The above pictured solar stove may look all gimmicky and futuristic, but it does get its job done with remarkable effectiveness even on cloudy days. Christened as the GoSun Stove, the advanced outdoor cooking device has the ability to cook your meal under 20 minutes without requiring any kind of electricity or fuel. That’s right! The contraption forgoes any kind of synthetic power generation (including solar cells), and instead relies on the direct sunlight to fry, bake and boil.
So, what is mystery behind this unique zero-carbon scope? Well, the answer lies in the GoSun Stove’s internal mechanism that entails an array of parabolic mirrors to magnify the sunlight onto the glass cylinder, thus efficiently cooking the food inside. In other words, it acts as a convection oven with dependence on ‘pure’ sunlight.
As we can make out from the system, the crucial ambit of cooking takes place inside the tubular structure (we can see in the images). This elongated cylinder is made from Pyrex borosilicate glass which is resistant to too much heat, while the layer underneath this cover comprises of a vacuum for safely insulating the internal components. Finally, the core lining is derived from a combination of copper, stainless steel and aluminum nitrile for better conduction of sunlight oriented heat.
Consequently, the mirror arrangements are positioned for the apt concentration of sunlight (80 – 90 percent) that is to be focused onto the tube. When translated to figures, the GoSun Stove can achieve optimized temperatures of 200°F (93°C) to 550°F (288°C), with higher temperatures even going up to 700°F (371°C). In terms of time management, this means – the stove can cook your hot dogs in under ten minutes on a sunny day, while it can bake your muffins in under two hours on a cloudy day.
Now in spite of all these progressive features, the greatest advantage of the GoSun Stove is arguably its portability factor. The sturdy stands and mirrors can be easily folded, with the entire mobile stove weighing only 3.5 lbs (1.5 kg).
This certainly comes in handy for those adventurous camping trips up in the wild. And, the good part is – you can commercially pre-order a GoSun Stove from its product page, with a retail price of $249.