Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Solar Ovens Anyone?
Old 04-21-2008, 05:23 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Rambler's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,282
Solar Ovens Anyone?

Does anyone have any experience with a solar oven?

In our central California area we have lots of sunshine from about March/April thru October. I have been thinking about getting a solar oven to set out on the patio in the morning with the evening meal in it, or perhaps to cook up a pot of beans out in the sunshine.

Users on environmental websites seem to like them, but you expect those kinds of sites to have enthusiasts. I was wondering if there are any ERs or pre-ERs out there who have had any experience with them, how well they worked for you, if your liked them, would you buy one again if you had it to do over?


Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-22-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,371
Yes, I do - they were giving them out at the CA state fair and I've cooked a pot of beans :-) Also, the Tightwad Gazette books talked about how to make them and the times for certain things to cook.

I think it is really neat, but you have to have the time to plan the meal - beans needs to be soaked and then at least reach a boiling point to soften appropriately - something like cornbread might work (or cobbler?).

I used to live in AZ and I know the sun would really cook out there - sometimes you might burn somthing - the key is to insulate so the heat as it builds doesn't dissipate.

Deserat aka Bridget
“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
deserat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2008, 09:36 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Rambler's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,282
Thanks Deserat,
I think you are right about the planning and having the time to do it...but that's what FIRE is all about. I think I will give it a try.
Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2008, 11:28 AM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
lazygood4nothinbum's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,895
i've made sun tea and my own sun dried tomatoes, does that count?

many years ago i had a friend whose mother used to bake these delicious cookies. the main ingredient was fruit which she sliced thin and set out in the rear window of the family car. the sliced fruit sun-baked on their drive down to florida and then she'd assemble the cookies when she got to her son's house. they were sunprisingly good.
"off with their heads"~~dr. joseph-ignace guillotin

"life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."~~mark twain - letter to edward kimmitt 1901
lazygood4nothinbum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2008, 11:42 AM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
flipstress's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 537
Originally Posted by Rambler View Post
...but that's what FIRE is all about. I think I will give it a try.
Keep us posted on how it works for you and what you end up with.

I've no experience with a solar oven but I am planning to buy the 'Sport' Solar Oven in the next few months.
flipstress is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solar panels lets-retire Other topics 13 03-14-2008 01:37 PM
Any advice on solar electric? Nords Other topics 30 06-08-2006 06:27 PM
Solar power for boats Jay_Gatsby Other topics 14 06-01-2006 12:53 PM
Solar Elec? Brat Other topics 33 05-27-2006 11:09 AM
Solar Power JPatrick FIRE and Money 39 01-29-2006 10:41 AM

» Quick Links

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:52 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.