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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.
Easy and cheap to make
Can be collapsed for storage or transport
Can’t fry foods.
Cooks only 1-2 pots of food.
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
Might be difficult to use in equatorial climates where sun rises to straight overhead.
Fastest cooker to make.
Only feasible where windshield shades are sold
Folds to the size of a large notebook for storage or transport
Cooks best when the sun is high in the sky.
Uses less cardboard than other panel cookers
Might be more difficult to use at mid-day in equatorial climates where sun rises to straight overhead.
Panel cooker plans.
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.
Simple to build from two cardboard boxes
“Minimum” Cooker but there is no need to construct a lid since the top of larger box becomes the lid
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
Box cooker plans.
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.
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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