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Tubes or boxes?

by Cecilia L
(Australia )

Haines cooker

Haines cooker

I have a GoSun Sport evacuated tube oven, a 5” Rand tube in a parabolic reflector stand, and a home-made Haines panel cooker. I am waiting for an All American Sun Oven and a SolSource Sport parabolic cooker to arrive.

I use solar cooking because I live in a very sunny, sub-tropical climate zone, in Australia. Energy costs are high in Australia, and I wanted to have off grid options because my rural power supply can be uncertain. We often have a complete fire ban, so solar offers ways of cooking outdoors without fire.

I am hoping that the combination of a parabolic cooker for fast, high temperatures, and a good, well-insulated box oven for roasting, baking, food dehydration and thermal cooking, will cover most of what I want or need to cook. The solar tubes are wonderful for fast cooking, and are great thermal cookers, too, but I hope to use my normal cookware and pans on the parabolic and in the box oven. And boiling or pasteurising water would be important in any emergency cooking after a storm, flood or bush fire. I like to know that I can make coffee, come what may, as long as the sun shines!

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RAND Parabolic Stand NEW
by: PIPEtalk (James Murphy)

Please mention PIPEtalk as the maker of the reflector used on the RAND tube. Also, RAND stopped selling the tube and PIPEtalk has ordered 100 large tubes that will arrive in a few weeks. They will be sold on eBay as a tray and tube set. The tube we will sell is larger than the RAND tube! 9/22/2018

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