Last edited: 1 August 2021
Solar Oven Reflectors, began building prototypes of solar cookers in 2010. According to the company, this effort is best described as a cottage basement industry. They concluded the five design essentials needed for solar ovens are: affordability, simplicity, portability, durability, and the ability to nest the cooker components together for reduced shipping costs.
Their current design, the Sun Dome Solar Oven and Cooker, is based on purchasing materials for 160 or more solar cookers. This allows anyone manufacturing this solar ovens to obtain price breaks for bulk purchase of materials. Assembling the cooker is done using good quality hand tools. They use Graniteware 517 pots, which do not nest with the other components. All the other components do nest together. The ovens use a polycarbonate dome that sits on a reflector assemble. The reflector tilts to the sun allowing one to cook from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
- June 2021: The Big Blue Sun Museum's Luther Krueger interviewed Solar Oven Reflectors' Tom Hallquist for Season 2, Episode 2 of an on-going video series on solar cooking. Tom discussed his cooker fabrication and his work to promote solar cooking while attending the Midwest Renewable Energy Association's Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin on June 26, 2021.
- January 2016: Solar Oven Reflectors will allow any NGO or other non-profit organization to set up a micro solar oven factory to fabricate Sun Dome Solar Ovens in a community where the oven is sold and used with the provision the oven is manufactured with local labor. We believe the best way to help those in extreme poverty is to create employment.