The Solar Chef was designed and first patented by Sam Erwin in 1978. Since then, he has sold over 3,000 ovens up through 2011. The solar panel cooker incorporates a sturdy framework with a swivel base to allow positioning towards the sun. The central cooking chamber has a small fan to assist distributing the heat evenly.
Sam was trained as a carpenter before he began production. Now, as of 2012, he is thinking he would like to find partner to produce and distribute the cookers.
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- Febrary 2012: News article with embedded video demonstration - Kitsap Sun