SunCook in use over 10 years

by Daniel
(Sede Boker, Israel)

detail of tracker for SunCook solar oven

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.

Daniel

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Jun 06, 2015
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additional pictures
by: Daniel

Hi - sorry it took me so long, I promised to add some pictures.
regarding the question why I don't need the side mirror anymore: since the cooker is tracking with the sun, the sun's rays are always parallel to the side mirror and so the side mirror is not useful. (If the cooker is stationary, the sun moves to the west and the side mirror reflects rays into the cooker.)
Hope that explains it.

Apr 28, 2015
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by: Gene Burch

Could you please post more photos, of the oven from a few feet away and the motor and photocell for it? What did you mean that you don't need the side mirrors?

Apr 28, 2015
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Solar Cooking in Israel
by: Nathan

Wow! Ten years.
I did not know that the Sun Cook has been around at least that long.
We have sold the SunCook for the last four years, but did not know how long an existence it had.

I am glad to hear that you get a lot of use out of it and that it is still going strong.

Great set up with the lazy susan and the solar motor for keeping your cooker focused. That is a great way to be even more efficient with your solar cooking.

Good to hear from you and thanks for sharing with us.

Nathan
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