Solar Oven Uses

The solar over with bees wax in the colander


I am constantly surprised at the use people figure out for solar ovens.  Yesterday I was over at a friend’s house that raises bees.  He has an old solar oven set up in his back yard and uses it to melt bees wax.  It is very simple he sets a bowl half-full of water in the oven and then places a colander full of bees wax on top of it.  As the water heats up the wax melts and falls to the surface of the water.  He then lets it cool down and lifts the wax of the water.  The bees wax can then be used for many uses, from treating leather to making hand cream.

You can see he just uses an old plastic bowl to to hold the water and collect the melted bees wax.
You can see he just uses an old plastic bowl to to hold the water and collect the melted bees wax.

If you have any unusual uses or recipes  for solar ovens let me know so that I can post the ideas for others to share.


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  1. I save $20/mo. on our water heating bill by inllatsing a solar pre-heater made of 200 of garden hose on my roof. From Amazon I bought two 100 GILMORE 3/4 inch FLEXOGEN hoses (withstands 500 psi pressure), laid it out n garage roof, hooked it to the cold water pipe that goes to gas waterheater. Now all cold water to the waterheater is solar pre-heated. I installed 3 shut- off valves, in case I want to take the solar heater out of the system. One at the beginning of the garden hose loop, one at the end, and one in the coldwater line between the beginning of the solar heater loop and the end. It cost me $140 for the hose and less than $60 for the rest.At $20 savings in gas a month, it will have paid for itself in l0 months. To use mostly solar-heated water, we don’t use hot water before 10 or after 4.I did this 3 months ago and the gas waterheater hasn’t been on since. The solar heated water is 135F, and the gas waterheater is at 125F. We always get 135F water at the faucet

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