You will find all the information you need to use the Sunstove 2000 Solar Cooker on this page.  It includes instructions, timing, the best time to use the Sunstove, safety instructions, hints, advantages, cooking capabilities, and caring for your Sunstove.

Information on the materials used to make the solar cooker, how it is made, how it works and the price will be found on the FAQ page

Instructions for using your solar cooker

  • Peel the white plastic covering off both sides of the lid;
  • Place the Sunstove on a flat, horizontal base – preferably at ground level – in good sun, but sheltered from wind and animals;
  • Point the Sunstove 20 degrees west of the sun. Repeat after 2 – 3 hours to ensure maximum exposure. If this is not possible, position it to receive maximum exposure round midday.
  • Pots should be black and have a lid. It is a simple matter to paint/spray one of your own pots black – or contact us as we have some inexpensive ones we can send you. The pot lid should not touch the underside of the Sunstove cover – it might discolour it.  If steam escapes from your cooking is might condense on the cover and slow things down so make sure the lids fit nicely.

Timing

  • Small amounts of food (under 2 litres) usually do not require longer cooking times.
  • For medium amounts of food (between 2-3 litres) increase the cooking time by 50% to 100% of the usual cooking time.
  • For large amounts of food (between 4-8 litres) increase the cooking time between 200% and 400% of the usual cooking time.
  • You will find that 2 pots of food will cook faster than the same amount in one big pot – just like your microwave. Dried foods like beans, if soaked overnight will not take any longer in your Sunstove than they do on your regular stove. What’s more, beans, chick peas etc. will not break up during the cooking process.  Mealie meal cooks quicker and is even tastier if you toast it on an open black tray first.

The Sunstove works best when…

  • The sun shines for more than 45 minutes in every hour
  • You can see your shadow and it is no taller than you are (roughly between 10:00 and 15:00 in winter and 09:00 and 16:00 in summer).

Safety Instructions

  • Plastic pot handles may soften due to prolonged heating.
  • Long handles on heavy pots may become detached due to prolonged heating.

Hints

  • Get your food on early. Its not going to burn so if you are going to be out all day put it into your Sunstove and leave it facing North (Southern Hemisphere). It will be ready when you return – the Sunstove is insulated and will retain heat.
  • Around midday the most concentrated heat is available near the high back of the Sunstove. A small pot on top of a large one against the back will experience the best heating.
  • Stir food as little as possible. Food does not burn or boil over in a Sunstove, not even in thin-walled pots which would burn on a fire, Primus or electric stove. Stirring cools the food and slows down the cooking.
  • Always cook with lids on the pots and with the cooker closed. The closer the lid is to the food, the better it cooks and browns. Try turning the lid upside down.  If the handle of the lids stick into the food, so much the better.
  • When cooking mealie meal, first heat the correct amount of water in the black pot and at the same time put the mealie meal you plan to use also into the Sunstove – either in another pot or a paper bag. Then, once the water is hot – doesn’t have to be boiling – tip the dry mealie meal + salt into the water. This will give your cooking a head start.

The advantages of using solar cookers

  • Easy to use – It does not require any assembly or dismantling and can be left unattended while cooking. It is easy to clean because there are no ashes, fuel or burnt wood.
  • High quality – It is a durable product made of high quality weather-resistant materials with a rugged and aesthetic look and feel.
  • Portable – It weighs less than 5kg and is easy to move or stove. Sunstoves® nestle together snugly allowing for easy transportation as well as low-cost packaging and shipping.
  • A healthier and tastier option for cooking – it cooks food slowly, using less water, leaving food tastier and more nutritious.
  • Eco-friendly – It does not release pollutants or consume natural resources.
  • Safe – No risk of fire or explosion. Reduced risk of skin burns.
Sunstove Solar Cooker

What are the cooking capabilities of the solar oven?

  • Sunstove is suitable for baking, stews and casseroles.
  • The Sunstove can cook a meal for 6 people for example 4 -5 litres of mealie meal/rice together with 1-2 litres of veggies or meat.
  • If you would like to brown food such as stewing steak or chicken then first do this in a little oil in the pot you are planning to use – turn the food occasionally.
  • Useful tip: Easy casseroles can be made using tinned soups, packets or soup powder, tinned tomatoes and onions with meat or chicken.

Caring for your Sunstove

  • Do not leave your Sunstove facing the sun when not in use. Store it in the shade or turned away from the sun.
  • Do not use ammonia-based cleaners on the translucent lid and avoid scratching it.
  • Use the rope handle to hang up your Sunstove out of the way.