A DIY solar oven will allow you to capture the heat generated by the sun to cook food. A solar oven is eco-friendly, uses renewable energy as its heat source and does not cost you anything to use. You can have a hot, homemade meal wherever your off-grid adventure may lead. Fishing, camping, hunting or hiking, create an efficient and useful sun oven to take along with you for hot meal preparation.
1- Pizza Box Solar Oven
Use this simple recycling idea to create a DIY solar oven from a used pizza box. The heat of the sun can be trapped inside the cardboard pizza box and used to heat food. This oven design costs virtually nothing to build.
2- Breadbox Design
This diy solar cooker design uses a simple breadbox design to create a large, efficient oven powered by the sun. There’s a box inside a box, along with a couple of other components, that will transfer heat and cook the food placed inside.
3- Big Box DIY Solar Oven
These instructions will show you how to build a homemade solar cooker that is capable of cooking a large quantity of food at once. Great for use on a family camping trip where there will be a lot of hungry mouths to feed at once.
4- Windshield Protector
Use this unique idea to transform a reflective windshield protector into a portable DIY solar cooker. Just one item can serve a dual purpose by protecting the interior of your car from the sun and harness the power of the sun to cook dinner for you.
5- No Turn DIY Solar Oven
Create this no-turn homemade solar oven with real wood, glass, and mirrors for high heat cooking without gas or electricity.
This YouTube video will show you how to build this advanced large-capacity solar oven so you can cook several food items at the same time. The glass top and front provide maximum sun exposure so food will cook evenly and quickly.
The solar oven has a rectangular shape and low top so all the heat from the sun is concentrated around the cooking utensils. No wasted heat means higher interior heat and faster cooking time.
Ideal for cooking for a large family, this DIY solar oven would be a great addition to an off-grid homestead or outdoor kitchen.
6- DIY Solar Cooker
This is a great little solar cooker DIY project that will enable you to have a hot and nutritious lunch in the middle of the workday.
Small enough to carry with you to the job site yet large enough to cook a satisfying meal for you. Watch this YouTube video for all the easy steps of preparing this solar cooker and get ready to enjoy a hot lunch.
Place all the lunch ingredients, like rice and vegetables, in a stainless steel bowl, then place the bowl inside of the solar cooker at mid-morning and your hot, fresh lunch will be ready at noon.
When you have finished eating lunch, prepare supper in the stainless steel bowl and place it in the solar cooker so another fresh, hot meal will be ready for you at the end of the workday.
7- Cheap Solar Oven
This diy solar oven design is attractive and highly functional. It’s also cheap to build. You can build this solar cooker for around $5 and it will last weeks (longer if it doesn’t get wet). This is a great design to use as a slow cooker for a family dinner when spending the day outdoors. Place prepared raw food inside solar oven in the morning, enjoy the day, return to the oven in the evening to find a hot and ready meal to feed your family.
8- Low Cost Homemade Solar Oven
Learn how to build a solar oven with these detailed instructions. This oven is attractive and reflective inside and out and will cook food without using fossil food. Low cost, high efficiency, great for off-grid living.
9- Hot-Box Solar Oven
This hot-box diy solar oven is built from scrap lumber and created to reach a high internal temperature. When the need for high heat is needed, this homemade solar oven design is the one you need to build. Great for bread baking or oven roasting.
10- Cardboard Box Oven
Hard to imagine how a cardboard box can be transformed into a cooking vessel, but these detailed instructions will show you how to do just that. This cardboard solar oven is made cheaply and quickly in 5 easy steps.
11- Homemade Solar Cooker
Minimum effort, maximum cooking power. This simple box cooker is easy to build, cooks food efficiently and saves money on the utility bill. Great for use at home or anywhere an outdoor adventure may lead.
12- Wooden Box Cooker
Build to last, these easy to follow instructions will show you how to build an inexpensive wooden box cooker that uses solar power to cook a variety of food. The wood construction of this solar oven ensures it will last for years and save you money on the utility bill.
13- Recycled Cardboard Box
A cardboard box is the main component of this DIY solar oven. The interior of the cardboard box is covered with aluminum foil to catch the sun’s rays and reflect them inside the box. A sheet of black construction paper captures and absorbs the heat soothes the interior of the box gets hot.
The internal heat is not as hot as a conventional oven but it does get hot enough to cook food. An inverted glass bowl over the food keeps the heat concentrated around the food and keeps all the flying insects off the food as it cooks. You can bake cupcakes or bread, or simmer beans and rice in this cardboard solar oven.
