- Casing is made from rugged nylon plastic for weatherability and durability. No BPA's.
- It's tough but light, only 9 pounds.
- Insulation is one inch closed-cell foam, does not absorb moisture.
- The lid's double layer creates dead air space for enhanced insulation.
- The oven holds two 10-inch pots (included) or your favorite lasagna pan!
- The floor dimension of the oven is 9 1/4 inches x 17 1/2 inches- yes, you can bake cookies!
- All oven components are made in the USA.
- Uses no fossil fuel - only the free energy of the sun.
- SHIPPING is FREE in the continental United States. Please see our customer service page if you are interested in arranging shipment outside the US.
Best of all – your purchase helps to bring the healthy magic of solar cooking to families all around the world.
Each Solavore Sport comes with:
- two granite ware pots (3 quarts each) with lids
- oven thermometer
- water pasteurization indicator (WAPI)
- user manual with quick-start solar cooking recipes
Add optional detachable reflectors to extend your solar cooking range. Great for baking. Cook year-round - even up north, far from the sun belt.
What can be cooked in a Solavore™ Sport solar oven?
You will be amazed by the possibilities! Most things you can cook in a conventional oven or on the stovetop can be cooked in a Solavore Sport. Slow cooker recipes are fantastic in a solar oven. You can bake cookies, cakes and breads. A whole chicken. It’s great for basics like rice and other grains. Our user manual comes with starter recipes and our recipe section on the website is frequently updated with new ideas for using the Sport.
How can I convert a slow cooker recipe to a solar oven recipe?
Easy! Follow the slow cooker recipe but because our solar oven is sealed, no steam escapes during cooking so you can reduce the amount of liquid called for. As for the cooking time, a slow cooker on LOW is about 200 degrees. A slow cooker on HIGH is about 300 degrees so adjust your cooking time based on the temperature you usually reach in your solar oven.
Do I have to use the special pots that come with the Sport?
Not at all. Dark pots, like those included with the Sport, are ideal because they absorb the light rays and heat up nicely. Shiny pots will reflect the light rays and reduce the efficiency of the oven. So if you want to use shiny pots and lids, just cover them with a dark dish towel to eliminate the reflectivity and you're good to go. If you think you might encounter some passing clouds during your cooking, you might want to use a thicker pot such as a Dutch oven or cast iron. These pots take longer to heat up but will retain their temperature much longer if clouds pass by or you begin to lose the sun at the end of the day.
Am I limited to using just two pots?
Nope. Because the entire oven is heated to an even temperature, you can stack pots on top of each other or stack cookie sheets/loaf pans when you are baking if you want to increase the quantity. Just remember that the more you fill the oven, the longer the cooking time will be.
What is the cooking temperature range?
The Solavore Sport generally cooks between 200 and 300 degrees. Food cooks at 180º so you have plenty of cooking power. Your solar oven temperature will vary based on the season and angle of the sun, your latitude (closer/further from the equator), time of day, whether you use reflectors or not and how often you re-aim your oven to the moving sun's rays. After a couple of times using your oven, you'll know exactly what to expect.
How do I know which way to aim the Solavore™ Sport?
Don’t over-think it, just line it up with its own shadow. In other words, point the oven so that it faces the sun. Then, standing directly in front of the oven, glance on either side to see that the oven is centered in its own shadow, adjusting one way or the other as needed. After awhile you can come back out and readjust using those same guidelines. If you plan to be away, simply rotate the oven slightly toward the direction the sun will be moving over the course of the day.
The oven is meant to be on the ground, will it get knocked over by kids, wind, animals, etc.?
No, the Sport has a low center of gravity and is very stable.
Can I cook with the Solavore™ Sport in the winter?
Yes. The most important factor is the brightness of the sun, not the outside air temperature. Optional reflectors can improve heating of the oven in the winter.
Can it be used on cloudy days?
Solar cooking does require sunshine, so we do not recommend using the oven on cloudy days.
Can I cook at night?
No, solar cooking requires sunshine. We recommend planning ahead and using your oven during the day. Food should be refrigerated and then reheated if you are not going to eat it right away.
Where are the Solavore™ Sport solar ovens manufactured?
All components of our ovens are proudly made in the USA and shipped from our warehouse in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Questions about international shipping?
Please see our Customer Service page.
Questions about condensation in your lid?
Please refer to our lid FAQ page.
Are you interested in ordering a new lid for your Solavore Sport?
Please refer to our lid FAQ page where you will find links to buy a lid or a lid repair kit.
Sport Solar Oven
The Sport Solar oven has been around for a long time. Now owned and marketed under the Solavore corporate banner, the Sport is back on the market and ready to take its place in the solar oven world.
The first solar oven that I purchased, back in 2009, was a Sport. I chose the Sport because I loved the design and size.
- Two pots fit in the oven, side by side. This is really important to me because I can cook two things at the same time.
- The top cover is removable. So it is easy to open and close; easy to reach inside; easy to remove a hot pan; and easy to clean.
