Name: Kathy Stonequist
I am interested in making a solar cooker. Any ideas?
Solar cookers were suggested as a possible answer to fuel wood shortages in
developing countries during the last few decades. You could probably get
plans from the Peace Corps, or by writing to Pax World Service, 111 Sixteenth
Street, NW, #120, Washington, DC 20036. The solar ovens were often rejected
by people who tried them, because they do not work at night when most cooking
is done. You can buy parabolic mirrors, convex lenses, and fresnel lenses to
use as heat concentrators from Edmund Scientific Catalog, which you can get
for free by writing to Edmund Scientific Company, Department 13DB, C922
Edscorp Building, Barrington, NJ, 08007. Be careful though, they offer a
solar furnace kit for $30 that can heat up to 2000 degrees F!
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