How Using Solar Ovens Became My Passion
Why I got into solar ovens, had to due with the desire to move out of my current business. I’ve been in rental real estate for over 20 yrs and, due to the downturn of the economic climate, was concerned over the longevity of my business, even though we’re pretty well established. Also, I’ve been a licensed PA property and casualty insurance agent for decades, but have grown bored and frustrated with the legal entanglements that sometimes influence that industry. My other work as a movie theater projectionist was also beginning to test me, as the late and weekend hours began to wear on me. I’ve been a projectionist since I was 18 yrs old.
I have had an interest in solar energy use for a long time, and thought of it as a possible business for me over the last several years. As those applications on real property could have cost saving benefits on electric and hot water use. However, I’ve been forced to make a living by continuing with the real estate/insurance work. Recently, I sold off a few properties and launched the solar oven business.
Why solar ovens? For decades I’ve watched the growth of other solar energy applications such as in photovoltaics and wind. In fact, when I was in the military in the mid-70’s, I worked with instruments using PV technology and solar radiation measurement. Being grounded by working with this equipment also helped spark my interest in solar energy use.
Solar ovens were always a part of that mix. A few years ago, I used some plans I obtained on the Internet to construct a simple box oven model. I discovered then as to how well they work and caught the solar oven bug. My brother had a sideline business selling goods at flea markets, etc. So, it was a natural step to market the solar ovens with some success. Once, I established commercial suppliers for the solar ovens, the next logical step was to do internet marketing. Thus, SolarOvenShop.com was born last year.
We have tried to offer the highest quality, commercially available oven on the website. They are all of the box oven design. Our newest model, the SunFocus, which is manufactured in the USA by SunBd Corp., has a huge cooking chamber. You can roast a holiday turkey in it! With its backup electric feature, cloudy days can still make for a good solar oven cooking day. We also offer 2 well-designed ovens that have been available for decades; that is, the Global Sun Oven and the SOS Sport. They operate very well by simply using our star’s free energy and often reach temperatures in the 300 to 400 degree range on a clear sunny day. On the site, we simplify ordering and check0ut by including shipping with the order (within the continental US). This helps us keep our prices low and remain competitive.
Our near future plans include several new products. Soon, we will be offering panel style solar cookers, which are more portable and great for hikers. Also, we want to offer a parabolic model cooker. This style can reach temperatures of over 1000 degrees and allows for fried food preparation. We want to put our own solar box design plans on the site and also offer models for food dehydration and water purification. Finally, we are compiling our own solar cookbook and hope have it available by spring 2012.
We have also established our own blog, solarovenshopblog.com, where we will be sharing our knowledge of solar cooking with the world. Since blogs encourage feedback, we’ll be able to highlight many new recipes this way. It’s all about making the solar oven learning experience more “palatable“. Solar cooking one of the easiest ways to be “green” and enjoy the results at the same time.
Wishing You Sunny Smiles,