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[[Image:Sun_Fire_Cooking_flatbread.jpg‎|thumb|left|230px|A woman involved with the [[Sun Fire Cooking]] project cooks [[flatbread]] in a parabolic solar cooker in [[Somalia]].]]In our way of thinking, there are three important categories of solar cookers--panel cookers (such as the [[CooKit]]), [[box cooker]]s and concentrating (often [[parabolic cooker]]s). Panel cookers are not good for the flatbreads I know about. Most box cookers do not get hot enough, although they could be specially designed for the purpose. [[Parabolic_reflectors|Parabolic cookers]] are the most likely candidates as well as cookers like the [[Devos Solar Cooker]] and the [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]].
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[[Image:Sun_Fire_Cooking_flatbread.jpg‎|thumb|230px|A woman involved with the [[Sun Fire Cooking]] project cooks [[flatbread]] in a parabolic solar cooker in [[Somalia]].]][[Image:Creperie_Solaire.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[Michael Götz]] has taken his 'Crêperie Solaire' to many music festivals or ecology fairs where visitors get their first culinary experience with solar cooking.]]
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[[Panel cooker]]s are not good for the flatbreads. Most box cookers do not get hot enough, although they could be specially designed for the purpose. [[Parabolic_reflectors|Parabolic cookers]] are the most likely candidates as well as cookers like the [[Devos Solar Cooker]] and the very large [[Scheffler Community Kitchen]].
   
[[Image:Creperie_Solaire.jpg|thumb|right|300px|[[Michael Götz]] has taken his 'Crêperie Solaire' to many music festivals or ecology fairs where visitors get their first culinary experience with solar cooking.]]
 
 
The most common type of parabolic solar cooker in the world is likely to be the "butterfly" type with two not-quite-parabolic reflectors. These are very common in China. For more information, see [[Yancheng Sangli Solar Energy]].
 
The most common type of parabolic solar cooker in the world is likely to be the "butterfly" type with two not-quite-parabolic reflectors. These are very common in China. For more information, see [[Yancheng Sangli Solar Energy]].
   
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*[[Sabur Achtari]], who has built a solar tandori
   
 
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatbread Wikipedia's article on flatbread]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatbread Wikipedia's article on flatbread]
 
*[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ertc Fuel efficient stoves for baking injera bread]
 
*[http://www.ashdenawards.org/winners/ertc Fuel efficient stoves for baking injera bread]
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Latest revision as of 20:30, October 20, 2013


Sun Fire Cooking flatbread
A woman involved with the Sun Fire Cooking project cooks flatbread in a parabolic solar cooker in Somalia.
Tom SponheimAdded by Tom Sponheim
Creperie Solaire
Michael Götz has taken his 'Crêperie Solaire' to many music festivals or ecology fairs where visitors get their first culinary experience with solar cooking.
Tom SponheimAdded by Tom Sponheim

Panel cookers are not good for the flatbreads. Most box cookers do not get hot enough, although they could be specially designed for the purpose. Parabolic cookers are the most likely candidates as well as cookers like the Devos Solar Cooker and the very large Scheffler Community Kitchen.

The most common type of parabolic solar cooker in the world is likely to be the "butterfly" type with two not-quite-parabolic reflectors. These are very common in China. For more information, see Yancheng Sangli Solar Energy.

The Ethiopians and Eritreans use a clay griddle for preparing their ingera. This type of griddle is not conductive enough to allow it to be heated hot enough and evenly enough by most solar cookers. We have received two reports of the use of cast iron griddles made in China. These worked much better than the ones made of clay. When ingera is cooked in the traditional way over a wood fire, the correct temperature of the griddle is 180°C.

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Gallagher Solar Injera Cooker
Solar Injera Cooker
Paul HedrickAdded by Paul Hedrick
  • December 2010: After he retired, Alan Gallagher, a physicist, decided to take his interest in solar energy in a whole new direction: He decided to design, build, and test a unique large-area frying pan heated by the Sun’s energy. The new parabolic solar frying pan, the Solar Injera Cooker, was specifically tailored to the cooking of injera bread in East Africa. Other types of solar cookers are not well-suited for frying. In villages, a typical “slice” of injera bread can be more than half a meter in diameter. The parabolic solar cooker can be used eight hours a day throughout the year. More Information...

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