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Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven
Posted By Jeff Yeager On August 5, 2013 @ 9:38 am In Money Talk | Comments Disabled
With plenty of sunny days still ahead – but with summer vacation nearing its sunset for kids and grandkids – here’s a fun, inexpensive and educational project to do with the young people in your life during the dog days of summer. Build a simple solar oven (aka a “solar cooker”) from repurposed household items . It will not only amaze and amuse kids of all ages, but it really works. And it will save you money and keep the heat out  of the kitchen, unlike a conventional oven.
Even though some solar ovens can achieve cooking temperature of 300 degrees or more, they typically cook low and slow, kind of like a crockpot.  There are many different plans and designs for building your own solar oven in addition to the one described here, including these detailed plans  from the U.S. Department of Energy and even solar ovens made from pizza boxes. And if you really want to get into cooking with sunshine, you can buy a commercially made solar oven starting at about $50, which will reduce your utility costs and keep you out of the kitchen. Now that’s hot!
Photo: Abri Beluga/flickr 
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 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/277212681_01ff7ba0ba.jpg
 repurposed household items: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-04-2012/reuse-household-goods.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 keep the heat out: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2012/12-ways-to-stay-cool-and-save-money.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 aluminum foil: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2010/savings_challenge_uses_for_aluminum_foil.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 crockpot.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2009/slow_cooking.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 these detailed plans: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CCoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww1.eere.energy.gov%2Feducation%2Fpdfs%2Fsolar_oven.pdf&ei=X7T7UYO0Kuza4AOanICoDg&usg=AFQjCNGKU_Ve_A08M1MebrUF9SCl2Uf0Pw
 Abri Beluga/flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beluga/277212681/sizes/o/in/photolist-quMEZ-quMHN-quMM1-tCQKn-AVLVS-AVLZ6-AVM3H-AVM4W-D1BGp-PPiJd-Wx2gA-Wx2hj-4LbcKj-4V3wZk-4V7Ldf-4V7Ljq-4V7Lwq-4V7LEu-5Yzvjy-6aFVfL-6sGSmB-6BY7xv-78dadq-9B4BHv-aq7DHX-8ZVsTe-8qX2VB-8VWD1q-98HdaT-8xpcKZ-8xpcGX-989mJS-917LjZ-8HhwSb-8EPybk-98LfHQ-8ESUmh-9UEadH-acfsyS-8YF5Bb-8wCivu-8AxG5T-8DBnGY-8Djj1m-8DP6zm-8YUMTU-8RoTcb-9B8YqU-8HegSz-8Zzkps-8RGXst/
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