The SolSource Parabolic Solar Cooker
Finally a market leader for high quality parabolic solar cookers!
World class high quality coupled with easy mobility no maintenance have set the SolSource Parabolic Solar Cooker at the top of its class!
This cooker has been tested, tried and used in real world applications in many locations around the world. From the high Himalayas to the deserts and jungles of various countries.
The Solsource is the result of five years and generations of prototypes, design engineering and incorporation of the best features of the leading solar parabolic cookers from around the world.
No other company has produced a comparable parabolic solar cooker that is so versatile and user friendly. It is certainly the best quality cooker on the market today.
SolSource being used in the Himalayas
Inspired by the problem of indoor pollution from household stoves, a problem faced by many rural families in China, SolSource was developed in collaboration with Himalayan families in China. Five years and thirteen prototype generations later, SolSource is already providing hundreds of rural families with cleaner air in their homes, reducing their fuel gathering time and energy costs.
On sunny days, boils 1 liter of water in 10 minutes, reaches baking temperatures within 2 minutes, grilling temperatures within five minutes and searing temperature within 10 minutes.
Designed and tested out in the Himalayan mountains, it withstands even the toughest environmental conditions. Frame is made from carbon steel, and panels from outdoor endurance plastic.
Pot stand/receptacle can support most kettles, pots and grill plates. Can be used to grill, steam, bake, boil or fry.
SolSource Material composition:
-Dimension: 1.5m (W) x 1.2m (D) x 0.94m (H)
-Material: Carbon steel with ED coating, Pot Stand with Enamel coating
-Dimension: 1.3m x 0.28m (Height)
- Material: Outdoor endurance plastic
-Color: Grey plastic base with reflective mirror adhered to surface
-360° rotation ability of parabola
-5° – 60° elevation angle adjustable parabola
-Rigid and durable pot receptacle can sustain most pans, pots and grills
-Foldable tripod leg
-Easy tool free assembly and disassembly for storage and portability
Boils 3L of water: Around 30mins (depending on the Sun condition)
Warranty: 1 year
Useful life: Panels maintain almost 90% reflectivity over 10 years (tested using accelerated use and weathering simulations)
Easy to clean and maintain using only some hot soapy water to take off splattered grease, spilled food and dust and dirt. It's easier to clean than your Barbecue Grill.
* The SolSource Protective Cover is designed specifically to protect the SolSource
from precipitation, dust, and debris. In addition, the Cover allows you
to leave your SolSource outside, rain or shine, without needing to turn
it away from the sun or partly dismantle it for storage. Waterproof and
flame retardant, the Cover features a flap to wrap around the user area
to ensure it does not blow away in strong winds. Regular retail $49.99
* The SolSource Grill Pan with Lid is designed specifically for solar
cooking on SolSource. It has a dark, matte, hard-anodized aluminum base
for maximum solar energy absorption and is sized perfectly for the
SolSource pot stand. The Grill Pan is made from a lightweight aluminum
alloy that distributes heat for even cooking and is coated with a safe,
non-stick ceramic finish that will not chip or peel off. Grill ridges
allow fat and grease to drip away, cooking healthy and perfectly seared
food. Regular retail $69.99
I have found the Solsource to be very easy to assemble and disassemble due to the great design and machining involved in the manufacture of the materials and parts. You can actually assemble this cooker with no tools, that is how well the machined parts, pieces go together.
Also, even though it is not quite as compact as the French Made Cookup200, the SolSource in its disassembled state is still very compact, probably the second most compact of the commercial parabolic cookers currently available on the market. Compact enough to fit inside of a mid-to-larger size duffel type equipment bag.
I even find the SolSource easier to assemble and disassemble than it is to assemble the Cookup 200, quite a bit faster by my calculations.
And, the quality of the SolSource materials as well as the "fit and finish" is of a higher grade than any other parabolic currently on the market at this time.
SolSource being demonstrated in St. George, Utah for first time
July 26th 2013
Catlin Powers of One Earth Design Demonstrating the SolSource
Awesome Array of SolSource Parabolic Cookers
---Easy to adjust and focus, and there is no reaching and stretching to the pot receptacle and the cooking food. This is one of the safest parabolic cookers I have used of all of the solar cookers that my husband has at his disposal.
Trying out the New SolSource test model
Me getting ready to scramble some eggs
Solar Scrambled eggs by SolSource
Solar cooked sausages on the SolSource
“SolSource gets the highest mark for not just sustainability but also wonderfully protecting the dish from damage during shipping. No nasty packing material used that would outlast us all. You can tell a lot about a business by how they choose to pack their product.” – David Bosch, Michigan
“The Atlanta sun was perfect for our SolSource this weekend! We grilled on it for lunch, and then our kids made their dad cook mac and cheese on it for dinner!” – Sherry Ebrahimi, Georgia
“The Cadillac of Parabolics! The SolSource.” – Joyce L., Utah
5.0 out of 5 stars Solar BBQ!, April 21, 2014
By Eric Nutsch
This review is from: SolSource Parabolic Solar Cooker, Grill, and Stove
The SolSource is very easy to assemble and a
well built product. The dish is made of UV protected plastic and
assembled with stainless steel bolts. The frame is painted steel and the
pot holding assembly is enamel coated steel to handle the high
temperature. The pan sits and a comfortable height off the ground and it
is usable in wind up to about 10mph. Note that this unit is a solar BBQ
that has a high 1000W output and cooks food in as little as 10 minutes
(as you actively stir it). It doesn't compare to most other solar
cookers on the market because they are solar ovens that slowly bring
food to 300degrees over a 1 to 2 hour period (more like a crock pot).
The horizontal sun alignment is very good; the vertical alignment had some issues. In the winter months I had to prop up one leg to get a low enough sun angle at my latitude this winter, but it easily had enough energy to boil water. The linkage also did not telescope well and broke in a 15mph wind. Without too much work I modified the linkage to achieve a very sturdy 70degree to -2degree vertical adjustment. I will post a youtube video of this modification soon.
The dish is a very true parabola which has its pros and cons. The pro is that it can boil a small pan of water in very low light or be used to start a fire. The con is that even a thick cast iron pan has trouble distributing the heat evenly. It will stir-fry or boil just fine, but even heat distribution is important if you want to use your solsource like a standard gas or electric range top (think omelet or pudding). I have modified my unit to be slightly out of focus to mitigate this issue. With good heat distribution it can cook anything you would cook on a 1000W electric or gas hot plate in the same amount of time.
I backed SolSource through kickstarter so some of the issues I am presenting may be addressed by now (they are a great group, just contact them and ask!). Also be aware that im a mechanical engineer and my expectations are a bit over the top :-) Overall it is a fantastic product, and I would highly recommend it to new and experienced solar cooking enthusiasts.
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