Last updated: 21 September 2016      
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Solar box cookers typically cook food at temperatures between 90 °C (194 °F) and 175 °C (347 °F). They can often accommodate multiple pots, and usually take between one and three hours to cook various foods. The sides and bottom are insulated to retain cooking heat. Worldwide, they are the most widespread. There are several hundred thousand in India alone.

Simple solar box cooker designs to build are the Easy Lid Cooker and the "Minimum" Solar Box Cooker. An example of a popular well-constructed manufactured solar box cooker is the All American Sun Oven.

Popular box cooker designs

Easy Lid Cooker

The Easy Lid solar box cooker

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The "Minimum" Solar Box Cooker

All American Sun Oven

All American Sun Oven

Advantages and disadvantages


  • Can cook multiple pots simultaneously
  • Can be built from several types of simple materials
  • Can cook large quantities of food using multiple pots simultaneously
  • Most modes rarely have to be turned to follow the sun while cooking
  • Can be used to bake breads and cakes


  • Cannot fry foods
  • Simple box cookers may lack adequate reflector area
  • The box may shade the cooking pot when the sun is lower in the sky. Manufactured box cookers often have a mechanism to tilt the cooker forward, while maintaining a flat cooking tray



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