Solar Oven Society

About The Solar Oven Society

The SOS exists to promote solar cooking to the American public and to provide a way to partner with the over 3 billion people worldwide who lack adequate fuel for cooking their food.

Persons Helping People (PHP) (the sponsor of the Solar Oven Society) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1991 and based in Minnesota. Following the wishes of its first donor, Virginia Persons, PHP is dedicated to helping alleviate hunger in developing countries by helping people help themselves.

Our Focus

  • Production of low-cost, high-performance, durable, aesthetically-pleasing solar ovens
  • Establishing multi-faceted centers in developing countries for:
    • Displays of varieties of solar cookers
    • Education and training
    • Assembly of solar cookers
    • Demonstrations of solar cooking
    • Wholesale and retail sales
  • Financing of solar cookers via village banking systems
  • Encouraging Americans to use solar cookers and support a world wide solar cooking effort.

The parts for approximately 2,000 SOS Sport solar cookers can be shipped in a 40-foot container. Assembly is simple and requires no electricity or dependence on large equipment. This provides employment opportunities in the host country.

The Solar Oven Society helps provide training for assembly and use. A local Board of Directors from the host country along with the Solar Oven Society provides oversight for the governance of the project.

SOS Centers established in developing countries will:

  • Provide solar cooking
    • Technology
    • Demonstrations
    • Training for cooking
    • Training for water pasteurization
    • Training for assembly
    • Training for service
    • Wholesale & retail sales
  • Introduce other fuel saving technologies
    • Little Fire Stoves
    • Fireless Ovens
    • Gel Fuel
    • Other solar technologies such as
      1. Food Dehydration
      2. Water Heating

Contact Information

Solar Oven Society
PO Box 241177,
Apple Valley MN 55124

Telephone: 612-623-4700

Email: sos@solarovens.org

 


"I am legally blind with some other physical challenges and live on a fixed income. These conditions have limited my ability of using a regular oven and stove forcing me to rely mostly on a microwave oven for daily cooking. My choices of foods has dwindled due to allergies and keeping kosher since processed foods are too costly for my budget. I first saw a model of the SOS Sport solar oven at Solar Cookers International in Sacramento, California and had to have one. The oven arrived in one week after ordering. It came with easy to follow instructions with some sample recipes.

The Sport has opened up a whole new world for me."

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Roast chicken in pot
Solar cooked food tastes great and retains vitamins and minerals.

In Guatemala, a mother feeds her child black beans and fish cooked in a Sport solar cooker.
In Guatemala, a mother feeds her child black beans and fish cooked in a Sport solar cooker.

"My SOS Sport is one of my most valued cookware items. In the summer I use it almost every day. I particularly like the flavor of slow cooked meat and vegetables done in the oven. This is fun cooking. Wish I had one of these ovens years ago."

John in Cocoa Beach



In Mexico, A Tarahumara Indian mother and her two children pose with their new Sport solar cooker.
In Mexico, A Tarahumara Indian mother and her two children pose with their new Sport solar cooker.

In Nicaragua, a teacher is training families on the care and use of Sport cookers.
In Nicaragua, a teacher is training families on the care and use of Sport cookers.

A Cambodian family enjoys the flavors of food cooked in their Sport solar oven.
A Cambodian family enjoys the flavors of food cooked in their Sport solar oven.

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