Two more sun ovens

28/4/2015

In November 2011 I built a sun oven for our holiday house. It  became a real gem with regards to my holiday cuisine. I do almost all the cooking while we are at the beach house and there is few things better than chucking a North African tagine in a black cast iron pot, stick it in the sun oven at 09h30 and sit around reading until sunset for a perfect meal. Seeing that the beach house is probably 1500 km south of Windhoek I though it should work even better in the vicious Namibian sun.

While engaging in sun oven building activities, it made sense to build two. One for Jacana Junction and one for our Windhoek house. It is not rocket science so I will leave it up to the pictures to tell the story.

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At Jacana Junction we built this stand for it where it catches all day sun every day of the year. As you can see it has a glass lit and foil to reflect the sun onto the cast iron pots. You will be surprised how effective this oven is. I once cooked a leg of lamb that went into the pot frozen (because I forgot to take it out of the freezer the previous night) to perfection in 6 hours. It works even better than a commercial slow cooker and needs no electrons.

 

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One thought on “Two more sun ovens”

  1. Hi Gerhard,

    I really like the sun ovens. Unfortunately, I won’t be making any, as where I live I think that they would mostly serve as rain collectors.

    I was amazed to hear that it would cook a leg of lamb from frozen in only six hours. How hot does the cast iron pot get?

    Jonathan

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