GREEN SPOTLIGHT on the SUNSTOVE SOLAR COOKER

The SunStove Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the environment and the lives of women with the use of affordable solar cookers. Manufactured in South Africa, SUNSTOVE solar cookers are safe, healthy, user-friendly, eco-friendly, durable, stackable and portable. Using the sun’s energy and local and recycled materials, SUNSTOVE solar cookers help conserve forests while allowing families to cook healthy and delicious meals.

Sunstove Solar Cooker

This solar cooker has a reflective inner surface and perspex lid to trap solar radiation. It cooks and bakes food such as porridge, rice, stews, soup and bread, and can reach 124°C. Can bring water to the boil in 60 minutes. Safe and easy to use, the Sunstove is an inexpensive solar box cooker. Ingenious in its simplistic yet efficient design. It is capable of baking, stewing and casseroling, but must be viewed as a slow cooker.

 

 

ADVANTAGES

  • Easy to use – It does not require any assembly or dismantling and can be left unattended while cooking. It is easy to clean because there are no ashes, fuel, or burnt food.
  • High quality – it is a durable product made of high quality weather resistant materials with a rugged and aesthetically pleasing look and feel.
  • Portable – It weighs less than 5kg and is easy to move or store. Sunstoves nestle together snugly allowing for easy transportation as well as low cost packaging and shipping.
  • A healthier and tastier option for cooking – It cooks food slowly, using less water and leaving food tastier and more nutritious.
  • Ecofriendly – It does not release pollutants or consume natural resources.
  • Safe – No risk of fire or explosion. Reduced risk of skin burns.

CAPABILITIES

  • Sunstove is suitable for baking, stews and casseroles.
  • The Sunstove cooks for 6 people – 4 to 5 litres of rice with 1 to 2 litres of vegetables or meat.
  • The Sunstove can be used for browning food such as meat and chicken. Put a little oil in the pot, add the meat and leave for about an hour, turning occasionally.
  • Useful tip: Easy casseroles can be made using tinned soups, packets of soup powder, tinned tomatoes and onions with meat or chicken.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

  • Peel the white plastic covering off both sides of the lid
  • Place the Sunstove on a flat horizontal base – preferably at ground level – in good sun, but sheltered from wind and animals.
  • Point the Sunstove 20 degrees West of the sun. Repeat after two to three hours to ensure maximum exposure. If this is not possible, position it to receive maximum exposure round midday.
  • Place pots inside the cooker, ensuring that the lid does not touch the pots when it is closed. Pots, lids and baking tins must have black outer covering. Lids should be tight fitting. Aluminium pots can be painted on the outside with a thin layer of black paint.

TIMING

  • Small amounts of food (under two litres) usually do not require longer cooking times.
  • For medium amounts of food (between 2-3 litres), increase the cooking time by 50% to 100% of the usual cooking time.
  • For large amounts of food (between 4-8 litres of food), increase the cooking time by between 200% and 400% of the usual cooking time.
  • In windy or cloudy weather conditions increase the cooking time by between 200% and 400% of the usual cooking time.

THE SUNSTOVE WORKS BEST WHEN . . . . . .

  • . . . the sun shines for more than 45 minutes in every hour.
  • . . . you can see your shadow and it is no taller than you are (roughly between 10:00 and 15:00 in winter, and 9:00 and 16:00 in summer).

HINTS

  • Around midday the most concentrated heat is available near the high back of the Sunstove. A small pot on top of a large one against the back will experience the best heating.
  • Stir food as little as possible. Food does not burn or boil over in a Sunstove, not even in thin-walled pots which would burn on a fire, Primus or electric stove. Stirring cools the food and slows down the cooking.
  • Always cook with lids on the pots and with the cooker closed. The closer the lid is to the food, the better it cooks and browns. Try turning the lid upside down. If the handle of the lid sticks into the food, so much the better.

CARING FOR YOUR SUNSTOVE

  • Do not leave your Sunstove facing the sun when not in use. Store it in the shade, or turned away from the sun.
  • Do not use ammonia-based cleaners on the translucent lid and avoid scratching it.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

  • Plastic pot handles may soften due to prolonged heating.
  • Long handles on heavy pots may become detached due to prolonged heating.

Please contact Margaret on 083 667 7519  or 011 969 2818 to order your Sunstove now! It costs R399.

You can also email Margaret: sunstove@iafrica.com

 

 

 

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