Making A Pizza Box Solar Oven

Tyler Mc.
San Diego Family Magazine

You can use a Pizza Box and the power of the sun to create a pretty good oven for cooking food and other things! People have been able to get the temperature of their solar ovens made from pizza boxes up to two hundred seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit, though Scientific American says the pizza box solar oven can generally get between one hundred sixty degrees Fahrenheit to two hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Pasteurization of milk usually requires heating the milk to one hundred forty-five degrees Fahrenheit or higher for thirty minutes and the World Health Organization says bacteria is killed in water at temperatures above one hundred forty-nine degrees Fahrenheit (or sixty-five degrees Celsius) for at least five minutes. Here are the materials you need:

  • Pizza box (The larger the box, the better the oven should work.)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • White school glue
  • Plastic wrap
  • Shipping tape or black electrical tape
  • A sheet of black paper
  • A wooden skewer or pencil
  • A warm sunny day

First, clean out the pizza box and remove any liners in the pizza box. Use a utility knife if you need it. On top of the pizza box's lid, draw a square that is one inch inward from each edge. Cut all the way through the cardboard on three sides of the square, then fold the flap back slightly for a flap. Lin the inside of the cardboard flap with aluminum foil before gluing the foil onto the flap. Line the inside of the box with aluminum foil and glue the foil in place. Then, take the black sheet of paper to the bottom of the box in the center. Use the wooden skewer or pencil to prop the flap/solar oven lid up at a ninety-degree angle from the rest of the box. Put some food or liquid in the oven, then use plastic wrap to cover the oven to retain heat and prevent bugs from getting in. Congratulations, you have your solar oven to cook with the power of the sun in a pinch!

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