Monday, September 12, 2011

The kids made their own solar oven

In a workshop run as part of the Orange Sustainable Living Week this year we participated in a solar oven making workshop.

What fun we all had making our own solar oven, here are some photos of the whole process.

Our instructions were clearly set out on this display board...

Selecting two boxes to make our oven.
There had to be about a 5cm gap between the boxes.

The gap between the boxes was filled with scrunched up newspaper.

We painted the inside of the smaller box black.

We made a reflector out of on old corflute real estate sign covered in
aluminium foil and  added a glass lid.

We did not get to test the oven yesterday as it was cold and overcast all day..
but it was sunny today so we put it to the test in the sun today.

In just over half an hour our cardboard box oven reached 100oC -
so you may even be able to boil your water in it.


  1. Wow! Thats unreal. I had my solar oven out on that day - and it only got to 120 degrees.

    What a great project for kids.

  2. This is fantastic!
    My Little Mister is only 2, but I have nieces and nephews who would love this... and hubby and I are keen to try and make one :)
    A question: just wondering about the glass, approximately how thick is it, and is it clear?
    Thanks for such an amazing idea!