SunCook in use over 10 years
(Sede Boker, Israel)
detail of tracker for SunCook solar oven
Hi, I can fully agree with the review entitled "Best Solar Oven: The SunCook ? "
I bought ours in 2003. I use it in a clear climate (Israel) and have stopped using the top extension which (as pointed out in the above review) sometimes falls back inside. It still gets hot enough even in winter.
Improvement: I mounted the cooker on a 'lazy Susan' bought at a hardware store, usually used for heavy TV screens to swivel. Attached is a small motor powered by a pv cell (both purchased from SmallPowerSystems of California). With a little shade the cooker turns with the azimuthal direction of the sun. This eliminates the side mirrors (between the lid and the reflector) and obviously increases the amount of collected solar energy substantially.
To summarize: the cooker is extremely sturdy, it has been outside non-stop for over ten years and it is still working fine (I replaced the sealing strip between the glass cover and the box). I cover it at night with an old plastic table cloth and when it is raining to prevent water penetration into the box which happens when there is strong rain.