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Monday, June 25, 2007

Screw the Charcoal Grill

posted by on June 25 at 16:34 PM

I’m getting me one of these $18 solar slow-cookers.


It even sterilizes water—a feature that will come in handy in the coming bird flu. (And they’re in Renton, which is local, kind of.)

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Show that picture to three eagle scouts and ask for bids. If you can't get something for under $15.00 I'll build one for you.

On the other hand, the trend in gas grills is that no one wants anything for under a couple of grand. So maybe if we pimped it out with photovoltaic linked to a flat screen teevee we could sell them to suburban soccer dads in Kirkland.

Posted by Rain Monkey | June 25, 2007 4:54 PM

For the low, low price of just $250 you can get a solar beach tote that has a cigarette lighter plug in it. They say "charge your phone" but there must be some way to get some high-tech 12-volt cookery going.

Posted by Fnarf | June 25, 2007 5:31 PM

Rain Monkey - who the hell can afford to drop a couple of grand for a gas grill!?! You can get plenty of grill for $300. Maybe $400.

And who are these soccer-people? And why does everyone hate soccer? I thought us Euro-loving liberals were supposed to hate football.

I'm confused.

Posted by pffft | June 25, 2007 5:45 PM

I actually bought a Sun Oven. It was a little pricey.

I have baked a few things in it including Angel Food Cake and a Rhubarb pie. Here is a link to a review of the oven I posted a few weeks ago.

Posted by Mr. Designer | June 25, 2007 6:50 PM

Um, for those to work you would need to live somewhere where the sun actually shines a lot, yes?

Posted by Dr_Awesome | June 25, 2007 7:07 PM

Yes! Like Seattle in the summer! Mmmm, solar-steamed clams...

Posted by ECB | June 25, 2007 8:15 PM

When I was a small boy, I watched a science show for kids called Beekman's World (similar to Bill Nye the Science Guy). They did this same thing with an umbrella and some aluminum foil. Think about it: its a perfect trade. We don't need the umbrellas much in the summer, so we can just use them as our grill until the months where we have no sun to grill.

Posted by Ryan | June 25, 2007 8:37 PM

O-KAY! Rice in two hours (after you drive to Arizona) ... what more could be fairer?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | June 25, 2007 9:17 PM

My parents have been using one of those for years and years in Sacramento, and they make great food. We had meals from the solar oven many night a week in the summers. In Sacramento having a no-heat oven in the summer is an awesome thing.

I assume they would work for a shorter span of time here, but they should still work.

Posted by exelizabeth | June 25, 2007 9:52 PM

Yup, They've worked here for almost ten years. Mid April - Mid Sept.
Cooks like a crockpot on high.

Over 10,000 sold over the years.

Check out You Tube. Search for solarslowcooker for some amateur videos.

Posted by Dave | June 26, 2007 12:18 PM

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