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Make your own Solar Oven Workshop

July 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$145 – $150
Solar Oven Workshop

“Cooking slow nutritious food from the sun for free”

About the workshop

Solar power is the oldest and most powerful energy on earth. At this workshop you will not only learn about the basic theory of solar energy including simplified electron thermodynamics (how energy works), but also how to make your own Solar oven and use it. You will be making the oven out of recycled and natural materials.

This workshop is a hands-on fun practical workshop that will give you a better understanding of how solar energy works, an appreciation of solar cooking, how a solar oven works, An awareness of emerging solar technologies, skills and knowledge for building your own, fun cooking with a range of highly efficient and alternative cooking systems – solar, rocket stoves, gasifiers, and solar kettle. You will get to taste samples of cooked food from the solar ovens and receive instructions and skills to make your own later at home. For the extra $150 you can take home your own ready to start using straight away. (Commercially solar cookers cost approx $500 plus)

What’s so hot about a solar cooker? Well,

  • they are easy to make yourself.
  • There’s no open flame so you can use this oven during a total fire ban.
  • No fossil fuels are used nor air pollution generated.
  • There are no running costs
  • The meal is sealed in the pot so no nutrients escape. Slow cooked food is also more nutrient dense.
  • No stove heating up indoor spaces on a hot summer’s day.
  • Ultra low-maintenance cooking: stirring rarely needed during cooking, as food almost never burns or sticks!
  • No stirring, checking or timer required. You can set and leave it and just turn the oven to face the sun every now and then.
  • They are portable
  • They have very few moving parts (just a hinge on the door) so less can go wrong or need replacing
  • They are easy to clean, the oven is just wiped out if there is an unlikely spill.
  • The Solar Oven is ideal for wet foods like pasta sauces (but not the  pasta unless it is lasagna), curries, soups. Essentially you are using a technique like Sous-vide or poaching.
  • The oven can be used to cook sago or rice. The ideal food types to cook in a solar oven won’t be compromised by overcooking. Large particles rise even though we don’t stir the foods. For example, if you are baking a custard or sage with shredded coconut. The fibers stay intact. This can be a novel eating experience. You will get a whole mushroom still whole but fully cooked, not mushed.
  • They use less water than you usually would because very little water will escape.

About the trainer

Paul Kelly is an expert materials engineer with a focus on Eco-technology. He has international experience working on designing energy efficient and ecologically responsible materials and processes. Paul is a permaculturalist who enjoys living on his mature permaculture site in Mt Kembla NSW.


There are two cost options… $145 includes the workshop, lunch, morning and afternoon tea OR for an extra $150 you can make and take home your own portable working solar cooker made on the day. This cost includes all the materials for you.



July 23, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$145 – $150
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
(02) 4568 2036


Notebook, camera and your appetite for food, knowledge and fun.