Welcome to the forum.
I've never heard of the electric HB model. I'd love to see what you've got there. Who knows, it may be a collectors item worth lots of money
Please post some photos of it so some of us can identify it, okay?
Bringing back the Bakelite handles would be a great idea.
I have an old Suburban with the Bakelite handle, and another Legacy model with the chrome handle. For my experience, the only time I go near the firebox door is when I'm planning to add charcoal or adjust the firebox; so naturally I'm wearing gloves for that. Still, I'd love to see Hasty-Bake bring back those Bakelite handles