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My Home Made Parabolic Solar Cooker

Here is a short video showing how I converted an old satellite dish into a highly effective parabolic solar cooker. In this video I cooked two eggs which tasted delicious.

The parabolic solar cooker was made using chrome reflective vinyl, which has a self-adhesive backing and offers a superb mirror-like finish.

More info here: Chrome Reflective Vinyl.

Technical Info: -

  • Time: April 9th 2011, 3pm GMT.
  • Location: Burton on Trent, England.
  • Outside temp 12C.
  • Focal point measured in excess of 300℃.
  • Satellite dish – 60cm diameter (shallow parabola).


9 Responses to “My Home Made Parabolic Solar Cooker”

  1. ErnestasNo Gravatar Says:

    Looks like a nice and useful eco-project.

    BTW, is there any simple way for controlling the cooking temperature in such a cooker?

    I guess timing of on-off periods could be a possibility. It would be quite difficult to guess it right though.

  2. SolRekaNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Ernestas
    Great question you’ve asked regarding controlling temperature. In a word – no. But then yes.

    Taking the pot off the heat would work (moving pot away from focal point), covering the pot with something, placing pot in another bigger pot, or using a solar tracking device. There are many methods one could use to ‘control the heat’.

    However, the best thing about solar cooking is that you can’t burn food. So cook to your hearts content and worry not my friend.

    Parabolic solar cookers are the most powerful type of solar cooker due to the way they focus the sun’s energy to one sweet spot. To cook conventional food perhaps a pizza box cooker, or cone solar cooker, or a simple solar cooker would be better suited for your needs.

    Let me know if I can be of any further help.

  3. GipoidNo Gravatar Says:

    Liked the video mate. I think the Gonzo style production was particularly interesting. I feel you could have an avenue for future ventures…
    Seriously though, good application of recycled equipment – the food channel in 3D!

  4. SolRekaNo Gravatar Says:

    Cheers bud. Guess you could tell that was my first video I’ve made for youtube.
    Coming soon – 3D solar cooking :-)

  5. MichaelNo Gravatar Says:

    Coolest thing I have seen in a while..

    didnt believe it would work. :)

    Michael from

  6. tonyNo Gravatar Says:

    Thanks for the knowledge.

  7. SolRekaNo Gravatar Says:

    The pleasure really is mine. Just happy to help any fellow solar cookers in any way I can.

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