Solar energy has quickly become one of the most exciting trends in energy manufacturing. As technology increases and the understanding of the wide range of use for solar energy become more widely available, more people are doing their best to take advantage of a natural and often free (or at least very inexpensive) source of energy. However, there are many more ways to take advantage of solar energy besides solar panels. There are plenty of fun projects and methods you can use at home to make the most of solar energy in some unexpected ways. Here is one fun project to try at home – the solar oven.
Pizza Box Solar Oven
Solar ovens are one of the simplest types of projects to build, and even kids can build their own solar ovens out of pizza boxes. For the simplest type, you will simply cut a three sided hole in the lid of the closed box. Lift the remaining flap to use as a reflector. Next, fill the inside of the box with foil, and stretch plastic wrap across the hole. Add foil on the flap to reflect even more sun inside the box. This will trap heat inside the pizza box and create an oven that can actually cook foods.
Dual Box Solar Oven
For a more sophisticated and powerful solar oven that you can actually use on a regular basis for cooking, you can either use stout cardboard boxes. For this oven, you will need two boxes – one slightly smaller than the other. Line the smaller box with reflective foil, and set it inside the bigger box. In the space between the two boxes, add a type of insulation such as wadded paper or even towels. Seal the top of the space between the two boxes with reflective foil tape or duct tape. Next, add a sheet of glass, Plexiglas or stout plastic wrap over the top of the hole to trap the heat inside. You can even add a hinged lid for easy opening into the inside of the solar oven.
With either of these types of solar ovens, it is best to have the box tilted at a 60 degree angle to catch the most light. You can also add reflectors by putting foil on cardboard panels and adding them so they stick up above the sides of the boxes, thus creating a more concentrated heat.
These simple ovens will let you cook with solar energy in an incredibly easy way. For more information about solar energy, contact Artisan Electric Inc. or a similar company.