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The '''Sol Cooker''' is an attempt to build a solar box style oven from common recycled items. The name is a poor attempt at ''humor'' by the builder. Good food is good for the soul. Soul cooking… '''Sol cooking'''. The builder has a real daytime job not involving comedy.
During the summer of 2005,
[[Terry Jantzi ]] a Kitchener Ontario resident, designed and constructed this cooker in approximately 3 hours. The majority of the materials were sourced at the [http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx Habitat ReStore] located in Waterloo Ontario. The oven sides, braces, mirrors, mirror base, rear cover of indoor/outdoor carpeting and window were all purchased for less than CDN$30. The foil pipe insulation and assorted hardware fasteners were the only purchased items.
The rounded shape was selected in an attempt to resolve several design criteria. First was a need to easily aim the oven at the sun for optimum efficiency. The second requirement was to allow room for simple gimbaled pot holder. The third design requirement was to allow a shape where some parabolic capture and focusing of heat was possible. The indoor/outdoor carpeting was chosen for appearance and its resistance to mildew and rot.