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Solar Oven Society Fills an Eco-Niche

Monday, December 15th, 2008

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

During our long hot Summers, I often think about how logical it would be to cook and heat water with the sun. Obviously, so have Martha and Mike Port, a couple from my hometown of Minneapolis, MN, who have founded Solar Oven Society.

“The SOS exists to promote solar cooking to the American public and to provide a way to partner with the over 2 billion people worldwide who lack adequate fuel for cooking their food.”

The focus of SOS is to provide low-cost, easily to assemble, durable solar ovens to developing countries, but also support a system of education, training and demonstration. The purpose is not simply philanthropic, but a way partnering with the local systems and village banking systems in host countries to help people help themselves, improving lives as well as the environmental and health issues involved in using wood as fuel.

SOS also wants to promote the use of solar ovens in the U.S., and after reading through the FAQ on their inclusive web site, I’m sold! These high quality ovens work much like a traditional crock pot, reaching from 210 – 300 degrees Farenheit, cooking many foods like vegetables, meat, breads and cookies in 2 – 4 hours. Grains will take longer, but can also be prepared by pre-heating the water for about 20 minutes. You can also use this oven to dehydrate foods, which can be stored for long periods.

If you want to donate to this cause, go here. If you want your own solar oven, you can purchase both retail and wholesale, here. I’m going to donate for holiday gifts this year and when I took a look at the recipies, I’m tempted to get one myself!

SOS Centers established in developing countries will:

  • Provide solar cooking
    • Technology
    • Demonstrations
    • Training for cooking
    • Training for water pasteurization
    • Training for assembly
    • Training for service
    • Wholesale & retail sales
  • Introduce other fuel saving technologies
    • Little Fire Stoves
    • Fireless Ovens
    • Gel Fuel
    • Other solar technologies such as
      1. Food Dehydration
      2. Water Heating


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