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Solar Cook Your Home!!!

by Junkyardnut
(Antioch, CA)

Instead of cooking, I use same idea to heat my home. I need to add a sun tracking device, but I can not find any to buy. I want the same tracking device used in those solar tower with heliostats all around it , you know? My home will be the "tower" and mirrors (heliostats) will swing so to keep reflected sunlight going through my glass sliding doors. For now, I have to go out to readjust my mirrors every hour or so which is a real chore. It is still worth it though. I think that we can expand from solar cookers to " solar home heaters". I dont mean photovoltaics or steam generators but just simple direct reflected sunlight through windows and sliding glass doors. There are quite a few clips at . check it out at


Thank you Junkyardnut,

This is a interesting idea and concept for using solar to heat a home.

You would be right though with regards to the amount of effort to keep the panels on track with the movement of the sun.

I too have used some of my parabolic cookers to direct sunlight into our home when they are not being used to cook.
I did this more with the intention of lighting the room up more than heating it.

If you have enough panels you could probably give a pretty good amount of heat to your house wall.

I also have used my parabolics for hand warming up in the mountains while camping, of course this was the offset concentration of the suns rays, not the direct concentration...too hot.


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Solar tracking
by: Chris

In the Photovoltaic class i took at college one of the tracking systems used was simply an array mounted on a pole with piping around the outer edge of the array and filled with refrigerant. the way it worked was as the sun came up it heated the tube closest to the sun causing the refrigerant to change to gas as it did the liquid would sift toward the sun side as the gas formed then as the sun rose it would level back out and repeat the opposite as the sun set. really neat system with no power requirement. hope this helps.

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