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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2011 01:42:10 PM »

Apparently the American manufacturers of 'oven proof' glass no longer use borosilicate glass, which is highly heat resistant.  I don't know why the formula was changed, probably due to cost. 

I would suggest at least writing a letter to Anchor-Hocking (and send pictures).  The fact that it didn't even make it all the way out of the oven should indicate to them that it wasn't caused by user error!

So glad you all seem to have escaped mostly unscathed.
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2011 01:47:34 PM »

A good way to pick up those tiny glass shards is with a block of soap... so I hear Smiley Obviously throw it out after Wink
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2011 02:08:12 PM »

Even borosilicate glass (pyrex) can shatter unexpectedly. It's happened in museums where a piece has sat undisturbed for years then one day inexplicably shatters into fragments. This is why ahem glass ahem adult toys ahem are such a stupid, stupid idea. I couldn't believe it when I realized that sort of thing was being sold but it is indeed. But that's a bit off topic, isn't it? Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2011 02:12:04 PM »

Erikau- Yep, it's true.  It's now made out of tempered soda lime glass, which is less resistant to thermal shock. The Anchor Hocking website says it was changed for environmental reasons, but I'm sure the fact that borosilicate glass was more expensive may have had just a little something to do with it too.  The amount of complaints I have seen about this very thing happening (ours is the only case I've found where it's shattered the oven door) make me VERY wary about using glassware in the kitchen anymore.  I think I'll shell out the extra cash and go with stoneware, decent quality metal, or ceramic.  Lesson learned: when a $10 baking dish ruins a $700 oven, a $20 roast, and causes hours of cleanup as well as an unexpected meal out, it's not much of a deal anymore.

How Lovely- That's a great idea, and will likely help get the "meat juice residue" off too!  I'll give it a try!

Craftylittlemonkey- You just made me and my ladybits wince at the very thought.  You've proven that things could indeed be much, MUCH worse.  I can't even imagine how I'd begin explaining THAT one to the doctor. 
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« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2011 02:45:50 PM »

Yikes! Glad nobody lost an eye or anything. I'm now looking at my glass dishes with a weather eye, wondering which is old enough and which needs to be replaced!

If hubby is handy, too, you guys can order the part and replace that window yourself...we did! MUUUCH cheaper! WE have a double oven, I opened the top door with dripping wet hands (DUH) and it SHATTERED (though only like safety glass and not like it was hit with a bomb, like yours). When we checked about replacing the door, the oven(s) or the glass, we found out it was all or nothing--or mismatched doors at the very least.

So we ordered the glass. About $80, if I remember right. It came with all the rubber gaskets. It took a little doing and BOTH of us, but we did it. That was a couple of years ago, and it's working fine. Good luck!

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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2011 02:51:30 PM »

Oh my goodness!
I had the same thing happen to me fifteen years ago, glass cake pan, and we were cooking in a wood cookstove. took the cake out, it was beautiful btw Smiley, and it shattered in my hands. dang good thing i had the mitts on, but I dont get it, bc my kitchen was really warm...*shrug* It's not happened since, but its a good reminder to have a healthy respect for cookware lol.

I'm really glad you and yours werent seriously injured.
and good thing you have a backup cooking method!
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2011 03:10:46 PM »

I actually told an internet acquaintance about this, and he demanded my address so he and his wife could send us a george foreman grill, to help us out.  My cooking methods have just been expanded exponentially, and wowza, what a sweetheart.  He and his wife are both very, very kind people.

I'll look into replacing the glass.  We have a triple pane, and two of the panes are broken so I'm not sure how it would work, but it's definitely worth some research.  I'd rather not pay hundreds of dollars if I dont have to. 

And I have never heard of this shattering glassware thing before, but I am amazed at how many people this has happened to.  You ladies (and guys, maybe? I cant tell by username!) have been wonderfully supportive, and between your good ideas, your funnies, and your bits of advice, you've proven once again that Craftster is where it's at.  I <3 you guys, you've just made a bad day SO much better.
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2011 03:37:47 PM »

GRILL! Well, that makes things a bit better. What a scary, terrible thing to have happen. I get upset when I drop a glass in the kitchen, I can't imagine the oven door going! Good thing you are all ok.
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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2011 04:01:39 PM »

Oh my gosh I've never heard of this before! So glad that no one was seriously hurt!
The most I've done is a dropped drinking glass or bowl. My mom taught me to make a thick pad of paper towels and dampen it, and run that over the floor. It takes a while, and you need to go way outside the area where you think bits could have possibly landed-it's unbeliveable how far they spread. But it will pick up all the teeny invisible splinters and shards that you can't see, that a broom or mop won't catch, that will still get in unsuspecting feet if you miss them.
And if this happens on carpet(Hey, a sis of mine lived somewhere with a carpeted kitchen) I bet one of those sticky lint rollers would work.
It is a pain being ovenless. My first apartment, the stovetop worked, but not the oven, and the landlord wouldn't fix it. I used my microwave an awful lot until I moved out.
Does your area have a Habitat for Humanity store? They have all kind of stuff donated by builders and remodelers for sale, usually pretty darn cheap.
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2011 04:09:30 PM »

What makes matters worse is that hubs is a combat vet with ptsd... so yeah, a bomb going off in the house was all kinds of badness.  I tried the paper towel thing, and then the soap thing afterwards.  I THINK i got it all..... (famous last words, Ill probably impale myself on a stray piece of glass tomorrow)
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