Has anyone built a solar oven or stove??

Anything to do with camping, fundamentals, secrets, etc...

what Solar do you use

Solar lamps
1
6%
Solar charger
3
19%
Solar lamp and charger
2
13%
Solar cooking only
2
13%
all of the above
0
No votes
nun of the above
5
31%
Solar Shower or other things left out put below.
3
19%
 
Total votes : 16

Has anyone built a solar oven or stove??

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:03 pm

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I have seen pictures and seen them at fairs and science frairs.

can any one shed light on this subject??

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Postby Rev. Ken » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:27 pm

Sorry i can't give you any info. I just wanted to be part of your poll.

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Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:46 pm

Rev Ken welcome aboard I have many other polls under user polls.

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try here

Postby Turtle49 » Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:57 am

I ran across this site some time back.....
http://www.solarcooking.org/ :Flippin Burger:
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Postby Dean in Eureka, CA » Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:49 pm

While attending a dutch oven convention, I noticed a vendor selling solar ovens for dutch ovens. The solar oven itself consisted of a a circular reflective fabric base that the dutch oven was positioned on and had a cone styled collar of the same material sewn to the base. The vendor had a clear plastic oven bag placed over two stacked dutch ovens, which he claimed help retain heat. He also said that he had some cobbler baking in the dutch ovens.
Out of curiosity, I placed my hand on the plastic bag that sheathed the BLACK dutch ovens. I was surprised at how hot the surface of the ovens were.
I also noticed another stack of BLACK dutch ovens at another vendors booth... They too were very hot to the touch.
Using the touch method, I couldn't tell from one to the other if the solar oven made the surface of the dutch ovens any hotter than the ones just setting in the sun and I never saw a cobbler come out of either oven anytime I was there...
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Postby sjptak » Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:53 pm

I tried the solar cooking a couple of times just because it was different. I made biscuits OK, but had trouble trying a Pork tenderloin. My thought was that it was way more trouble and time consuming for me. Although, my wife didn't argue with me when I told her I was too busy (as I took another sip of beer while relaxing in the recliner) to play Pinochle (sp?)

Labor day weekend we used a couple solar lights to put by the unused fire ring so we wouldn't trip. I'm cosidering installing 2 75W solar panels on my Chev van with a controller, batteries and a 1200W inverter so I could have power when I boondock.

Problem is, I have way too many projects as it is. I gotta admit, solar is nice, but it can't run the AC unless you've got room a couple 1000 pounds of batteries and a lot of panels. With judicious use of lights, I can get a full 7 nites of lighting (12V and 120V) with my 2 golf cart batteries and my inverter.


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Postby Ron Dickey » Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:49 pm

here is a magazine you can look at on the net or get at the news stand.

http://www.homepower.com/

"Dean" there is an event that happens near you !!

Hopland, CA. Ongoing workshops, including beginning to advanced PV, wind, hydro, alternative fuels, green building techniques & more. Solar Living Institute, 13771 S. Hwy. 101, Hopland, CA 95449 • 707-744-2017 • sli@solarliving.orgwww.solarliving.org

I always wanted to go but have yet to get up there ... they might dig your teardrop and might start making some solar ones.

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Postby Claw » Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:29 pm

I have made a meal with a solar oven I built from a web page. It was an insulated cardboard box design. It cooked the meal but it took more tending than what I desired.

The concept is that you can cook anything as long as you can get the temp to 160-170 degrees. Pasturization is done by bringing the product to that temp. Higher temps just shorten the cooking time. I got my cardbord box, painted with nontoxic flat black paint, with a oven bag as the 'window' to over 180 degrees! It cooked my roast beef but I had to keep turning the box to follow the sun and it took 10 hours. I know the concept can be improved upon and if one is in a more southern area than I, it surely could be an option. With the abundance of wood fuels in the areas that I visit an effecient wood burning stove would be more practical.
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Postby Podunkfla » Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:58 pm

Best I can offer is I did build a solar hotdog cooker when I was a kid in high school... It did work pretty good... one weeny at a time. Not very practical though. Was good enough for an A in science though. :D
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Postby Sandy Claws » Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:26 am

:thinking: I built a solar oven many years ago when I lived in Tucson. It was basically an insulated box with a 45 degree slanted glass wall with 4 reflector panels the size of the slanted glass on each side reflecting the sun into the box. It worked just like a crock pot. I made several cassaroles in it. :thumbdown: I wouldn't consider it as a portable outfit. Dutch ovens are better for camping. smaller too!

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