Wednesday, June 6, 2012

solar oven

One of the highlights of the summer has been building a solar oven at home with my dad. So although it looks a little sketchy and homemade, it was a lot of fun to make. All you really need is cardboard, aluminum foil, mason jar spray painted black, newspaper, glass and duct tape! 

1st attempt: We decided to try cooking beans first, didn't want to die from cooking any sort of meat, plus we didn't want for it to take 12 weeks to cook. so first attempt left it outside for five + hours..

1st lesson learned: Welp turns out you have to plan ahead when using a solar oven..not too much sun the day we tested so five hours later still didn't have enough confidence slash desire to try it. so decided we would try again tomorrow with a sunnier day predicted! 

2nd attempt: Left it outside on wonderfully sunny day. end of story

2nd lesson learned: Homemade solar ovens don't have built in timers to remind you... out of sight out of mind. remembered the oven three days later. =/

Determined to try again this weekend. Third times a charm right?

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