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Sunny Cooker (Tan) - Solar Cooking

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Sunny Cooker (Tan)


The price of corrugated cardboard, which is widely used for the making of low cost solar cookers, has been rising at an annual rate of 15-20% in recent years. The price rise is due to the costlier energy, labor, chemical products and recovered paper, which are used for making corrugated cardboard. The cardboard price increase may not have an impact on those solar cookers made from used cardboard boxes, but it would impact those made from newly purchased cardboard material. Cardboard price increase is inevitable, but we could alleviate the cost impact per solar cooker if we are able to reduce the amount of construction material needed in making each solar cooker. In early 2008, Teong Tan set a goal to create a functional solar cooker, from a flat sheet of cardboard, by using 25% less material than that required for a CooKit solar cooker. The end result, after about eight month's time, is the Sunny Cooker. The Sunny Cooker, made from a 36" x 36" sheet of cardboard, has multiple triangular shape reflector panels to help focus sunlight towards a cooking pot. It is designed in such a way that its contour can be easily re-shaped, simply by tilting the cooker forward or backward. Altering the contour of the cooker would enable the cooker to become more efficient in capturing the sunlight at different sun angles.

Material and construction steps


To construct a Sunny Cooker, this will require a square sheet of corrugated cardboard measuring 36x36, aluminum foil and glue. The following are the construction steps for the Sunny Cooker: 1. Glue the aluminum foil on one side of the square cardboard. 2. Draw cookers outlines and fold lines on the aluminum side of the cardboard. Make sure that the cardboard corrugations or flutes run vertically from the top to the bottom. 3. Cut away all unwanted parts. 4. Crease and fold along the fold lines. 5. Cut open the four slots, and widen them to about the same dimension as the thickness of the cardboard.
A string is added across the base panels to help maintain shape.

Cooker assembly and setting cooker


For a new cooker, crush the corrugations or flutes within the two locking tabs first before using it. This will make it easierto bend and insert the locking tabs through the slots. When the suns angle is below 50, assemble the cooker by inserting the two locking tabs through the two upper slots. When the suns angle is above 50, assemble the cooker by inserting the two locking tabs through the two lower slots.

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Sunny Cooker (Tan) - Solar Cooking

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The vertical section of the cooker's panels can be tilted backward, and kept in the desired position, by wedging a small stone under the lower edge of the two vertical panels on the side. Backward tilting of the cooker will allow for better focusing of the sunlight towards the cooking pot when the sun moves to a higher altitude.

Settings and cooking


To cook, put food in a black metal pot (3 to 4 liters size), and cover the pot with a clear glass lid. Enclose the pot inside a clear oven bag, if available, and place the cooking pot on top of the cookers base. Set the cooker according to the instructions in the two previous paragraphs, and face the cooker directly towards the Sun to start cooking. Adjust the cooker, from time to time, to ensure that the sunlight stays focused on the cooking pot. Tilt the cooker forward, as shown in the above illustration, should there be a need to start cooking even when the sun is still low, less than 35. It would also help if the cooking pot is raised higher by an inch or two, with a support, to better capture the low sunlight.

Storage and Transportation


The Sunny Cooker can be fully folded by first releasing the two locking tabs from their slots, and following the folding steps shown in the illustrations below. A fully folded Sunny Cooker measures about 21x18x3. Some of the joints, between panels, may remain flat when a folded cooker is taken out of storage and re-assembled for use. To correct this, it is necessary to refold the cooker, along its existing fold lines, and adjust the panels until you get an even cooker curvature. I hope that the introduction of the Sunny Cooker design will be able to help bring about meaningful savings due to a reduction in the amount of construction material required.

External links
Teong Tan's page about the Sunny Cooker

Categories: Solar cooker designs Solar cooker plans Solar panel cooker plans Solar panel cooker designs

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Sunny Cooker - Construction Plan


INTRODUCTION: The price of corrugated cardboard, which is widely used for the making of low cost solar cookers, has been rising at an annual rate of 15-20% in recent years. The price rise is due to the costlier energy, labor, chemical products and recovered paper, which are used for making corrugated cardboard. The cardboard price increase may not have an impact on those solar cookers made from used cardboard boxes, but it would impact those made from newly purchased cardboard material. Cardboard price increase is inevitable, but we could alleviate the cost impact per solar cooker if we are able to reduce the amount of construction material needed in making each solar cooker. In early 2008, I set a goal to create a functional solar cooker, from a flat sheet of cardboard, by using 25% less material than that required for a CooKit solar cooker. The end result, after about eight month's time, is the Sunny Cooker. The Sunny Cooker, made from a 36" x 36" sheet of cardboard, has multiple triangular shape reflector panels to help focus sunlight towards a cooking pot. 'Sunny Cooker' is designed in such a way that its contour can be easily re-shaped, simply by tilting the cooker forward or backward. Altering the contour of the cooker would enable the cooker to become more efficient in capturing the sunlight at different sun angles.

