SUN Oven! Cooking with the power of the Sun!

I first heard about the Sun Oven on The Prepper Recon Podcast some years ago. Paul Munsen is the owner and operator of Sun Oven and below is from their “About” page:

About Us
Welcome to sunoven.com. We are pleased you have chosen to spend some time with us. SUN OVENS International has a simple business model. We seek to help people in the U.S. save energy and prepare for emergencies while using a portion of our cash flow to promote SUN OVEN® cooking in deforested developing countries.
For the past 31 years, SUN OVENS® have been proudly made in the U.S. We believe in free enterprise and seek to take a private sector approach to helping solve problems, which are often left to governments and nonprofit organizations, by developing self-sustaining projects in Third World nations. We strive to assist entrepreneurs to make and market GLOBAL SUN OVENS® in the country in which they will be used. In addition, we assist in implementing projects to help orphanages to gain self-sufficiency through the sale of bakery goods sun-baked in VILLAGER SUN OVENS®.
The reason we are so passionate about our work in Third World nations is that it saves lives:
2.4 billion people still depend on wood, charcoal or dung for cooking fuel. Women who cook with wood or charcoal inhale the equivalent of smoking 3 packs of cigarettes each day. Each year, on the continent of Africa alone, over one million children under the age of 5 die from respiratory-related disease. The leading cause of respiratory infections is the indoor air pollution of cooking fires. Up to 85% of the smoke can be eliminated with the use of SUN OVENS®.
When you buy a SUN OVEN® you are helping us with our work. We think it is the ultimate win-win situation when we can help more people in the U.S. discover the joys of cooking with the sun as they help us expand the use of SUN OVENS® around the world.
PaulWe want to thank those of you who have bought SUN OVENS® for your important role. Without you, we could not be able to continue.
Warmly yours,
Paul M. Munsen
President
SUN OVENS International, Inc.

During the podcast Mark and Paul discussed the advantages of cooking with the sun. It was very compelling and I decided to get one. We used it a bit when we first got it just to try it out but as with all new toys once the newness wears off it can be quickly forgotten.

Sitting out here this morning watching the kids play on their Shark Slide and seeing how sunny it was I said to myself, “Self it’s very sunny…. you should get off your ass and get your Sun Oven out”. So I did just that!

I had to figure out what to cook since cookies and bread were out due to the fact I don’t eat that stuff (That is another whole post). So like any Red Blooded American man would do I choose BACON! I buy it 3 lbs at a time I have plenty!!!

I set the Sun Oven up and let it preheat.

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Part of the setup is getting the Sun Oven lined up properly. This is facilitated with the use of these ingenuous blocks. Keep the sun lined up with the dot and you are good to go. You do have to adjust the oven from time to time to keep it at the optimal temperature. I have heard of people just setting them up flat in a general southerly direction. I like keeping mine aligned.

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At 1001 hrs the starting temp showed 100 degrees.

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I let it preheat for just shy of 30 minutes. This was at 1027 hrs.

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Off to prepare the bacon for cooking! The system comes with enamle pots and a couple bread tins as well as these stacking racks for baking things such as cookies. Or BACON!

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I put the bacon in and left it for about an hour and a half checking periodically to ensure the dots were still lined up and making small adjustments along the way.

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As you can see there is a build up of moisture on the glass. I will open it from time to time to wipe it off to help with the heating. I will also leave the top latch off to allow moisture to escape but that also lets heat out.

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This is the bacon at 1056 hrs. I wiped off the door and closed it back up leaving the top latch off.

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Here we are at 1220 hrs and the sun is directly over head and the temperature is at 300 degrees. We are really cooking now! The bacon is bubbling.

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At 1250 hrs I decided the bacon was done!! Notice the grease in the bottom of the oven. Next time I will use a small pan or something just to catch the drippings. BE VERY CAREFUL it is 300 degrees inside of this thing.

I am very pleased with how this thing works. They are not cheap! The full kit listed below can be found here. This kit sells for $399 with free shipping!

All Americanwith Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory PackageIncludes:
All American SUN OVEN®
Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (set of 3 racks w/1 roll parchment paper)
Two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and glass lids
Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
Two Loaf Pans
SUN OVEN® Cookbook a specialty cookbook featuring 40 of our favorite recipes, techniques, and tricks of the trade to inspire your taste buds as you focus the sun on delicious meals
FREE Shipping within the Contiguous US via FedEx Ground (please provide a street address)

The Sun Oven is not the cheapest thing to add to your preps but having the ability to cook with virtually no smell and no fuel can be invaluable. The added benefit is that you can pasteurize water. The kit above lists the “Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurization Indicator” this could be an useful asset if clean fresh water is not available. Three days is all you can survive without water.

In all I think the Sun Oven is a valuable tool that would be useful in a bad situation. This is not something you would carry if you were on foot but for a fixed location it will fit your needs.

There are many pros to this system but what about the cons?

  • It is relatively heavy at 23 pounds for just the Sun Oven
  • It is a bit Bulky I do not see measurements on the site but when folded down the top 22.5″ by 20″ it stands 14 1/4″ in the back and 9 1/4″ in the front
  • It requires a relative sunny day

The Sun Oven site claims it will reach 400 degrees I have never personally seen that kind of temperature. Today, May 18, 2019, during my bacon cooking adventure the outside temperature at noon was about 95 degrees. There was no cloud cover. The highest I saw was 300 degrees. I did have one of the door latches open to help vent moisture so I am sure that had some affect on the max temp.

Paul Munsen has been a fixture at Prepper Camp in the past couple of years and I hope to see him again this year. You are going to Prepper Camp? Right!?! He is doing a lot of good around the world and a portion of this purchase will go to a good cause. Go to his site and check it out!

Now that I have the Sun Oven out I think I will try to use it more often as this tool is not just for use after a disaster but could be used every day. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please fell free to add your comments. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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