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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.

Solar Oven 2.0

The solar oven works great, but I thought it would work even better if it could preheat a little faster.  My mom gave me some flat, black paint which is nontoxic once dried.  Today, I painted the interior of the oven completely black so now it should heat up even quicker than before. I cannot wait to make the beer bread, dump cake, and other delicious baked foods.  Once again, thanks mom!

Before/After

2 Responses to “Solar Oven 2.0”

  • Lynn Says:

    Paint the outside of the coffee can black too. It will be a good bread pan.


  • Dear Ms. Dunn and Mr. Runge,

    Recently read about your six-week stay on Indianapolis Island there on the grounds of the IMA. Saw the photographs of the tiny, white island, too. Looks really cool. You know, quaint. Cozy. Comfortable. Inexpensive. Intimate. Simple. Except, I imagine, when the mosquitoes attack your bodies in the evenings. But you probably have some bug spray to protect your bodies from such terrible things like that. Maybe you don’t. If you don’t, then I can only imagine some of the nasty welts they leave behind after their instinctive attacks.

    Anyhow, since you’re able to blog, thought you might find it useful to enjoy some short movies from a former Herron graduate. Just visit YouTube, and type in “jksmock” for some intriguing videos to watch when you both mutually agree you’re bored out of your minds. Once there, you’ll find “The Magic Apple”, “The Mystery of an Eyewitness” and “The Book of Numbers”, just to name three. Maybe your visitors can drop off some popcorn so you can pop it in the solar oven and eat it while your watching the videos. Kind of a bad idea? The popcorn, that is. Maybe the corn won’t pop in a solar oven.

    Anyhow, wish I could see your island in person, especially since I work on a little island, too. The island I work on, though, is bigger than your island, fair or not. Of course, I didn’t design my island. It’s been around for awhile.

    Best regards,
    Joel K. Smock
    Herron School of Art, 1988

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