Solar Oven Sun Trackers
by James Simmons
I love my global sun oven, but...one of the biggest issues I have is with adjusting the position every half hour to hour or so for optimal cooking. (Not lazy, just forgetful) Tilt is usually not an issue, but rotation is. When you are trying to sneak in that last few minutes of cooking before a rain shower time really matters.
If I asked for a show of hands on who has similar concerns I think there would be quite a few.
Seems like all you need are one or two small solar panels, a rechargeable battery, and a DC motor coupled to a low friction rotating platform of sorts. I've seen lots of homemade models and demos on YouTube, but never any kind of low cost kit with all the parts.
Has anyone had success building or finding a sun tracking device for their ovens? If not I guess I have a project for this summer.
You are correct in your observations about solar cooker tracking devices. Lots of them on Youtube.
And we have been approached by lots of people with their own versions and ideas as well, but no one has come up with a practical, feasible and economical tracking device in kit for for the consumer.
Many have said they were going to do this, but so far we have not seen any come to fruition.
Definitely would be a worthwhile project for your summer hobby ;)