How to Make a Solar Oven
There are many reasons why you need to learn ways on how to make a solar oven. You probably will use this when going on camping or you are perhaps interested in some methods of cooking which do not really add greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. There are also instances that you are just hungry and you want some yummy and hot foods. As long as you are patient and you’re willing to move your oven where there is sun, then you will surely be rewarded with hot and delicious foods.
There are various scientific phenomena involved when making a solar oven and ensuring that yours will be the best heater that it can possibly be. Heat is a form of energy that is sometimes referred to as thermal energy which is transferred by difference in temperature. You might want to easily transfer the heat of the sun into your solar oven. Reflection is throwing back of light, sound or heat by surface or body just like a mirror. Shiny foil that you’ll use in your solar oven will reflect the heat and the sun light inside your solar oven. During the absorption, the energy is taken to materials rather than being reflected. You’ll need to line your oven’s interior with black paper so that it can effectively absorb the heat and light being reflected to it.
Another known process involve is convection. This pertains to the transfer of heat by movement of liquid or gas. You will use plastic wrap in order to make your solar oven airtight therefore air that’s warmed by the sun does not leave your solar oven through convection. Insulation is another energy term to your solar oven making project. Insulating materials tend to prevent the heat from leaving your oven by radiation.
Materials and Instructions to Follow When Making a Solar Oven
You do not really need gas stove to cook hot and delicious meals always especially of you are out exploring. Flat pack and lightweight materials such as cardboard can allow you to assemble a solar oven that can harness sunlight for heat.
The tools and materials needed are:
- Box cutter
- Cardboard boxes at least 2 pieces
- Silicone adhesive
- Foam insulation (one inch thick)
- Black Gaffer tape
- Aluminum tape
- 8 1 foot bamboo skewers
- Plastic or glass sheets
- Oven mitts
- Line one box’s interior with foam insulation and adhesive and the cover insulation using gaffer tape.
- Cut the duplicates of first box flaps from second box. You will then need to tape the duplicate boxes to outer edges of original boxes keeping their surface areas doubled.
- Poke 2 skewers to every side of the box to properly prop open those flaps. You must adjust their angles accordingly for ultimate sunlight making use of this solar oven making guide.
- Cut some cardboard triangles in order to fit in the gaps between flaps and affix this using gaffer tape. You will then need to cover flaps using aluminum tape.
- To conveniently cook, lay glass on the insulation. Place the oven on the right spot to catch enough sunlight. It turns hot so handle with the oven mitts when it is cooking.