Solar Cooking
Last edited: 31 December 2011      

Paul Munsen demonstrates a Villiager Sun Oven.

Sun Ovens International makes a large solar oven called the Villager Sun Oven, which is designed for large-scale feeding situations requiring cooking great volumes of food. Even though it is called an oven, food can be baked, boiled, and steamed at cooking temperatures of 260 °C (500 °F) with no fuel costs. Over 1,200 meals a day can be cooked. For use at night or on rainy days, the Villager is equipped with a propane back-up unit. This oven weighs 980 pounds / 444b kg. and comes mounted on a trailer.

Villager Sun Ovens are currently in use in 55 countries around the world. The primary use is in large scale feeding or in bakeries. An optional 150 piece Sun-Bakery package, enabling the creation of a self-sustaining micro-enterprise to turn out fresh baked goods while creating jobs and eliminating the cost of fuel, is available. Some schools use a VILLAGER to cook lunches and then bake bread in the afternoon. The bread is sold to help generate income.

The VILLAGERS are made in the U.S. and shipped to the country in which they will be used.

Each VILLAGER SUN OVEN® when utilized as a Sun Bakery can save over 150 tons of wood annually which results in the reduction of 277 tons of CO2 green house gas emissions annually.


Fact sheet[]

  • Even though it is called an oven, food can be baked, boiled and steamed.
  • Bake… hundreds of loaves of bread per day
  • Boil… countless liters of water
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  • Cook… Virtually Anything: Rice, Beans, Maize, Dahl, Vegetables, Pasta, Fish, Meat...Up to 1,200 meals a day
  • Sterilize… medical instruments


  • High temperatures… in excess of 260 °C (500 °F)
  • Rugged durable construction… designed to last for 15 years
  • Easy Track tracking system…enables precise manual adjustment to follow the sun
  • Propane back up system…operates on rainy days or at night
  • Trailer mounted… easy to transport and secure for storage
  • Simple to operate…operators can be trained in a matter of hours
  • Collapsible reflector assembly folds for easy transport and storage



Trailer mounted folded for storage                 74in                             187.9cm

Trailer mounted open for use                        109.5in                        287.2cm

Ground level folded for storage                      55in                             139.7cm

Ground level open for use                             99in                             251.5cm


At bezel                                                      25.8sqft                       2.37sqm

At base                                                       14.7sqft                       1.35sqm

Cooking chamber                                         7cuft                            . 20cum

Cooking shelf                                               6.53sqft                       . 60sqm          

Reflective Area                                             91.75sqft                     8.44sqm

Reflector diameter when open                        109in                           276.9cm

Glass                                                          16sqft                          1.47sqm


Deck                                                           4 x 6ft                          1.22 x 1.83m

Overall width at fenders                                 64in                             162.5cm

Weight :                                                                      

Oven and trailer                                            980 lbs.                        444kg

Standard Accessories[]

  • 1 Trailer leveling leg
  • 1 Trailer dolly
  • 2 Jack Stands
  • 2-20 lb. propane tanks
  • 3 Oven thermometers

Current Usage[]

In some cases, the same VILLAGER SUN OVEN can be used to serve a number of purposes. Orphanages use them to cook food for the children. In addition, they bake bread which they sell to generate income. The children are able to learn the usable job skill of making bread, and the orphanage benefits from the additional income and money they save by not purchasing cooking fuel.

Sun Bakeries[]

Solar powered bakeries provide fresh baked goods anywhere the sun shines.

The is available with a 150-piece sun-bakery package. This turn-key package bakery enables the creation of a self-sustaining micro-enterprise to turn out fresh baked goods while creating jobs and eliminating the cost of fuel.

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