Parabolic solar cooker
Posted by Solar energy guru | Filed under Solar thermal solutions
Parabolic solar cookers are a very simple to use concept which involves the use of sunlight as a heating source to cook various different types of food. The main design uses a concave mirror which focuses caught sunlight to a specific point to raise the energy of the beam to produce more heat. With different cooking utensils and the proper amount of sunlight to provide the energy required for heating up the food, you will be able to create several different types of dishes with the simple yet powerful source of sunlight. These options are usually varied from manufacturer to manufacturer and it is important to always follow directions or risk causing harm to yourself or others.
The way that these parabolic solar cookers work is by bending light through their reflective surface and focusing it to a single point. This point is where the heat collects and can be used to boil water, heat up a container and even use special cooking containers such as crock pots and pressure cookers. The way that these all work depends on what time of the day it is and whether or not it is cloudy. On a particularly clear day with sun exposure at its highest, the hours of 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM are the best times to use a parabolic solar cooker. This is when the sun will be its brightest and will have more direct exposure from above meaning much less adjustment of the cooker to get it to work correctly.
Cooking at different times of the day are possible as well but require adjustments of the parabolic mirror and this can mean the need of knowledge of mathematics and understanding how light works. Most manufacturers will provide instructions to help you set up the necessary requirements for proper use of the parabolic solar cooker. Of course, these must be used outdoors because you will get the most sun exposure that way and you must be careful when setting up the cooker to prevent personal burns as well as starting fires unintentionally through debris and other materials that get caught in the focused beam of the parabolic solar cooker. Prevention of this requires constant attention when it is in use.
Parabolic solar cookers are available in various different strengths and options and it is important to look into one that you will benefit the most from. Larger options can produce higher temperatures because they can capture more light to focus the beam into. Smaller options are portable and can be placed in various areas. It is important to always follow instructions when using parabolic solar cookers and keep the upmost amount of attention when using one to prevent accidents and ensure safety. Most manufacturers will provide the proper guidelines to follow to prevent fires and injury.
The best place to look for manufacturers of parabolic solar cookers for various applications and cooking needs is online. There you can learn about the power of each cooker, pricing and other accessories you can purchase to use with the cookers. You will learn about necessary adjustments for your area and whether or not the parabolic solar cookers are recommended to cook certain items. You can learn about the differences in cooking with these types of devices and with fuels. The main thing is that you are able to now cook using less fuels and with a renewable resource which will not harm the earth when used correctly. Improper use of a parabolic solar cooker can be dangerous and can cause severe injury as well as fires.