How to Transform a Pringles Can into a Solar Oven


If you’re tired of standing over the grill, or just want a cool project to impress your friends, here’s one for your next cookout. Try making a solar oven out of a Pringles can, and use it to cook your hot dogs.

We can’t answer why you’d want to use a contraption like this, but we can definitely show you how. Take a cylindrical container, cut out a rectangle from the sides, drill a hole through the bottom of the can, then poke a skewer through the can. Skewer your dogs, set the can up on an unheated grill (or table, lawn, or flat surface) and get cooking.


The creators (Cats Science Club) of the “solar oven” claim that the device can reach up to 170 F on a hot sunny day. We’re not so sure, but then again, we’ll leave that to you guys. Please let us know any success (or horror) stories, and tell us whether this really works, or just results in lukewarm hot dogs.

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

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