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More Panel Cookers…

Well it’s been a while, thank you to the one person reading my blog 😉 Went into a frenzy of cardboard, made templates, and was able to make more cookers by splitting the top half from the bottom.

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Taping them together with Gorilla tape is holding well. I’m using chip bags until I run out, I have enough for four, then have some Mylar I’ll us plus some very thin Mylar wrapping paper, not sure how it’ll hold up.

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Garbage to Heat? cont’d…

Well I’ve collected more than enough chip bags, there were good. Not sure St this point how I’ll get them flat, iron? sounds like a good idea, pile’o’books, probably the best idea. I found a large Kinder surprise has a huge reflective wrapper, I know what I’m asking Santa for Christmas!

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above is the Kinder surprise wrapper on the cardboard of a panel cooker

It’s going to take about six chip (crisps) bags to make a Cooker. Also ot all chip bags are made the same some very reflective and others not so. The mirrored Mylar is by far much better, it costs more then chip bag that will get tossed out so you make your own choices and I’ll test both and record some temperatures for those interested when I get a nice day. This weekend is not looking so good.

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above six chip bags covering the cardboard


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Is it cake, bread, or a loaf?

Another clear day just below twenty degrees Celsius and I’m baking again. This time I’m making Pumpkin cake or is it a loaf? it’s definitely not bread. I’ve got it down pat with this recipe an hour and a half, the Box Cooker, Heavens Flame, is pretty solid at two hundred degrees Celsius. I used the Zucchini bread recipe from a friend of mine but substituted Pumpkin.

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Back to Africa

The wheels are turning and I’m planning to head back to Africa. This time I’ll be going back to Swaziland to visit friends of mine I’ve not see in four years. In 2008 I went to Swaziland for the first time and built a Parabolic Solar cooker for them out of cardboard, aluminum foil, and flour paste. A group of us went to build a dorm and I’ve since return several times.

My first plan for the trip was to do some Solar Cooking Demos and I’ve got a few Panel cookers I can take. While that will still happen, maybe not on the scale I had hoped, things are moving along where we will be able to provide Cooking on a larger scale!

I’ve had an initial call with Will at GoSol.org and am hoping to build one of there Solar Ovens. I’m getting pretty excited and really hope it all works out. Please check out the work they are doing.


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Lunch

This has been a great year for me Solar Cooking. I’ve just made the effort and the sky’s have been so clear. It helps to have a few cookers in order to make those bigger meals. I’m going to have to paint more jars. I’ll need those jar early next year and if things workout i’ll post an update as to why…

Lunch again today was sausages and potatoes, I did also have a garden fresh tomato and coleslaw. Today the sausage was not over done and the potatoes could have been cooked more. Still tasty and no longer hungry so win win.The change was I cooked for 1.5 hours today and didn’t add water to the jar. Next time I’ll do a little bit of water and cook for 1.5 hours and see how it turns out. The fresh butcher made sausages are delicious, in the past I usually just use pre cooked sausages or hotdogs. Till next time.


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Zucchini’s

Friends of ours have an abundance of Zucchini so after three batches of bread and muffins during the last few cool nights I decided to move it outside and try an oil cake in the Box Cooker. Since I was making the effort and unfortunately have to work this beautiful weekend I brought along a panel cooker to make some lunch, sausages and potatoes. I’m going to have to make curry chicken soon.

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And outside in front of our building.

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Bread update to follow…

…Oh boy it’s tasty, well it’s a good recipe and this time I didn’t kill it by leaving the bread in all day. I did howevery leave the sausage in too long it was still good, just not as moist as I would have liked, better then it not being fully cooked! The potatoes were great mashed themselves with all the good juices from the sausage, trade offs.
A couple firsts, the bread turned out like it was baked in a oven, no compromise, and I mixed different foods in the jar while cooking in the panel cooker that I would have ordinarily done separately.


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Box Cooker revamp and bread

I touched up my old friend today, replacing the aluminum foil on the box cookers reflectors and got a thermometer. The cooker was a solid 200 degrees Celsius while baking bread this afternoon.

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I combined the ingredients without mixing, four cups of flour, about 450ml of stout beer, a 1/4 teaspoon of salt and four teaspoons of sugar. I had left the bread in for about three hours and should have stopped at two. At the two hour mark I had checked the bread and it didn’t look done but now I’m sure it was.

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The bread turned out quite good, a little dry but very much tasting and feeling like bread!

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More bread

I’m doing a beer bread again, not too sure if this is round three or four. 4 cups of flour, 450ml of dark beer (Newcastle stout but not sure I’d call it a stout), half a teaspoon of salt and four heeping teaspoons of sugar. As an extra pepper and cheese were sprinkled on top, yeah we’ll see not sure about the pepper.

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It’s been cooking for three hours so far I’ll update this blog with an after pick.

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We’ve been swimming and having other snacks as we let the bread bakes.

Update…

Well the bread was left too long, four hours maybe, we got a little carried away at the beach. As it turns out I mixed it too much, a friends who was with us does bake and said it was over mixed but tasty. Turned out very dense and shrunk down.
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