Solar Ovens and Cooking

A solar cooker, or solar oven, is a device which uses the energy of direct sunlight to heat, cook or pasteurize food or drink. The vast majority of solar cookers presently in use are relatively cheap, low-tech devices. Because they use no fuel and cost nothing to operate, many nonprofit organizations are promoting their use worldwide in order to help reduce fuel costs (for low-income people) and air pollution, and to slow down the deforestation and desertification caused by gathering firewood for cooking. Solar cooking is a form of outdoor cooking and is often used in situations where minimal fuel consumption is important, or the danger of accidental fires is high.  I found information on this subject  and if you would like to view or download it please click the links below.

Now having the information is one thing, and being able to build your own is a good skill.  If you are wanting to purchase a solar oven….I have provided links to a few below.

 SUNFLAIR Portable Solar Oven $91.00

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Sunflair solar ovens are affordable and most portable. The standard oven kit is ideal for 2-3 people. Cooking can be expanded with larger pots. Black thin metal pots are work best. Weighs just over 3 lbs. Great for camping where fires are not allowed, boating, Rv-ing, emergency preparedness, keeping the heat out of the kitchen on a summer day, or crafts with the kids. Specially insulated oven reaches temperatures of up to 250 F. Compare to kitchen slow cookers that range between 180 – 300 F. Slow cooker, dutch oven recipes adapt well with solar ovens. Four-season cooking below 40 degrees latitude, and three season above. A UV index of 4+ is best for solar cooking. Makes delicious meals without the use of propane, charcoal, gas, or electricity. Saves money. Cuts utility bills. Eat healthier. No charcoal carcinogens. Solar cooked foods retain more nutrients and flavor. Perfect for emergencies. Cook during a power outage. Pasteurize water. Essential part of any bug-out bag. For efficiency, align cooking chamber to full sun, making sure shadow is positioned evenly behind oven. Folds to 2″ x 15.5″ x 19″ Includes: 1 solar oven, 2 collapsible silicone pots designed for portability and easy storage, 1 rack, 1 heat conducting/baking tray, 1 special solar oven thermometer, 1 WAPI (water pasteurization indicator), 1 carrying bag. Silicone pots collapse down to 2 cm. Good to 485 F. Pots are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.

 

 Global Sun Oven® – World’s Best Solar Oven $259.00

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The Global Sun Oven? is the world’s most widely used solar oven. Solar cooking has been around for centuries, but up to now, not many people have had the opportunity to try cooking with the sun. Using the most advanced materials, the Sun Oven takes all the hassles out of solar cooking to create the ultimate solar appliance.
Features:

  • Rust-proof, highly polished, mirror-like anodized aluminum reflectors
  • Sets up in minutes
  • Lightweight with carry handle
  • Easy temperature monitoring
  • Will reach temps of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

The sun oven can be used in the winter as well as summer. It has been used very successfully at below zero conditions at a base camp on Mt. Everest.
Measures 19″ x 19″ with an average depth of 11″. The total weight is only 21 pounds. You can bake bread, make cookies, pizza, muffins, or anything you could prepare using a conventional oven.

The Global Sun Oven lets you harness the power of the sun to cook without fuel and is currently being used in over 126 countries around the world. Sundance Solar is proud to carry this high quality solar appliance that is designed to last a lifetime.

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