Hello Kickstarter Community,
The GoSun Grill is our biggest and best - this cutting edge technology had never been seen before our Kickstarter release last spring. Since then, we have been working to finalize the design and make a complete ecosystem around this product. We have made some mistakes and we have worked hard to cover all options before the necessary process of elimination. This update summarizes where we have landed and what's next.
As many of your already know, the GoSun Grill's Thermal Battery has taken a ton of resources to study, test and commercialize. It has delayed our progress and we've been forced to find other solutions. In short, we got in over our heads with optimism on the PCM (phase change material) and we found the reality to be very different from our original experiments. We apologize for this mistake.
While looking at all options for cooking at night, our design team made a bold leap to a new direction. Although we intended to go this way eventually, this campaign accelerated the need, thus staying true to our commitments to this community and to solar cooking at night.
(This is a repeat for the Backers - Backer-Only Update #18) Rather than storing the Sun’s heat in a hot stick of wax requiring hours of pre-heating, we’ve decided to access heat anytime from a safer, more versatile and convenient form: ELECTRICITY
By placing an electrical heating element into the Grill (under the moving tray) and leveraging the vacuum tube’s unmatched insulation value, we have created a solar electric hybrid that can cook using only a fraction of the energy of an electric stove.
Now you can plug into the nearest AC outlet or DC Battery charged by solar electric PV (this upgrade option will extensively detailed in April, 2016) and cook hyper-efficiently anytime; you can fry, roast or make soups drawing little more energy than an 12volt car port. Plus, with the ability to heat on demand, you can better control your cooking experience, reaching a wider variety of cooking techniques regardless of the conditions.
The Comparison Table below to gain further insight on our decision to switch from a Phase Change Material to an Electric Heater:
That's right, the "we going to rock down to Electric Avenue - rock it in the daytime, rock it in the night" - thanks Eddy Grant.
What others are saying about the GoSun Grill:
This month we took our latest prototype to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) in sunny Las Vegas to get impressions and critical feedback from industry professionals. Based on the overwhelming positive response, we know we're headed in the right direction. Here's what the press had to say about the GoSun Grill.
While at CES, we entered a few competitions with the GoSun Grill and did really well. We won the People's Choice at Tech.co and were one of 14 companies out of 700 to pitch on the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield. Thus providing further proof that we need to get these Grills delivered and into your hands. We are well aware of the importance of proper execution on our lofty goals. After 350,000 years of humanity cooking over fire, it takes a lot of effort and creativity to finally stop the burn.
We have a long road ahead of us. With our final design tested and validated, we have to find suitable manufacturers who can build to our high quality standards and financial needs. Thus far, we have been talking with several manufacturers but we are not completely satisfied. More time is planned for China this winter. We have done this already on the GoSun Sport and we will do it again (in case you're worried about crowdfunding failure, we are not running out of your pre-order money).
You will be the first to know about our production progress. We will deliver in 2016; we don't want to get hopes up, but we're planning for delivery of the GoSun Grill this summer and accessories will come later. Trust us, we know these delays are painful. Please know it will be worth the wait.
Thanks again for your support and patience,
Patrick and the GoSun Team