How to Make A Solar Oven With A Pizza Box Step By Step

Written By: | Last Updated on: August 6, 2022
How to Make A Solar Oven With A Pizza

Did you know that you can directly use solar power to cook food?

that means that you don’t have to use gas or burn wood to cook your food, all you have to do to make a solar oven with some easy steps.

the solar oven will offer you an easy and ecologically friendly way to cook your food.

so you don’t have to worry about how to cook your food while you are having a good day with your family outdoor.

all you have to do is to follow our easy guide which will lead you to know how to recycle an old pizza box to a solar oven with very easy steps which anyone can do.


  • large pizza box
  • ruler
  • black marker
  • box cutter
  • aluminum foil
  • glue
  • scissors
  • clear plastic wrap
  • tape
  • black construction paper
  • stick or plastic straw (optional)
  • laser pointer(optional)

let’s specify step by step how to create it:

Step 1: Draw a square

Draw a square on the pizza-box lid with the ruler and black marker, leaving a 1-inch boundary from the box’s edge to each side of the square.

Step 2: Form the flap

Cut through three sides of the square you just created with the box cutter or utility knife, leaving the line at the back of the box attached. When the pizza-box lid is closed, fold the flap back so that it stands up.

Step 3: Cover the flap with foil

Use heavy-duty aluminum foil to cover the underside of the flap, which will reflect sunlight into the oven. Glue the foil to the flap, smooth out any creases, and trim any extra foil.

Step 4: Tape plastic sheet

With the scissors, cut two square pieces of clear plastic wrap, each 1 square inch larger than the flap opening. Open the pizza box, and tape one piece of plastic to the underside of the hole so that the plastic covers it

Step 5: Tape second plastic sheet

Close the lid, and tape the second plastic sheet over the top of the hole, creating a window that helps keep the sun’s heat in the box. Pull both sheets taut as you tape them


Maintaining an airtight box is crucial in keeping the oven hot

Step 6: Layer the bottom with foil

Insulate your pizza box by gluing or taping a sheet of alumnium foil to the inner bottom.

Step 7: Cover with black paper

Cover the foil layer in the box with black construction paper sheets that have been glued in place. The black base of your oven will absorb light and create additional heat.

Step 8: Find the best angle

You’re ready to start cooking after you close the lid! Place your solar oven outside in direct sunlight on a sunny day. Adjust the foil flap to find the optimal ray-reflecting angle, then put it in place with a ruler, a stick, or a hard-plastic straw.

Pro Tip: If you want to test the reflective angles of your oven before you head outside, shine a laser pointer onto the foil flap to simulate rays of sunlight

Step 9: Preheat

Preheat your oven by leaving it in direct sunlight for 30 minutes. The box’s temperature will reach about 200 degrees, so while you won’t be able to cook a roast, you can reheat cooked food, melt cheese or chocolate, or—if you have all day—prepare a veggie stew

Step 10: Cook

Place whatever you’re cooking in the center of the oven, on its own, or in a heat-safe container, so it’s immediately beneath the plastic-wrap window. Check on your meal every 15 to 30 minutes by closing the lid and propping the flap open.

Kami Turky
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