Solar Cooking
Last edited: 4 May 2024      

Project planning

Determine whether solar cooking is appropriate in your area

Learn from the work of others and make contacts

Access handbooks and training materials

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The John Collentine Solar Cooking Toolkit
Solar Cookers International created this toolkit to teach the basics of solar cooking and its promotion
Solar Cooker Project Best Practices Manual
Solar Cooker Project: Best Practices Manual
Jewish World Watch created this manual that details how to assure a successful solar cooking project in refugee camps.
Trainers Manual-Teaching Solar Cooking
Trainers Manual: Teaching Solar Cooking - Solar Cookers International
Field Guide-Spreading Solar Cooking
Field Guide: Spreading Solar Cooking - Solar Cookers International
Solar Cookers-How to Make, Use, and Enjoy
Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use, and Enjoy - Solar Cookers International
This is a handbook published by Solar Cookers International that includes detailed plans for building a CooKit solar panel cooker. (There are also detailed versions in Arabic, French, Malagasy, Spanish, English for Kenya, and Galician.)
Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking - Instruction leaflet for end users
Integrated Sustainable Solar Cooking - Visual instruction guide - Solar Cookers Netherlands
Construction of Solar Cookers and Driers - Pro-Agro
Construction of Solar Cookers and Driers - Christelle Souriau & David Amelin
This is an excellent overview of solar cooking basics and simple solar cooker and dryer construction methods.
Peace Corps Improved Cookstoves Manual 2013
Peace Corps Improved Cookstoves Manual (2013)
Dari parabolic cooker manual cover, 5-18-22
How to Use a Parabolic Solar Cooker (Dari and English) - Grace Magney.

Determine which model(s) to work with

Determine the availability of materials and components

Information on solar cooking individual foods

Additional technologies to consider

Fund your project

Data collection


Audio and video

  • May 2024:

Greg Lynch- Big on Solar Cooking in the Big Sky Country-2

Greg Lynch is a seasoned solar cooking user and educator in the USA. His popular interview with Luther Krueger also explores a number of retained-heat methods he has explored.

  • July 2023: Solar cooking as a higher education gateway towards global engagement

S3B3 Riad Bahur et al. (USA)- Solar cooking as a higher education gateway towards global engagem ...-2

  • December 2022: SCI speaks with UN representatives at COP27 - The presentation focusses on responding to country requests for help with meeting their clean technology goals. The CTCN is the technical assistance arm of the UNFCCC, providing direct technical assistance to countries, by helping to define goals, advice on building clean technology capacity, and in offering advice on receiving financial aid for a program tailored to their situation.

COP27 press conference with the UNFCCC Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)-2


Solar Cookers International All About Access

Household air pollution: causes and solutions

  • July 2014:

Menzies The most well funded solar cooker program in the world lessons learned from GTZ

  • July 2014:

Otte Mapping global impact data for solar cooking a case study

  • July 2014:

Powers The global public image of solar cookers

  • July 2014:

Yes We Do Solar Cook

Additional resources

See also