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Make a solar hot dog cooker


If you curve some aluminum foil just right, you can cook hot dogs with the sun’s heat.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Utility knife
  • Tape
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Roofing nails
  • Glue
  • 2 sheets of corrugated cardboard, 7 1/2 inches by 30 inches
  • 2 2-by-2-by-12-inch connector boards
  • Piece of poster board large enough to cover the bottom of the cooker
  • 12-inch-wide aluminum foil
  • 2 1-by-1-by-13 1/2-inch wood uprights
  • Small wooden dowl, sharpened at one end

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Step 1. Using the utility knife, cut a curve from the two pieces of cardboard.

 

Step 2. Connect the curves together using the 12-inch connecting boards, glue and roofing nails.

 

Step 3. Bend the poster board over the curves, mark with a pencil and cut to size. Glue and tape in place.

 

Step 4. Spread glue evenly onto the poster board. Carefully glue down the aluminum foil. Make it as smooth as possible.

 

Step 5. Drill a hole in one upright, cut a notch on the other and glue in place.

 

Step 6. Aim the cooker at the sun, skewer your hot dogs, and get the rolls and mustard.

 

HOW IT WORKS

The sun reflects heat off the parabolic curve and concentrates it at a single point.

Comments about “Make a solar hot dog cooker”

  1. Mr. Science says:

    I didn’t try this yet,but it is awsome!

  2. cubscoutguy says:

    thats easy

  3. Quitzell says:

    At my school we did practically the same thing except we used Pringles cans. THey work just the same and all you have to do is cut a hole in the can add plastic wrap and wait a while. :)

  4. jmoney4 says:

    thats cool

  5. Bad Newz says:

    this is the best idea I have ever heard

  6. ye says:

    This is a great idea. The solar cooker for a hot dog needs direct sunlight (no shade trees) and the outside temperature needs to be above 94 degrees Farenheit to cook the hotdog in about fifteen minutes or so ( usually with a Heat index of over 107 degrees Farenheit)– about the same temperature as cooking an egg on a cement sidewalk which does not have shade trees around. This is a great idea as a school science fair project. It’s a way to have a hot, cooked meal using absolutely no matches or charcoal.

  7. ghg says:

    YEAH!!!!

  8. zigywigi says:

    it dosent work not good directions sorry

  9. CamperCook53972 says:

    This is a great idea. The solar cooker for a hot dog needs direct sunlight (no shade trees) and the outside temperature needs to be above 94 degrees Farenheit to cook the hotdog in about fifteen minutes or so ( usually with a Heat index of over 107 degrees Farenheit)– about the same temperature as cooking an egg on a cement sidewalk which does not have shade trees around. This is a great idea as a school science fair project. It’s a way to have a hot, cooked meal using absolutely no matches or charcoal.

  10. sam says:

    this is cool

  11. Ham says:

    Is that really work by using aluminiumfoil ?

  12. 18neMevoli says:

    i was just wondering how long it will take to cook the hot dog and how to build it

  13. ERROR THIS MICROSOFT! says:

    Looks easy, but hard! I guess it will probably explode! 8O

  14. mikka says:

    how long will it take?

  15. Mysterious stranger says:

    This hot dog cooker is awesome I’m sooo using this for my project. Hope I get an A+.

  16. Anonymous says:

    i made it got 2nd place

  17. gaza says:

    this is the most awesome ,stinky project i every did

  18. silver says:

    hmp!!!! I WISH i had the materels!!-.-

  19. J-man says:

    If you make the uprights and somehow the skuer bigger, you can cook other stuff. This is a great idea. Where did you get it at?

  20. packersfan says:

    sweet

  21. Andrew says:

    This idea is swell. I tried it at home with my fam. We all enjoyed the hotdogs.

  22. pmdkid says:

    interesting

  23. bald man 201 says:

    it makes me feel hungery

  24. zac of troop 700 says:

    i luv hotdogs

  25. star 11 says:

    this cooker stinks

  26. Anonymous says:

    neato

  27. hot coco master says:

    it sounds like a cool idea!!!!!

  28. Solar green person says:

    It is also very green

  29. hey says:

    i am going to use this for my project

  30. monkey man says:

    why didn’t someone tell me that before it would have saved me some time i love hot dogs

  31. Brianna E. says:

    This is kinda cool! I wish I could do that!

  32. Giants says:

    My class does this on Fridays

  33. Dan man says:

    That also happened to me. Not a dream!

  34. Pacdotman says:

    And so I was dreaming I was being attack by a monster in the first place.

  35. red man says:

    This looks like an art project from my school!

  36. Chloe says:

    I did that in school!

  37. Brianna E. says:

    OK… now I’m hungry…

  38. pewe says:

    that is cool my 8th grade class is do it in science it is alsome

  39. lizzie says:

    =) Hey i really think this is a great idea we are goin to do dis as a science fair project but one of our team member doent want 2

  40. kurlita says:

    hey this idea is craaaazzzzyyyy n i love it!!! hahahahaha xD

  41. ykukjloj says:

    AUSOME!!!!!!!!

  42. MONEY BAGS says:

    I wish I could use a knife.

  43. matt says:

    thats awesome how did you think of that!

  44. triple hhh says:

    this works really good

  45. The Joker says:

    Not that cool

  46. mets35 says:

    my class is going to do this

  47. Christine says:

    Wow….this would have been helpful!!! The dimensions were not included in the print instructions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We made one but it was too small and took way too long to cook the hot dog!

  48. Andy says:

    This is awesome– I will definitely use this.

    AJM

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