The 4 Types of Solar Cookers

Downing trees or gathering sticks to fuel stoves is a major cause of deforestation and desertification. But if you could get that fuel free from the sun…panel solar cooker

The Panel Solar Cooker

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The Panel Solar Cooker uses reflective panels to focus sunlight onto a pot. These work best in tropical climates or in the warmer months when wind and heat loss are not an issue. An inexpensive, aluminized cardboard panel cooker can heat food up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. That is plenty since food starts to cook at 180 degrees F. Aluminum foil will work for a couple of weeks but after that the aluminum oxidizes and turns dark. The design shown (sold through Gaim $120) is made of polished aluminum and can heat foods to 350-400F on a sunny, warm day. Mo matter which type of solar cooker you use, always wear sunglasses! Source

The Box Solar Cooker

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Box Solar Cookers have an insulated box, topped with a transparent glass or plastic cover and a reflector or reflectors that help heat the box. Temperatures inside the box can reach 400 degrees F and cooking can be done almost unattended, like a slow cooker. This cooker is preferable to a parabolic if small children are around. The solar cooker box in the picture uses mylar on plastic flute board for the reflectors and the inside of the box is aluminum sheet metal. This model can be made at home. (See the youtube video at end of page.) Source

The Parabolic Solar Cooker

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The Parabolic Solar Cooker (or Curved Concentrator solar cooker) concentrates the sun’s heat onto the bottom or the sides of a pot—similar to a stovetop. Temperatures can get so hot that you can fry food or pop popcorn. The advantages are speed and the potential to cook when it is cool outside. The disadvantages are safety concerns (as to eyes and children) and the need to stir the contents of the pot so the food does not stick, just like a stovetop. Temperatures can reach above 400 degrees Fahrenheit in the pot. The parabolic cooker might also need adjustment to keep it faced toward the sun. Source

The GoSun Solar Cooker

GoSun Sport Solar Stove
This new solar cooker—winner of a 2016 CES Innovation Award—doesn’t fit into any of the traditional categories. You slide your food into an glass vacuum tube surrounded by parabolic reflectors. The vacuum effect helps hold the heat—internal temperatures get up to 550F, as hot as any gas-powered grill. The GoSun Sport sells for $279; the larger $599 GoSun Grill is available for pre-order.

More Panel Solar Cookers

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CooKits are produced independently in 25 countries from a wide variety of materials at a cost of $3 – $7 US. Source

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If well-maintained these aluminized panel cookers will last for a few months. Source

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The Fun Panel. This design can also be made in cement with mirrored reflectors. Instructions here

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Just two bent pieces of sheet metal. Source

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Octagon solar cooker or Clear Dome
This panel cooker has 8 sides. Its deeply tapered concentrator is fully adjustable. Uses mirror-like AA (coated anodized aluminum) that will fry an egg in 12 minutes. Need to re-position every two hours or so. Reaches 350 degrees F on a sunny, dry day.  $190. See www.cleardomesolar.com

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A do it yourself marshmallow solar panel cooker. (Gelatin-free, please!) Source Instructions here…

More Solar Box Cookers

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The Kyoto solar cooker. Two cardboard boxes, some black paint, aluminum foil and a glass cover. See www.kyoto-energy.com for their pre-made boxes, biomass cookers and solar shower bags. Source

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Some really well done bananas. Source

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This one looks like it will last a while. Source

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The Pyramid Solar Cooker – face it toward the sun and go for a hike… www.cleardomesolar.com. Source

More Parabolic Solar Cookers

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solar cookerThese parabolic solar cookers are manufactured by locals in their country of use. Source

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Perfect for sunny, high altitude, dry locations. Source

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The Balcony Solar Cooker takes away the threat of animal theft and a potential child’s injury. Note the user is wearing sunglasses. Source

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The Barbaboa Cooker. A do it yourself umbrella solar cooker. Source

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A fancier version. Source

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Up close. Source

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A square parabolic solar cooker. Source

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Painting the bottom of the pot black helps the pot absorb the heat. Source

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Old satellite dishes are perfect frames – here the pot hangs. Source

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The Papillion. Easy to get to the pot and if the food boils over it will not dirty your reflectors. www.solar-papillon.com

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Another simple winged cooker in Somalia. Source

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Many solar cookers are now being integrated into a structure. Source

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Villager Sun Oven can reach 500 degrees F. it can cook 1200 meals a day. Villager Sun Ovens are currently in use in 55 countries around the world. Source

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The Tiny Tec parabolic solar cooker. $270 includes shipping. www.solarcooker-at-cantinawest.com
A smaller Octagon Parabola called Clear Dome looks good as well. www.shop.senecaelectronicsonline.com $198.