- The reflective panels are detachable. So I don’t have to reach over big reflectors to get to the inside of the oven.
- The Sport is light weight. It only weighs 10 lbs, I can easily carry it myself.
- The Sport is wide and stable. Without the reflectors, the wind has never been a problem. The Sport cannot be tipped over.
- It is optimally designed for either winter or summer cooking. Just flip it up to catch the low winter sun or set it flat for the higher summer sun.
After cooking in the Sport for a while, I learned that I don’t always need the reflectors. In the summer, the oven usually gets hot enough without the reflectors to cook. In fact, although the official company information says the oven temperature ranges from 210° – 260°, and maxes out at 300°, I rarely see anything less than 275º, and it often reaches 325°.
One of the best features of the Sport is the lid design. The double layer cover creates an insulating air space which prevents the lid from steaming up inside. Without the need to open the oven to wipe away the condensation, the oven is able to maintain the temperature and continue cooking without the loss of heat.
The new Sport has been improved. The old corrugated plastic reflectors have been replaced by shining aluminum panels. The panels fold and are easy to store. The Sport is very well insulated and holds the heat well.
The Sport comes with two 10″ round cooking pots, an oven thermometer, a water pasteurization indicator (WAPI), and a user manual with recipes. The reflector is optional and is purchased separately.
To read more about the Sport or to purchase one, go HERE .
OH – and one more thing – the Sport is totally made in the USA!
Disclaimer: I was provided a Sport to review, but all opinions are my own.
Solavore camping oven cooks and bakes with the power of the sun
Most of the equipment we saw at Overland Expo came in large, XL and XXXL sizes, but there were also a few interesting accessories on show. The Solavore oven is a simple cooking device that transforms the sun's rays into baking and slow-cooking heat.
The Solavore Sport isn't the first outdoor cooking contraption to capitalize on the energy source literally dropping from the heavens. We've seen others like the GoSun Stove and SolSource. Solavore brings a different form factor, however, aimed at both slow cooking and baking.
What we like about the Solavore Sport is its ultra-simple design and ample size. It's basically a portable greenhouse box. The black interior lining attracts the sun's rays and the insulated walls and polymer lid keep the heat in, turning the interior into an effective oven with temperatures up to 300 ºF (149 ºC).
The Solavore Sport is not to be confused with a propane-powered camp stove or grill, and is not the solution for racing the setting sun to get your steaks or burgers cooked. It provides an average heat range of 210 to 260 ºF (99 to 127 ºC) and is meant to work as a slow cooker. It's sold with a pair of 3-qt (2.8-L) black granite wear pots that hold your meal and slow cook it over the course of several hours.
Cooking times will vary based on food type and sun conditions, but Solavore's general rule of thumb is that it'll take twice the time of conventional methods, like home oven cooking, plus a half-hour for the oven to preheat. If you're able to get the Sport oven to around the same heat as a slow cooker, cooking time will be comparable. So on a camping trip, you could start cooking lunch or dinner in the morning, go enjoy the outdoors, then come back to a cooked meal, much like you might do with a slow cooker at home. Because of its low maximum temperature, Solavore promises that the oven won't burn your food.
Solavore constructs the base of the oven out of an injection-molded resin reinforced with glass fibers. The interior is lined with black powder-coated aluminum, and 1-in (2.5-cm)-thick water-impervious foam insulation sits between the liner and the resin base. Solavore lists the R-value at 6.5 and says that the insulation keeps the exterior cool to the touch, so that you can handle the oven while it's cooking. The double-layer transparent lid is made from a vacuum-formed polymer and sits snugly around the edge of the oven, securing with metal clips. The unit weighs 9 lb (4 kg) empty and measures about 27 x 17 x 12 in ( 68.5 x 43 x 30.5 cm).
The Sport oven is angled at 30 degrees for direct overhead sunlight and can also be placed on its side to increase the angle to 60 degrees for lower-angled winter sun. The available fold-up reflector sits around the outer edge and improves sunlight collection.
Unfortunately, we missed the carrot cake that Solavore baked up at Overland Expo, but the traveling word around the show was that it was quite good. And just the idea of baking a cake at camp with a relatively compact, solar-powered gadget is pretty good, too.
The only reservation we have about Solavore's design, outside of not actually having tested it hands on, is its shape. It surely won't be an issue if you're traveling in one of the massive, hydraulically-expanded expedition vehicles we saw at the show, but if you're camping with a more compact SUV or car, that package might be hard to wrestle inside with all your other camping gear and fellow campers. Spending a week on the road, I was tempted several times to throw my Weber Smokey Joe charcoal grill away for this very reason. The kettle grill is compact, but it's an awkward fit inside a crowded cargo area. The tilted trapezoidal shape of the Solavore Sport might prove similarly awkward.
Then again, the Solavore Sport doesn't require a bag of charcoal or propane tank to use, and could probably store other things during transport. So maybe it wouldn't be that hard to squeeze in. It really depends upon what you're driving and what else you're hauling.