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Last edited: 25 March 2019      

Solar box cookers typically cook food at temperatures between 90 °C (194 °F) and 200 °C (392 °F). They can often accommodate multiple pots, and usually take between one and three hours to cook various foods. The sides and bottom are insulated to retain cooking heat. Worldwide, they are the most widespread. There are several hundred thousand in India alone.

Simple solar box cooker designs to build are the Easy Lid Cooker and the "Minimum" Solar Box Cooker. An example of a popular well-constructed manufactured solar box cooker is the All American Sun Oven.

Popular box cooker designs

Easy Lid Cooker

The Easy Lid solar box cooker

Minimum Solar Box Cooker Photo large

The "Minimum" Solar Box Cooker

All American Sun Oven

All American Sun Oven

Characterisitics

  • Capable of cooking with multiple pots simultaneously
  • Can be constructed from a variety of simple materials
  • Most models rarely have to be turned to follow the sun while cooking
  • Can be used to bake breads and cakes
  • Cooking temperature range is 135 - 200 °C (275 - 392 °F)
  • Tipping the cooker towards the sun can eliminate partial shading of the cook pot

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