My husband took it apart yesterday, made a trip to B&Q to get the cable connector strip and got it put back together. Shorted on the first attempt but the second was the charm. The problem was exactly as you had described. Thanks a lot for the info. :D
Thanks sim11. Inspired by you, I decided to give my G3 a bit of a service this afternoon - before pizza night. I see what you mean by the design flaw. The gap at the back of the stone easily allows excess semolina/flour and any juices to drip down directly onto the block connector. This is obviously where my pops and flashes have been emanating from over the last six months. The wiring wasn't bad enough to need replacing yet, but the good clean out I gave it should prevent any further shorting. I must have cooked over a thousand pizzas in mine now, so I've already had my monies' worth out of it. While the stone was removed, I noticed that the lower element has an inward facing notch in it. The older G3's had this style of element on the top and I've often wished mine had this to improve grilling. The best upgrade for these miracle pizza cookers would of course be to get rid of the useless timer and fit a secondary thermostat/control combo for the lower element. Having separate controls would avoid all that lid up / lid down nonsense we have to do to keep the top grill glowing. I did think of bypassing the thermostat for the upper grill, but as the temp sensor is in the lid, it could end up with the stone cooling down too much. This is why my replacement will be one of those giant 'deck' type semi-commercial ovens with separate controls for the stone and grill. Much as I'd love a twin deck model for cooking two at a time, it seems every one of them has only three elements meaning the lower grill and upper stone would have to share a thermostat. Perhaps for Christmas if Mrs 89quid is reading...?
This pizza oven is 10 out of 10. Had mine 2years and often have pizza parties. Guests pick toppings. The pizza produced is incomparable with frozen rubbish. Recommend a bread maker to make own dough. Many kitchen gadgets never get used, but this is my number 1 and would replace same day if it went bang. I paid £90 so this is a bargain!
I am glad I hadn't thrown mine out, will need to pull it out of the garage and take it apart. Getting excited at the prospect of getting it back in working order. :D
My wires had literally melted and burnt away, I had to cut about 3 mils off each wire but the width of the electric bloc compensates for this, I also wrapped the electrical bloc tight in electrical tape to try to insulate it. I was just gonna chuck mine away as it was broken I figured there was nothing to loose by stripping it down,a very easy fix to my surprise.