Solar Brother offers plans for the Solar’cycle solar barbecue.

The “Solar’cycle” adventure began in 2015 in Nord-Isère (38), where Nicolas and Sylvain proposed an initial dish prototype based on the recovery of a bicycle wheel. From 2016 to 2017, manufacturing evolved to make this concept more easily reproducible. This tutorial will enable you to build your own Solar’cycle solar cooker at low cost! We recommend you opt for the S.Reflect® mirror for optimum mirror performance and flexibility.

Four solaire Solar’cycle

advanced solar


Completion time: 2 days


Material available on site

How does the Solar’cycle parabolic solar cooker work?

This type of solar oven uses solar thermal energy according to 3 principles:
Concentration: Place the oven facing the sun. The mirrors receive the sun’s rays and focus them on the pot in the middle of the oven. They act as reflectors.
2/ Capture: the black or dark pot absorbs the sun’s rays without reflecting them back. IMPORTANT: do not use white or stainless steel, which reflect light.
3/ Storage: To ensure that the heat remains around the pot and that the temperature rises efficiently, place the pot in a transparent cooking bag (available in stores or on our website). It can also be surrounded by two glass or Pyrex dishes to reproduce the greenhouse effect.

For your safety
– Wear glasses to protect your eyes from mirror reflections when handling the oven in the sun.
– Wear protective gloves when removing hot food after cooking.

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