Category:Solar cooker plans

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There is a wide variety of solar cooker designs, many of them very simple to build from inexpensive, easy-to-obtain materials. Some can be built in as little as an hour for less than US$5. Start by choosing a cooker design type based on your requirements. The table below lists strengths and weaknesses of the most common types, and shows some popular cookers of each type. Below each table is a all cooker plans of that cooker type. You can also buy a solar cooker from a variety of companies.



Selected designs

Panel-style cookers

  Advantages Disadvantages
General characteristics
  • Easy and cheap to make
  • Can be collapsed for storage or transport
  • Lower temperatures.
  • Can't fry foods.
  • Cooks only 1-2 pots of food.


  • Built in about an hour from one cardboard box
  • Doesn't require a large flat sheet of cardboard like the CooKit does
  • Easy to adjust for different sun angles
  • Great cooking power
  • Very good for winter cooking in temperate regions
  • Not waterproof
  • Might be difficult to use in equatorial climates where sun rises to straight overhead.
Windshield Shade
  • Fastest cooker to make.
  • Waterproof
  • Only feasible where windshield shades are sold
  • Folds to the size of a large notebook for storage or transport
  • Not waterproof
  • Cooks best when the sun is high in the sky.
Sunny Cooker
  • Uses less cardboard than other panel cookers
  • Not waterproof
  • Might be difficult to use in equatorial climates where sun rises to straight overhead.

See all Panel cooker plans.

Box-style cookers

  Advantages Disadvantages
General characteristics
  • Can cook in multiple pots simultaneously
  • Can be built from many different materials
  • Can be built any size to cook large quantities of food
  • Don't have to be turned to follow the sun while cooking
  • Construction time longer than panel.
  • Can't fry foods.
The "Minimum"
  • Simple to build from two cardboard boxes
  • Not waterproof
Easy Lid
  • Not waterproof
Heaven's Flame
  • Extra power due to multiple reflectors
  • Can heat multiple pots simultaneously
  • Must be turned a bit more often to follow the sun
  • Bottom of oven not level as cooker tilts toward sun
  • Not waterproof

See all Box cooker plans.

Parabolic cookers

  Advantages Disadvantages
General characteristics
  • Cook as fast as a conventional electric burner.
  • Can fry foods.
  • More expensive than other models
  • Tricky to make without imported materials.
  • Requires periodic realignment to the sun.
  • Can't bake bread
  • Can damage eyes.
  • Can be made out of cardboard
  • Doesn't require the pot to be in a heat resistant plastic bag
  • Must be realigned to the sun every 45 minutes

See all Parabolic cooker plans.

All cookers

Below you will find links to all of the different plans for solar cookers found on this wiki.

See also

External links


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