Solar Cooking Makes Happy Landlords
If you are a renter, especially in an apartment building, chances are your lease forbids the use of a barbecue grill. This is largely due to the fire and injury hazards often present with a charcoal-fired or propane grill. Oh, but not so with the standard commercial grade solar oven.
The great advantages to using a solar “grill” instead of a fired one in an apartment building setting. These advantages need pointed out to your landlord or property manager BEFORE you set it up on the premises. No need to rub anyone the wrong way, and, it’s best to be honest about the situation. We’re sure this will garner a lot more trust between you and the landlord.
Just emphasize to them that: 1.) Your solar grill does reach temperatures of up to 400 degrees F, but it is in the best protected hands..yours (covered with oven mitts). Also, the exterior temperature of the solar oven is at free air temperature, unlike surfaces of barbecue grills that conduct the heat and may burn someone who touches it. 2.) No flame or fire exists, so there is no chance of catching anything on fire and spreading the flames to the building. 3.) Best of all, it’s easy to see. It’s large enough that no one is going to trip over it, especially if you have it on a table or stand and are using the reflectors.
4.) If the electric or gas is included in your rent, point out that your solar cooking is actively helping to reduce that bill and in the long run, may help keep rental rates lower. 5.) You can only use the solar oven on clear sunny days, as opposed to barbecue grills that might be left working in the rain.
You may find your landlord smiling and using a solar oven before you know it after informing him of these simple safety advantages over a conventional barbecue grill. Who knows…maybe they’ll even change the lease language.
Happy Solar “Grilling” with the landlord!