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Published on October 8th, 2015 | by Greg


GoSun Sport: Now You’re Cooking With… Sunlight?!

There are many ways to cook your dinner- but pretty much all of them require fuel. Most of the time, that’s perfectly fine- you probably have only seen a couple of interruptions of gas for your stove or oven, and only the occasional storm knocks out electricity to your microwave. But whether you just love camping or are preparing for natural disasters, it’s a good idea to have a backup ready, an alternative that doesn’t require anything other than access to sunlight.

The GoSun Sport Stove isn’t the first solar-powered oven, but it is the most practical solution that we’ve seen. It doesn’t require a super-hot day in order to work, because thanks to it’s high-efficiency design, a little sun is enough (and it can even work in cloudy weather too). Capable of baking, boiling, and even frying up to three pounds of food, temperatures inside can reach up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can have your meal ready in as little as twenty minutes (we typically needed close to 40 depending on portion sizes and what we were making).

Plus, you can take the GoSun Sport with you just about anywhere, since it weighs only about four pounds. Originally the company created a Kickstarter project that raised over $200,000, and they’ve released a miniature version and even created a grill version that is coming soon. Each of the devices is based around an evacuated tube which works sort of like an insulated thermos, with parabolic reflectors that redirect the sun to cook your food. Imagine a small trough sitting in a bunch of special mirrors and you’ll have the basic idea. Thanks to some clever engineering, you don’t have to move the GoSun every minute to reposition, but you can rotate easily. Getting food out is easy thanks to the large handle, and it sits in a food-grade steel tray, with aluminum used for the mirrors and legs.

Sure, one ideal use case is Burning Man or similar festivals, but it’s just as easy to take them to any big concert or have it handy at your cabin or in case the worst happens. And while we tested using hotdogs and sausages (cylindrical foods are quite convenient for obvious reasons), there is no limit to what you can cook, from liquids like soups to your morning hashbrowns. Backed by a two-year “No Questions Asked” warranty, the GoSun Sport certainly draws attention at your campsite (and envious glances). No open flames mean that it’s safe for use in spots where campfires aren’t allowed. The only major drawback is that it can be very hard to tell when something is finished (or how it is progressing), since you cannot see into the container. This means that a little trial and error is involved, which we’ll call experimentation. Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $269 for the GoSun Sport Stove, online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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