The "Solar Burner"(Parabolic Solar Cooker) is one of five parabolic cookers we sell.
A parabolic is used quite differently than the solar box cooker or solar panel cooker, mainly because it functions more as a stove top burner than an oven.
We, in our house hold have become accustomed to using the solar ovens in conjunction with our solar parabolic to create and cook any recipe we can come up with for our solar cooking pleasure.
The principle difference between the solar ovens and the parabolic is that with an oven or panel cooker you can set your food out in the sun to cook and pretty much leave it. The necessity to adjust the panel and box cooker and to keep an eye on the food is much less with these types of cookers than with a parabolic.
A solar parabolic cooker can reach extremely high temperatures, very quickly thus producing the possibility of burning the food if left unattended for any length of time.
But if used properly the parabolic will produce great cooking results and replace the need to turn on your stove top kitchen range burners.
The "Solar Burner" is a mid size parabolic designed for most efficient cooking results. (If a parabolic is too small in size it will not produce sufficient heat for the most effective cooking results and the opposite is true if it is too large; the heat therefore would be too intense.)
The solar burner has a diameter of almost five feet, which produces a high output of energy (heat) for very efficient cooking, yet is not too large in diameter that one would have much trouble reaching the cooking plate.
The focus point of the sun's rays comes together at about thirty inches from, and above, the middle of the parabola.
Each of the six rigid, molded steel panels that form the parabola is covered with an adhesive backed reflective vinyl which is quite durable, yet easily repaired or replaced if ever damaged or worn. The reflective film on this solar cooker is the key, or means to the parabolic being able to concentrate the energy from the rays of the sun.
The parabolic is supported by a circular stand (base) and has an easily adjusted crank extension arm to move the elevation tracking of the parabolic up and down, and the whole cooker swivels on its base, allowing for side to side tracking of the sun.
Unlike the solar ovens and panel cookers, there are no darkened pots that come included with the "Solar Burner" parabolic cooker, because in reality there is no need for a "special" pot or pan.
The high temperatures of the parabolic are such that you can use the shiny steel pots and pans that are more common and you will not have to worry about reflecting the sunlight away from the cooking vessel. In fact, with a parabolic it is more recommendable to use the heavier gauge steel pots, because the thinner variety will scorch and burn your food more easily, especially the thin aluminum, which is also known for health related issues and concerns.
The "Solar Burner" comes un-assembled in a large flat box, but does include some simple instructions for assembly. (My first two parabolic cookers were assembled by my 12 year old son in about an hour each time, so it is not too difficult.) For Photos and assembly help, click here: Photos and assembly help
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Note: The Solar Burner is manufactured overseas,where most solar cookers/parabolics are, thus the "finish" and "detail" quality are not quite as fine or, to standard, as can be found in US or European manufacturing plants. This does not affect the effectiveness or capacity of the cooker, but rather more so the "aesthetic" aspects.
The "Solar Burner" is not compact when fully assembled like most solar ovens or panel cookers so it cannot be as easily moved from one place to another as would the smaller box and panel cookers. For most people the parabolic cooker works well as a somewhat permanent fixture around the house.
I keep my own "Solar Burner" just inside of my garage or face down in my back yard with a protective cover against the elements, and when I want to use it I only have flip it right side up or to pull it about two to three feet out into the sunshine. Others will store their cookers outside near the house or a shed etc. I also fashioned a blanket that will cover the whole cooker in order to keep it from reflecting hot spots where it shouldn't when not in use, and to protect it from the elements and dust.
Although the "Solar Burner" is not as compact, I still haul the parabolic all over the place on top of my van. (My parabolic is very mobile) Since it is not too heavy, I am able to lift it and place it on the roof of the van in an inverted position, or open face down. I then use some ratchet straps to secure it and have traveled hundreds of miles without any incident. The winds are no problem because the parabolic in its inverted state is very aerodynamic.
If one does not have the means or the desire to transport a parabolic solar cooker in this fashion then the cooker can be disassembled for transportation and then re-assembled upon arrival at ones destination.
