Saturday, January 22, 2011

Solar Oven

Inspired by Tricia's pics of her new solar oven I thought I would share mine with you. It was made here in WA about 6 years ago. I am pretty sure the man is no longer making them which is a shame because we love ours. Unlike Tricia's one it is just a black box with large glass panel and doesn't have any wings. I haven't used other solar ovens but I have no complaints about this one. Just a few days ago it got to 120 degrees which is a tremendous heat. It's main body is metal with a wood framed glass top and wool felt lined insulation. It is rather large and heavy but this is not a travel model. We have it set up permanently in the back yard. In winter we bring it under cover to protect the wood.
The temperature of your oven will only get to a certain heat depending on where in the world you live.Where I used to live the max temp I could get was 110 degrees. Even though these temperatures may seem low compared to a conventional oven it is more then sufficient to cook food and the plus is that you can never burn anything no matter how long it stays in.
We have cooked everything from snags to bread and even a few Christmas turkeys. Bread and baked good do take a lot longer to cook in the solar oven but as long as you plan ahead and set them up for say afternoon tea you will be fine.
Solar ovens come in a range of sizes, shapes and designs, what does yours look like?

2 comments:

  1. Hi Fay!

    Looks like a good one - simple but sturdy :)

    Trish and I are working on putting together a solar oven cook book - something visual and beautiful but informative too. Would you like to contribute a recipe? I can email you the details (but perhaps i'm being blind but I couldn't find your email on your blog?)

    email suncookbook@gmail.com if you'd like to get involved :)

    Heather

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  2. A good website but I can't find any contact.. If you are interested for a partnership (a link exchange or sharing some solar recipes), please visit my website: http://www.solarcookingatlas.com ;) Sunny regards. Romain

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