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The original in production design up into the early 80s was lost -they didn't many, if any, original drawings, blueprints or details. Weber has many of the grills they produced in a large warehouse (along with a lot of classic cars) but they didn't have the original 14 WSM. There was a lot of brain picking with Eric Schlosser, the originator of the WSM. From there I duplicated what could be remembered into SolidWorks (CAD) around 2007.Outside of the ash pan, what was re-designed? I was under the impression that they just started making them again.
We had 6 prototypes made up. One I received as a gift, another was given to a person in the model shop (to be used for burning his mother's legal papers, bills, etc.. ) Then one or two were used for testing and then scrapped.
The redesign had some sizing and fittings and features of what was in production around 2007, not the original run. The thermometer, water pan, ash, the legs, straps, etc..
I pushed hard for its release at the same time as the 22, but they said no one would buy it From there I guess it just sat until long after Weber and I parted ways.