Sun Oven GLOBAL SUN OVEN
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- Built in thermometer
- Attached one piece collapsible reflectors
- Spill-proof levelator
- Self-contained leveling leg
- Extremely well insulated
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# Cook for free Bakes, Boils or Steams Any Kind of Food with the Power of the Sun - No Fuel Needed! # No learning curve Create your favorite recipes as you feast upon natural sun baked treats! # Just like your home oven Reaches Temperatures of 360° to 400° F! # Totally Safe - No Danger of Fire - Never Burn Dinner Again! # Versatile, Easy-to-use, Portable as a Small Suitcase! Cooking in a SUN OVEN® is easy, fun, natural, and nutritious, while helping the environment. SUN OVENS® are ideal for everyday use in your back yard, at picnics, while camping, or in the event of a power failure. They can help keep your house cool in the summer by keeping the heat from cooking outside. Even though it is called an oven, food can be baked, boiled, and steamed at cooking temperatures of 360° F to 400° F. There is no movement of air in a SUN OVEN®, allowing food to stay moist and tender and flavorful. Sun-baked roasts are tastier and more succulent, and sun-baked bread has unparalleled taste and texture. The aroma of food sunning itself in a SUN OVEN® is sure to please your senses. Temperatures in a SUN OVEN® rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavors. The even temperature of the SUN OVEN® prevents burning, so you do not need to stir your food while it is cooking. There are two ways to cook in a SUN OVEN®. If you refocus the oven to follow the sun every 25 to 30 minutes, cooking times and methods will be very similar to cooking with a conventional stove or oven. Or a SUN OVEN® can be used for slow cooking, much like a crock-pot. You can prepare your dinner, put it in the SUN OVEN®, point the oven where the sun will be approximately halfway through the time you will be gone. Leave, and come home to a tasty, slow-cooked dinner. If you run late, there is no need to worry; the SUN OVEN® will keep your food warm, moist, and fresh for hours.
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I'm no engineer, but there are a few simple design improvements that could be made to this fairly expensive product.
The sharp square wooden edges of the lip around the oven top are just waiting to gouge your soft fleshy unsuspecting arms. Yes, I can saw the sharp edges off; but for two and a half bills, I would expect the maker to present a well thought out and constructed product. When the reflector panels are unfolded, there's no way to keep the glass lid up to access the oven's interior. A simple restraining strap or bar should have been designed into this for those of us with only two hands.
The carrying handle is riveted to the plastic oven which is heavy enough to cause this to give out over time as evidenced by the bulge in the oven wall when carried this way.
All in all a good idea of a solar oven and I'm keeping mine, but a bit of needed upgrading would give this item the look and appeal of a well constructed product instead of something made in someone's garage.
My friend has a Sport solar oven and has never been able to bake bread in it so the first thing I tried was bread in about an hour had 2 perfect loaves. The next thing I tried was a roast chicken. I have never had a chicken as moist and tender and it was done in less than 2 hours. After the success with the chicken I made a 14 lbs turkey in a baking bag, and I do not think I will ever maker a turkey any other way. It was done in 4 1/2 hours perfect, tender and golden brown. I have cooked a number of things and being a fish lover I have finally found a way to bake fish without it drying out.
I love the recipes and cooking tips on Facebook and the Sun Oven web site and can't wait to try to try making more of them. I am impressed with the work Sun Ovens Int. is doing in Haiti and other countries and feel like I am part of it.
I use it in the warm weather, so I cannot speak for its performance on cold sunny days, and I live in the north, where I can cook on a wood stove in cold weather.
It sits on a small table, and I have tied the foot on the back of the oven (used to adjust angle) to the table, ever since an unexpected gust of wind knocked the oven off the table one day. The oven is not extremely light, but the solar reflector panels act like sails on a windy day.
Wear sunglasses when working with a solar oven. And use oven mitts. It gets extremely hot - after all, it is an oven! On a warm sunny day the sun oven here gets to be 350 degrees F pretty quickly.
The oven temperature quickly reaches 375+ degrees on sunny days.
It is easy to carry and setup. It is easy to focus on the sun horizontally. The vertical focus is not critical.
The price is fair for the oven.
Indeed, there is an unpleasant plastic odor! It was quite strong at first, and seems to have gone away now (or maybe I'm getting used to it.) The bread picked up the taste. I worry about contamination to the uncovered baked food.
The sheild is not removable, so it is not easy to clean inside the oven.
Food spills if you are not careful placing it on leveler tray that acts like a hammock.
Would have been nice to include two optional enamel pots that fit in the oven together. I couldn't find 2 pots that fit at the same time.
The rear leg used to adjust the height tilt is very awkward to use. The oven must be held up while simultaneously depressing the button at the top and pulling the leg at the bottom. The button gets easily "lost" and is difficult to get back into one of the holes to adjust the height.
These design flaws shouldn't be difficult to correct. I'm not sure about the odor, though.