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Solar Cookers/Ovens

Last post Fri, Jul 4 2008 6:20 PM by Pat. 3 replies.
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  • Fri, Jul 4 2008 4:39 PM

    Solar Cookers/Ovens

    During these difficult times I have been thinking of different ways to cut down on utilities and eating less. Does anyone know how to build a solar oven or cooker?

    I tried it by getting my barbecue grill and covering it in aluminum.  Next I cover it with a class top. It partially cooked the meat which was somewhat frozen.

    But did not cook it all the way.  Somewhere I saw something about a reflector but do not know how to build one.  Has anyone built one successfully and can you give steps to make it and what type of materials.

     

    Thank You,

    Justice

  • Fri, Jul 4 2008 6:04 PM In reply to

    • Pat
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    Re: Solar Cookers/Ovens

     I built one once, but wasn't happy with it and I haven't tried it again. There are many plans here: http://solarcooking.org/plans/

    There are a lot of things that will affect how well a solar oven works. Whether it got direct sunlight, how long the food is in it, what type of pan you use and so on. Besides putting foil inside your grill (I'm assuming it's a bowl shape?), put the food in a dark colored pan with a glass lid if you have it, or a dark colored lid otherwise. You may have to move the grill around to keep the sun fully on it, and having it at an angle will heat it better because the sun will hit it more directly. 

    Now you've inspired me. I have one of those small grills that's never used. Maybe I'll make a solar cooker out of it myself!  

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  • Fri, Jul 4 2008 6:14 PM In reply to

    Re: Solar Cookers/Ovens

    Added benefit your kitchen stays cool!  Thank you very much for the plans.

    Peace,

    Mary

  • Fri, Jul 4 2008 6:20 PM In reply to

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    Re: Solar Cookers/Ovens

    You're welcome.

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