When sunny, the solar oven usually sustains temperatures of 250-300 deg. F., even in winter
We use it fairly often, mostly on weekends. Today was a typical Saturday that was full of activities. We went to the farmers market, then my wife took my younger son to the library's summer reading program kick-off, and I took my older son to the park. Earlier in the morning, I put a pot of beans in the solar oven and let them cook while we were out. Until I discovered the wonders of dried beans I usually would just dice some potatoes and slice some carrots for solar cooking.
My sons are impressed with the steam, especially in the winter
When we all got home for lunch, there was a nice pot of cooked beans to supplement our lunch. The rest of the beans will last most of the week and be part of several meals. The solar oven, like a crock pot, is nice for cooking while you are away from home during the day. Unlike a crock pot, the solar oven needs nice sunny weather. However, kids won't notice a crock pot, but with a solar oven they get to experience the sun's energy (especially on a cold day) which prompts a lot of good questions.