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Solar cooking community on WordPress, or lack thereof…

November 12, 2010

Until now!

Disclaimer: I searched, I found precious little, I hope I’m wrong and someone shows me where all the cool solar kids are hanging out. [On edit: At least one cool solar kid came forward, props txazlady!!]

Now on to today’s main event!

(read this in the voice of the classic nasal boxing announcer…or Michael Buffer if you prefer)

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present to you solar cookers beyond the pizza box ovens you’ve been subsisting on until now!

Measuring in at 4.5 square meters of collection area, this concentrator packs more punch than most kitchen ovens and can reach focal point temperatures of up to 900degC!! Named for the Greek god of the sun, I present the Helios!

Baking bread for eager audiences

Next on the roster is a wily little cooker known for boiling big pots of stew and cooking up enough rice for 15 people in an hour I give you the Iron Butterfly!

Domestic scale cooker with fold up reflector wings

And now for the newcomer who doesn’t even have a proper name yet, designed for automated tracking and no fiddling around we have a dish style concentrator working with 3 square meters of collection area. Seen it here performing the traditional Stick Burning:

solar style

*ecstatic crowd noises eventually die down*

As a rule, Solar Fire technologies must compare to the power of your classic wood burning fire. They must also consist of materials available in every city in the world and require no complex math or specialized machining to fabricate.

The idea here is to design and popularize concentrators of such simplicity and effectiveness that they are independently adopted and fabricated at the grassroots wherever people are in need of clean, cheap heat. Which is everywhere.

Thank you all for coming, please drive safely.

In depth profiles on the technologies to come, as well as an essay or two on the Why, How and Huh?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    August 12, 2011 5:07 pm

    How are the individual mirrors held and aligned? There are a lot of them, they need to be stable, but are they manufactured dead-on and rigid, or they all individually adjusttable?

    • August 12, 2011 7:17 pm

      1 welded ‘tail’ and then a nut and bolt for each mirror. They are quite stable… needing the occasional fine tuning especially after having been washed or wiped etc.. That is the DIY method. You can build them dead-on if you build a jig like my friend Eerik does here:,496

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