Monday, July 6, 2009

Solar oven test day

Boy Howdy, was old Billy Bob excited this morning....after I got that "other eye" open. Beautiful sunrise with a few scattered clouds. Gonna be a perfect day for solar oven testing.

9am, drug that heavy contraption out on the fresh mowed lawn and pointed her to the sun. Gonna be need'n wheels and a "follow me" handle. By 10am, the temp was up to 200 degs, but it was slow go after that.

How long does it take to pre heat one these things??
By 11:30 it was up to 240 degs, so I turned it into the sun again and put in a pan of biscuits at exactly 12 noon.

One hour later and we got biscuits....not the best I ever ate, but biscuits none the less.

Now we gonna move on to
test #3.....Chicken and corn on the cob.
As to not waste time, I will take a nap.

5pm and chicken still not done. When I woke up from my nap, the sun done moved to a different country. After 2 1/2 hours it were only 150 degs in the breast. But in the process, I done learnt me something. Ya don't cook when the wind is blow'n on the glass. Poof, all my heat gone (200 degs with wind).

Ha, 6:30pm and all I can say is "Billy Bob, ya done did it again". Dinner was perfect. Chicken was juicy (and done), corn was tender as jello...well, maybe not jello, but it were good.

Now I am done for the day. Been a wonderful and exciting day for an old fart that has nothing to do.


  1. Good job Billybob. I've been looking to make one of these myself and give it a try. I've been wondering what would work better a flat black painted inside or a reflective mirror-like inside? Any thoughts on that?

  2. Well done sir.. My first though is, you can't make breakfast on that thing.. You would starve before the sun got right.. :-) And you got to really plan on cooking, what , when and for how long.

    guess it will be a fun project anyway.

  3. Mr_Brown, flat black painted inside is perfect actually. At the bottom of this link, it will have suggestions about the perfect blackware for your solar oven -- BBQ grill black paint works just great. http://tinyurl.com/ozodls
    Good luck with your project! Cooking in a solar oven is awesome, it just takes longer than a conventional oven.

  4. Thank ya Ben....and others.
    I thought about the breakfast thing and think it will work out ok for me. My breakfast time is usually 3 to 4 hours after I get up. But the only thing I can think of for breakfast out of a solar oven would be either biscuits an' bacon or lol...oatmeal.
    What ya think???