So, it seems like the time to tell you about GoSun, because recently, they launched a Kickstarter, which has already funded itself 8 times over. That is some very exciting news. 🙂
I’ve loved GoSun for a couple of years now, but it was a pricey love; even with coupons and a sale that was running at the time, my own GoSun Sport cost more than 200 bucks. It was a combination birthday gift and my own desire to own one at a time when we were doing okay financially… But now people can get an arguably cooler version, the GoSun Go, for less than 100 dollars!
So what is a GoSun? It’s a solar stove made of a parabolic dish (think concentrating light rays with a mirror) and a vacuum tube that lets heat in but not back out again. Basically, when this thing is facing the sun, it is also getting super warm inside. Depending on what you are cooking, it can taken anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes to cook things.
My best luck with my GoSun Sport has been with cut vegetables. If I know I want a veggie side with dinner, and I don’t want to turn on my own oven, I chop up peppers or onions or whatever and put it in little silicone pans that fit nicely in the tube. I leave the tube out in the sun while I make everything else for dinner, and by the time I am ready, the veggies are super-steamy or ready to be added to some other dish.
I know that I save pennies of energy whenever I use the GoSun, but I really love that they are totally fuel-free pennies, and I need to cook my food somehow. If over the years it eventually pays for itself, that’s great, but I am also pretty happy that the company was started by a friend of a friend of mine, and I’ve loved the work they’ve done in other countries, bringing clean energy to families that otherwise would have to use wood and coal to make food.