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w*w.gosunstove.c*m/products/gosun-grill GoSun Stove - Fuel-Free, Portable Solar Oven

Looks cool. $600 is a bit pricey, but no fuel? Question is.. does it actually work? Anyone know?
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We took a hard look at those after seeing them in Gizmag. I have to wonder how well they would do on even a slightly moving platform. How would you keep them oriented toward the sun? I think it would take a very long time to cook anything on a boat with one. Taking it ashore would work.

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I would be seriously worried about bacteria, using one in the tropics.
From what I've read they take a very long time to work and since the temperature has no control mechanism, when there are clouds about it might never get hot enough to kill some types of bacteria.

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Not sure about the brand name, but this gal baked loaves of bread every day with this one and it reached 450 degrees in less than 20 minutes. She used it on the boat on calm days, and it worked equally as well.



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Looks way over complicated and expensive. I like the one that Gary posted, easy to DIY as well. I bet there are lots of plans on line. They seem fine for supplementary, but would not want to try to rely on them. not going to work well with clouds or wind moving the boat around. I know a lot of them rely on unprotected vacuum bottles as cooking chambers and they seem to be too fragile for the marine environment. I remeber going through them as a kid in my thermos in my lunch box.

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Not sure about the brand name, but this gal baked loaves of bread every day with this one and it reached 450 degrees in less than 20 minutes. She used it on the boat on calm days, and it worked equally as well.



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The lady's name is Lynn and she lived aboard a 30-footer with her husband Jim. I helped Jim with some of his many projects and Lynn frequently baked me bread and cookies, a reward for helping Jim. I was living aboard in Boot Key Harbor at the time, and docked at the Marathon City Marina on their bulkhead. Lynn and Jim were on a mooring ball, but they spent a lot of time in the marina shop, where they also had a storage locker.

She was a great sailmaker as well, and they had a monster sewing machine in the storage locker along with lots of sail cloth. The photo was taken in late January with my cellular telephone camera. They left Marathon in mid February and crossed to the Bahamas. Unfortunately, I have not been in contact with them since. Very nice couple.

At that time I was also writing for a local magazine in Maryland, Ira Black's Noreaster, and that photo appeared in the magazine along with a feature story I wrote about Jim and Lynn and their 5 years of living the cruising life.

I also played music at the Marina Tiki Hut every Saturday night, along with a half dozen very talented musicians. Lynn and Jim were always in the front row and they loved to dance. As a professional musician and singer, I meet lots of very nice, attractive, young ladies - it goes with the job. Anyone that has been to Boot Key Harbor is very familiar with this location:



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Re: Solar Stove

Here's a link to the oven Lynn used for baking bread and cookies, plus some neat crock-pot type dishes.

Sun OvenŽ | The Original Solar Oven & Solar Cooker

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