Country Lore: Easy Homemade Solar Oven

This simple, effective homemade solar cooker needs just a few supplies you probably already have at hand.

| August/September 2009

When the sun is shining, we like to use our homemade solar oven for cooking and baking. The cost of materials for our solar cooker was about $5, and it took about an hour to construct. All you need is some cardboard, duct tape, glue, and aluminum foil. You can find the instructions to Build Your Own Solar Oven at

Cooking time is a little longer than in the kitchen oven. We usually bake a casserole dinner in a brown glass casserole dish.

Susan and Jim Brown
Bethlehem, PA

For an easy, award-winning and innovative solar cooker design, check out the Easy-to-make Cardboard Solar Cooker. — MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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