ASSC Part 2 Ready to cook!

by James Wampler
(Shelbyville, Ky. USA)

My Finished All Season Solar Cooker

My Finished All Season Solar Cooker

My Finished All Season Solar Cooker
cutting out the All Season Solar Cooker
Nice garden ornament, an All Season Solar Cooker

This week, I finished the All Season Solar Cooker. As said before, I like that you can build 2 from the plans...because I had a *few* learning areas on my first go-around.

The main thing that I have to figure out is making the sun sight. I have to find someone that has a table saw that I can use to make the cut on my block.

I was not as patient as I should have been with applying the tape. My tape is not as smooth as it probably could be. It is primarily cosmetic, but I might want to take a little care on my next model.

I attempted a last minute thermometer check yesterday while I was teaching to see if I could get a reading on how hot it might get during the day, but I was unable to really get a look at it or move the ASSC while teaching in order to track the sun for most of the day.

As I prepared for that test, I saw that my pyrex bowl system didn't really fit. I shoehorned it in there, but it was a little more tight than it seems in the online videos - i heard in a youtube video that the store-bought version has a 12" cooking space, whereas the plans are 11. No biggie!

Will post later once I get the sun-sight made and get some data.

In the meantime, I'm going to look into a modified cook-it so that I have a better idea of what students are capable of. I'm still looking for morning cooking tricks because I have two classes that are going to get the short end of the stick when it comes to cooking (9:30am-10:30am and 10:30am-11:30am)

This is where I think the ASSC should have a chance to shine (forgive the pun) with its ultra-low setting in "Winter mode" - - I just need to find out if it will truly develop cooking temps at 9:30-10am and if I can find a way to quickly train up 8th graders in how to construct it well.

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Apr 28, 2015
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Sun Sight
by: Anonymous

What would be the best way to contact you?

Apr 26, 2015
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Congratulations on your construction
by: Jim La Joie

Looks like you did a really good job! The next one will be easier. And once you have one "good one" constructed you can use it as a pattern for the students.
You will definitely be able to cook in the morning. I do all the time. Eggs are easy. I make a frittata with spinach and mushrooms. EZ morning meal.
Lentils, rice, quinoa, are all easy. Dried beans, however, require several hours (as they would on a stove top) so those are an "at home weekend" adventure.
If you cook meats, be sure to use a food thermometer. And don't worry about overcooking. I let my chicken cook all the way to 200 inside temp, and since i cook covered, the chicken is always tender and moist.
Contact me under separate message regarding a sun sight.
Again, congrats on your build. Any wrinkles will not hurt one bit.

Apr 25, 2015
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Chaco
by: James

For the curious, I wasn't trying to cook a sandal :)

Without anything in the base, it was falling off the table so I added some weight. It is a cloudy day today so..no cooking :(

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