Solar Cook Your Home!!!
Instead of cooking, I use same idea to heat my home. I need to add a sun tracking device, but I can not find any to buy. I want the same tracking device used in those solar tower with heliostats all around it , you know? My home will be the "tower" and mirrors (heliostats) will swing so to keep reflected sunlight going through my glass sliding doors. For now, I have to go out to readjust my mirrors every hour or so which is a real chore. It is still worth it though. I think that we can expand from solar cookers to " solar home heaters". I dont mean photovoltaics or steam generators but just simple direct reflected sunlight through windows and sliding glass doors. There are quite a few clips at youtube.com . check it out at www.youtube.com/junkyardnut
Thank you Junkyardnut,
This is a interesting idea and concept for using solar to heat a home.
You would be right though with regards to the amount of effort to keep the panels on track with the movement of the sun.
I too have used some of my parabolic cookers to direct sunlight into our home when they are not being used to cook.
I did this more with the intention of lighting the room up more than heating it.
If you have enough panels you could probably give a pretty good amount of heat to your house wall.
I also have used my parabolics for hand warming up in the mountains while camping, of course this was the offset concentration of the suns rays, not the direct concentration...too hot.