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solar ovens are brilliant

here's the solar oven that i made! i improvised from plans i saw online..
i even added a mini reflector.



i went to HEB to find a black pot and got a largish dutch oven to put in it. i'm assuming a smaller pot may be more efficient... ponder.

i love it when i search for stuff and stumble across cornell references. looks like some engineers from cornell are also involved in efforts to help women in poorer countries use solar ovens so they don't have to journey and gather timber.

I did go ahead and purchased a commercial solar cooker called the HotPot.  It won't arrive in time for this weekend though. it was $99 and is supported by SHE (Solar Household Energy, a not for profit, wanting to introduce solar cooking to improve quality of life and reduce stress to the environment).
It doesn't seem as super powered as the Sun Oven, but those are over $250.

Solar ovens are brilliant,

Here's the HotPot:

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jonobie
May. 24th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'd love to hear about your experiences in cooking with the solar oven. (Both the handmade one and the commercial one.) I've been interested in using them before, but was never sure how much effort it was to use them.

kayakman
May. 24th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
One trick I have learned..
Once you get the big pot REALLY HOT, and SAY the sun goes behind a cloud, or you just want to walk away for an hour or two...

Wrap the pot in several bath towels and put in an ice chest...

stuff some newspaper around it for insulation, though clothes work as well...

then the heat is kept by the ice chest and the pot keeps cooking for the next several hours.

mojo
jerseytude
May. 25th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Made one of those in 7th grade.
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