HRS Blog

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

What is the Himalayan Rocket Stove?

What is the Himalayan Rocket Stove? Clean efficient biomass combustion for Himalayan households (and beyond) What's in a name? At Himalayan Rocket Stove, we use design that is known around the world as a "rocket stove". There are both metallic and non-metallic...

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For those who like numbers...   The Eco1 Rocket Stove we make has approx 1630 MJ of energy embedded (embodied) in the steel. Add a bit for the manufacturing and transportation we can round that up to about 1800MJ.   The expected lifespan is around 10 years, so we can...

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From Flying Bullets to Himalayan Rockets

From Flying 'Bullets' to Himalayan Rockets A story of how two landslides lead to an ecological heater for the Himalayas and beyond It seems like the journey of a lifetime, this rocket stove thing. Various threads from over 25 years of travel in India and the Himalayas...

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HRS Update Jan 2018

So… here we are in the middle of the Himalayan winter and it’s time for an update. After 4 months of intensive on the ground work last year (mid-June through to mid-October) Chetana and I came back to Australia quite exhausted, but feeling we had done everything we...

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HRS Update October 2017

Himalayan Rocket Stove Update October 2017 Wow... what an amazing challenge! Setting up a manufacturing business in India is one of the hardest things I've ever tried to do! I’ve been so busy haven’t managed to get out the usual monthly updates. Chetana and I have...

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HRS Update – Bhutan Visit June 2017

The Bhutan Update I realised after sending out the last update (HRS Update - July 2017) I completely forgot to mention our visit to Bhutan. Back in May a new good friend of ours, Kezang (from Bhutan) sent me a message asking if I was interested to come to Bhutan with...

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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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