this can be seen most clearly when you examine a specimen of their "limited edition" red kettle made this past year in the People's Republic. Lackluster color and embarrassing quality control and shipping problems.

So, many of us prefer the classic original, Made in USA, Genesis 1000-5000 grills or the slightly updated Genesis Silver/Gold/Platinum grills. I guess it could be a little nostalgic like enjoying a Model A or 57 Chevy, but the truth is that unlike old cars these old grills actually DO WORK BETTER in many respects. They certainly are easier to keep functional and are built to last. The same certainly cannot be said of the many off-brand (and sadly perhaps some new Weber) grills for sale today. When you consider that for the same money as one of these you can pick up a good rehab candidate Genesis, buy some quality replacement parts, and with some fun and rewarding elbow grease come out with a WAY BETTER grill, it is easy to see why we like this hobby!

Many people today are enthralled with flashy high tech looking stainless grills. To me, though, the classic Genesis - particularly with stained wood shelving has a kind of elegance like a high-end classic car.


I suppose this is all up to an individual's taste. I would suggest you scan through the many posts here of Genesis restorations to get a good idea of what can be done and what they look like when finished.

Our group can be a helpful resource in steering you to some of the best choices for replacement parts or working through issues in your restoration. We LOVE to see pictures of other members' renovations;)!

Best wishes! I hope you catch the fever and join in the fun!



Sours: https://tvwbb.com/threads/restoring-genesis-grills.73588/
Weber grill Restoration


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