Solar Cooking
Last edited: 9 March 2010      
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Cooker with 4 liter pots

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Five units ready for their plexiglas covers

The Easy Solar Stove (tm) reaches interior temperatures of about 130 °C (266 °F) in full sun in about 15 minutes, and will cook rice in about 3 hours. Cooking times are similar to a conventional 'slow cooker'.

The Easy Solar Stove is inexpensive to manufacture - about US$7.25. Ships flat - sets up in a few minutes using sixteen 3" sheetrock screws. Completed stoves are available for $29.95 US, including shipping and handling - USA destinations, only..

However, construction details are freely available . Simply Email: with SOLAR in the subject line.

The Easy Solar Stove is constructed from 3/4" (2 cm) Styrofoam Sheathing (also sold under a number of other brand names), cut to size with a clear plexiglas cover. The sheathing is sold in 4 x 8 sheets (1.33 m.x 2.44 m x 2 cm) at lumberyards all over the world. This material is stable to over 200 °C (392 °F), making it ideal for this purpose.

The stove is waterproof, stable - it will not tip over, and it is constructed to last a long time. The exterior never gets hot, so it is safe to have around children.

No plastic bag is required, and condensation is not a problem. The exterior dimensions are 11 x 14 x 11 inches (28 x 36 x 28 cm). It will follow the sun with only three adjustments throughout the day.

While "Ball" jars are shown, it is also possible to use a 4 liter cooking pot. These are shown in the double-wide units.

Because the stoves are a substantial box style, they are less likely to be disturbed when accidentally bumped, unlike an open panel cooker.


Philip Van Kersen
3211 MacGregor Dr.
Palm Harbor, Florida 34684
USA (include SOLAR in the subject line)