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I Learned Solar Ovens Really Don’t Work When Overcast

Thankfully, it rained to day. Of course, it woke me a little early than I prefer (4 am) but I wasn’t complaining this time. Since the skies were overcast I figured I would try to use my sun oven, just to see if it was possible. It wasn’t! I don’t think the oven ever got over 150 degrees, but I can’t say for sure because I washn’t checking on it like a bank robber checks his watch. ;) Although I was almost positive the sun oven wasn’t going to work, it doesn’t hurt to test the limits when an opportunity presents itself. Now I know.

5 comments to I Learned Solar Ovens Really Don’t Work When Overcast

  • T.R.

    Like all things , your environment makes a difference . I lived in Maine for three years and needless to say a solar cooker would be worthless there . Now I’m back in Arizona and solar is your best option out here , the outside temps in the summer reach in excess of 110 degrees as it is , anything solar will work very well . The thing about this extreme is that you have to make sure your solar device can handle direct sun outside , some will fry if not in the partial shade . Just sayin

    • T.R.

      The tags on plants you buy recommending full sun should read : full sun ( except in Arizona ) lol.

    • Do you think the Global Sun Oven would handle it? Here in the midwest it can get over 100 degrees and be humid as well. I can’t imagine Arizona being a lot worse. Besides, the oven is used in many 3rd world countries where conditions (heat) are probably even worse.

      • T.R.

        Im sure it would , some devices , mostly ones with a built in solar option are meant for use inside and can be damaged in extreme environments outside . If its designed for use outdoors , you will most likely not have any problem with that .

  • SIllyD

    Well, obviously!