Something’s coming…

Hello all,

I’ve recently found an incredibly acute articulation of the face our society is shaping. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP notes…

“We’re all, by nature, self-centred. Our research shows that people are more motivated by ‘my world’ than ‘the world’…We’re entering a new era: resource-constrained and inflationary. The ‘super-consumption’ of the 1990s and 2000s will be replaced by the desire for more efficient and longer-lasting products. Quality will surpass quantity. This will be the spur for a wave of technical invention and product innovation providing consumers with all the satisfaction they’ve come to expect, but with a fraction of the drain on the earth’s resources. And, crucially, at lower running costs to the user. You could call it ‘The self-preservation society’.”

Read the full article!

This is fascinating! Reliable, innovative products that utilize renewable energy and have a focus on social, environmental and economic responsibility, such as the CharSOL Grill. If you’d like to learn more or have an interest in getting involved, post a comment or visit our website.

There’s no shame or fear in being an active participant in “the self-preservation society”. It is the time in which we live, but let us not forget that in the pursuit of survival, what makes us human…is our sacrifice.


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Saving Lives Around the World

This is a must see video for anyone interested in how Solar Cooking goes beyond saving money, beyond convenience and environmental conscience…it saves lives.

The CharSOL Grill is going to be a part of actively changing lives in a measurable way for the good. To find out more about it, visit

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. – Dalai Lama

Let us know what you think by taking our SURVEY located at the top of the blog or participate in our POLL.

To learn more about Solar Cookers International, visit

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Build Your Own Solar Cooker!

Today’s blog comes courtesy of Solar Cookers World Network and

Build a solar cookerEdit Build a solar cooker section!

See also the old plans page on the Solar Cooking Archive.

There is a wide variety of solar cooker designs, many of them very simple to build from inexpensive, easy-to-obtain materials. Some can be built in as little as an hour for less than US$5. Start by choosing a cooker design type based on your requirements. The table below lists strengths and weaknesses of the most common types, and shows some popular cookers of each type. Below each table are all cooker plans of that cooker type. You can also buy a solar cooker from a variety of companies.

Three Simple Designs

Panel-style cookersEdit Panel-style cookers section

Advantages Disadvantages
General characteristics
  • Easy and cheap to make
  • Can be collapsed for storage or transport
  • Lower temperatures.
  • Can’t fry foods.
  • Cooks only 1-2 pots of food.

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  • Built in about an hour from one large cardboard box or from two medium-size sheets of cardboard
  • Doesn’t require a large flat sheet of cardboard like the CooKit does
  • Easy to adjust for different sun angles
  • Great cooking power
  • Very good for winter cooking in temperate regions
  • Not waterproof
  • Might be difficult to use in equatorial climates where sun rises to straight overhead.
Windshield Shade

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  • Fastest cooker to make.
  • Waterproof
  • Only feasible where windshield shades are sold

  • Folds to the size of a large notebook for storage or transport
  • Not waterproof
  • Cooks best when the sun is high in the sky.
Sunny Cooker

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  • Uses less cardboard than other panel cookers
  • Not waterproof
  • Might be more difficult to use at mid-day in equatorial climates where sun rises to straight overhead.

See all Panel cooker plans.

Box-style cookersEdit Box-style cookers section

Advantages Disadvantages
General characteristics
  • Can cook in multiple pots simultaneously
  • Can be built from many different materials
  • Can be built any size to cook large quantities of food
  • Don’t have to be turned to follow the sun while cooking
  • Construction time longer than panel.
  • Can’t fry foods.
The “Minimum”

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  • Simple to build from two cardboard boxes
  • Not waterproof
Easy Lid

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  • Same as “Minimum” Cooker but there is no need to construct a lid since the top of larger box becomes the lid
  • Not waterproof
Heaven’s Flame

  • Extra power due to multiple reflectors
  • Can heat multiple pots simultaneously
  • Must be turned a bit more often to follow the sun
  • Bottom of oven not level as cooker tilts toward sun
  • Not waterproof

See all Box cooker plans.

Parabolic cookersEdit Parabolic cookers section

Advantages Disadvantages
General characteristics
  • Cook as fast as a conventional electric burner.
  • Can fry foods.
  • More expensive than other models
  • Tricky to make without imported materials.
  • Requires periodic realignment to the sun.
  • Can’t bake bread
  • Can damage eyes.

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  • Can be made out of cardboard
  • Doesn’t require the pot to be in a heat resistant plastic bag
  • Must be realigned to the sun every 45 minutes
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It’s a Grilling POLL!

Hey Everybody!

Constantly wanting feedback and to hear from yall!


Remember…only the curious have something to find.

