AndytheMinion Dave, you had yours before it was released onto the EU market. Any idea what changes were made when it was CE marked and did your get modified?
I used to sit on European standards committees so CE is something I really should care about 😊
It was being sold by Hasbean for a few years before he stopped selling it….it was notoriously problematic and had a bad reputation, many units were failing early with a lot of problems, often these were very early heating element failures.
What actually happened to change this is only known by a few….it started back in probably 2006 ish.
About a year later BB got one sent to me and I asked Genesis to make a number of revisions. The main problem was they had 230V elements in them and these got way way too hot…as the roaster was getting overly hot anyway, this was completely unnecessary. The main change was my insistence on a specific 240V element and a change to the other elements to increase their life, at the expense of loosing a little temperature.
As a result they made a 240V element life of 2000 hours (I’d have to check, but I seem to remember 2,000 hours). This means an individual could roast 2 kg per week for 20 years before the heating element would fail. The reduction in temperatures made everything about the Gene more reliable, and heating elements simply stopped failing. A heating element failure should really be a rare occurrence.
The patch had been queered a little in the UK by the Hasbean experience, but as the years passed people realised these were now very reliable units. I don’t know about when CE was achieved, but I am pretty sure they had it when Hasbean were selling them. CE doesn’t mean “chuffin excellent”, it just means it meets EU electrical standards.