Those looking to become more energy independent in 2015 might find that building a cob solar oven can be a great project to tackle this summer. I have seen a lot of different DIY solar oven designs over the years and they all have the same general pros and cons.
- Difficult to burn food due to temperature range
- Costs nothing to operate
- Doesn’t overheat the home during warmer months
- Can be used anywhere
- Helpful during natural disasters
- Requires sunlight
- Cooking process takes longer
- Requires more planning
- Heavily dependent on the weather
- Better suited for locations closer to the equator
You might find it difficult to totally replace modern cooking methods with a solar oven but it could be used in tandem with an outdoor pizza oven, rocket stove or a smoker. You can see how to build the cob solar oven pictured above at the following link.
If you are thinking of tackling this project you can see the basics of making cob in the following video. Good luck with your project this summer.