Exploding cooker glass lid

Discussion in 'Tech/Mech General' started by MikeD, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,759
    Location:
    London
    We had a interesting experience yesterday and I wondered if anybody else might in the future be able to repeat this.

    The glass cooker top exploded and showered the interior of the motorhome with glass. It was caused by me knocking the switch for the electric ring as I passed and switching it on.

    As the glass top was down it heated the glass which then went bang - very loudly.

    On our Autotrail the switches for gas and electric rings were isolated whilst the lid was down. Not so on my Thetford Caprice mk3 it seems.

    As you can see in the debris I checked the gas and that would work as well. Not sure what would have occurred if we knocked it on whilst on the way out but suspect I would be in the market for buying a new motorhome.

    The makers web site appears to be a bit confusing as it states it does on this link from Australia but the euro link does not actually mention it.
    http://www.thetford-europe.com/au/product/caprice/

    The users manual states "depending on specification it may be fitted with a glass lid shut of system"

    What I wanted to know is does anybody else have a similar cooker and does it cut out the gas/electric when the lid is down?

     
    • Useful Useful x 2
    • Informative Informative x 1
  2. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,490
    Likes Received:
    5,289
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    Hey keep your slippers on, if it anything like when ours popped you be finding bits of glass six months on :)
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. Chris

    Chris Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Messages:
    16,420
    Likes Received:
    34,444
    Location:
    kent
    That's bad:(
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. Allan & Loren

    Allan & Loren Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1,055
    Likes Received:
    1,569
    Location:
    Leyland, Lancashire
    That is really bad. I would expect it to have an auto shut off if the lid was down. Surely this error makes it highly dangerous. I'd be tempted to contact trading stds.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,225
    Likes Received:
    5,024
    Location:
    West Sussex
    That's it the new Hymer is going to get a TecTower.:LOL:
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Funny Funny x 1
  6. Riverbankannie

    Riverbankannie Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2016
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    541
    Location:
    Bristol
    image.jpeg We have the same model in our IH. Although I had not assumed it has a cut out when closed, I am certainly going to take great care that not accidentally turned on. Thanks for posting.
    By the way, this is what happened to my knobs, was told I must have used strong cleaning materials but we had only used the van for a few days last November and no cleaning needed to be done. Thankfully knobs all replaced under warranty.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. Barclaybasher

    Barclaybasher Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Messages:
    2,447
    Likes Received:
    7,090
    Location:
    Derby
    Is there a practical reason for having a glass lid on a cooker..... against something that cannot break/explode?

    ...just asking...like:whistle:
     
  8. Granjan

    Granjan Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2013
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    5,295
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Blimey! Thats a warning for everyone, I am actually not keen on using the hob at all, prefer to plug something in, much more danger of accidentally turning something on when its on the side/front too.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Gromett

    Gromett Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,915
    Likes Received:
    13,961
    Location:
    UK
    To pick up the fragment you can't sweep, either blue tac or some tape wrapped around your hand sticky side out.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Useful Useful x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  10. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,759
    Location:
    London
    Ours is a IH as well. 2015 RL

    We are on our second three month trip into Spain since March and all well so far with the cooker knobs. We don't cook much though usually eat out
     
  11. Riverbankannie

    Riverbankannie Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2016
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    541
    Location:
    Bristol
    So it's no good asking you why I cannot get the oven to stay lit and why the grill area and the knobs get so hot when oven on???
    Going to iH for habitation check and couple of problems end October. Hope they can sort it then.
     
  12. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,225
    Likes Received:
    5,024
    Location:
    West Sussex
    Nope, they always used to have a thin laminated board wich matched the worktop.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. SteveB123

    SteveB123 Funster

    Joined:
    May 23, 2012
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    110
    Location:
    Anglesey
    I did the same on our 2014 Autotrail, knocked the electric ring on by accident. Luckily I smelt the burning, now I have unplugged the electric under the oven.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. tonyidle

    tonyidle Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    2,867
    Likes Received:
    2,685
    Location:
    Kendal, Cumbria
    Never had a MH with a lid cut-off. Mind you our last caravan didn't have a net over it either. Would have been useful for catching falling jars of marmalade:LOL:.
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
  15. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,759
    Location:
    London
    There is a slide out bit of metal just above he grill that is meant to shield the Knobs from the heat. It rattles like the devil on ours :(
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  16. Barclaybasher

    Barclaybasher Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Messages:
    2,447
    Likes Received:
    7,090
    Location:
    Derby

    Mine has a matching laminate top........ old van

    Just Googled 'ordinary' domestic cookers, couldn't find one with a glass cover .... so why use something dangerous in a camper/caravan ??........ same goes for sinks..... ??

    Or is it harder to find the hob and sink in a camper ??:whistle:
    .
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  17. Neckender

    Neckender Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    969
    Likes Received:
    1,171
    Location:
    Stoke on Trent or Benidorm
    We were very lucky on Thursday travelling to Benidorm, we stopped on the services, put kettle on for a drink, when kettle had boiled I turned the gas tap off,we had dinner and before I drove off I put the length of pipe insulation we use to stop rattling under front of glass lid and off we set. I drove approx 130 miles towards Barcelona and pulled in services for something to eat and instantly smelt burning rubber, the cooker lid was quite hot and I noticed that on our earlier stop instead of turning the hot plate off I had turned it to low setting. The pipe insulation had made a 2 inch air gap and with driving with windows open it must have kept the full heat off the glass lid and slightly melted the pipe insulation.

    John.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2016
    • Informative Informative x 1
  18. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,225
    Likes Received:
    5,024
    Location:
    West Sussex
    You were a lucky boy. On the last van after lighting the TecTower oven I kept smelling burning and there was smoke coming out of the oven roof vent. Note: to self, remove ant-rattle tea cloth before lighting oven.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Funny Funny x 1
  19. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,976
    Likes Received:
    1,759
    Location:
    London
    I do wonder what would have happened if we were not there

    Another thread for unexplained motorhome Fire me thinks.
     
  20. cookie

    cookie Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2016
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    100
    Location:
    hucknall
    happened on our old lunar, opened door glass everywhere, worked out sun had shone through roof window straight onto sink cover , cooker top was red hot too.
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
Loading...

Share This Page