Support Stand for Parvati and DATS Type Cookers
Parvati and DATS type Cookers are often used without a support stand. However, without some form of support they tend to be rather unstable and it is hard to adjust the cooker for varying sun elevation angles. In an effort to avoid the need for a stand, we designed and built a variation of a Parvati cooker where two of the sides were replaced with one wider side and called it the EB Suncooker. With the wider side to rest upon, the cooker was somewhat more stable than the normal Parvati Cooker. However, it still is hard to adjust the EB Suncooker for varying sun elevation angles.
We now are convinced that it definitely is worth the extra time and expense to build a support stands for Parvati and DATS type cookers. Ravindra Pardeshi (the designer of the Parvati Cooker) and Teong Tan (the designer of the DATS cooker) have built stands for their cookers. We also have experimented with several different stands. However, the support stand that is described here is one of our favorites. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to build, but it provides an easily adjustable stable platform for the cooker. Figure 1 is a photograph of the completed stand before the cooker reflector was installed, and Figure 2 is a rear view of the stand with the cooker reflector in place.