I got a box free from a local store, I purchased 2 windshield reflectors from Dollar Tree ($2.00)and I also purchased a more sturdy windshield reflector from Big Lots, depending on what size you buy $5 or $6. So $8 in my project so far. I purchased a medium sized dark roaster pan with lid for $1 at a local thrift store and a box of oven turkey bags (2 bags for $1.19), a total investment of $10.19. I lined the box with the 2 cheap (silver) windshield reflectors and the sturdy one set inside to help attract more sun light. I put a wire cooling rack in the bottom of the box, set my roasting pan with a 6 lb. chicken in it, put the lid on and put the pan inside a turkey roasting bag and used a regular twisty tie to close the bag. I angled the box toward the sun and walked away and went about my day. 5 hours later the chicken was golden brown,juicy and falling off the bone. It was wonderful.
Thank you for sharing your experience with building your own homemade solar panel cooker.
I am glad to hear that it worked so well.
Is there any way you might share some photos of your creation in action, I am very intrigued by your description, and I think all of our site visitors would be very interested in seeing some pictures of your solar cooker if you don't mind sharing such.
And finally, I agree, there is nothing like a moist, tender fall-off-the-bone solar cooked chicken.
Thanks for sharing.
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