About this project
We’re starting a movement and it's all thanks to you Kickstarter.
If you missed the campaign, you can still pre-order from GoSunStove.com
Meet the GoSun Grill: a complete redesign of the modern grill
- No Monitoring Needed: No burnt food, just set it and go
- No Carbon Crud: No dirty fuel makes transportation easy and cleanup a breeze
- Delicious + Nutritious: Cooking evenly and retaining your food's moisture, you will taste the difference
- Goes Everywhere: Deck, boat, park, beach or kitchen, simply fold the reflectors and go
- Even At Night: Store the heat of the Sun to cook any time with our patent pending phase change Thermal Battery
How It Works, Day and Night:
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Thermal Battery Explanation and Inspiration:
The GoSun Grill's Thermal Battery is a break-through innovation for both the consumer solar energy and the culinary industry. It's a smart way to capture heat before rain, night, clouds or while you’re out and about. Click here for a more in depth explanation.
The battery was inspired by our work in Guatemala during its extensive rainy season. Our pilot study’s participants used the stoves daily, but needed a solution that could cook in the afternoon rain. What started as a simple sand filled battery, became the subject of a year long exploration to find a medium that could absorb large amounts of heat and emit that heat at an even temperature for optimal cooking.
The Science Behind GoSun's Thermal Battery
The Thermal Battery has a few key benefits that are not so obvious until you try it. Firstly, the battery helps instill confidence in your solar cooking ventures. With a charged battery you can cook in confidence that no matter the weather, your food will still finish. The battery is also a more intelligent way to utilize the potential of the GoSun cooking technology, capturing every last drop of sunshine and converting that into useable heat down the road.
Empowering Others to Cook Cleaner and Easier
GoSun Global is a fresh voice in the conversation surrounding clean cooking, having developed multiple products using a game changing new form of solar cooking technology that excels in versatility, speed and practicality. By placing appropriate and practical solar technologies in the right hands, GoSun is focusing on the most efficient, affordable and acceptable solutions.
Working with the help of partners such as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, GoSun is helping lead a worldwide effort to reduce reliance on dirty cooking fuels, such as wood and charcoal, with the goal of alleviating a major cause of respiratory illness, especially in women and children. With more than 2.5 billion affected daily, this is one of the world’s greatest problems and possibly the largest cause of preventable death known.
About GoSun Stove and the Team:
GoSun Stove is young company made up of a talented team of designers, engineers and change makers with their hearts set on serving a broad customer base with exceptional products. We are passionate about our work and our customers and always on the lookout for ways to engage and support our community.
Founder and Inventor, Patrick Sherwin, followed an idea and a dream for over ten years to create the GoSun Stove and launch the first product in 2013 here on Kickstarter. Over the past couple years, the GoSun team has grown rapidly while remaining focused on the Fuel-Free Frontier.
GoSun’s business model has two distinct initiatives: GoSun Stove and GoSun Global, with different strategies, product offerings and markets that share the same basic technology. GoSun Global is a social enterprise leveraging business and impact investing as a mechanism to perform good in the developing world.
From concept to cooker, the GoSun team is diligent about a design process and allowing for creative expansion. Adhering to principles pioneered by IDEO.org, we tend to churn ideas through a revolving and narrowing funnel and allow a Human-Centered Approach to determine what will stand the test of time.
Planning, designing and testing are critical before coming to market with an idea, but it is equally important to get in front of customers and make some mistakes. We believe strongly in working within the space between the imaginative, creative chaos and a rooted, technical basis in science. Our cyclical design process can be summed up in these few, important steps.
Our Partners and Teachers:
We're fortunate to be influenced by some of the best institutions and individuals in the fields of solar, green living, culinary arts and design.
Solar Energy International, José Andrés - World Central Kitchen, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, University of Cincinnati DAAP (College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning), TinySpark, Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room, Design Impact
GoSun Grill Product Specifications:
- Dry Weight: Grill: 20 lbs (9kg), Stand: 16 lbs (7.3kg), Battery: 4 lbs (1.8kg)
- Total Oven Volume: 246oz (7.3L)
- Cooking Pans Volume: 80oz (2.4L), Dimensions: 9.8" (25cm) length, 4.8"(12cm) width, 2.6" (6.6cm) height
- Thermal Battery Dimensions: 19.5" (49.5cm) length, 1.1" (2.8cm) height, 4.5" (11.cm) width
- Oven Opening Diameter (ID): 5” (12.7cm)
- Closed Grill Dimensions: 24” (61cm) length, 12.6” (32cm) height , 11” (28cm) width
- Open Grill Dimensions: 24” (61cm) length, 12.6” (32cm) height, 18.5” (47cm) width
- Estimated Power Output: 250 Watts in full sunlight
- Estimated Energy Stored in Thermal Battery: 300 Watt-Hours (0.3kWH)
- Maximum Temperature: 500°F (260°C)
- Working Temperature: 200°F (93°C) - 400°F (204°C)
- Cooking Time: As fast as 10 minutes, as long as 2 hours, variable depending on meal and conditions
Risks and challenges
Timeline: We refuse to compromise on the quality of our products. During the manufacturing process of the GoSun Sport in early 2014, we established an extensive quality assurance plan, which caught some mistakes, and in turn, delayed the fulfillment of our product for months. We’ve learned to be extremely accurate and completely transparent with our backers regarding the latest developments.
Shipping: The GoGun Grill is going to need additional package design and engineering to ensure safe transport to your home. This is entirely GoSun's concern since you’re covered with a Two-Year No Questions Asked Warranty on the evacuated tube.
Battery Costs: We have not fully defined our costs on the Thermal Battery encapsulation vessel and production costs. We are so excited to bring this offering to the market that we are prepared to break even on the accessory in an effort to get it in the right hands. Again, this is our risk, not yours.
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