What materials are used in the All Season Solar Cooker (ASSC)?
The materials used in the ASSC are:
Main body and reflectors
fluted polypropylene – a completely waterproof and extremely durable plastic panel that is often seen in political yard signs. Absolutely weatherproof and unbreakable, the fluted polypropylene will last for years.
Outdoor rated reflectorized polyester film. This is great stuff. Very highly reflective and much easier to care for than our original aluminum. This improvement is resistant to stains and is not ruined by steam, hot water or cooking grease (as was the aluminum)
Can I use the ASSC in the wind?
Yes. Just be sure you keep it full of food. The ASSC is very stable in the wind – when in use and loaded with food. Otherwise, it is very light weight (about 2 pounds) and will blow away. Fact: Because the ASSC always sits firmly on a completely flat cooking floor, it is very hard to tip over in the wind. I have used this cooker for many years and have had just one wind related incident when the cooker slid off a smooth plastic table. If used on the ground it has never blown over when in use and filled with food.
I live in a very windy area. Any suggestions?
This worked well for me. I went to the hardware store and purchased a 12″ square marble tile. The tile is heavy. I covered the tile with aluminum tape from the hardware store (“metal repair tape” in the paint or hardware department). On very windy days I put the tape-covered tile in the bottom of the cooker then set the trivet and pots on top of that. This will provide PLENTY of weight, especially when the pot of food is also in the cooker.
Do not tie the cooker to the ground. Doing so is completely unneccesary and will make it far more difficult to turn the cooker. The All Season Solar Cooker will work just fine when weigted with food as described above.
Still not confident? Put your new cooker out on a windy day and set a pot of water in the cooker. About two liters (3 pounds). Let the wind blow and feel your confidence grow as the All Season Solar Cooker remains rock steady. If it moves, add a little weight.
What is the purpose of the trivet?
The trivet protects the reflective surface and speeds cooking. Always use the trivet. The trivet raises your cooking pot and allows light to hit the bottom of the pot. This increases the heat gathering potential of the pot.
How can I care for my ASSC?
Keep it clean. The ASSC will do best if refolded and stored inside its original box. If you don’t want to refold the ASSC, just store it face down in a clean area.
I leave my cookers outdoors and upright throughout the year. If neccessary I will dust the cooker or wipe out the interior with a damp, soft cloth. You will probably take much better care of your cookers than do I.