Using the sun to cook is simple, when you know how. Sunlight hitting a dark surface will heat it. If this heat is trapped in a ‘greenhouse’ the dark surface will keep getting hotter. Solar Cookers collect sunlight with reflectors shining maximum power onto the dark surface. Dark surfaces combined with super insulated, heat tempered glass under direct sun can easily cook, roast or grill food. See: HOW SOLAR COOKERS WORK
There are several sorts of solar cooker. See: TYPES OF SOLAR COOKER
Solar cooking for recreation, leisure and convenience is little known in the UK and rarely seen in Europe – despite excellent conditions. We feel this is due to general lack of knowledge of this low impact, energy saving and clean cooking method. With very recent technological developments extending possibilities into the North of Europe our natural desire for low impact, green living can become reality.
Its fun too – a great educational tool for basic physics and understanding the ‘greenhouse effect’ – eat as you learn!.
SLiCK’s mission is to bring solar cooking into common use here in the UK, displacing smoky barbecues for example, and producing hot food where fires aren’t possible. But, do we have enough sunlight here? See: HOURS OF SUNLIGHT IN THE UK
We have shown that Solar Cooking works well in the UK. Check out our latest contribution to the world of Solar Cooking, published and presented at the Solar Cookers International Network (SCI Net) Convention held in Sacramento, USA , 2014. SOLAR COOKING IN THE UK The study shows that family scale Solar Cooking is viable in the UK’s difficult climate and could save up to 5% off a household’s cooking bill during one year if used regularly (in suitable conditions). In promoting this we are directly challenging the widely held view that the UK doesn’t have enough sun for solar cooking – it does.
But its not ‘Arizona’, so we are currently developing further cutting edge study and technology to enhance options for solar thermal cooking in the UK. We welcome all contributions wherever you are. Be an ‘early adopter’ of this technology and join us by using our flagship product – the SLiCK SM70 – or any other solar cooking product to cook using the sun in your location, we would love to hear from you.
The SLiCK team
PS – There is a lot of information about solar cooking on the web. Try our Resources page, and/or: ONLINE SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUT SOLAR AND INTEGRATED COOKING