HRS Blog

A collection of updates, news and related information about the Himalayan Rocket Stove project

HRS Update July 2017

Himalayan Rocket Stove Update July 2017 It has been an interesting, intense and exciting journey so far. I say that almost every time I sit down to write an update, but it seems especially so now, just as we are about to launch into production for the new batch box...

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From dreading the chulha to loving it!

From dreading the chulha to loving it! By Kush Sharma Co-Founder, Rural Odyssey A guest post for the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution   Although I have stayed away from the Chulha for the most of my life, I still somehow feel connected to the concept – previously...

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April Update HRS and SCR

Project Update Himalayan Rocket Stove & Smokeless Cookstove Revolution Since the last update I've been back to India for another round of moving the projects forward. In a snapshot, this is what's been happening: Himalayan Rocket Stove For the first 2 weeks I was...

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Advanced Design Testing in Manali

Something about these pictures sum up what I've been doing for the last 2 years of my life. Finally I am getting to see these stoves being used in family homes in the Himalayas. And the response from the kids is exactly what it should be...   'Yeah, whatever. Warm is...

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Seeing from within at Kanha, Madhya Pradesh

When we see, and hear from outside and then when we really understand what it all means from within! Longish, title…but this is actually what I felt at the end of the Kanha’s Smokeless Chulah workshop. I have been to Kanha several times, but never peeped into the...

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Serendipity in Dharwad

The give and take between the environment and our lives. We all believe that this relation is the only sacrosanct truth in order for us to create a better future. And for me the most heart-warming indication was the presence of children in our workshop.

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Smokeless Chulha Workshop IIT Delhi

One of the great things to come out of the various meetings over the last month were connections with wonderful people who could see the potential for this work to really have an impact. Two of those people were Sarandeep and Aparna who run the Women's Empowerment and...

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HRS update Feb 2017 – Short

Wow… Feb was an amazing month for the Himalayan Rocket Stove project and the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution. So much has happened and is happening, so I’ll keep it to the point with the highlights below: Note… if you want to read the longer and more personal update…...

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HRS Update Feb 2017 – long version

Wow... Feb was an amazing month for the Himalayan Rocket Stove project and the Smokeless Cookstove Revolution. This is the longish version of some of the highlights. If you want to read the short sharp and snappy version... click here Early Feb I flew back to India to...

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HRS Update Jan 2017

Project Update Overview: There are 2 distinct projects emerging from the development of rocket stove technology in India. The social enterprise Himalayan Rocket Stove is progressing as planned and indications for it to scale into a successful venture are looking very...

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HRS Update – Nov 2016 #2

Another epic month for the Himalayan Rocket Stove project in India. I'll summarise the details in point form to keep things short and sweet. 1. Chetana and I moved down to Chandigarh around the 6th Nov, leaving the Ladakh production team in Tanzin’s capable hands. He...

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Free Smokeless Cookstove Revolution

The Free Smokeless Cookstove Revolution! As a result of researching, testing and prototyping for the Himalayan Rocket Stove project over the last 3 years, I've stumbled across an effective way to make smokeless cook-stoves. This was not deliberate as my focus was on...

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HRS Update November 2016

Wow... October was a big month for the project. The production side was a bit slow in some ways, but in terms of overall progress, I'm really please with what we're achieving here. I'll itemise some of the highlights: I held a one week workshop for locals to share the...

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HRS Update – Oct 2016

Himalayan Rocket Stove (HRS) Project Update - October 2016 September has been an incredibly productive month for the project, with a lot of progress on multiple fronts. I’ll step through the various aspects in bullet point: Having decided to change the plan for...

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Burning Plastic In Rocket Stoves – Update

Burning Plastic in the Himalayas - A consideration of the options Initially when I think about burning plastic… I think of stinky black toxic smoke belching out polluting the otherwise pristine air of the Himalayas. It’s is not the image I want to have when thinking...

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Clay Burn Tubes in Rocket Stoves

Since clay is a readily available resource in Ladakh, and perlite is not, I've been exploring ways to make cost effective burn tubes using local clay mixed with various other local ingredients to make stable, long lasting insulative burn tubes. Testing at the workshop...

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