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[[File:Haines_Solar_Cooker,_11-17-14.png|thumb|400px|The Haines Solar Cooker]]
[[File:Haines_Polycarbonate_Sleeve.jpg|thumb|300px|The '''Haines Polycarbonate Sleeve '''eliminates the nylon cooking bag commonly used in solar cooking.]]
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[[File:Haines_Solar_Cooker_in_production,_11-17-14.png|thumb|400px|The Haines Solar Cooker in production in San Diego, California [[USA]].]]
The [[Haines Solar Cooker]] combines the power of a [[Funnel cooker]] with stability of the traditional [[CooKit]]. It has been designed by Roger Haines of San Diego, {{state|California}}, [[USA]]. The cooker is made in the USA from a mylar-coated bubble insulation material that is sold "off-the shelf" at Lowe's Home Centers in 4-foot by 25-foot rolls.  The material can also be ordered on-line under different brand names.  The material is strong (Roger has driven his car over it without breaking the bubbles) and it is.unaffected by boiling water.  The cooker is made from a single 48" by 54" rectangle of bubble material, and requires only three cuts with ordinary scissors for cooker assembly. In testing in November, 2012 in San Diego, this cooker heated an empty pot to a sustained 380 degrees Fahrenheit (193 degrees Cesius) and heated a liter of water from room temperature to boiling in less that an hour.
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[[File:Haines_Solar_Cooker_with_cover,_11-17-14.png|thumb|400px|The wind screen in the open position.]]
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"It boils water 50% faster than any other panel or box cooker," says Roger Haines of San Diego, {{state|California}}, [[USA]], based on his side-by-side tests comparing the Haines Solar Cooker with seven other commercial panel and box cookers. According to Roger, the H[[Haines Solar Cooker|aines Solar Cooker]] heated a liter of water to boiling in about an hour, while the next-best cooker took an hour and a half. and some cookers did not reach the boiling point at all. Successive tests were conducted in Del Mar, California on several calm days in August, 2015 with ambient air temperatures around 77 F. (25 C.).
   
The base of the cooker should be anchored with rocks or bricks as shown in the photo.  The two curves of the cooker form an oval funnel that can be made quite stable in the wind by the addition of an oval wind screen made of clear plastic. The windscreen also makes this panel cooker into a "quasi-box" cooker.  When the sun is high, the cut at the front bottom of the cooker can be overlapped and clipped together with a binder clip to concentrate more sun on the cooking pot.
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Haines Solar Cookers are available in the U.S. at www.hainessolarcookers.com, but outside the U.S., the design is "open source". Roger's Rotary Club distributed 291 solar cookers in Nairobi in 2013 and found that, on average, solar cooking saved $9 a month in firewood costs. A new Rotary project, partnering with Washington D.C.-based Solar Household Energy, is facilitating the manufacture and sale of Haines Solar Cookers in stores in Nairobi by the Kenya-based NGO, NAREWAMA,
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The Haines reflector is made of MPET (metalized polyester) film bonded to 3mm of IXPE (cross-linked polyester) foam, with a white PET film backing. The reflective polyester will not oxidize, cannot be scratched off, and has a high melting point. Importantly, the new material is easy to recycle and is environmentally safe through the whole production and recycling process without pollution. In the U.S., this material is used to make high-end auto windshield sunshades that last more than 10 years.
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===The reflector===
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The reflector is a 60 cm. x 120 cm. (2' x 4') rectangle of reflective material, with three cuts. Overlapping the cuts as shown produces a flat bottom and a parabolic shape, secured with a single brass fastener inserted through grommet holes. The cooker sits solidly on the ground and withstands strong winds when secured by a string passed through holes in the bottom of the cooker. When the sun is low, the front of the cooker can be tilted down to catch more sun.
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===The cooking sleeve===
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[[File:2014_Cooking_sleeve.jpg|thumb|250px|Cooking sleeve for the Haines Solar Cooker]]
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Because disposable plastic "oven bags" are expensive and awkward, Roger designed a permanent "cooking sleeve" to insulate the cooking pot while keeping the lid accessible during cooking. The sleeve is a 6" x 48" (15 cm. x 120 cm.) rectangle of UV-resistant 0.5 mm. clear polycarbonate film. rolled into a cylinder that is adjustable to fit any round cooking pot that has a top rim and no handles. The top rim of the pot rests on the top rim of the cooking sleeve, elevating the pot so that the sun's rays can be reflected onto the bottom of the pot. Roger has found that a glass lid works best because it retains more heat.
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===The cover===
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[[File:Haines_I_Windscreen_alone.jpg|thumb|250px|Haines Windscreen]]
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A circular cover keeps the reflector rigid in the wind and creates "oven-like" conditions around the cooking pot. The cover is made from a 60 cm. (2-foot) diameter circle of 0.5 mm UV-resistant polycarbonate film. For increased rigidity, a radius cut is overlapped 7 cm (3 in) to form a flat cone like a sun hat. The overlap is secured by a string connecting grommet holes in the cover and the reflector. To access the pot, the cover can be moved to the side, as shown in upper left of the photo.
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===Shipping and storage===
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[[File:Haines_Solar_Cooker_in_storage_bag,_11-17-14.png|thumb|250px|The cooker packed for storage or transport.]]
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For shipping and storage, the cooker rolls into a cylinder 60 cm (24") long and 10 cm. (4") in diameter, weighing 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs).
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==Recent news and developments==
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*'''November 2014:''' Solar Cooker Business Opportunity. Roger reports that a prominent Nairobi, [[Kenya]] building supply company is now selling materials to make "open source" Haines Solar Cookers for $15 per cooker in wholesale quantities of 50 or more. Contact Nishal Sodha at Global Hardware, Ltd., a subsidiary of Elgon-Kenya (http://www.globalhardware.co.ke), telephone: +254 20 2399998, +254 20 2399998/7. Cell: +254 786 456 225; E-Mail: nishal@globalhardware.co.ke. Finished cookers and training are available from [[Faustine Odaba]], director of the Nairobi NGO, [[NAREWAMA]]. Telephone: +254722828317; Email: [mailto:faustine_odaba@yahoo.com faustine_odaba@yahoo.com].
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==How to Make a Haines Solar Cooker==
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===Making the reflector===
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[[File:Haines_II_New_Template_001.jpg|thumb|300px|Template for version II]]
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[[File:Haines_Foam_Insualtion_Cooker_folded_open,_2-10-14.jpg|thumb|300px|Partially-assembled Haines reflector]]
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1. Make a template from a 60 cm. x 120 cm. rectangle of thin material using a saw to make 3 cuts, and drill 6 small holes "B" and "C" as shown.
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2. Lay a large piece of plywood on a table.
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3. To "guide" the material, attach a length of 2 cm. square wood to the plywood, exactly 60 cm from and parallel to the bottom edge, and another piece 124 cm. (four cm. longer than the 120 cm. template) from and parallel to the right edge of the plywood.
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4. Unroll 120 cm. of material onto the lower right-hand corner of the plywood, and line it up with the "guides
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5. Lay the template on top of the reflective material and line it up with the "guides." Use a utility knife ("box cutter") along the right side of the template to cut 120 cm. of material off the roll, and to make the three cuts along the bottom edge. This will cut grooves into the plywood, but that is okay.
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6. Use a black pen to MARK the 7 holes on the reflective material. Lift the template. Lay a small stiff template on the "fold" lines, and FOLD the material, allowing it to unfold.
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7. Move the material to another table, and use a grommet tool to install GROMMETS at the 7 marked places.
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8. Put a brass connector through the hole in short middle section, pointing up, and spread the two sides apart.
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===Making the cover===
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[[File:Haines_Solar_Copoker,_windscreen_cutting_tool,_11-17-14.png|thumb|150px|Knife blade attached to windscreen cutting tool.]]
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[[File:Haines_Solar_Cooker,_cutting_the_windscreen,_11-17-14.png|thumb|150px|Cutting the circular windscreen.]]
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1. Cut a flat square or circle of plywood or fiberboard at least 65 cm. on a side.
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2. Put a nail through the exact center, so that the nail protrudes at least 3 cm.
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3. Take a 3 to 5 cm. square of wood, about 35 cm. long. Screw a box cutter blade to the end as shown. WARNING: put tape over the left part of the blade for safety.
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4. Drill a hole slightly bigger than the nail approx. 29.75 cm. from the blade.
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5. Take a sheet of 60 cm. x 120 cm. clear polycarbonate film. Treat as two 60 cm. squares, and drill a hole at the center of each 60 cm. square, the same size as the nail.
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6. Lay the polycarbonate sheet on top of the flat plywood, with the nail through one of the drilled holes.
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7. Put the piece of wood with the cutting blade on top of the sheet polycarbonate, with the nail through the hole in the wood and the cutting blade down.
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8. Press down on the wood so that the blade cuts into the polycarbonate, and rotate 360 degrees to cut a clean circle.
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9. Use scissors to make a "radius" cut from the edge to the center.
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10. NOTE: The sheets come with protective film on both sides. REMOVE this film now.
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11. Use the grommet tool to attach a grommet 1.5 cm. from the radius cut, a second grommet 6 cm. from the other side of the radius cut, and a third grommet 180 degrees opposite, on the other side of the circle.
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12. Tie 42 cm. lengths of braided string to the two opposite holes.
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===Making the cooking sleeve===
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The cooking sleeves come ready-made as 16 cm. x 120 cm. sheets. However, the protective film on both sides must be removed.
   
