Cooking With The Sun


Most Kenyans cannot afford to cook using expensive fuels and have limited access to wood for traditional fire cooking. Some are turning to an inexpensive and affordable solar cooker technology on sunny days and fireless warming baskets on cloudy days. Kithuia Village in eastern Kenya has adopted these new, inexpensive and safe cooking strategies


Knudson, B. (2013). State of the art of solar cooking.

Themes: solar cooking projects, new developments, history of solar cooking in Kenya, climate, culture.

 Summary: Solar cooking suits the needs of large families which need large quantities of  food to be made. Government financial support is needed to kick start solar cooking initiatives across Kenya. Solar cookers are easily implemented in refugee camps and prevent deforestation.

Cooking With Fireless Baskets

Bridgewater, Mike. International Solar Cookers. Heat Retention Cooking vs. Solar Cooking.

Theme: heat retention baskets, solar cookers, women’s preference

Summary: Compares solar cooking and heat retention cooking and the reasons why women adapt faster to the fireless cooking baskets.

SCInet. International Solar Cookers. Heat Retention Cooking.

Theme: integrated cooking practices, health, local production and training.

Summary: Fireless baskets are part of the Integrated Cooking Practices which help to save fuel resources and improve the air quality for the users and their families. It is important to involve the local population with the fabrication and assembly of the cooking appliances and to train residents to lead workshops in their use.

Integrated Cooking System

McArdle, Patrizia, (2010) Solar Cooker International. Maximizing fuel conservation with the Integrated Cooking System.

Theme: NGO support for solar cooking, principles of cooking

Summary: Three principles of cooking are discussed:always use free solar thermal energy to cook; use scarce combustibles in fuel-efficient stoves only after dark and oncloudy day and enhance the efficiency of both cooking devices with the use of retained heat cooking containers boxes or baskets stuffed with straw, grass, leaves, crumpled newspaper, cotton or wool, which surround and insulate the hot pot of food and continue the cooking process for several more cooking hours without fuel.


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