I’ve been dying to tell you guys about our new All American Sun Oven. I LOVE IT!! For those who don’t know what they are, basically it’s a box with reflectors designed to capture the sun’s heat to use for cooking.
Here’s what it looks like, with me next to it for scale:
No heating up the house. No using electricity. Cooking with free energy!
I was hooked.
The oven stayed about 300* in full sun, though it can reach up to 400* on the hottest days. I’m eager to try baking cookies and bread in it next.
I can’t tell you guys how much I love this oven. It will be an invaluable cooking tool as we transition to life off-grid. And even though we still have an electric stove functioning in the kitchen as of this writing, I’ve found myself preferring to cook in the Sun Oven as often as possible, to help keep the house cooler and our power bill down.
If you’re interested in solar cooking, there are several good DIY instructions you can find online for building your own cooker out of fairly inexpensive materials. We considered several of these styles before settling on the real deal for one main reason: Efficiency. The reviews I’ve read of homemade ovens were that they worked, but they didn’t hold the higher temps that a real Sun Oven can maintain. If you just want to dabble, or have some fun with the kids, build a homemade solar cooker first to see how you like it. If you’re serious about saving money on cooking and having a backup non-electric cooking method, get an All American Sun Oven.
I’m looking forward to seeing what delicious dishes come out of my Sun Oven next! Do you have a Sun Oven? What’s your favorite meal to cook in it?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.