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Sunny Cooker in normal low-sun-angle setting (For cooking when: 35o < sun angle < 50o)

Sunny Cooker in mid-sun-angle setting & tilted backward (For cooking when: 45o < sun angle < 60o)

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Sunny Cooker in high-sun-angle setting & tilted backward (For cooking when: sun angle > 50o) MATERIAL and CONSTRUCTION STEPS: To construct a Sunny Cooker, this will require a square sheet of corrugated cardboard measuring 36x36, aluminum foil and glue. The following are the construction steps for the Sunny Cooker: 1. Glue the aluminum foil on one side of the square cardboard. 2. Draw cookers outlines and fold lines on the aluminum side of the cardboard. Make sure that the cardboard corrugations or flutes run vertically from the top to the bottom. 3. Cut away all unwanted parts. 4. Crease and fold along the fold lines. 5. Cut open the four slots, and widen them to about the same dimension as the thickness of the cardboard.

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Please click on the link below if you need a .cdr format copy of the 'Sunny Cooker' plan. I used the Corel Draw to create the plan. http://webzoom.freewebs.com/sunnycooker/Sunny Cooker Plan.cdr COOKER ASSEMBLY and SETTINGS: For a new cooker, crush the corrugations or flutes within the two locking tabs first before using it. This will make it easier to bend and insert the locking tabs through the slots. When the suns angle is below 50o, assemble the cooker by inserting the two locking tabs through the two upper slots. When the suns angle is above 50o, assemble the cooker by inserting the two locking tabs through the two lower slots.

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The vertical section of the cooker's panels can be tilted backward, and kept in the desired position, by wedging a small stone under the lower edge of the two vertical panels on the side. Backward tilting of the cooker will allow for better focusing of the sunlight towards the cooking pot when the sun moves to a higher altitude.

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SETTINGS and COOKING: To cook, put food in a black metal pot (3 to 4 liters size), and cover the pot with a clear glass lid. Enclose the pot inside a clear oven bag, if available, and place the cooking pot on top of the cookers base. Set the cooker according to the instructions in the two previous paragraphs, and face the cooker directly towards the Sun to start cooking. Adjust the cooker, from time to time, to ensure that the sunlight stays focused on the cooking pot. Tilt the cooker forward, as shown in the above illustration, should there be a need to start cooking even when the sun is still low, less than 35o. It would also help if the cooking pot is raised higher by an inch or two, with a support, to better capture the low sunlight.

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Sunny Cooker and 4L size pot with a clear glass lid (4L size pot achieved 156 degree C temperature) STORAGE and TRANSPORTATION: The Sunny Cooker can be fully folded by first releasing the two locking tabs from their slots, and following the folding steps shown in the illustrations below. A fully folded Sunny Cooker measures about 21x18x3.

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Some of the joints, between panels, may remain flat when a folded cooker is taken out of storage and re-assembled for use. To correct this, it is necessary to refold the cooker, along its existing fold lines, and adjust the panels until you get an even cooker curvature. I hope that the introduction of the 'Sunny Cooker' design will be able to help bring about meaningful savings due to a reduction in the amount of construction material required. Teong H Tan 23 August 2008

Improvement Modifications for the Sunny Cooker


Gravity and repeated folding of the cooker can cause the two lower reflectors, in the front, to flatten out and the cooker to loose its desired cooker's shape. This can be seen in the photo below, where the front edges of the lower panels no longer form a nice upward curve.

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In order to correct this situation, a string can be used to pull the two lower panels closer together in order to restore the desired cooker's shape. See photo below, whch shows the front edges of the lower panels forming a proper upward curve.

Another modification that can be easily incorporated, in order to increase the amount of sunlight being reflected towards the pot, is to make an alteration to the two triangular reflectors, in the middle of the cooker, as shown in the photo below.

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Below is a photo of the modified Sunny Cooker with a pot in the middle of the cooker. The reflections of the pot can be seen on all the reflecting panels.

Teong Tan 3 October 2010


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