Young family looking to shift & settle in Uttranchal - seek your advice
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#1711
| S Roy Biswas
Monsoon in Kumaon - a photo blog

Monsoons are one of the most spectacular seasons of hills and mountains that take an entirely new hue of the nature's delights, I have shared a photo blog about the monsoons - http://ghummakar-biswas.blogspot.com/2019/02/monsoons-in-kumaon-pictorial-display-of.html
#1712
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Monsoons (and careless drivers) these days are dangerous for those in Uttarkhand hills.
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad
#1713
| S Roy Biswas
A fresh round of snow season hits the region on 27.2.2019
https://youtu.be/Kk8fGXCO96c

Here is a view of the snowfall that took place in my summer pad in village Timila in Tehsil Ranikhet
#1714
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Wet and Cold, SRB. :)
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad
#1715
| S Roy Biswas
Winters in the hills


Here is the link to my latest photo blog that goes by the same name the caption above - http://ghummakar-biswas.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-enchanting-winters-in-hills.html
#1716
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: srb810 View Post

Here is the link to my latest photo blog that goes by the same name the caption above - http://ghummakar-biswas.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-enchanting-winters-in-hills.html

What a succinct and meaningful blog! The photos capture the beauty of the hills and the captions capture the cautions of living in hills during winters :) Thanks for sharing.
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#1717
| Maha Chela Member
SRB et al - Winters in the hills are indeed harsh, but you can take off the edge by using a rocket stove - much better than a conventional fireplace or bukhari.
Paleface had earlier spoken at length about Rocket Mass Heater on this thread - problem with it being an elaborate DIY and the space reqd in the room. HImalayan Rocket Stove solves for both.

Check out https://himalayanrocketstove.com/
#1718
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"How does it work?
Rocket Stove design is based on a dual combustion process where wood gas and smoke is drawn into a secondary combustion chamber which burns the smoke and releases an abundance of additional heat."
That sure is funny. The smoke does not burn, the heated air remains in the second chamber for some time and looses some of its heat before it passes away in the chimney..
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad
#1719
| Member
Congratulations Rawatji. We too were looking at the community living options but same story as yours. Am glad that you have been able to get what you wanted in the end and more power to you for having been able to do this alone :) How big is the land? We did not venture beyond Nainital district and one piece of land that we really liked had too many owners for us to be comfortable :)

Wish you all the very best. Do keep us posted on your farming plans. We, being from Mumbai, may have to drop our Himalayan dream but may choose to the Sahyadri route though not the same :)
#1720
| Humble servant of the self

Originally posted by: Aupmanyav View Post

"How does it work?
Rocket Stove design is based on a dual combustion process where wood gas and smoke is drawn into a secondary combustion chamber which burns the smoke and releases an abundance of additional heat."


These stoves have two major differences from usual three stone stoves, first, the air move through burning wood that preheats it and results in better combustion, second, there is a chamber that absorbs heat from the exhaust so that there is very little heat loss via duct. That is it.

The dual combustion is nothing but providing some air inlet just ahead of burning wood where due to oxygen depletion, the process of burning slows down significantly. As more oxygen is available, the unburnt matter in form of soot etc gets burned completely.
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#1721
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Again, soot/ash does not burn. It is basically not allowing the air to escape immediately. But sure, that too is an advantage. What I found funny was 'burning of the smoke'.
Truly that Dharma is the Truth (Satya); Therefore, when a man speaks the Truth, they say, "He speaks the Dharma"; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, "He speaks the Truth!" For both are one. - Brihadaranyak Upanishad
#1722
| Humble servant of the self

Originally posted by: Aupmanyav View Post

Again, soot/ash does not burn.


Soot is not ash, they are two different things. And soot does burn, at about 500 degrees or so. Anyway, most stuff burns off even before it could become soot, so that is that if you understand.

What I found funny was 'burning of the smoke'.


Second air vent burns off any any unburnt matter in the smoke, maybe that is what they mean by 'burning of the smoke'.
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#1723
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: ankythepanky View Post

Congratulations Rawatji. We too were looking at the community living options but same story as yours. Am glad that you have been able to get what you wanted in the end and more power to you for having been able to do this alone :) How big is the land? We did not venture beyond Nainital district and one piece of land that we really liked had too many owners for us to be comfortable :)

Wish you all the very best. Do keep us posted on your farming plans. We, being from Mumbai, may have to drop our Himalayan dream but may choose to the Sahyadri route though not the same :)


Sahyadri can't be compared with Himalaya but it's pretty in its own way. There is a high probability of me settling there too. Waiting for your experiences
#1724
| Humble servant of the self

Originally posted by: RahulDeva View Post

Sahyadri can't be compared with Himalaya but it's pretty in its own way. There is a high probability of me settling there too. Waiting for your experiences


Carry on the discussion in the following thread, I love western ghats and the thread may help me get a small room next to your villa.

https://www.indiamike.com/india/property-in-india-f105/setting-up-home-in-western-ghats-t79835/
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#1725
| S Roy Biswas
The enchanting spring in the hills

Spring is the season of hope, when harsh winter conditions abate and the life for both plants and animals starts stirring for a new beginning - I have tried to capture the mood through pictures - hope you enjoy - here is the link to my blog - http://ghummakar-biswas.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-enchanting-spring-in-hills.html