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October 02, 2008

Engineers Without Borders: Solar Cooker Challenge

These are solar cooker ideas from the Engineers without borders solar cooker challenge.

Maybe you can get some ideas here for building your own solar cooker!

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October 01, 2008

Simple Solar Cookit Demonstration

This is a solar cookit demonstration which is great for how their model is easy to use. It's a shame that it takes place on a cold day with no sun, because it's always fun to see what was cooked and how it turned out, but still interesting nonetheless.

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A Meal from solar cookers

A Meal from solar cookers

Carrie and I decided that it would be fun to eat an entire meal cooked by the sun.

So, we took our three cookers. In one, we placed leftover chili. In another, we placed potatoes.

And in a third, we placed Joan's rice pudding (for dessert). Thanks Joan!

All three videos are posted below (we made them for YouTube as individual videos, but we ate this as a full meal).

Other than the mildly disappointing results from the sun not cooking the rice pudding (simply because we didn't get it outside early enough in the day, we were very pleased with how this meal turned out!

Baked Potatoes wrapped in foil and cooked in an eagle solar cooker

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September 28, 2008

How to Make a Solar Cookit (From Aluminum Sheets)

stick somewhat closely to these plans for the cookit, although minor changes are okay - you will want a protractor!

I found this project to be rather difficult.

Possibly because making one of these for the first time requires a protractor, or some other math tool that I just don't have anymore (and never really used in high school anyway).

Perhaps I should have been a better math student. (I even LIKED geometry - it's just been so long since I've used it.)

In any case, I don't think the science has to be quite 100% exact for you if you make a solar cookit. And trust me, if I can make a solar cookit, anyone can make one.

Over 5,000 of them are being used in the Iridimi Camp (where over 17,000 refugees from Darfur live at present) and it's hard to believe, but these Solar Cookit Cookers have changed thousands of lives there. (More about that below.)

To make a solar cookit, you will need:

  • Tape Measure

  • Razor Blade Knife

  • Cardboard and aluminum foil (or another material works too - watch the video!)

  • Marking tool (Pencil or otherwise)

  • Protractor (IMPORTANT!)

  • Cutting surface

  • Straight edge (for cutting and/or folding against)

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