History of Solar Cooking Episode 5

Episode 5

The last of episode on the History of Solar Cooking is entitled “The Birth of the Solar Flare”

As mentioned in episode 4, 1999 began the work on the design of the Solar Flare Parabolic Solar Cooker.  The need for a low cost, highly productive, lightweight, easily transportable solar cooker was painfully obvious.

2000 – I looked at my list of emergency supplies and I looked at my solar cooker and I realized that I possessed a renewable energy source. Fuel for cooking what I had amassed in my family food supply was not sufficient to last more than a few days or weeks. Then the obvious hit me. I could use the solar cooker. That is when I began my fanatical testing of the cooker.

The parabolic cooker that I had worked ok but it was a prototype and I didn’t have a backup. While looking for components online I found that they were expensive and required hours of manipulating to get ready for use. The only way to make it affordable and convenient was to redesign the entire thing with more cost effective and reliable components. That was when Solar Zenith was born.

Other cookers cost several hundred dollars and didn’t even come with a cooking vessel. That never made sense to me because in an emergency I would have wanted something that was practical and I could use right out of the box year round. I slowly found components and tested them painstakingly year after year. Finally, I compiled all that I needed to make a cooking system that was efficient, effective, and inexpensive. It is now known as The Solar Flare Solar Parabolic Cooking System.

The Solar Flare is a no frills solar cooking system. A solar cooking system is not complete without recipes that are geared toward this method of cooking. This is when I fell in love with the cooker. It turned out that just about anything I put inside of it came out tasting delicious. The unique design trapped in the flavors and never burned. I made chicken and rice, spaghetti, peach cobbler, bread, cake, meatballs, eggs, beans, fish, wheat berries, and more. In addition to tasting great, it all cooked in 1-2 hours. This was half the time of conventional solar cookers and about the same time as regular cooking.

The other solar cookers I looked at were large, heavy, and often left a plastic like taste in the food due to their design.   I tried to combat these weaknesses by making a lightweight and compact solar cooking system that uses a sealed glass cooking vessel to seal in flavor. The cooking vessel will cook food and pasteurize water.

My goal has always been to make a solar cooking system that I would enjoy using. The Solar Flare was that system. Now I feel like I need to make it available to everyone. When I started Solar Zenith I wanted to help as many people as possible. Therefore, Solar Zenith sells the solar cooking system for a third of the price of the nearest competitor. I now have the peace of mind knowing I have an energy source and energy insurance at my fingertips. I’m proud to offer a simple alternative fuel source to everyone!

President of Solar Zenith