Solar Nut roaster for home use
by N K Srinivasan
I am trying to popularize my solar nut roaster made with a picture frame,cardboard box, an aluminum tray and aluminum kitchen foil.See the description at this blog of catinawest.solar peanut roaster I showed my roaster to a group of six housewives who are also Grannies. Many were excited to see it's working, roasting peanuts in about 45 minutes in this month ,that is Jan 2011.
The climate is not very hot, the place is windy and also with lot of passing clouds.
This is Bangalore, in South India, latitude 13 degrees North from equator, better known for software and call-center services.
My visitors were excited when my 'Good-cook' oven thermometer registered 250 F after about 30 minutes.
My visitors were taking vows that they would build one at home immediately using materials available at their kitchen.One lady wanted to make one to teach her grand son the delights of solar energy use.
We all live in small apartments;some have access to a penthouse type accommodation with a small open terrace where they can keep the solar roaster, conveniently checking the temperature as often as they can.
The ladies were successful in making their own little roasters ,to get freshly roasted peantus and almonds for a snacks at afternoon tea time--for their hubbies and grandchildren.
Many did not believe that the roaster will zoom past the boiling point of water,that is 212F. They came to scoff, but remained to munch the nuts .
Greetings Again NK,
Thank you for keeping us updated with the progress and the successes you are having with your solar cooker.
I am very happy to hear that the ladies were excited and motivated by your demonstration.
Apparently excited enough that they took action and built their very own solar peanut roasters...that's great.