To find out more, check out

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A Southern Classic

I’m very excited about this recipe today, folks! My mother still makes fillets wrapped in bacon to this very day. It is truly a great, tasty meal.

Does anyone else remember being able to eat massive amounts of food as a kid? I recall eating about 3 of these when I was round about 14 years old, but my mother served em with baked potatoes and squash bake not asparagus….goodness, how did I consume so much?!? Here it is, folks, courtesy of

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  • 6 ounces Boursin cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (substitute traditional breadcrumbs if panko is unavailable)
  • 3 pounds filet mignon, cut into 6 even slices, each about 2-inches thick
  • 6 slices thickly cut peppered bacon
  • 6 small bamboo skewers


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup demi-glace
  • 1 ounce Boursin cheese


Preheat the grill using Kingsford® charcoal. (Or slide open shield on CharSOL Solar Grill exposing solar pipes to the sun and wait about 10-12 minutes for grill surface to heat).

In a small bowl, add the cheese and panko breadcrumbs and stir until well blended. With a sharp knife, cut a pocket about an inch deep into each slice of beef and stuff each pocket with the cheese mixture.

Wrap each slice of filet mignon with a strip of bacon and fasten with a skewer. Grill each steak over medium heat for 4 or 6 minutes on each side or until an internal temperature of 155 degrees Fahrenheit is reached. Then, remove the steaks from the grill and let stand covered for 5 minutes before serving.

While the filets are cooking on the grill, prepare the Boursin Bordelaise by melting the butter in saucepan over medium heat. Then, add the shallots to the pan and continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the shallots have wilted. Pour the wine in the pan, and stir for 1 or 2 minutes or until well blended. Add the demi-glace and Boursin and stir.

Let the mixture reduce for 1-2 minutes before serving.

Recipe created by Southern Ground Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin on behalf of Kingsford® Charcoal and inspired by the Zac Brown Band 2011 concert tour.

Yall better try this recipe out, no joke. It’s wonderful.

Not exactly 14, but eating food in yet another photo. Enjoy!

Til next time!

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A Grilled Dessert


A new recipe for the week (courtesy of How often do you grill dessert? Check out this simple idea that brings out the sweet subtle flavors of fruit just by throwin’ them on the grill. Quick, simple, and a unique experience to eat.

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  • 6 large peaches, halved with skins on
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup rum
  • Vanilla ice cream


Place peaches on grill grate over indirect heat, cut side down, for about 10 minutes.

While peaches are grilling, melt butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a sauce pan on stove top. Add rum and simmer for 2 minutes. Flip peaches over so middle is exposed. Drizzle mixture into center of peaches and grill 5 minutes, or until peaches are tender and browned.

Remove from grill and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Recipe created by chef Kernis Louviere of Super Smokers

     This is a wonderfully sophisticated dessert that would be perfect to try out on the CharSol Solar Grill. That’s right….solar.

Check it out at

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Creative, Fun to Eat Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Hey Y’all!

I have to share with you this fantastic recipe that is aesthetically pleasing, creative, healthy, fun to make as well as delicious (courtesy of Chris Lilly and My kind of food and it’s sure to make an impression. Just take a look!

Corn Husk Skewers



  • 4 ears corn, in husks
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 eggplant
  • 4 metal skewers, 12
  • ½ cup butter, salted
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt


Without removing the corn husks from the corn cob, peel husks down uncovering the ears of corn. Remove the silk from the corn ears. Cut the ear of corn from the stalk (a small piece of corn can be left on the stalk). Place the corn husks, still attached to the stalk, into a bowl of water.

Cut each ear of corn, the zucchini and eggplant into ¾-inch medallions. Place medallions into a medium mixing bowl.

In a small bowl add softened butter, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, thyme, minced onion and garlic salt. Blend well and add mixture to the bowl of vegetable medallions. Make sure all vegetables are coated well.

Pierce each corn stalk with a metal skewer. Add vegetable medallions one at a time to the skewer alternating variety. The last vegetable on each skewer should be a corn cob tip. Fold the corn husks back over the vegetable medley forming what looks like the original ear of corn.

Preheat charcoal grill to 400°F. Wrap vegetable medley corn husks in aluminum foil and place on hot grate over direct heat for 20 minutes, turning once (cooking 10 minutes on each side). Carefully remove foil and vegetable medley corn husks on hot grate over direct heat for 10 minutes, turning several times to prevent burning. Remove corn from grill and peel down husks for a great presentation.

Chris Lilly

Folks, this is going to be on the barbie at my next get together.  I’m excited just thinking about it. (Also, one of my personal favorites is to add a little chili powder at the end. Gives it a nice kick). We’re taking huge steps toward refining the CharSol grill, we’ll invite ya all out for the first BBQ when the time comes!!!

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