We've added a new must-take gizmo to take on our Roadtreking adventures – the GoSun Solar Stove, which harnesses the sun to allow clean, fast and fuel-free cooking.
Actually, it's so efficient it will even cook a meal in cloudy weather.
The model Jennifer and I have is the GoSun Sport, priced at $269 on the Roadtreking Store. It really enhances the whole energy independence and eco-friendly style that is so popular with RVers today/.
Check out this video to see me put it to the test, preparing a complete meal in about 35 minutes.
I was blown away by how well this worked. You can cook eggs, all kinds of meat, corn and veggies and you can bake with it too, everything from brownies to muffins. I made one of our favorite on-the-road meals: Chicken kabobs, without the need for a skewer. I just put the chicken pieces in the metal cooking tray, along with some peppers and mushrooms and instead of having to stand at the grill and continually turn the pieces to ensure even cooking and guard against flare-ups, I just kicked back in a lounge chair while the sun did my work for me.
It takes all of about 10 seconds to set up the GoSun. Just unfold and lock the support legs, open the parabolic reflectors so they catch the sun and you're ready to cook.
You put your food in the metal cooking tray that slides into a two foot long Pyrex evacuated tube cooking chamber. The glass tube converts the sun's rays into heat, focused on the metal tray. It works in even the coldest winter weather. A vacuum between two layers of that tough glass prevents the outside ambient temperature from transferring into the inner cooking zone.
Depending on how you have those parabolic reflectors adjusted, cooking temperature can be adjusted from 200°F (93°C) to a maximum of 550°F (288°C). You need to experiment a bit with different foods and cooking times but a handy little cook book that comes with the GoSun gives some valuable pointers and some great meal ideas.
It measures 24 x 5 x 8 inches and weighs eight pounds. We also have a canvas carrying bag (a $49 extra) and it stores under the sofa at the rear of our Roadtrek. You don't have to get the carrying case. The support legs fold up and around the reflectors when they are closed and the legs work as carrying handles when stored.
Cleanup is a breeze. The only thing that needs washing is the cooking tray. So there's no odor or greasy grill to contend with, like with propane or charcoal cookers.
There is no mess when you're cooking, either. No charcoal. No lighter fluid taste to your food. No hot coals to dispose of. No propane tanks to hook up and keep buying.
The sun does all the cooking. It's clean and efficient. Just the way the small motorhome lifestyle should always be.