Have you ever thought about what you would do if you found yourself without electricity indefinitely? Specifically, have you thought about how you would cook and/or heat food?
With no electricity, conventional ovens and stoves would be out of the question. Unless you owned a portable propane-powered stove, there would be no way to cook meals. Technically, you could always build a fire and cook that way, but that requires a lot of work and some knowledge of how to do it.
One option that I recommend is learning how to build a solar oven. The method that you’re going to learn about today will teach you how to build a solar oven using a pizza box.
What are the benefits of doing this?
Well, the sun is an example of a renewable resource. Each day when it comes up, we can use the sun’s energy to power various things (hence why solar panels are so popular).
With a solar oven, you’ll essentially use the sun’s energy to cook your food. Pretty simple concept, wouldn’t you agree?
Another thing that’s great about this method is that you can build it pretty much free since most of the required tools are already most likely in your home.
How hot will a DIY solar oven get? It depends. If you live in a really hot area, like Arizona or Nevada, it might exceed 200-degrees Fahrenheit. On average, though, expect yours to hover between 125- and 185-degrees Fahrenheit depending on the conditions.
With a homemade solar oven, you’ll be able to cook things like hot dogs, rice, heat soups, and if it gets hot enough, even bake cookies! At the very least, it’s a fun project to do with the kids on a Saturday afternoon.