There’s currently an interesting Kickstarter campaign up for what’s essentially a portable hybrid solar/electric oven that promises to be very effective in both modes of operation.
The man behind the SunFocus solar electric oven (as it’s known), David Chalker, has described the product as the “next-generation” of solar ovens, and has stated that he expects the solar oven to change the industry. That’s certainly big talk, but the SunFocus does appear to have quite a lot going for it.
The Kickstarter campaign page provides some specifics on that:
·When the Sun is out it’s a high performance solar oven.
·Cloudy or night-time it’s a 300 deg. F. electric oven.
·Built-in thermostat turns off the electric when not needed and turns itself back on when it is.
·Uses 465 watts; 75% less electricity than your standard household oven.
·Cooking volume: 10 – 12 pounds of food per cycle
·300+ F. cooking oven temperature range
·Portable suit-case design with easy carry handle only 30 lbs.
·Double pane glass for long lasting heat retention.
·DC operation capable with inverter
Interestingly, the oven has apparently been independently tested by engineers from Chevron Thailand — and apparently received a notable amount of praise.
With the money raised via Kickstarter the company is planning to apply to receive European Union and USA electrical certification approval for the solar electric oven. Explaining, the company states: “With these certifications our Made in America SunFocus solar electric oven will become a global product. It is goal to export our SunFocus solar electric oven to foreign country markets around the world.”
Certainly an interesting design, I’m curious to try one out myself. What about our readers, what do you think?
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