“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” – Jeff Bezos

I have had a very busy couple of days.  The first was a little project that has held my interest for some time, the creation of a solar oven.  I have read of them in various publications and the idea has intrigued me… the idea of cooking food from the power of the sun is fascinating and seems to be a great use of an existing resource.  Despite my interest, I have never bothered to do much about it… sure, I created a solar dehydrator a couple of years ago, and it worked out pretty well.

Yet, this would be a much different structure, as it needs to focus more of the heat to cook in a reasonable amount of time.

I located various sets of instructions on the web, which helped to inspire me to work on my own design.  It seemed that I had nearly everything I needed, especially as we recently took delivery of some items that were packed in a thin layer of Styrofoam, and I recently cleaned out some old items that I didn’t need.

  • I found two cardboard boxes that were no longer needed, one was slightly larger than the other.
  • A roll of aluminum foil
  • Some Aerosol adhesive I had from another project I did (around 12 years ago… it still worked though).
  • Some old coat hangers
  • A piece of glass to cover the box (I got this from an old scanner/printer which we owned.  We lost the cable a few years ago and I never found a replacement.  Before taking it to the tip I took all the salvageable items from it, the glass being one of the items).


I won’t go into too many details of the design, unless someone asks me to do so.  I have recorded temperatures over 70 degrees Celsius.  I think that anything I place in it would take a while to be thoroughly cooked, yet some experimentation will show me whether this is correct.

I have also built another Rabbit hutch.  This one took me just over a day to build as I had to buy the wire I needed.

This one cost me around $20 to build.  I am starting to run low on my supply of recycled wood, yet I think I have enough to build one more.  I need another as I want to separate my two baby rabbits, who are currently living in a hutch together… one of them is a boy, and I want to move them apart before they breed.



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