I decide to make a solar box cooker for my upcycling project. This idea comes from the cookstove class I took in the last spring, which was offered by Professor Hannigan. He taught us about the solar oven. So in this class, I think it is a good idea to make my own solar cooker. Basically, solar cooker is used to cook food by absorbing the radiation from the sun. Choosing the material to build the solar cooker is the key for my project. My design is sketched in fig.1. I plan to use the recycled cardboard box to build my solar oven and use the aluminum foil to reflect the radiation from the sun. I will put a black pan in the box in order to maximized the radiation it absorbs. After that, I will do some decoration on four sides of the solar cooker in order to make it aesthetically pleased. Besides that, I might do some real tests next week to see how it performs.
Fig.1 The design of solar oven
Fig.2 Unfinished solar oven