Perfect for camping, boating, emergency preparedness or keeping the heat out of the kitchen on a hot day. The Haines Solar Cooker is affordable and very portable. It weighs only 1.6 pounds (0.7 kg.) and rolls up to fit in a yoga mat bag (included). No need for charcoal or propane. It cooks like an oven; 200-325 F (90-160 C), but almost never burns food. It is healthy because cooking at a low temperature preserves nutrients. Potatoes and vegetables cook without water. It saves electricity and gas and will pasteurize water. Designed and assembled in the United States, the metalized polyester and polycarbonate materials should last 5 years in the sun.
Cooking with the Haines Solar Cooker
Aim the front (straight side) panel of the cooker at the sun. If in doubt, stand between the cooker and the sun and aim the front panel at your shadow. Turn the cooker a little every few hours to follow the sun during the day. In the morning when the sun is low in the sky, lower the front panel and raise the back panel. Likewise, as the angle of the sun increases toward noon, raise the front panel and lower the back panel. [Follow the “H” and “L” directions printed on the reflector.]
WARNING: DO NOT leave an empty pot in the cooker in the sun. It may overheat, and damage the clear sleeve and the reflective material.
The cooking pot must be BLACK on the outside to absorb the sun’s heat. It must be round with no handles, with a top rim that can rest on the top of the clear plastic cooking sleeve. The lid must also be BLACK on the outside or clear glass. The Haines Cooking Sleeve requires a round pot that has a top rim and no handles.
Haines 3 1/2 Quart Cookpot
This 3 ½ quart stainless steel pot and glass lid with silicone rim is perfect for solar cooking.
- Stainless steel is safe and durable.
- The glass lid makes cooking visible, and insulates better than metal lids.
- The silicone handle and rim protect the glass, and will not degrade in the sun.
Tip: Make your own heat-retaining basket
Food cooked during the day can be kept piping hot for the evening meal by placing the pot into an insulated container, such as a basket surrounded by towels, aluminum foil or other insulating materials.