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Save energy on your air conditioning bill by cooking outside with the sun! The Global Sun Oven can cook practically any meal a conventional oven would cook, without heating up your house or adding to your energy bill! Simply put your food in a dark or clear sealed dish/pan, put it in the oven, and point towards the sun.
- Reaches temperatures from 360-400 degrees Fahrenheit
- No Danger of Fire (Can be used in the forest during the fire season!)
- Ruggedly built for transport and many years of service.
- Dimensions: 19'' x 19'' x 12''
- Weighs: 21 pounds.
- Used in 126 countries around the world.
Sun Oven Recipies
Sun Oven Instructions
Sun Oven Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the risk of getting burned when using the sun oven?
The only parts that get hot are the oven chamber, the cooking pan, and the glassdoor. Proper care must be taken to use hot pads when opening the door andremoving food. The entire exterior of the oven, including the reflectors, remains safeto touch.
Do I need special recipes to cook in a sun oven?
The sun oven reaches can reach temperatures comparable to that of conventionaloven during mid day, therefore no special recipes are required. A good rule of thumb is to add 10 to15 minutes of cooking time for each time the oven door is opened. There are however some recipes that owners of sun ovens have found to work well, see the Sun Oven Recipes document listed above.
Can I use this sun oven in the winter?
Yes. The most important factor in using a sun oven is the brightness ofthe day, NOT the outside air temperature. Often, a 40-degree, clear, low-humidityday will allow food to cook faster than a 100-degree day with high humidity. Thesun oven has been used very successfully at the base camp of a Mt.Everest expedition where the temperatures are often well below zero. There are,however, more cooking hours available in the summer than in the winter. In theearly summer, it is not unusual to cook from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, whereas duringthe early winter, effective cooking is limited to 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
How does it work?
The black surfaces on the inside of the oven captures and transforms the sun'senergy into a form that cannot escape the oven chamber. When a sun oven is focused in the sun, the interior of the oven is heated by the sun's energy.Direct and reflected sunlight enters the oven chamber through the glass door. It thenturns to heat energy when it is absorbed by the black inner-shell and Levelator. Thisheat input causes the temperature inside the oven to rise until the heat loss of theoven is equal to the solar heat gain. The light energy absorbed by the dark pot and theoven's dark interior is converted into longer wavelength heat energy. Since the longer wavelength can not easily escape back out the glass door or through the insulated walls its temperature increases and it cooks your food.
What is the cooking temperature range?
The sun oven will reach temperatures of 360 to 400 degreesFahrenheit. The oven will generally reach its maximum temperature as it is beingpreheated. The temperature will drop when food is placed in the chamber.
Will food prepared in a sun oven taste the same as food preparedin my conventional oven?
The food tastes much better! Solar cooking allows many of the natural flavors offood, which get baked out in conventional ovens, to remain. The slow, even rise intemperatures in a sun oven gives the complex carbohydrates time tobreak down into simple sugars allowing subtle natural flavors to emerge. Sun bakedfoods stay moist, the natural internal juices do not bake out, resulting in a superior,moist taste and much less shrinkage.
How long does it take?
Cooking times are close to the same as those in a conventional oven. Because thesun is often trying to run away and hide behind clouds, cooking times can vary. Attimes it may take a little longer. The factors that affect the cooking time are: thequality of the sunlight at the time you are cooking, the types and quantities of thefood being cooked, and how often the oven is being re-focused.
Does a sun oven require special pots and pans?
No, but dark, thin-walled pots with lids work best. Dark pots change the light fromthe sun into heat energy. Lids are important because they hold steam in the pot. If alid is not used the steam will dissipate much of the heat. Shiny aluminum pots andpans cause light to be reflected out thereby reducing the oven's temperature. Glasscasserole dishes with lids also work well. For baking cakes, breads, cookies, andpies, dark cookie sheets and baking tins work best.
Does food need to be stirred?
No. Stirring to prevent scorching is not required when cooking in a sun oven due to the fact that there are no hot spots. The temperature of the foodrises evenly. It is almost impossible to burn food in a sun oven.
How difficult is it to focus a sun oven?
Focusing a sun oven is very easy. All that is required is to watch theshadows created by the oven. When the shadows are even on all sides, the cooker isdirectly focused. The built-in leveling leg on the back of the oven allows for easytracking.
How often must a sun oven be re-focused?
The need to refocus depends a great deal on what you are cooking, the time of day,and the temperature you wish to maintain. A good rule of thumb is to plan toreadjust every 30 minutes to maintain maximum heat. At noon the sun is high in thesky and moves quickly past the maximum focus point, creating the need to refocus.