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Solar Oven Cooking with a Sun Oven

28 May

Loving gadgets the way that I do I just got a new toy in the mail ( 3 years ago..but posts always seem better when they are fresh..like bread )..it is a solar oven by a company called Sun Oven. How does it work you ask? Simple really…you buy it, unwrap it..then unfold the reflecting panels. Then point it at the sun when the sun is out. In the back there is a mechanism to raise or lower the angle of the box..less angle in summer..more of an angle in winter. It is super insulated and holds the heat generated by the reflectors..then cooks your food.

So, to use:

  • place in a sunny placeimage
  • unfold and adjust the back for optimal sunimage
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    • let heat up.

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    • add in ‘foo’..if it is chicken or meat it really helps to cube it up
    • when you add it..make sure it is in a thin metal black container..the heat will transfer and the black aids in absorbing more heat ( in this example I am using the sun oven to bake some eggshells so the chickens can eat them.

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  •  allow to cook..give it more time than ususual..nothing will burn
  • take out and eat ( in this example you should not eat these chicken egg shells…they taste gross..even after I baked them..too crunchy )

We originally started with some cubed chicken with rice and have moved on to cook almost anything in it since we bought it 3 years ago..no cookies yet but I have read some recipes..the only difference between this oven and a regular oven is that it takes longer to cook..and you need full sun. It also works in the dead of winter..as long as there is sun the temperature will be hot enough to cook MANY things..You can make them fairly easily too…the directions are on the net. try google..they help find things. For us it is mostly a summer tool as we use our cookstove all winter ( with some fall and spring thrown in for good measure )..the technology and cooking time for both the sun oven and cookstove are very close and after 3 years we are pretty good at cooking with it when we want to bake. One of my favorite things about this Sun Oven is that I prepare my supper at lunch time, put it in the sun then open up the sun oven at supper and everything is ready and hot..not to mention moist and occasionally delicious..there are also techniques I employ for more time sensitive cooking where I put the sun oven in a shaded area that I know will get sun mid-afternoon..so when the sun starts hitting the sun oven it starts cooking…cooked to perfection.

..cooking some spuds to go with supper on the weekend.

Sometimes the moisture can cause the sun over to cool off ( as the condensation covers the glass ) so in instances like the picture above I occasionally open it up and give it a wipe..be careful when you open it up..it’s HOT!

Never worry about the power going out and having no warm food or drinking water..the Sun Oven also comes with a little gadget that you can put in water..heat it up to make it drinkable and the gadget lets you know when it is safe..I would have a picture of that too but I lost it…anyway..a great purchase for around $200.

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in power, solar

 

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5 responses to “Solar Oven Cooking with a Sun Oven

  1. Robin

    May 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    When we lived in Arizona we made a solar cooker out of a cardboard box and tinfoil. No fancy pants cooker like what you have. We used it a few times but mostly I would always forget until it was too late to start cooking. We freecycled it when we got ready to move to someone who was very excited about it. lol. Lee would love to build one again but out of better materials next time. I think it’s pretty cool that you use yours all the time.

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      May 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      It is handy..off-grid in the summer means this or use the bbq to bake..which is why pizza is a winter fare..plus have you ever tried to keep frozen pizza frozen with no freezer..or fridge? ;)

       
  2. Ron

    May 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Wow, love it. I’ve always meant to build one, but haven’t got there yet. We use our woodstove all winter, too… but summer finds us reverting to the electric stove. I saw where a person baked bread in a can in one of those once.

     
  3. Sonny

    November 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    We have the same one as yours from Sun Oven and love using it. Being Off-Grid it is nice not using the kitchen stove when it is hot outside.

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      November 8, 2011 at 6:29 am

      I agree..plus in the summer our cookstove is off so it is either the bbq or this! Now that the cookstove is on the solar oven takes a backseat until spring. We love it..very handy if its sunny!

       

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