I bought my goSun Sport from a major outdoor retailer, not direct. I found the website here when I came looking for recipe ideas.
The biggest pro and the biggest con for the Sport are almost the same: the unusual size of the cooking tray and the overall form factor.
As a person with a chronic illness (autoimmune arthritis), I LOVE the fact that the Sport is very lightweight. I can move this around myself. When you live with even a mild disability, being able to do simple jobs without asking for help is a blessing. The Sport’s slim, light profile is wonderful for that.
But... the long, skinny cooking tube is a WEIRD shape. Imagine trying to cook in something very similar to an old fashioned rolling pin, and you’ll be close to reality. I can see why hot dogs were the inventor’s first meal cooked this way. It’s perfect for sausages.
After six weeks of ownership during pandemic sheltering at home and a local heatwave, I’ve been using my Sport on our kitchen balcony almost every day. Being able to roast some vegetables without heating up my kitchen has been amazing. With grocery runs a health risk, I’m delighted to have a new, “summer appropriate” way to cook long-storing root vegetables when it is 100 F outside.
I’m a lazy cook, so I must confess: you can TOTALLY burn food in the Sport. I have twice charcoaled a pan of almonds while trying to roast them. I’ve also scorched sweet potato fries. Oops. This is due to going inside to avoid the heat myself; it wouldn’t happen if I were camping and sitting near the Sport oven.
Aside from lovely root vegetables, I’ve baked biscuits and cookies, cooked raw meat, heated frozen fish sticks and burritos, and roasted nuts in the Sport oven, all since June.
I already owned a set of the same silicone cups you can get in the larger sets, but I think parchment paper liners are easier to use with the Sport. We have also cooked directly in the tray, but I like easiest possible clean up.
The tray fits in our dishwasher and seems no worse for washing by machine. We’ve only had to use the scrubby in the tube once when I overfilled the tray and made a particular mess inside.
Room for improvement:
* Our legs and “rotation hinge” are very stiff, and I can’t make these adjustments myself due to (hand) arthritis. Even my strong, healthy husband has to work to deploy the legs!
* The “sun dial” aiming device came with ours, but it isn’t mentioned in the manual. We just guessed how best to use it.
* Cosmetic stuff. Our GoSun decals were applied less than perfectly, and both “g’s” have peeled off. Now we have an oven labeled “oSun”!
I’m delighted with this purchase, and already proselytizing about it. What a great way to teach kids (mine are teens) to cook for themselves, and save energy at the same time.