This summer our son Zachary made me a small solar oven for the first time upon my request. It has been something that we’ve wanted to try for a while now. My intention was for us to learn how to make a solar oven and learn to use a solar oven. The benefit I saw was to help cut down on costs of electricity from the use of the stove and the oven and to also cut down on the costs of conditioning since using these appliances can heat up the house. I also wanted to make a solar oven for the least amount of money. So we decided to use items we already had with the exception of the hinges without big spending a lot of money.
Zachary researched solar ovens and the making of solar ovens before he started down the path of building it. He did follow a plan to some extent. Here are some photos of the solar oven trying to cook some eggs and veggies, an omelet type dish. This was a simple construction which asked for a box lined with foil paper and a glass piece covering the box with the intention of holding in the sun's heat.
Supplies used to Make the Solar Oven
- A wooden wine box and lid given to us from Costco. $0.00
- A piece of glass given from a generous window repair man. $0.00
- Hinges and screws, purchased at Home Depot. under $3.00
- Foil paper. We had some at home already. $0.00
At the end of the day when time was fast approaching for dinner time, we realized that the eggs were not cooking fast enough. There wasn't enough heat radiating to cook the eggs. We realized there were a few things we did wrong. And if we wanted to eat our eggs for supper, we would have to find another alternative. I was happy to be able to finish cooking the eggs in my kitchen.
A few things we learned to do differently next time:
Zachary says, whatever we make it can't be a hodge podge. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:22 "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." The next time the solar oven needs to be made properly, it needs to be air tight and have some sort of radiant piece at the bottom to radiate heat for better cooking. Using a ceramic quarry tile would be good and inexpensive. For me, I need to give my dish plenty more time to cook or bake.
We are grateful we've tried this and I look forward for Zachary to constructing another solar oven for me again. Nothing lost, Failing is good, the key is to know how to fail positively. To learn from our mistakes and move forward. Our experience over all...... we are continuing to learn from our mistakes and to also persevere! May we all remember Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
Thank you Zachary for giving it a try.
Who uses a solar oven and has it been successful?
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