How much does SolSource Sport weight?
10 Pounds / 4.5 kilograms.
What is the weight bearing capacity?
We recommend 3kg maximum loading.
What pots/pans can I use?
Camp cookware with black bottoms made from aluminum or copper performs best. Cookware with a diameter of 8″ or smaller is ideal for SolSource Sport. Make sure to keep the lid on while cooking to keep the heat in and prevent moisture loss to the air.
How hot does my food get?
SolSource Sport reaches a maximum of 400°F / 200°C under ideal conditions. You can power your picnic cookout, cook bacon and eggs, make coffee, rehydrate camping food packets, make foil-pack recipes, and prepare perfect burgers for 1-2 people.
How hot does the reflector get?
The reflector and tripod base stay cool to the touch.
How hot does the pot stand get?
The metal part of the pot stand can reach 200°C. After cooking, it is best to use gloves or mitts when picking up pots or pot stand until they’ve had sufficient time to cool down.
How quickly can I cook a meal?
You can cook a meal in 15-40 minutes, depending on what your cooking and weather conditions (sun, wind, and temperature).
How much power does SolSource Sport generate?
A maximum of 600W. Total power out depends on total power in (the strength of the sun reaching the ground in your location). Note that the sun is strongest near the equator and at high altitudes.
How energy efficient is SolSource Sport?
92% efficient at converting sunlight into heat, compared to about 15% efficiency of photovoltaic panels converting sunlight into electricity.
How much pollution do I prevent when I use SolSource Sport?
When cooking with SolSource Sport, you produce zero air pollution (CO2, CO, PM2.5, NOX). Cooking food will release some CO2 into the atmosphere, but this amount is negligible.
Can I cook while sitting?
Yes. By resting SolSource Sport on the ground, you can cook while sitting on a picnic bench or a beach chair.
Can I cook while standing?
Yes. You can cook standing up while SolSource Sport is on the ground. You can also set-up SolSource Sport on a picnic table, or on a raised area. Make sure it is a sturdy / stable surface.
What size pan can I use on it?
The pot stand supports cookware up to 8” / 20cm in diameter. Larger cookware might slip off the pot stand or obscure reflectors and diminish cooking power.
Can I cook on a boat?
Yes. You can. Ensure SolSource Sport is placed on a stable surface away from the edge of the vessel so your food and cooking utensils don’t fall into the sea! We recommend roping it down to prevent slipping.
Can I tailgate with SolSource Sport?
Yes. Just make sure you have a sunny spot to park it!
How do I assemble my SolSource Sport?
SolSource Sport is designed for quick and easy assembly. You can learn more by viewing our tutorial videos: https://www.oneearthdesigns.com/solsource-sport-tutorials/.
General SolSource Stove Usage FAQs
Does seasons and latitude affect when you can use SolSource?
Season and latitude affect how many hours you can use SolSource. Here are some examples:
How do I align SolSource?
First, watch our video on aligning SolSource.
Begin with SolSource positioned away from the Sun. Place cookware on the pot stand, and rotate the SolSource towards the Sun, so that the Sun can be seen aligned with the cookware in the alignment aid mirror. At this point, the brake disc lever can be engaged if desired. Use the adjustment pole to raise or lower the dish until the focal point can be seen clearly in the center of the bottom of the cookware using the alignment aid.
How often should SolSource be re-aligned?
SolSource should be re-aligned every 20 to 30 minutes.
Can I use SolSource in cold weather?
Yes. As long as the sky is clear, SolSource can be used in below-freezing temperatures.
Can I cook in cloudy weather?
If you can see shadows, you can cook. If clouds frequently pass by, it will make cooking more difficult.
Is SolSource stable in high wind?
Yes, in moderately high wind, the tripod legs can be staked down to the ground.
Is SolSource stable on uneven surfaces?
Yes. However, it is not recommended to use SolSource on very uneven surfaces because pots may slide off the pot stand.
Do the reflective panels get hot?
No. The reflective panels will always remain cool and safe to touch.
What do I need to do when SolSource is not in use?
Do to the parabolic reflectiveness of the SolSource, there is a possibility of a “stray ray” that may cast upon a combustible surface. If this happens that combustible surface may catch fire due to the heat. It is recommended that you 1: Never leave your SolSource unattended when in use. 2. That you cover your SolSource when not in use. And, that you either turn your SolSource away from the sun or store it.