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Oye Chica!

 

Do you have any good plans for a low tech solar oven?

You know, somewhere in that scary-level of prep info of yours?

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http://solarcooking.org/plans.htm

 

http://solarcooking.org/default.htm

 

Sorry I piped up Schoolmarm, Check this out. I found some plans on my own. These are pretty good. Most very low tech. Sheet metal and such. I wonder if a solar blanket could be used to make one. (Remember the old "NASA" space blankets?).

 

Tell me what you think, please

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Just some different solar packs, batteries etc. for small for ipods and things to larger for laptops and beyond. Just to get started. One of my favorites is the rollup solar panel. This is just to get your mind going.

 

 

http://www.oreillynet.com/etel/blog/2006/0...e_solar_ph.html

 

http://www.batterystuff.com/solar-chargers/

 

http://www.powerportstore.com/Solar%20rech...ng%20-%20ER.htm

 

http://www.innergypower.com/solarProd.html

 

http://www.motherearthnews.com/top_article...y/simpler_solar

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I have a small solar battery charger I got from C. Crane Co. catalog. It's only $14.95 and is a small unit, but it charges the NiMH batteries in a good sunny day and I keep a bunch of them charged ahead. The NiMH are good because you can top them off and charge and they don't take a set like the NiCads do. Less fussy. They had a bigger unit for huge bucks but I decided to get this unit to try out. It's worked so far for me and I may get a couple more just to have on hand.

 

The catalog is full of wonderful gizmos like wind up flashlights and radios. Perfect for times of no power. They even have a wind up camp lamp. Neat idea and I may have to try one.

 

http://www.ccrane.com/

 

I keep a half dozen of those outside solar lights so if we lose power I can still see what's outside. Those were Wally World clearance stuff. Two legged varmints are less likely to hit a place that's lit up. I hate having to think about such things, but we do have to today. Even in Good Ole' Remote Rural Maine.

 

Our early warning system operates on dog food. Our two Jack Russell's named, and I hang my head in shame at the lack of originality, Jack and Russell. They bark like mad when something gets near but they quiet right down when told to so I can check out what caused the ruckus.

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Ah, found the section...

http://www.instructables.com/tag/?q=solar&...n&sort=none

135 solar tutorials : from lights, heaters, and cookers; to toys.

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Originally Posted By: cookiejar


http://solarcooking.org/plans.htm

http://solarcooking.org/default.htm

Sorry I piped up Schoolmarm, Check this out. I found some plans on my own. These are pretty good. Most very low tech. Sheet metal and such. I wonder if a solar blanket could be used to make one. (Remember the old "NASA" space blankets?).

Tell me what you think, please


Solar blankets (available at Wal-Mart for about $2.25) are much better than aluminum foil. The solar blankets are reflective mylar - they don't tarnish and are "shinier" than aluminum foil. This is what I used for building my solar oven. I hope to have it finished tomorrow (need to get the glass for the top).

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Don't forget to post pictures if you can!

 

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Had to reorder the tempered glass. Was coming home with the glass and someone cut out in front of me. eek I stood my van on it's nose and just missed the car, BUT, the glass (so carefully wrapped and lying on the carpeted floor) slid forward, and when the back end of the van came down one of the fold up middle seats came down - you got it, right on the glass - 1,000,000 little pieces. awwman

 

Hopefully this week the new glass will be in. Then all I need is for the rain to stop. praying

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Thanks for these recipes. My oven arrived a week ago. The weather has been cloudy, rainy, and snowey at times. The oven is still in the box.

 

My wheat grinder is still in the box too. Once I get the kitchen cleared up, I will be baking bread. Organization is a big issue for me. I have a lot to discard and sort.

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Thanks for these recipes. My oven arrived a week ago. The weather has been cloudy, rainy, and snowey at times. The oven is still in the box.

 

My wheat grinder is still in the box too. Once I get the kitchen cleared up, I will be baking bread. Organization is a big issue for me. I have a lot to discard and sort.

 

Which solar oven did you get? I have the SOS Sport and I love it.

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solar cookers international, http://www.solarcookers.org/index.html sells a booklet (How to Make, Use and Enjoy Solar Cookers - $7) with 2 do-it-yourself solar cookers that are very easy to make. They also have developted and sold a Water Pasteurizatioin Indicator for $7 that lets you know when your solar-cooked water is safe to drink.

 

A good source for novices at solar cooking, and lots of fun for family projects. They also sell ready made solar cookers, starting at $25 for a basic one-pot cooker. A fun site.

 

 

 

{edit to make website 'clickable'...hopefully}

Edited by Mt_Rider

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Have been looking thru this site. Their water pasteurization container [like a solar shower but with a built in WAPI device to tell when pasteurization has been achieved] looks great. I want to get a WAPI!

 

But take care when they talk of canning with a solar oven. Some attempt to declare that only high acid foods can be cooked in a solar oven. [What about that stray cloud in the middle of the canning time??? :unsure: ] Might want to ask that question over in the kitchen/harvest forums.

 

 

They also had this idea which sounds good to me...9,000' in the Rockies!

 

High altitude adjustment:

 

The temperature of boiling water is reduced as the altitude increases. For instance the boiling temperature of water is only 95°C (203°F) at 6000 ft. and this slows the cooking. Vegetables and dried beans may be difficult to cook at high altitudes because of this effect. You may try cooking your food in darkened canning jars with regular canning lids and rings tightened. The rubber seal allows excess pressure to be released but a low increase in pressure is retained and speeds cooking. We only recommend standard canning jars and lids as they are designed for pressure.

 

NOTE -- they are NOT talking of canning here....but more like mild pressure cooking. Interesting.

 

MtRider :pc_coffee:

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