Introduction: Solar Oven

Hello My name is Ben. I am a 7th grader at a middle school I central Massachusetts and I will be showing you how I made my solar oven. A solar oven is a great way to cook food without using gas or electricity however thy do not work very well on days when the sun is not out They are commonly used by people who can't afford the costs of electricity or gas so they use these homemade cookers to heat their food instead. Today we will be going over how to make one!

Step 1: Materials

To build this solar oven you will need Scissors, Clear tape, duct tape, Mylar cardboard, cardboard box,sticks black cloth, and a container

Step 2: Step 1

First select a decent sized box. Make sure that the selected box has flaps on it and that it is a sturdy box.

Step 3: Step 2

Cut off the other flaps leaving 1 flap remaining.

Step 4: Step 3

Take a large piece of card board and wrap it with Mylar or foil.

Step 5: Step 4

Tape the back of the piece onto the flap.

Step 6: Step 5

Coat the inside of the box with Mylar.

Step 7: Step 6

Gather some sticks and use them to support the back flap so it faces the sun

Step 8: Step 7

Take a piece of glass and place it over the box with the flap outside. Take tape and make a flap on the side of the glass as seen in the picture

Step 9: Step 8

Take the container that you are cooking in and put it under black material in the box this is so it will absorb heat and the container will get hot.

Step 10: Step 9

Align the oven's back flap so that it reflects light into the oven and let it sit for a while

Step 11: Conclusion

With my solar oven I was able to heat tap water to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The solar oven may have worked better if I set it up outside earlier in the day and if it was a sunnier day.