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All American Sun Oven

We are a dealer for  the All American Sun Oven and accessories are stocked and available from Canada. We ship across Canada without the border hassle of Call or email us!

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History of the Sun Oven

Tom Burns, a retired restaurateur from Milwaukee Wisconsin, and active with Rotary International, developed Sun Ovens in 1986. From his international travel Tom became aware of the ever-growing problem of deforestation and took a concept that has been around for centuries and produced one of the world’s most effective solar cooking devices. The oven was refined with the help of Sandia National Laboratories.

From 1986 to 1997 Sun Ovens were made and marketed by Burns Milwaukee, Inc. Thousands of portable models have been shipped to more than 126 countries around the globe. Sun Ovens helped feed refugees in relocation camps, third world villages, workers at field sites, climbers on the slopes of Mount Everest and soldiers during the Persian Gulf War.

In 1998 Sun Ovens International Inc. was formed and the manufacturing was moved from Milwaukee to Elburn, IL (40 miles west of Chicago). Sun Ovens International Inc. has expanded the use of the ovens by making them more widely available in the U.S. and around the world.  Assembly plants for Sun Ovens have been established in a number of developing countries to reduce the cost of the ovens and shipping.  

Possibly the First Documented Solar Collector was in 1767
In the year 1767 a Swiss scientist named Horace-Benedict de Saussure created the first solar collector – an insulated box covered with three layers of glass to absorb heat energy. Saussure’s box became widely known as the first
all American sun oven, reaching temperatures of 230 degrees Fahrenheit.


Cooking in a SUN OVEN® is easy, fun, natural and nutritious, while helping the environment by producing cooked food without wood, electricity, gas or propane fuel but by capturing the sun’s supply of free energy.

Preparing food outside in your backyard or in nature is fun and relaxing. Preparing food with renewable solar energy is doubly rewarding, as you get the satisfaction of doing no harm to the environment while you cook healthy food with free solar energy.

Cooking with SUN OVEN ®

The SUN OVEN® will reach temperatures of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking temperatures vary depending on the brightness of the sun and how often the oven is refocused to follow the sun during cooking.

Even though called an oven, food can be baked, boiled and steamed. There is no movement of air in a SUN OVEN®, allowing food to stay moist, tender and flavourful. Sun-baked roasts are tastier and more succulent, and sun-baked bread has unparalleled taste and texture. The aroma of food sunning itself in a SUN OVEN® is sure to please your senses.

Temperatures in a SUN OVEN® rise slowly and evenly, allowing complex carbohydrates time to break down into simple sugars, emanating subtle natural flavours. The even temperature of the SUN OVEN® prevents burning, so you do not need to stir your food while it is cooking.

SUN OVENS® are ideal for everyday use in your garden or patio, at picnics, while camping or in the event of a power failure.
There are two ways to cook in a SUN OVEN®. If you refocus the oven to follow the sun every 25 to 30 minutes, cooking times and methods will be very similar to cooking with a conventional stove or oven.

A SUN OVEN® can also be used for slow cooking, much like a crock-pot. You can prepare your dinner, put it in the SUN OVEN®, point the oven where the sun will be approximately halfway through the time you will be gone. Leave, and come home to a tasty, slow-cooked dinner. If you run late, there is no need to worry. The SUN OVEN® will keep your food warm, moist and fresh for hours.


  •  Effective - reaches temperatures of 360 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit!

  • Totally Safe - no danger of fire - never burn dinner again!

  • Saves energy - no gas or electricity or any kind of fuel needed.

  • Versatile - easy-to-use, portable as a small suitcase!

  • Cooks anything you can cook in a conventional oven stovetop, in the same amount of time

  • Durable - estimated life of 20+ years; can last a lifetime with care

  • Environmentally friendly - zero impact cooking

  • Attached built in thermometer

  • Levelator: A self leveling table (floor) in oven chamber used to maintain pots and foods at level when oven is inclined or elevated; it can be removed when more space is needed.  Adjustable leg for elevating the oven to adjust for better angles which is  useful for wintertime low sun angle.

  • Size is 19'' x 19'' with an average depth of 11''. The total weight is only 21 pounds   

  • Inside dimension is 14 x 14 by 12inches sloped down to 8 inches   

  •                                                                                                                                            STACKABLE POT WITH GLASS LID

Materials used to make a SUN OVEN®:

  • Reflectors: Anodized aluminum (which will never oxidize, rust or corrode)

  • Outer Shell: ABS plastic

  • Bezel: Poplar wood (kiln dried)

  • Inner shell: Anodized aluminum

  • Door: Tempered Ultra White™ Transparent Glass now 25% thicker for increased shatter resistance

  • Between the aluminum inner shell and the plastic outer shell there is a thick bat of food grade fibreglass insulation.

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The All American Sun Oven is available in Canada, Shipped from Canada and invoiced in Cdn $.  Call or email us!

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