How To Use A Sun Oven and Love it

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Would you like to learn how to use a Sun Oven and love it? The hardest part about setting up a Sun Oven is taking it out the box and getting it fully unpacked. People are sometimes afraid because they don’t know how to use the oven. The hardest part for me was taking the plastic wrapping off of the solar panels. I have two Sun Ovens, the first one was hard to peel off the wrapping. The second oven I purchased, the materials came right off without any trouble. I have the old style but it’s awesome! The new ones are blue on the outside, either one is fabulous!  You will never burn anything in these babies! Gotta love that! I forgot my bread one day and it was fine 30 minutes after the required baking time. Here’s the deal, you forget you are cooking outside because you can’t smell the food!

I bought a second Sun Oven because I use mine all the time to keep my kitchen cool and save money on my utility bills.

How To Use A Sun Oven-It’s Really Easy:

I want you to look at the shadow on the ground in this first picture. The “points” do not line up so this means the Sun Oven is not pointing in the right direction to get the full sun reflection or heat. The newer ones have a positioning tool so these instructions are for this style only.

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This second picture shows the “points” are still NOT “squared” or “even”  with all four sides of the shadow. I just keep turning the stove until I get it right.

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Please notice the silver bar on the back of it. It depends on the Sun’s location as to whether or not that “leg” needs to be up or down 1 -9 inches or so. Okay, check out this picture.

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Can you see the shadow around the Sun Oven?  Look at the three squares (you can’t see the fourth one)  on the ground. If all 4 “squares” are equal all the way around you will get the BEST Sun exposure and heat. You can see I raised the leg on the back about 6 inches to get the “squares” to line up correctly towards the sun.

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I learned this “TIP” from a guy who works in a store in St. George, Utah called “Your Family Still Matters”. I love the people that work there. I learn something new every time I go in there! I hope I explained this so people can understand what the “squares” are.  I went to a friends house and I had to show her these squares. It will not work at 6:00 at night at least where I live. You need full sun. I like to use mine between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. I like to tell people to think about the time that is the least safe temperatures or time to swim for sunburns……yep 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Well, this is when you get the best SUN for cooking food!!! I have to tell you the temperature goes up so much faster now that I figured out how to get the best reflection from the Sun! Love it! You can bake anything in this Sun Oven that you can bake in a conventional oven if it will fit. You lock the lid closed with the wing nuts and you are good to go. Be sure and have good hot pads.

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8 thoughts on “How To Use A Sun Oven and Love it

  • June 16, 2016 at 8:18 am
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    You live in sunny Utah, but in central Florida (oh yeah, optimistically called: the sunshine state) it’s overcast a lot and in the summer the sea breezes, one coming from the Atlantic coast and the other coming from the Gulf, mean that it rains almost every afternoon. It’s better in the winter, but the other three seasons are wet, humid, sticky, and tropical. The sun peeks out from time to time, but long enough to cook bread, I can’t see that happening here. 🙁

    I do stick my crock pot, fireless cooker from the 1920s, camp stove, toaster oven, dehydrator etc outside under the awning so I can cook without heating up the house, but I wish a solar oven would work here. I’d love another non-electric option.

    The best I have non-electric is my fireless cooker from the 1920s. It’s like a hay box. But it’s metal and wood and has volcanic material on the inside. You heat up soapstone circular heaters on the stove and then transfer that to the fireless cooker and then set a pot of boiling food with a locked lid on top of the soapstone and seal the whole thing up. Come back several hours later and you have a fully cooked meal. You also can stack pots in there and cook more than one dish in the well.

    The soapstone keeps the food cooking all day and like your solar oven, you can leave it long and it won’t burn! If you google Fireless Cooker, you can see several versions of it. I have a single well unit, but even single, it sure is heavy. It has wheels on the bottom of it. I slide it under my camp stove platform outside and then roll it out when I use it.

    It’s lost technology. A lot of folks have never heard of them. They were popular right before electricity became widely available. A farm wife could load up her fireless cooker and run out and do chores and not worry about the house burning down or the food burning.

    I think a solar oven would be really nice if I didn’t live here. Cloudless days are rare. Probably the fireless cooker will have to be my go to non-electric option.

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    • June 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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      Hi Debbie, thanks for the information on the fireless cooker!! You know I love stuff like that. I am going to go Google it ASAP! It almost sounds like a thermal cooker. I better check on that right now! You would think in Florida you would have a lot of sunshine. I’m glad you mentioned that to me. I always recommend people looking up how many sunny days their city averages because I would not buy one if I couldn’t use it 75% of the time. Thank goodness you have the fireless cooker. Linda

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  • June 16, 2016 at 8:21 am
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    I live in San Diego and absolutely love my American Sun Oven. We are having soaring temps this weekend with lots of sun and my oven will be getting lots of use. I like to cook steel cut oats in it for use in the mornings, lots of beans for use throughout the week and chickpeas for hummus. Just yesterday I cooked two large chicken breasts and a brown rice/wild rice mixture. The chicken breasts were started from frozen solid and finished up perfectly in just a couple of hours. I then used the juices remaining in the baking pan to cook the brown and wild rice. I just added some additional water and spices and in another couple of hours had perfectly cooked rice. I almost forgot the banana bread baked a few days ago as well. Absolutely delicious! and the inside of my house stays cool. But the oven works just as well in the winter with cold temps as long as the sun is shining. The sun oven makes cooking fun!

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    • June 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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      Hi Ellen, I’m glad to hear you love your Sun Oven! I don’t think I have cooked steel cut oats in mine! Great idea!!! I cook frozen meat but I have never cooked chickpeas in mine either! I love how we can learn from each other! Now I want to make banana bread right now in my Sun Oven. Hugs, Linda

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  • June 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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    Hello, I always appreciate your posts! I was wondering if you have any recipes especially for the Sun Oven or how you adapt your recipes… ? My husband purchased one and picks it up Saturday and I do not have a clue! Is it all about positioning it in the sun and the length of time? Thank you in advance 🙂

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    • June 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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      Hi Debra, I’m so excited for you!!! You will love your Sun Oven. I don”t change my recipes at all for the Sun Oven. Whatever you bake in your home conventional oven you can bake in your Sun Oven. The only thing that’s a little tricky is the fact that your baking pans must NOT be shiny and they need to fit in the hanging tray. Nothing will burn and I cook/bake everything in it. It does not fry because it’s an oven. It’s not a stove. I think I will combine some of my Sun Oven posts so people can see them in one article. Let m e know if you need any help. I will walk you through it. Linda

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  • August 9, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    Linda, have you posted some of your Sun Oven post. I am thinking about getting one but I not sure yet. Can you use a dutch oven it ? I would love it if you would e-mail me the answer. Thanks

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    • August 9, 2016 at 1:36 pm
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      Hi Melba, I would not use my 6-quart Dutch oven in it because of the weight. I will email you personally and have you give me your phone number and I will call you if that’s okay. You can bake anything in the SunOven you bake in your conventional oven if the pan fits. If you can keep the temperature at the required temperature needed it cooks in the exact amount of time. Linda

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