Sun Scoop—designed to be made locally in third world cities with simple basic hand tools. Materials for construction can be substituted. Cooking temp is 250F on cool sunny days- cake takes 1.5 hr to bake. variables in sun and amount of food affect cooking time a bit.

How To Make A Solar Cooker

(always good to have around during hurricane season)

Many designs – Panel, Box and Parabolic

http://solarcooking.org/plans

Pizza Box Type

http://www.solarnow.org/pizzabx.htm   Make a solar oven from pizza boxes.

Panel Cooker Plans

http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Panel_cooker_plans

Panel Type

http://sunnycooker.webs.com/funpanelcookerplan.htm

Box Type

http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Minimum_Solar_Box_Cooker

Parabolic Type

http://www.sunspot.org.uk/Prototypes.htm

Making a Parabolic Reflector Out of a Flat Sheet

http://solarcooking.org/plans/parabolic-from-flat-sheet.htm

The Solar Cooking Wiki

Check it out for lots more inspiration
solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/Parabolic_solar_reflectors

Solar Cookers In Developing Countries

The World Health Organization has found that “indoor air pollution from solid fuel use is responsible for more than 1.6 million annual deaths and 2.7% of the global burden of disease.” Plus, 45% of the world’s wood is used as fuel – which is becoming scarcer and scarcer.

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Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

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  1. I was impressed with the sheer variety of solar cookers displayed on your website, some of which I had never before seen. I am having so much fun with my new SunPower solar cooker so much that I made a YouTube video of it to share with others. You can see it by going to OneLightDancing.com. Feel free to add it to you impressive collection of solar cookers.

  2. I am trying to make a flat solar cooker with flat cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil and wires going all the way around the flat cooker and wires making an X, where the X meets i am trying to make a bowl made of just aluminum and i am going to set the bowl where the X meets. Do you think that it will actually cook a marshmallow or hersheys bar for a science experiment at school because i am not sure that it will work. I am afraid that i will get a bad graid on it. I need this question answered by tomorrow which would be May 3rd 2012. Thank you for reading this and hopefully you will answer my question on this website.Thank you bye, bye. please call 911 if you have any guestions.

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  7. Greetings from Mexico. I produce parabolic solar concetrator.

    I am happy with this technology…

    go ahead to diseminate the technology.

    my best regards

  8. i am called Muluneh Aniley. I am from Ethiopia. Now iam graduated from Jimma University in Bsc in natural Science (physics). I made some project on box type solar cooker in order to evaluate its performance under Jimma air condition so that i have plan to develop this project to the society if I could get help. so let me to be your member

  9. i am called Muluneh Aniley. I am from Ethiopia. Now iam graduated from Jimma University in Bsc in natural Science (physics). I made some project on box type solar cooker in order to evaluate its performance under Jimma air condition so that i have plan to develop this project to the society if I could get help. so let me to be your member

  10. well done for your work. I observed much of the cooker you had built, if it is the will of God i will try to build some of them at my area and take part in fighting for global warming.

    let me to be your members please

  11. That really interesting and always new. Everybody can, you know!

    A Parabola is a section of a cone. Easy to copy and draft. Made 6 foot in diameter, 27.8 sq.ft. Solar Thermal Eletric Power ‘Energy Boss 9s’ ‘Sun Catcher’ 25 Kw peak. The End

  12. We are the manufacturer of solar box cookers, solar parabolic cookers, Solar community cookers, Solar Dryers, Solar Community Kitchens, Solar LED Street Lights, Roof Top Solar Power Projects. We are interested in developing good network for supply of our products ranges all over the india. Specially we have own in house manufacturing of solar Cookers and solar dryers. Any Inquiry related to this please Do contact us.

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  13. I would like to offer my free solar cooker to be listed with the others here on your pages. It can be found by searching for Purple Fig Solar Cooker. It cost less than $5 to make.

    Thank you Sharon Clausson

  14. I’m interested to partner with any interested fabricating green stoves to help us save African women.We based in Awka,Nigeria.We design many green stoves/dryers,incubators,powerless freezers.

  15. We are looking to take solar cooking, dryer, powerless freezers and waterless toilets to Morocco and would be glad to hear from anyone wishing to share knowledge

  16. The title was just to get seen.

    I need help making a solar cooker.

    I dont know where to get the materials for one.

    I am only 9 and i really shouldnt be smart enough to be writing this.

  17. We wish to manufacture/distribute simple solar ovens for tribal and rural village communites in India.

    Anand Veeraraj, PhD

    Author: ‘Green History of Religion’

  18. Hello,

    I’d like to know if I may use the first image (panel solar cooker) that is shown on your solar cookers page to post on our website advertising a solar cooking class? Also, I might want to show some of the other images on same page during the class to show different kinds of cookers. Do I have permission?

    Thank you, Sonya Norman

  19. I like your clean and simple page. The all season solar cooker would fit in well with your page and I would love to see it listed.

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