View Cart

Solar Cooker Temperature

What is a "good average" maximum temperature for a solar box oven. I have students building ovens for a project and I need a temperature that they should aim for.


Greetings and thank you for your submission and question.

We will put this out to our site regulars to get you some help and then I will see what I can add.


Comments for Solar Cooker Temperature

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 26, 2018


Aug 01, 2014
"Solar Cooker Temperature"

It should be targeted to reach somewhere between 350-400 degree Celsius.

Apr 28, 2012
by: Dana Kx

Now both comments appear--my apologies for the redundancy!

Apr 28, 2012
by: Dana Kx

Hmmm...I thought my other comment went through, but I do not see it here now. I was thinking that it would help to know some more specifics about the limitations and setting of your project to help come up with a reasonable expectation of desired temperature. Factors that might influence how high a temperature your students could hope to achieve would include:

1. The age of the students
2. Where you are located (altitude, latitude, typical amount of cloud cover, etc.)
3. The parameters of the project (what materials they are allowed to use.

Knowing a bit more what the parameters are for your students' projects might help us figure out what a possible goal-temperature might be. A pizza box solar cooker, for example, can fairly easily melt crayons. Other types of solar cookers can get hot enough for baking a roast (e.g. around 250) and still others can reach higher oven temperatures, of 350-400, given the right materials and cooperative sun.

Apr 28, 2012
by: Dana Kx

I think this is a great project. A few questions I have concerning the assignment, which might help in thinking of a range that is reasonable are:

1) what is the grade level of the students
2) where are you located (seasonal cloudiness, latitude, altitude, etc. all might have some effect on what is a reasonable expectation)
3) what are the limitations, if any, you have placed on the project (e.g. one student recently said they were to build a solar cooker without any glass, plastic, etc. limitations like that will limit the temperature the student might reach)

Best wishes, and hopefully thinking through these questions will help in brainstorming a temperature range that might be achievable for your students.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Do you have a question about Solar Cooking?.

Enjoy this page? Please share it with others. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.


Panel Cookers

   All Season Cooker 

   Sunflair Cooker

Box Cookers

   All American Cooker

Parabolic Cooker

   Solar Burner

Evacuated Cookers

   GoSun Stove

   GoSun Go


   Protective Covers

 Discontinued Cookers

New Financing Options available for purchase of Solar Cookers

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust