Solar Cookers World Network

Mike Pool

1,863pages on
this wiki
Revision as of 17:59, October 23, 2013 by Paul Hedrick (Talk | contribs)

Large Solar Cooker
The Solar Fryer has 67 truck mirrors that have a surface area of 4 square meters.
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool
Scrap titanium and leftover mirror sheets
Mike Pool's solar oven made mostly of the leftover scraps from other people's projects Bread
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool
Bacon and eggs cooking on the --Solar Fryer--
Bacon and Eggs
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool
Yellowfin tuna and crab legs Seafood
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool
Freshly baked spelt bread from a solar cooker
Freshly baked spelt bread
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool
Solar Grilled Shish Kabobs
Mike PoolAdded by Mike Pool

Hello. I have lived in Canyon, Texas for the last 12 years with my wife and family. We are at a latitude of 35 degrees north and 102 degrees west longitude. I have had an interest in solar energy since 1975. My first solar cooker was a design based on the Beth and Dan Halacy Parabolic Cooker. The book, which has detailed plans, is still popular today and may be purchased here: Order this book from (30% of purchase price donated to Solar Cookers International).

A few years later, I made a cooker with a bit more collector area, similar to, but not as nice as the Solar Griddle design. I bought some 1 foot square mirror tiles that a hardware store had in a clearance basket. I went to a junk yard and found a half used spool of wire. The wire was about twice as stiff as clothes hanger wire. I cut segments of the wire to make croquet hoops. I hammered some iron rods into the ground to make a stand for an electric griddle. I took the plastic handles off of the griddle and painted the bottom of the griddle with black spray paint. I pressed 40 hoops into the ground around the griddle and leaned a mirror against each hoop so that a noon day sun would reflect to the bottom of the griddle. I would angle the mirrors by raising a corner of the mirror off of the ground, as neccessary, so that the reflection from the mirrors would line up in a square as much as possible on the bottom of the griddle. With a bright shining sun at least 60 degrees above the horizon, a layer of cooking oil on the griddle would begin smoking in about 1 minute. I could cook a meal with one setting of the mirrors, but for extended cooking, the focal point would be steadily on the move and I would have to adjust all of the mirrors again.

I still use mirrors with the Solar Fryer. The reflection from the mirrors is not nearly as precise as a true parabola. The focal point is spread out more and makes the Solar Fryer easier to use. I can count on at least an hour of great solar cooking on a sunny summer day as the mirrors' reflection moves across the bottom of the grill. I had a piece of low iron glass cut to fit a motorcycle wheel. I use it to cover a pizza when cooking on the grill. Pictures of a pizza cooking on the solar cooker can be seen on the Solar Fryer article.

See also

  • Solar Fryer
  • Vegetables An exotic but easy to make recipe called Kelewele
  • Bread Enjoy the great taste and aroma of freshly baked spelt bread.
  • Eggs & Cheese American breakfast classic of bacon and eggs
  • Meat Dishes Summer Solar Cookout of Rib Eye Steaks or Shish Kabobs
  • Seafood For a special occasion - Crab legs or Yellowfin tuna

Since the weather is hard to predict, the Yellowfin tuna is a risk free option. If the weather is not good enough for solar cooking, you can always make sashimi.


Mike Pool


Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki