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Old 01-07-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Solar Ovens?

Anyone here ever tried a solar oven? Do they work well? I'm looking forward to the warmer months (ever the optimist), and I hate working in a hot kitchen!

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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I have never used one but the comments I have heard from those that have aren't overly promising. What are your expectations? Do you wish to replace your inside oven and cook three meals a day? So you just want to bake some bread occasionally?

What is your sun exposure like? If you are above the tropics you might find you don't have enough oomph.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:17 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the reply, Franz! It's my post here:)

We live in Virginia, so I guess it's mostly a "moderate" sun exposure. I'd maybe like to cook a casserole or occasionally bake a cake or some bread, maybe.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Hi, Nita. Welcome to DC I'm in Virginia, too. A long time ago, a neighbor told me they don't use the oven between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and neither do I, for the most part. I have a good-sized toaster oven I use for occasional roasting or baking; otherwise, if it can't be done using the microwave, stovetop or grill, it doesn't get done. Hth.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:39 AM   #5
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Hi GotGarlic! Well, well, another Virginian!

A toaster oven's a good idea. I hadn't thought about that. We use a grill fairly often, but there are times I just get tired of grilling, too. Especially when it comes to the time to clean the grills. Ickkk.

Oh, and Franz, I meant to say: "It's my FIRST post here".
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:04 AM   #6
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I'm glad that I splurged on a hinged SS 22 1/2" cooking grate for my Weber Kettle.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
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I'm glad that I splurged on a hinged SS 22 1/2" cooking grate for my Weber Kettle.
I have one of those too. Still have to clean it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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Is stainless easier to clean, justplainbill? My grill only offers the type that has a coating. When that coating deteriorates, then everything sticks. Boo.

Just noticed that the company has a cast-iron grate that's dishwasher safe. I know a dishwasher won't clean all the grime, but at least it would get a good start on it!
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I rarely "clean" my grills. I just run a wired brush over them when they're screaming hot before each cook.
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+1 I preheat my grill with all burners on high for 10-15 minutes. Any residue is burned to ash and I brush it off with a wire brush. lean enough for the next meal.
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