The '''Haines Polycarbonate Sleeve '''eliminates the nylon cooking bag commonly used in solar cooking. This sleeve is a cylinder of stiff polycarbonate or other high-temperature plastic film (about the stiffness of card stock paper), which encloses the bottom and sides of the pot but not the top.  The cylinder can be held together with paper clips, which allows its diameter to be adjusted to fit a variety of cooking pots  The pots must be round, with no handles, and must have a top rim that can rest on the top of the cylinder. The cylinder elevates the pot above the surface of the cooker, allowing the sun's rays to bounce off the reflective surface of the cooker and be absorbed by the bottom of the cooking pot. It also provides an insulating "greenhouse" making a traditional cooking bag unnecessary. Haines's testing indicates that a pot with a glass lid retains more heat than one with a metal lid.
 
[[File:Template_for_Haines_Cooker.jpg|thumb|400px|Template for Haines Cooker]]
 
[[File:Drawing_of_Haines_Cooker.jpg|thumb|400px|Assembly diagram for the Haines Cooker]]
 
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[CooKit]]
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*[[Roger Haines]]
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*[[Windshield Shade Solar Cooker]]
   
==Contact==
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==External links==
[[File:RogerHaines.jpg|thumb|Roger Haines]]
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*{{NewJul15}}http://www.hainessolarcookers.com
Roger Haines
 
   
Tel.: +1 (858) 736-5505<br />
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==Contact==
Email: [mailto:bhaines@san.rr.com bhaines@san.rr.com]
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{{See|Roger Haines}}
 
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Latest revision as of 17:08, August 26, 2015

Last updated: July 5, 2015      
Haines Solar Cooker, 11-17-14

The Haines Solar Cooker

Haines Solar Cooker in production, 11-17-14

The Haines Solar Cooker in production in San Diego, California USA.

Haines Solar Cooker with cover, 11-17-14

The wind screen in the open position.

"It boils water 50% faster than any other panel or box cooker," says Roger Haines of San Diego, California, USA, based on his side-by-side tests comparing the Haines Solar Cooker with seven other commercial panel and box cookers. According to Roger, the Haines Solar Cooker heated a liter of water to boiling in about an hour, while the next-best cooker took an hour and a half. and some cookers did not reach the boiling point at all. Successive tests were conducted in Del Mar, California on several calm days in August, 2015 with ambient air temperatures around 77 F. (25 C.).

Haines Solar Cookers are available in the U.S. at www.hainessolarcookers.com, but outside the U.S., the design is "open source". Roger's Rotary Club distributed 291 solar cookers in Nairobi in 2013 and found that, on average, solar cooking saved $9 a month in firewood costs. A new Rotary project, partnering with Washington D.C.-based Solar Household Energy, is facilitating the manufacture and sale of Haines Solar Cookers in stores in Nairobi by the Kenya-based NGO, NAREWAMA,

The Haines reflector is made of MPET (metalized polyester) film bonded to 3mm of IXPE (cross-linked polyester) foam, with a white PET film backing. The reflective polyester will not oxidize, cannot be scratched off, and has a high melting point. Importantly, the new material is easy to recycle and is environmentally safe through the whole production and recycling process without pollution. In the U.S., this material is used to make high-end auto windshield sunshades that last more than 10 years.

The reflectorEdit

The reflector is a 60 cm. x 120 cm. (2' x 4') rectangle of reflective material, with three cuts. Overlapping the cuts as shown produces a flat bottom and a parabolic shape, secured with a single brass fastener inserted through grommet holes. The cooker sits solidly on the ground and withstands strong winds when secured by a string passed through holes in the bottom of the cooker. When the sun is low, the front of the cooker can be tilted down to catch more sun.

The cooking sleeveEdit

2014 Cooking sleeve

Cooking sleeve for the Haines Solar Cooker

Because disposable plastic "oven bags" are expensive and awkward, Roger designed a permanent "cooking sleeve" to insulate the cooking pot while keeping the lid accessible during cooking. The sleeve is a 6" x 48" (15 cm. x 120 cm.) rectangle of UV-resistant 0.5 mm. clear polycarbonate film. rolled into a cylinder that is adjustable to fit any round cooking pot that has a top rim and no handles. The top rim of the pot rests on the top rim of the cooking sleeve, elevating the pot so that the sun's rays can be reflected onto the bottom of the pot. Roger has found that a glass lid works best because it retains more heat.

