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Homemade solar cooker In Pima, Arizona

by Michael
(pima az)

Just built my first homemade solar cooker. Construction materials are wood,steel,Styrofoam.

It measures 30 inches wide, 18 inches deep, the back is 18 inches tall slanted towards the front 5 inches tall. The glass opening where you would insert your cooking vessel is 15 by 24 inches. It weighs approximately 25 pounds with a plexi glass lid with screen window twist type latches to secure plexi glass cover.

The hottest internal temperature that I've been able to achieve thus far has been 300 degrees. This is with only 1 mirror type reflector on the top portion of the cooker.

Our first attempt at cooking something was corn bread with a 10 inch cast iron skillet . Much to my surprise it cooked in 1 hour and 45 minutes and came out absolutely delicious.

Total construction time on this project was 3 hours .

Tomorrow we plan on cooking a complete meal in a cast iron Dutch oven I'm sure it will turn out to be delicious!


Congratulations on building a successful solar oven!

I'm glad to hear that it worked so well.

Nothing like producing such a useful tool created from common, everyday materials that were able to be re-used rather than being thrown away.

If you can we would love to have you share a photo of your solar oven.



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