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How to Make a Solar Oven

Introduction

If you live anywhere on this planet, you know that Earth is facing a lot of problems these days: greenhouse effect, pollution, cataclysms, Justin Bieber… That's more than enough to get exhausted. Why not trying to ease the suffering a little bit? Making a custom solar oven is a good start. You would be surprised to know that it's as easy to make as a paper project in the kindergarten. All you need is some cardboard, tinfoil, glue, and desire to live eco-frindly life.

Do's

You'll need:

2 cardboard boxes of different sizes;

Pizza box;

A piece of plexiglass;

Reflective material;

Glue;

Old newspapers;

Tinfoil

Guidelines

All you need to make a custom solar oven is a couple of cardboard boxes (feel free to go to your local grocery store and ask if they have some boxes that you can take). You need 2 boxes of different sizes with the smaller one about 18x20 and the bigger one about 2-x22. You'll also need an empty pizza box - you want to use it as a lid for your oven.

  • Cut a flat opening on your pizza box - that's going to be a reflector.
  • Glue a square-shaped piece of plexiglass to a "lid" - it helps heat up the box. You can also use a piece of regular glass, but it is heavier and more fragile than plexiglass.
  • Apply some glue to the box, press the glass to the bottom, and set the box aside to let the glue dry.
  • Meanwhile, cover the bottom of the smaller box with black metal construction paper. That's going to be a great heating surface.
  • Put this small box into the larger box and fill the spaces between the two with shredded newspapers for insulation.
  • Then, grab some tinfoil and glue it on the sides of a smaller box and also on the opening part of the pizza box. Make sure it's nice and even and there are no wrinkles on the surface.
  • Now, all you need to do is assemble the parts together, go outside, and try to cook something in your new handmade eco-friendly oven.

To use your solar oven, just install it outside facing the sun, let it heat for 30-40 minutes, use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature outside, and cook whatever you want.

Don'ts

  • Don't try to use your solar oven on a rainy or cloudy day. As the name suggests, solar ovens only work when it's sunny.
  • Don't turn the reflector away from the sun. You want the angle of the reflector should be tilted towards sun for maximum exposure.

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Conclusion

Big deeds consist of simple little things that each of us contributes in proportion to our abilities. One single solar oven won't stop global warming, but a hundred of ovens used on a sunny day instead of regular ovens will be a relief for our planet. As you can see, making a solar oven at home is fairly easy and doesn't require any investments. With a basic set of materials and tools, you can make your own solar panel in an hour or so. All in all, give it a try in order to give this planet a chance!

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