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    Solar cookers

    Post  mudra on Wed May 19, 2010 5:23 am

    Principles of Solar Box Cooker Design

    By Mark Aalfs, Solar Cookers International

    The purpose of this paper is to summarize the basic principles that are used in the design of solar box cookers.

    People use solar cookers primarily to cook food and pasteurize water, although additional uses are continually being developed. Numerous factors including access to materials, availability of traditional cooking fuels, climate, food preferences, cultural factors, and technical capabilities, affect people's approach to solar cooking.

    With an understanding of basic principles of solar energy and access to simple materials such as cardboard, aluminum foil, and glass, one can build an effective solar cooking device. This paper outlines the basic principles of solar box cooker design and identifies a broad range of potentially useful construction materials.

    These principles are presented in general terms so that they are applicable to a wide variety of design problems. Whether the need is to cook food, pasteurize water, or dry fish or grain; the basic principles of solar, heat transfer, and materials apply. We look forward to the application of a wide variety of materials and techniques as people make direct use of the sun's energy.

    The following are the general concepts relevant to the design or modification of a solar box cooker:

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    Re: Solar cookers

    Post  Guest on Thu May 20, 2010 10:35 pm

    My sister in Costa Rica has a rather large one which she uses often. Loves it. Their farm is up in hills, and solar oven saves lots on fuel.She puts in a pot of beans and walks away. Sister in Hawaii has one also and so far just plays with it.
    I have a supply of aluminum foil which could be used to make a very basic one.
    The charities which have provided African people with solar ovens have made life more simple for women who used to walk miles for some firewood sticks to cook. It helps with deforestation. And it gets these women back with their children and weaving and other things.That video shows more than what I knew of benefits to African women before. It helps keep them from the dangers out in the forest, and back injuries, and smoke inhalation.


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    Re: Solar cookers

    Post  Carol on Sat May 22, 2010 4:36 pm

    Hi Bushyc, great link. When I first read the title I mistook it for solar cookies! Obviously I must have cookies on the brain. I think I'll do down and bake some surgar cookies.

    We also purchased a solar oven for our home but it's been a bit too rainy for me to try it out there and here in Oregon it is snowing heavily outside right now. At least we have a nice little wood burning stove at the ranch. cheers

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    It is the flash of a firefly in the night, the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

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    Re: Solar cookers

    Post  Guest on Sat May 22, 2010 6:35 pm

    Can you cook on top of that wood burning stove?
    Stay warm, little Hawaiian Girl!

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