Solar Baked Stucco (House)

by Nathan Parry
(St. George, Utah)

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Solar Baked Stucco (Walls)
I have used a Solar Parabolic Cooker for several years now, and know that safety is a necessary precaution with any instrument designed for cooking with high heat and temperatures.
Despite knowing all of the safety measures and precautions for the safe use of a parabolic, I left my Solar Burner Parabolic on the back patio turned away from the sun, but up close to our stucco back wall, thinking that it would be safe and fine there for a while.

When I finally returned to the back patio after a few hours I found etched into our tan stucco two moon shaped, bright red spots where the stucco had been burnt out. And when you passed your hand over the burnt areas the stucco fell like fine dust to the ground.

The off-angle of the parabolic still allowed for a focal point to form and to create enough heat that it caused our stucco to burn.

I also made the same mistake about a year earlier with a small parabolic that I was transporting inside of our van.
I supposed that inside of the van and with the windows blocking most of the UV rays that I would not have to worry about covering the dish of the parabolic. Luckily I smelled the burning ceiling material before it could do too much damage.

I have the photographic evidence of my negligent actions to be able to show others "what not to do" with a parabolic cooker.

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Oct 25, 2012
Solar Parabolic is a great tool...
by: Nathan

And yes it should be used with care, just as one would do so with fire, gas and electricity.

We feel that if one is educated in the proper care and use of a tool it is of great benefit to the user of it. We have taught all of our children how to safely use a parabolic cooker and our other solar cookers.

By the way, we will soon be introducing our outdoor, weather proof parabolic and Sun Oven covers.
The parabolic cover will be especially useful because it will help prevent any possibility of a dangerous stray focal point when the unit is not in use.

We encourage all to watch for these new covers.

Oct 25, 2012
Me Too!
by: Bruce

I left my Solar Burner outside, pointed well away from the sun, and came out a hour or so later, only to find that it had melted areas on two large plastic garbage bins that were standing near it.

Since that time, I ALWAYS store the Solar Burner in a fully shaded area when not in use.

It is a powerful tool, and must be treated with respect.

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