Last edited: 30 May 2020
The Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light is a small, compact, inexpensive solar panel cooker made from durable, reflective vinyl covered panels . The cooker is also available as an easily assembled kit containing four flexible vinyl panels, four clips and two base plates and a sturdy bootlace from Sharon Clausson. The panels are held between the base plates with the bootlace threaded through holes in corners, and clip to each other to create the panel cooker shape. Because the cooker is held only with clips and a sturdy bootlace, disassembly is easy. The panels then stack neatly, making this cooker quite portable.
The designer states that the curved shape of the cooker is more stable than typical panel cookers in windy conditions. For best results, the cooker is meant to be used with a dark pot with a glass cover, to reach temperatures of 150 - 190 °C (302 - 374 °F). An oven bag can be used around pan in cold weather.
The panels can also be laid flat for use as place mats. Sit a lantern inside to reflect more light at night.
To purchase a kit for USD 49.99, contact Sharon Clausson.
- Weight: 21 oz.
- Dimensions (unassembled): 15" x 15" x 1"
- March 2020:
- September 2019: Improvements to the Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light - Sharon Clausson has added snaps to the border of the reflective panels for easy and precise positioning. The colored snaps locate positions for optimal mid-day and early/late day cooking performance. New cookers receive this modification.
- September 2019: Gujarat Man Teaches Tribal Women to Make Solar Cookers That Cost Just Rs 100! - The Better India
- September 2017: A Maker’s Journey to Help Refugees Cook Food with the Sun - Makezine
- June 2017: a wider base option - Michael Götz has offered a suggestion to construct the cooker base with different size pieces. The lower plate is made larger, and offers more stability for the cooker in the wind.
- December 2014: Sharon has provided an instructional video and separate assembly instructions for individuals and groups wishing to make their own Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light panel cookers. See The Copenhagen Solar Oven assembly instructions.
Cardboard base variation
Teong Tan writes:
"I consider the Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light as one of the best simple solar cooker designs that I have come across. I admire its simplicity, compactness, adjustability as well as its amazing cooking power despite its small size. The inventor, Sharon Clausson, did a wonderful job with the cooker design. In this writeup, I would like to introduce an alternate base plate, which will result in an improvement to the cooker’s assembly time from 15 minutes to a minute and disassembly to less than 10 seconds. With this alternate base plate, there is no more worry of the bolt or nut getting lost when you bring your Copenhagen Solar Cooker Light with you on your next hiking or camping trip."
Audio and video
- June 2012:
The Purple Fig variation
- January 2018: A Comparison of Copenhagen Solar Cookers with Other Similar Sized Solar Cookers (Slides, Paper) - Sharon Clausson
- Handbook on how to build and use the Copenhagen Solar Cooker
- Facebook: Copenhagen Solar Cooker Group
- Buy the kit:
- Purple Fig Solar Cooker
- Camouflage Solar Cooker
- See Sharon Clausson.