Kevin's Solar Oven
(Mansfield, Ohio, USA )
I built my solar oven from an old styrofoam cooler covered with a piece of glass scrounged from a picture frame, aluminum foil glued to the inside walls and cardboard with aluminum foil reflectors siliconed to small craft hinges and held in place with velcro.
I was going for the highest degree of recycled materials in the design.
It works well and gets up to over 275 degrees. I do have to place any food in plastic bags (I use freezer bags - they're thicker). It is excellent for soups and stews.
I also pasteurize my mature compost in the same bags. It kills any seeds or fungus.
It is extremely lightweight so it's easy to transport but is also easy for the wind to blow over. I usually place heavy items in close proximity when it's windy.
Thank you for the very well described and presented solar cooker expose'.
It definitely will be of inspiration to others who are looking to "do it themselves".
I like the fact that you have been able to use it for things other than cooking only.
I am going to have to do the same with my compost.