Follow the detailed instructions of these free plans so you can learn how to recycle a cardboard box into a functional cheap solar oven.
14- Styrofoam Box Solar Oven
A recycled Styrofoam box works great as the base of a solar oven DIY project. An old Styrofoam box that was used as a packing box or ice chest is ideal to recycle into a DIY solar oven.
Use these detailed instructions that contain both written and pictorial instructions to make the building project very easy so you learn how to make a solar oven. This DIY oven is large and will reach up to 120 degrees F on a sunny day. That’s hot enough to cook pasta, rice, chicken, potatoes, and much more.
Cooking in a solar oven is a slow process but it’s very simple. Place the food in the pots, then place the pots inside of the solar oven and go about your day. By the end of the day or by mid-day, depending on the food being cooked, your meal will be ready and waiting for you.
This is great for days when you don’t have the time to stay close to the stove and tend to the food as it cooks. Prepare it in the morning and it will be ready by the evening.
15- Copenhagen Solar Cooker
This style of DIY solar oven is lightweight, portable, and easy to build. The Copenhagen solar cooker is constructed with easy to move sides so you will be able to adjust the oven to capture the most intense rays of the sun.
A Copenhagen solar cooker enables you to cook year-round and maximizes the sun’s rays for efficient cooking. This is a great little oven to carry along with you on hiking and camping trips. You will be able to cook food anywhere and any time of year when you follow these detailed instructions and build a Copenhagen solar oven for yourself.
16- Solar Box Cooker
Learn how to make a solar oven that is cheap and efficient with these free building plans. A couple of cardboard boxes can be transformed into a sun powered oven that keeps the heat contained around the pot for even and fast cooking.
This oven is easy to carry with you and assemble on-site since it does not use glass as a building component. A clear, heavy duty oven cooking bag is used as the top panel to let the sun penetrate inside the oven.
The oven cooking bags are cheap and lightweight so a spare bag is easy to fold up and place in a backpack. No worry about broken glass but the plastic oven bag won’t last as long as glass. Use these solar cooker DIY plans today to create a sustainable and free way to cook food.
17- S’mores Solar Oven
Who doesn’t love delicious gooey S’mores? The treat is as much fun to make as it is to eat. Traditionally, S’mores are made over a camp fire but not everyone enjoys camping or lives in a location where they can build an outdoor fire. This easy to build homemade solar oven will solve the problem.
This is a great DIY project to do with children and can be done on a balcony, patio, or even in a local park. Recycled items can be used to build this kid friendly solar oven.
Teach children how to build a solar oven, how to use the sustainable power of the sun, and how to cook S’mores with these easy-to-follow instructions.
18- Simple Solar Cooker
If you want to teach your children about solar energy, or if you want to learn more about it yourself, consider building this DIY solar oven. This detailed YouTube video will show you how it’s done.
This cheap solar oven will cook food without the use of electricity, gas, wood, or coal, the sun does all the cooking. Solar energy is free, sustainable, and readily available wherever you are. Gather the kids together and build this simple solar cooker, then cook one of their favorite foods inside the new cooker. They will be amazed at how well the sun cooks food. This would make a great science project for school and by cooking the teacher’s favorite food, the child might get extra credit.
19- High Heat DIY Solar Oven
This DIY solar oven is created to deliver high heat for fast, efficient cooking outdoors. This solar oven will reach up to 400 degrees F on a sunny summer day and can cook bread as fast as a conventional oven.
This solar oven is also unique because there is no glue, silicone, plastic, or paint used in the building process. Only natural components like wood, glass, and porcelain are used to create a solar oven that will maximize the sun’s rays to create high internal temperature.
Also, when using only natural components, the food will not have a funny after taste or odd aroma. Watch this YouTube video to discover how to build this high heat DIY solar oven.
20- Sun Powered Oven
Reduce the usage of gas or electricity in your home by building a DIY solar oven outdoors and cook with the sun.
Solar energy is a free and renewable source of energy that can be used to cook dinner every night if you have a homemade solar oven. You can even cook in a solar oven during the winter months, as long as the sun is shining brightly.
You don’t need a kitchen to cook good food, you can cook anywhere outdoors with a sun powered oven. This cooking method is free, efficient, and the oven won’t heat the kitchen on a hot summer day so it will reduce the usage of the air conditioning unit.
21- Kid’s S’mores Oven
This DIY project is perfect for kids to build and to use. They can amaze their friends by cooking S’mores for them in this unique kid’s S’mores oven.
The solar oven is easy to build and uses a recycled cardboard box as the main component of the oven. Kids can color and decorate the exterior of this DIY solar oven to make it personal.