I'm guessing this faithful kettle is about 30 years old. It has cooked countless meals and I still use it. Here's a tour to give you an idea of what one of these can look like after a few decades of service - as Weber people will tell you, they're an expensive investment, but they last!
To begin, the nameplate on the top vent - perhaps some of you can pin down the production era by the information or style shown here.
A few things here - first, the wooden handle is long gone. The handle welds are showing some corrosion but they're still sound. Otherwise the paint is a bit faded but still good. This grill stays out in the weather.
Front handle wood rotting off - but not burned off!
The original grates were replaced about five years ago. I got the hinged type.
Here's most of the dam-age: The bottom vents are long gone and even the holes in the shell are getting to know each other better. The biggest problem by far is the failing weld on the front leg. The problem began with the plastic shoe wearing off of the front leg, Then when you drag the grill, the front leg hops and bangs, which causes the weld to fail. But, it hasn't broken off yet.
Because the front leg is now at a different angle, the grill doesn't sit level.
But it still rocks!