We use our "Solar Burner" almost every day to fry, boil, steam and brown and re-heat many of our daily meals.
Some solar cooking recipes do call for browning of meats, gravies, vegetables and such so, we will often use our parabolic to accomplish this when we are in a bit of a hurry; otherwise we will also use the solar ovens and panel cookers to do the same for many of these aforementioned foods.
Frying is very easily accomplished using the "Solar Burner" because of the very high temperatures. We always use a deep pan with a lid to help minimize the splattering of oil onto the parabolic, and the same goes for when boiling potatoes, pastas and such.
We have fried up French fries, fish, fry bread and other items while at the same time avoiding having to heat up and "smell up" the house with the range stove top.
(Solar Burner Temperature reading)
In the summer time we use our parabolic solar cooker to cook breakfast items such as oatmeal, cracked wheat, eggs, sausage etc. This can be accomplished as early as 8:30 AM at the highpoint of the summer because the sun rises so early, but come wintertime the earliest you could do so would be, probably 10:30-11:00 AM at the earliest, due to the shorter days with the sun so low on the southern horizon. (Of course you would never have this challenge if you lived near the equator)
Water can be boiled very rapidly on the parabolic solar cooker, in fact just as quickly as, and even more so, than on many electric range stove tops. We will use the parabolic to heat water for many uses during the day, besides just for cooking. We also love to pop up popcorn in a pot using popcorn oil or olive oil.
With a parabolic and our solar ovens and panel cookers we are able to cook anything we desire whenever the sun is shining…which is quite often in our part of the world.
* ...We have had large pots (enamel canning bath) on our Solar Burner along with five bottles of food and the water in the pot and have cooked/boiled the bottled ingredients in as quick a time as on our electric stovetop. The total weight of the pot/bottles on the parabolic was about 40 lbs. Of course we had to stabilize and reinforce the pot receptacle and post and add extra support to the base of the cooker to avoid tipping or spilling.
The solar Burner is very easy to take care of and maintain.
With most solar cookers the majority of maintenance will be keeping the reflective panels clean, usually free of dust, which is easily accomplished by using a soft rag to clear or wipe it clean. With a parabolic solar cooker there is always the possibility of splattering of food, liquids or grease on the reflective panels which is why one should use deep pots or pans with lids to help limit splattering. If one should have grease splatters it is best to clean the panels as soon as one has finished cooking, and you can best accomplish this by heating a pot of water with a few drops of dish detergent then softly wiping the panels with the rag and hot soapy water. After doing this use some clean water to rinse the panels and then dry the unit with a soft dry rag to prevent water spotting.
This is also my preferred method of cleaning dirt and dust off of the panels as well since this will keep the reflective panels from getting scratched by the fine dust particulates.
...If you know you could find a use for your own "Solar Burner" (parabolic cooker) why not purchase your own and discover one of the many uses of the energy that comes from the sun while enjoying great home cooked food.
Here is a great video from a customer of ours,Raymond Lohengrin, showing great use of his solar parabolic cooker
Your cost is $170.00 (which includes shipping) and handling to any destination within the continental United States.
(The "Solar Burner" comes un-assembled, large box shipped by UPS ground)
your cost is only $66.00 More for international shipping.
Your total for a Solar Burner only is:
$236.00 (includes shipping)
for the complete package plus shipping(The "Solar Burner" comes un-assembled, large box shipped by US Postal Priority International)
We are one of many sellers of Solar Ovens and cookers on the market, so we promise to do our best to give you a quality purchasing experience as well as our 100% fully backed product guarantee included with all solar cookers that we offer on our site.
You can try the cookers for 180 days (6 months)and if you are not fully satisfied we will refund the full price of your cooker.
* Return Restrictions are as follows:
+No refunds or returns will be given in the case of abuse,neglect and deliberate destruction of said solar cooker in question.
++If a solar cooker arrives damaged upon receipt; at time of shipping, then we will refund the cost of the product or send you a replacement oven. Seller (Cantinawest) will cover the cost of shipping also.
+++Buyer pays return shipping costs only on the regular 180 day trial return.
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