The coverEdit

Haines I Windscreen alone

Haines Windscreen

A circular cover keeps the reflector rigid in the wind and creates "oven-like" conditions around the cooking pot. The cover is made from a 60 cm. (2-foot) diameter circle of 0.5 mm UV-resistant polycarbonate film. For increased rigidity, a radius cut is overlapped 7 cm (3 in) to form a flat cone like a sun hat. The overlap is secured by a string connecting grommet holes in the cover and the reflector. To access the pot, the cover can be moved to the side, as shown in upper left of the photo.

Shipping and storageEdit

Haines Solar Cooker in storage bag, 11-17-14

The cooker packed for storage or transport.

For shipping and storage, the cooker rolls into a cylinder 60 cm (24") long and 10 cm. (4") in diameter, weighing 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs).

Recent news and developmentsEdit

  • November 2014: Solar Cooker Business Opportunity. Roger reports that a prominent Nairobi, Kenya building supply company is now selling materials to make "open source" Haines Solar Cookers for $15 per cooker in wholesale quantities of 50 or more. Contact Nishal Sodha at Global Hardware, Ltd., a subsidiary of Elgon-Kenya (http://www.globalhardware.co.ke), telephone: +254 20 2399998, +254 20 2399998/7. Cell: +254 786 456 225; E-Mail: nishal@globalhardware.co.ke. Finished cookers and training are available from Faustine Odaba, director of the Nairobi NGO, NAREWAMA. Telephone: +254722828317; Email: faustine_odaba@yahoo.com.

How to Make a Haines Solar CookerEdit

Making the reflectorEdit

Haines II New Template 001

Template for version II

Haines Foam Insualtion Cooker folded open, 2-10-14

Partially-assembled Haines reflector

1. Make a template from a 60 cm. x 120 cm. rectangle of thin material using a saw to make 3 cuts, and drill 6 small holes "B" and "C" as shown. 2. Lay a large piece of plywood on a table. 3. To "guide" the material, attach a length of 2 cm. square wood to the plywood, exactly 60 cm from and parallel to the bottom edge, and another piece 124 cm. (four cm. longer than the 120 cm. template) from and parallel to the right edge of the plywood. 4. Unroll 120 cm. of material onto the lower right-hand corner of the plywood, and line it up with the "guides 5. Lay the template on top of the reflective material and line it up with the "guides." Use a utility knife ("box cutter") along the right side of the template to cut 120 cm. of material off the roll, and to make the three cuts along the bottom edge. This will cut grooves into the plywood, but that is okay. 6. Use a black pen to MARK the 7 holes on the reflective material. Lift the template. Lay a small stiff template on the "fold" lines, and FOLD the material, allowing it to unfold. 7. Move the material to another table, and use a grommet tool to install GROMMETS at the 7 marked places. 8. Put a brass connector through the hole in short middle section, pointing up, and spread the two sides apart.

Making the coverEdit

Haines Solar Copoker, windscreen cutting tool, 11-17-14

Knife blade attached to windscreen cutting tool.

Haines Solar Cooker, cutting the windscreen, 11-17-14

Cutting the circular windscreen.

1. Cut a flat square or circle of plywood or fiberboard at least 65 cm. on a side. 2. Put a nail through the exact center, so that the nail protrudes at least 3 cm. 3. Take a 3 to 5 cm. square of wood, about 35 cm. long. Screw a box cutter blade to the end as shown. WARNING: put tape over the left part of the blade for safety. 4. Drill a hole slightly bigger than the nail approx. 29.75 cm. from the blade. 5. Take a sheet of 60 cm. x 120 cm. clear polycarbonate film. Treat as two 60 cm. squares, and drill a hole at the center of each 60 cm. square, the same size as the nail. 6. Lay the polycarbonate sheet on top of the flat plywood, with the nail through one of the drilled holes. 7. Put the piece of wood with the cutting blade on top of the sheet polycarbonate, with the nail through the hole in the wood and the cutting blade down. 8. Press down on the wood so that the blade cuts into the polycarbonate, and rotate 360 degrees to cut a clean circle. 9. Use scissors to make a "radius" cut from the edge to the center. 10. NOTE: The sheets come with protective film on both sides. REMOVE this film now. 11. Use the grommet tool to attach a grommet 1.5 cm. from the radius cut, a second grommet 6 cm. from the other side of the radius cut, and a third grommet 180 degrees opposite, on the other side of the circle. 12. Tie 42 cm. lengths of braided string to the two opposite holes.

Making the cooking sleeveEdit

The cooking sleeves come ready-made as 16 cm. x 120 cm. sheets. However, the protective film on both sides must be removed.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ContactEdit

See Roger Haines.

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