Solar Cooking – Building the All Season Solar Cooker

Early in the Spring this year, I joined the San Diego Solar Cooking Club and have found it a most enjoyable experience as posted in previous “articles” here.  The club schedules its meetings and events via their group on meetup.com (a free Internet Service).

Yesterday morning, Heidi and I traveled up to Northern Escondido to attend their scheduled “Solar Cooker Building Workshop at Sky Mountain Institute” and had an amazing time. Given the recent opening of Hwy 52 at Hwy 67, we spent the drive just kind of laying back from the traffic ahead and enjoying a gorgeous SoCal drive. While there was a tad of wind, it was accompanied by a clear blue sky and a perfect “Solar Day”. 😉

There were actually two groups in attendance, the SD Solar Cooking Club and members/contributors to the Sky Mountain Institutes other endeavors. They were excellent hosts for this event and after a short introductory presentation, turned the floor over to Mr. Jim La Joie who is a fine public speaker and very knowledgeable on all aspects of Solar Cooking, covering each type of solar cooker. I was tickled, but not surprised, when Jim fielded a question regarding Solar Dehydrators and Solar Distillers.  Jim’s well-rounded knowledge of “all things Solar” was pretty obvious.  That portion of the meeting was handled in a relatively informal, yet structured format and was a pure pleasure to attend.

After the presentation, we split off into our respective groups and the SD Solar Cooking Club went outside to build our All Season Solar Cookers. This time, we had our camera and actually used it. The rest of this post will simply be pictures of the event, primarily focusing on the “builders”. 🙂  (And yes, I *did* realize I was slightly sun-burned this morning – next time I’ll wear my hat!)

 

You couldn't find a better public speaker on Solar Cooking than Mr. Jim La Joie IMHO

You couldn't find a better public speaker on Solar Cooking than Mr. Jim La Joie IMHO

Jim shows the adjustment of the ASSC to get lined up on the sun

Jim shows the adjustment of the ASSC to get lined up on the sun

We exited the Sky Mountain Institute out to the parking area to do our assembly

We exited the Sky Mountain Institute out to the parking area to do our assembly

 

We actually had two groups going at the same time, this one is for the San Diego Solar Cooking Club

We actually had two groups going at the same time, this one is for the San Diego Solar Cooking Club

 

Jim handling necessary pre-construction administration with Cydney's assistance.

Jim handling necessary pre-construction administration with Cydney's assistance.

 

Jim teaching by example - how to lay on the aluminum tape

Jim teaching by example - how to lay on the aluminum tape

 

It is one thing to read about it, but SEEING it happen was VERY beneficial

It is one thing to read about it, but SEEING it happen was VERY beneficial

 

Did you know Cydney is a blacksmith?

Did you know Cydney is a blacksmith?

 

Some old Sailor trying to act like he knows something about assembly?

Some old Sailor trying to act like he knows something about assembly?

 

Each group had two people where possible and we had two groups on one long table working comfortably

Each group had two people where possible and we had two groups on one long table working comfortably

 

I noticed that the ladies worked faster together than if a man were involved?

I noticed that the ladies worked faster together than if a man were involved?

 

One of the smarter gentlemen present moved under available shade - the rest of us were soon to follow!

One of the smarter gentlemen present moved under available shade - the rest of us were soon to follow!

 

Making short work of laying tape to cover the pre-formed ASSC kits

Making short work of laying tape to cover the pre-formed ASSC kits

 

While we were assembling, one of the staff was cooking grains, (including Ameranth).

While we were assembling, one of the staff was cooking grains, (including Ameranth).

All set up and Solar Cooking!

All set up and Solar Cooking!

 

"Slow but sure", just about time to turn this over to Heidi or the sun will go down?

"Slow but sure", just about time to turn this over to Heidi or the sun will go down?

 

Just about complete for this phase - upon another's advice, I chose to cover everything then make the cutouts to speed up my progress

Just about complete for this phase - upon another's advice, I chose to cover everything then make the cutouts to speed up my progress

 

After covering with tape, Jim demonstrates how to assemble the cookers.

After covering with tape, Jim demonstrates how to assemble the cookers.

 

"Now let me see, did he say inside or outside with this flap?" (The noise in the background is Heidi giggling at me).

"Now let me see, did he say inside or outside with this flap?" (The noise in the background is Heidi giggling at me).

 

"Eureka - OUTSIDE!"

"Eureka - OUTSIDE!"

 

Our completed ASSC - thanks to Jim and the SD Solar Cooking Club!

Our completed ASSC - thanks to Jim and the SD Solar Cooking Club!

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