Solar Oven Sun Trackers...First run in the sun.
by James Simmons
Homemade Solar Cooker tracking device
Finally finished working on my first solar tracker for a Sun Oven and IT WORKS GREAT!
The objective was to make a light weight, sturdy and most importantly low cost sun tracker in order to optimize the oven temperature. The project cost just under $50, but it should make cooking a little easier.
Using a 5W solar panel, a low geared DC motor, and a little bit of lumber, I was able to complete the rest with what I had on hand or salvaged from other projects.
This was my first attempt and I know it looks a bit crude, but I already have another design in mind on the next one for our other oven. It should be much easier to build.
Thank you James,
Thank you for the update and for the persistent effort to bring to fruition a device that many solar cooks would like to have.
There are days when it would be great to not have to worry about the solar cooker being able to function to its full potential due to inability at times of not being able to track the oven to the sun as frequently as one would like. In other words, being able to just let it go for extended periods and not have to be there.
I would find this especially useful when the wintertime sun is more limited during the short winter days.
Thanks for including pictures.