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Friday
Apr042014

Solar cooking with home-made Fun-Panel solar oven

I've been hoping for sunny days more than ever lately. I'm testing several solar cookers so I can share my results and tips at the Mother Earth News Fairs in Asheville next week and in Seven Springs in September. Today is cloudy again, good timing for the conference call with the International Solar Energy Society on all the latest and greatest in solar cooking. (Also see the update below with a video of the Fun-Panel DIY Solar Cooking in action!)

Fun Panel Solar Oven

I'm thrilled to find so many great designs on the web, like the Fun-Panel Solar Oven above, designed by Teong Tan. This collapsible version will work perfectly for a car trip or to store for emergency use.

The Fun-Panel Solar Cooker heated two cups of water from 75°F to 145° in an hour on April 2 between 2 and 3 pm on a mildly breezy day. The chair is propping it up because a strip of duct tape gave way in the heat, but I've fised that now by lacing the sides together.

Other solar ovens I'm trying include:

If you are interested in using the free energy from the sun to cook your meals, check out the SCInet Wiki for a comparison of the various styles and information on buying or making them.

Have you ever tried solar cooking? What was your experience like? If you haven't tried it, would you like to?

Update: here's a video of the Fun-Panel in action!

Let the sun cook your food without special dark cookware or the mess of painting jars. Cut your power bill twice! You'll save by not heating up your stove or oven. You'll save again by not running your air conditioner or fan to cool off your house. I show Valonda Calloway the sunny scoop in this clip from My Carolina Today.

Reader Comments (2)

Please keep us posted on your experiments with solar cooking!

It could be really useful to be able to cook with the sun either during a power failure or just to keep the kitchen from getting hot during the summer. So I'm interested, especially if someone else is doing the research. :)

Thanks for everything you do.

Apr 9, 2014 | Registered Commenterchessie

Thanks so much, Chessie! I'm having such great results. Today is windy and cool (51 degrees) and I still roasted vegetables for lunch in under an hour and then baked cupcakes in about 30 minutes using a GoSun Stove. Stay tuned for more!

Apr 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Watson
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