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Sun BD Corp. Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven

Sun BD Corp. Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven

Sun BD Corp. Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven

One look at us, and you’ll see why the Tulsi-Hybrid is the #1 hybrid solar oven in America! Solar cook beef & pork roasts, whole chickens or cakes, pies and breads. It’ll bake whatever you want: Features: Heats up to 400degrees F. Rugged 95% reflective one-piece reflector panel (Higher reflectivity than a standard glass mirror). Double paned oven window instead of the typical single pane(Condensation virtually eliminated). Double rubber oven seals instead of a single seal (Better long term heat retention). Larger internal cooking chamber (Cook 4 different foods at one time). Accessories (Everything you need to get started solar cooking from day one). 24/7 electric back-up system is energy efficient using typically 75% less electrical energy

List Price: $ 291.99

Price: $ 291.99

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • Leslie Huttinger "LH" says:
    64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Expected something made better, May 12, 2007
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    Leslie Huttinger “LH” (boise, id) –
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    This review is from: Sun BD Corp. Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven (Misc.)

    This is my third solar oven and I thought it would be a nice size to take on camping trips. When it got here I noticed it was made in India which I guess explained the shoddy workmanship. I got the impression someone was making these in their garage rather than a factory. First thing I had to do was buy some silicon adhesive and glue down the rubber seals around the edges. They were just hanging there. When I washed the pots that came with it the black paint started falling off so I bought some Rustoleum to re paint them. The hinge that holds the lid open is rickety to open and close but does work with patience. Also the clips that hold it closed don’t line up and it’s hard to lock down. Eventually I will replace the locking clips with something better made, again very flimsy cheap clips. It is a nice size if you want to travel with it but the price is too high for the quality. My other solar ovens are deeper and it is easier to cook foods in larger pots but this will work with a few changes to how I cook. A more realistic price to me would be around $150. If your handy I think for a lot less $$ you could take a old suitcase and make one, maybe without the power back up.

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  • Elise Tidrick says:
    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    good and bad, June 30, 2008
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    Elise Tidrick
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    This review is from: Sun BD Corp. Tulsi-Hybrid Solar Cooking Oven (Misc.)

    Perhaps we were seeking a challenge…we went ahead and bought this solar cooker after reading the reviews that stated the workmanship was shoddy, so we were not all that surprised to find that the side clips are useless and falling off and that the unit requires repainting and resealing. We went ahead with purchase because of its hybrid ability, which we have already used on more than one day out of the month we have used the Tulsi. We were glad to have the power backup as it enabled us to have dinner on the days the sky was filled with sun blocking smoke here in Northern California. Once we solve the sealing problem so that the glass doesn’t steam up, I’m sure we’ll be happier with the unit. I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn’t want to fuss with improvements or those harboring unrealistic expectations of company pride and workmanship, you’ll just be frustrated. If you don’t mind some work, this is a nice size unit, the hybrid power option is useful and it is light enough to make tracking the sun no problem. We didn’t find another hybrid available in the same size/price range but you might be more lucky.

    The included “pots” are a bit of a joke. They are simply tin cookie cans painted black. The size is right, however. We aren’t using them as they seem to be on the verge of rusting. I’m slightly jealous of the reviewer who had “good quality pans”. Ours look as if they were pilfered from someone’s aging aunt’s button drawer.

    The unit does make the best toasted almonds we’ve ever had. Perfectly crunchy and no burn.

    UPDATE AUGUST 2011:
    Now we are at the third time of dismantling the unit for repair. The condensation between the glass is to the point that we are barely getting 200 degrees in full sun, 97 degree weather. I took it apart this morning thinking I could just reseal it AGAIN when I realized there is no way to ever get a good seal since the screws to attach the frame and hold the gasket on go into the space between the glass panes, thus always leaving an airspace for moisture to enter. Very, very poor engineering design! I’m trying to figure out a way to completely seal the panes and yet still allow for the glass to be lifted by the unit in its frame. I don’t want to use an adhesive because that will poison us. Perhaps I will just have to build a frame to encase the glass that will have to be lifted on and off the unit…which hopefully won’t screw up the position of the mirror and will provide enough of an overall seal to heat up to high temps.

    Honestly, the idea of this unit is good but the sum of the parts is really bad. Solar cooking is extremely satisfying and produces some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted, so I hope my review doesn’t discourage anyone from trying. Just get a unit that works. 🙂

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  • H. Ryang says:
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Wary of the fumes, August 22, 2009
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    H. Ryang (LA, CA) –
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    I completely agree with the previous reviewer who complained of the fumes.
    Since receiving this oven, I have been afraid of using it due to the toxic, noxious fume it gives off. The smell is so bad, it actually made me sick (headache and nausea)when I first opened it. Maybe the fact that the product is made in India without much quality control (based upon the shoddy workmanship of the product) explains the fumes.
    I have set the oven out in the sun to air it out for several days, but the fumes remain. I just can’t see how I could eat food that is cooked in this vapor of fume. The oven may cook well like it claims, but I wouldn’t know. It doesn’t seem safe so I’m not going to use it for cooking.

    Update:
    Sun DB Corporation has worked with me to completely resolve the issue I had with the fumes. They have replaced my old oven with a new one and baked it out to eliminate any odor. I can only commend them on their excellent service.

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