Introduction: How to Make a Solar Cooker From a Satellite Dish

How to build a solar cooker from a satellite dish and a few other inexpensive materials.


TheAZAndyman made it! (author)2016-10-07

I've found the tape in 1", 2", and 3 inch. The skinnier tape will have more lines but the thicker you have to stretch more. Working with the 2" do you think 1" or 3" would have been better or 2" the best.

Zandarkoad made it! (author)2016-06-21

HD DirecTV dishes are larger than HD Dish Network dishes now a days. The best method for finding a cheap reflector (that's the part of the dish you need) is to call your local satellite installer at They are professionals, either ask them how much one costs, or offer ~$20 for the reflector and arm. Do let them know that you do not need the LNB (that is the expensive part at the end of the arm). Otherwise they might want you to pay close to $100 for an entire HD dish. It may be a good idea to get the mounting hardware as well from them, if you think you could use it when setting up your solar cooker.

solarbipolar made it! (author)2013-05-31

I used Intertape foil tape on a dish, applying it one strip at a time. Takes a lot of time but the tape holds up well.

tstevens-1 made it! (author)2013-04-28

Another idea for you. At the local Walmart in their camping department, you can buy a solar blanket that is highly reflective for under $4. It could be cut into strips and applied with spray adhesive. As soon as I run across an unused dish I am going to make one. Thanks for your instructable. You have some awesome ideas.

rimar2000 made it! (author)2012-12-26

Good idea, well done, but you need a bigger surface to cook a decent portion of food.

A reasonable area would be 1 square meter, it is to say 1.25 m diameter.

Additionally I suggest you an equatorial mounting for the parable, it facilitates the use. But the food must be static, to avoid spills.

EldonMartin made it! (author)EldonMartin2012-12-27

Thanks for the advice - you are absolutely correct. This dish can cook a meal for one or two people max. I have three other follow-up videos on YouTube that show some of the food I tried.