Solar Barbecue Is A Grill On The Go

Forget about struggling to get the charcoal lit, or lugging along a tank or canister of propane. The Cookup 200 solar barbecue and grill from iD Cook allows for quick and easy cooking just about anywhere – as long as it’s sunny.

Designed for beach cookouts and camping trips, the Cookup takes advantage of the energy of the sun to cook food, using a highly reflective parabolic reflector to collect and concentrate the sun’s rays. This solar oven is fully collapsible, and requires no tools to put together, although from the video provided by iD Cook (see below), assembly does appear to be a fairly extensive process. At just 14 pounds it can be transported using the carrying bag that comes with it.

solar barbecue, iD Cook

image via iD Cook

The bowl is 40 inches across and positioned on a spit, so you can tilt it to capture maximum sunlight. ID Cook says that at the center of the bowl where the cooking magic happens, the temperature can quickly reach 200 degrees Celsius (nearly 400 F). The company also says there is enough cooking space to prepare food for up to five people.

According to Greenmuze, iD Cook is a French company that manufactures several solar cooking devices. The Cookup 200 is made from wood, aluminum and PET reflectors. Because it doesn’t use a solar panel or PV cells, there are no batteries or electrical wiring or other delicate parts involved, making it easy to clean by simply wiping it down with a damp cloth.

In 2010, the Cookout 200 earned a Janus du design et de l’industrie award, a French industry prize. ID Cook says the Cookup 200 comes with a two-year guarantee, and notes that its parts can be easily replaced.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.


  • Reply October 19, 2011

    Peter Allen

    I have been using my 8 foot satillite dish for almost 20 years now, cooking anything from hot dogs for the kids to a roast beef for dinner with all the trimming,s. glad to see this going around, FSR is going to show these things on the net very soon.

  • Reply October 20, 2011

    Idcook Sunited

    Dear Laura,nnThank you for this great article about solar cooking. At , feel free to explore IDCOOK’s world: solar barbecue, solar oven, solar lighter, and many other equipments requiring no other power than the one provided free and durably : sun.u00a0 nWhether for camping, hiking, or even to cook at home daily, a solar item is made for you. n nIDCOOKu2019s team stays at your disposal for any questions you may have.nnRegards

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