What a Difference a Rim Makes

Finding the right sized cookware for your Global Sun Oven can be frustrating – or part of the fun. I get most of mine at thrift shops or yard sales. Camping supply stores are another good source if you don’t have time to scour the second hand shops. I’ve gotten to the point where I can tell at a glance if a pot or pan is the right size for the cooking chamber but I used to carry a tape measure with me at all times.

If you use your GSO a lot you’ve probably noticed by now that the standard 13x9x2-inch baking pan doesn’t quite fit in the cooking chamber (that’s not entirely true and I’ll come back to that point later). For a better fit look for one that’s 9x8x2 with no extra rim. Or even better two that can be cross-stacked. The two 9x8x2-inch grey pans in the picture above are the newest addition to my cookware collection (the aluminum pan is 13x9x2). The gray one with no handles is destined to become a favorite. As you can see by the way it fits perfectly on the leveling tray it’s almost as if it was designed for the Sun Oven.

But the one with the handles – not so much.

The extra 3/4-inch on each side is just enough to keep it from fitting.

So why did I buy it? Because I know a few tricks and it was too nice of a pan to pass up. First, the leveling tray can be removed, then both the gray pan with the handles and the standard 13x9x2-inch aluminum pan will fit;  just remember to use a rack or a trivet to keep them from sitting directly on the floor of the cooking chamber.

Or the larger pans can be wedged against the front and back of the cooking chamber.

When using the Sun Oven without the leveling tray you won’t be able to tilt it as much. It’s best to cook during the middle of the day, when the sun is highest in the sky, so there’s no need to use the leg to adjust the angle.

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