Solar Oven With Tracking...


Step 3: Working out the mechanics...

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I needed some way of mounting the oven to tilt and rotate. So I made a frame out of slotted angle and screwed it to a base. I could put a steel bar through the oven near its balance point and then rest it on top of the frame. Using bearings I would make this the swivel point for tilting the oven up and down to maximize direct sunlight. I could then mount it all on a Lazy Susan so it could track the sun...

After assembly I discovered it was a bit front heavy once the mirrors and glass were added. The balance point needs to be towards the front more. This does not effect the operation of the oven, just makes it a little easier tilting..
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