Solar Cooking Basics

Until you see a solar cooker in action, it is hard to appreciate its power and simplicity for saving lives and changing lives. Most solar cookers follow this basic principle: sunlight is converted to heat energy that is retained for cooking.


For a third of humanity, a hot meal means cooking over an open fire. Living on less than $1/day, a woman caring for her household must choose between buying firewood or going without a hot meal.

With solar cooking, the fuel is free. And solar cooking produces no emissions. So, women and children won't breath toxic smoke as their food is cooked. With a solar cooker, they can use their time for other activities, like continuing their education or preparing goods for market. And with less need for wood for cooking, threatened forests can be preserved.

Learn to Solar Cook

You can become a solar cook, and Solar Cookers International offers a number of resources to get started. Visit our store, where a portion of proceeds help support Solar Cookers International's mission to promote solar cooking worldwide. You can purchase a solar cooker, starter kit, solar cookbooks, and more!

For a wealth of online resources about solar cooking, visit Solar Cookers International's online wiki.

Solar Cookers International developed a guide called Solar Cookers: How to Make, Use, and Enjoy. You can download your free copy of this guide using the form on this page. This 50 page guidebook is a sum of contributions from educators, engineers, long-time solar cooks and promoters. It introduces basic solar cooking concepts, provides plans to make a solar cooker, shares recipes, and offers resources for teachers. To download your copy, please complete the form on this page.

Make a Difference

Explore Solar Cookers International's website to learn more about how you can support solar cooking- with a gift, by volunteering, or by learning to solar cook yourself!

Support solar cooking with your gift today!