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What is solar cooking?
Excerpted from The Sunny Side of Cooking
A solar cooker collects sunlight and transforms it into heat.
Depending on the cooker design and weather conditions, solar cooker
temperatures range from 180–500°F/82–260°C or higher. Even the smallest
and simplest solar cookers can cook simple meals for one or two people.
Solar cooking is even possible if:
Solar cookers come in a variety of designs suited for every climate, budget, living situation, skill level and cooking need. Each variety of cooker has its advantages and drawbacks. Some cookers reach high temperatures but require frequent re-aiming; some cookers are designed for inattentive or absentee cooking. Some cookers are weatherproof; others can't be left out if rain is threatening. Some are very stable in wind; others require a sheltered location. Some can be built cheaply with materials sitting around your home; some commercial models cost several hundred dollars, just like an ordinary electric or gas range.
The Sunny Side of Cooking helps you choose the right solar cooker for your climate and lifestyle.