Leaf Rakes, Shadows and Solar Ovens
Using your solar oven in Autumn can sometimes be challenging. With falling leaves and the sharper angle of the sun, keeping the cover clear can be difficult.
Of course, location has a lot to do with this. For example, if you have a large, treeless field nearby at your disposal, setting the oven out in strong sunshine may not be a much different solar cooking experience for you. However, if you’re like us and your backyard has an enormous maple tree, the lots’ edge has a tall oak and a treeline of blue spruce, you might find yourself and your solar oven trying to dodge long-shadows and falling leaves. Also, if you have a nearby two story house, as we do (on all sides actually), its shadow may play into the entire solar cooker re-positioning needs.
But, with careful observation, it is still usually possible to cook a great meal in your sun oven on a day like this. You may have to refocus the oven a few times, and possibly relocate it a few feet or yards away.
If you are using reflectors on the oven, another challenge is to try and locate it away from a windy area (e.g. next to our forsythias).