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Jeremy's Solar Oven Using Reused and Recycled Materials

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By flipping through a how to solar oven book and stumbled upon my design. Originally it had straight panels to reflect the sun’s rays but I ended up bending mine. I did make additional changes, but in the end it looked good. 
 
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Step 1: What Did I Make?

I built a solar oven out of recycled and used materials. In summary, after I had found my design I decided to look in the recycling bin with my classmates. From there, I was able to scavenge a desk drawer. My original plan was to make it all of of wood. However, seeing that I couldn't bend wood, I needed to compromise. In the end I used an old book carrier made from black fabric and cardboard. This was very easy to bend. After that it was simple to attach aluminum, wiring, and a ramen bowl.


Step 2: How Does it Work?

Because of the ramp-like shaped panels, my solar oven can point sun rays in a precise area of use. Basically, the rays bounce of the aluminum foil and hit the object that needs to be cooked. The most important thing for the solar oven to function is that the sun’s rays need to hit the top of the panels. Otherwise, it will not be very effective.

Step 3: How Did I build This?

In summary, after I had found my design I decided to look in the recycling bin with my classmates. From there, I was able to scavenge a desk drawer. My original plan was to make it all of of wood. However, seeing that I couldn't bend wood, I needed to compromise. In the end I used an old book carrier made from black fabric and cardboard. This was very easy to bend. After that it was simple to attach aluminum, wiring, and a ramen bowl.

In these steps, I will be telling you the actions I took to build my solar oven. Along with that, I will be providing pictures to make it more interesting. 

Step 4: Collecting

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Collect wooden drawer from recycling bin. While your at it, collect ramen bowl from recycling bin.

Step 5: Altering

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Screw the front off of the drawer to make it level.
GregRank1 year ago
I like this project but I notice you are using plastic tupperware to cook with. You might want to get some high tempered glass to avoid the toxics from plastic.
Jeremy Alan Baehr (author)  GregRank1 year ago
That's a great idea! And one that I didn't think of at the time. It would have been hard to find an unbroken glass bowl in a recycling bin though.