Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Weather

Rain –            

Q: What happens to the center skylight when it rains?
A: You cover the skylight aperture with the square flap to keep the rain out of the yurt.
Q: What if I have my wood stove smoke pipe sticking through the skylight?
A: You cover the skylight around the pipe as well as possible but keep a safe distance from the cover to the pipe. Yes, there will be some rain entering right around your smoke pipe in that instant.
Q: Will my yurt be 100% waterproof?
A: Depending on how well it is set up. You could get a little leakage by the skylight or from the bottom, depending on your platform construction or lack thereof. Principally I wouldn't recommend placing anything too delicate right on the ground (such as a silk rug…) unless you’ve made careful provisions against any possible leakage.

Wind -           

Q: What happens if my location gets gusty winds?
A: High winds are generally not a problem, as the yurt is made for such conditions. It is a heavy structure and cannot be compared to a different kind of tent. In high wind situation it is very important to tie all your knots tight and not to have parts, especially the roof flap, blow away. It is useful to get some extra ropes and tie the whole structure down in several directions. (See illustration)

Snow -          

Q: How will my yurt hold up in the snow?
A: As Mongolia gets a fair amount of snow in the winter, yurts are made to withstand it.  Only the temperatures over there are extremely cold, so we do not yet know how it would do with wet snow. If you are in a wet snow area, it would probably best to regularly remove the snow from the roof, if it doesn’t slide down automatically.
Q: Will it be warm?

A: If you put up a double layer of felt (special order) and have a good platform situation it will stay warm as long as you got some heater going inside. The felt has a very high insulation factor.

Fire -              

Q: Is the yurt fire resistant?
A: No, it is not. The felt is very dense and hard to burn, but not impossible. Canvas and wood are easy to burn but by no means as flammable as most synthetic materials. You want to protect yourself and your yurt from fire by keeping it away from dry shrubs that could get caught by a wild fire. Also you never want to have an unattended flame inside. You never want to have an open fire inside or in close proximity to the yurt. All fires should be made in a wood burning stove and the pipe safely placed in one of larger skylight openings, without touching the wood of the center ring.

Sandstorm -

Q: What do we do to get ready for a sandstorm?
A: If you’re expecting a sandstorm, make sure to close down the roof flap and door and tie all the ropes tightly. For very extreme condition you may want to tie down the entire yurt to your platform. If you don’t have a platform and the yurt is sitting directly on the ground, you could tie it down to heavy rocks via ropes.
For such scenario you may want to watch the film “the story of the weeping camel”. In fact it is a must see for any yurt lover! http://www.thinkfilmcompany.com/weepingcamel/index2.html

Hot temperature –

Q: Will I be hot in the yurt if I live in a hot climate zone?
A: You will want to keep the skylight completely uncovered and the door open for full ventilation. You may also tie up the felt along the bottom (See illustration 2) for extra air circulation. The idea is that you have a solid shade structure while hot air is leaving the yurt through the skylight a cool breeze is entering from the bottom or through the door opening.  This setup should ensure some air movement through even when there is no breeze and make a small breeze more effective.

Cold temperature –

Q: Can I winter in a yurt in cold climate?
A: Mongolian winters are some of the coldest winters ever. On the other hand they are also used to it and have an extremely physically active lifestyle. It’s definitely not for everyone.
Q: How do I keep my yurt warm?
A: By insulating it well with felt and insulated platform and by keeping a heater going. The good news is that if you have your yurt shut and have a heater going, it will get toasty quite quickly (except for large yurts).

 

Nature versus modern luxury

Bugs -            

Q: Can I keep my yurt bug free?
A: Not sure. Part of the yurt’s beauty is to keep the door and the flap open for fresh air circulation, light and the sense of being in and part of nature. Bugs will enter and exit too, just like they will in your house if you leave your windows open. The best way to keep bugs from making your yurt their home is to keep it clean. Sweep your floor frequently and lift up your exterior shell layers along the vertical walls and beat on the different shells, especially the felt layer to make dust and possible bugs go away.  (Also refer to up keep section)

Bathroom -  

Q: Where is the bathroom?
A: There is none. You could set one up if you like, e.g. with a composting toilet or even regular toilet if you want to run plumbing fixtures into and out of your yurt.
If you’re planning on having a bathroom in your yurt, I would recommend to dedicate a whole yurt of dimension of your choice to the bathroom. For example, have a bathtub & shower, a sink & toilet all in one space rather than taking a large yurt and subdividing it. The only reason for that is that there is something magical about the entirety of a yurt space that gets lost with subdivisions.
Q: What do Mongolians do for bathroom?
A: They use an outhouse or whole in the ground at some distance to camp. Mongolian yurts (with very few exceptions in the capital) never have running water. They set up camps next to streams, rivers and lakes for access to water for both cooking and cleaning.

Kitchen -      

Q: How/where can I cook in my yurt?
A: The Mongolian way: on a central wood burning stove or on the grill outside of your yurt.
Q: What about my Viking?
A: For modern luxury, get a Viking barbecue for outside…
Basically you can cook with anything that won’t cause a fire hazard. You must make your own decision.

 

Customization of yurt

Cost -            

Q: Will it cost me extra to ask for a custom yurt?
A: Yes. A minimum of $500.00 extra.

Colors -         

Q: Are all yurts hand painted they way yours are in the pictures?
A: Typically yes. You could request it otherwise, but typically the posts, the door, ring and poles are decoratively pained with orange as the most typical base color. The poles and the central ring represent the rising sun, therefore the orange color.
Q: Can I get a different color?
A: If you special order your yurt you could. But we cannot match any exact colors or patterns. All decorative patterns are slightly different, so no two yurts will ever be exactly the same.
Q: Can I get a different outer shell color?
A: We are still working on that. But it should be possible soon.
Q: Can I have different decorative patterns on my outer shell?
A: Yes. Mongolian decorative patterns are typically blue on white canvas.  There are many levels of complexity. We will be posting different options soon.
Q: How about my own design?
A: Maybe, we’d have to look into it.

Size -              

Q: Can I get a yurt that has taller side walls?
A: Yes, as a custom order you can, but within reason. If you change the proportion too much, the yurt won’t be as stable.

Doors –         

Q: Can I have more than one door in my yurt.
A: Yes you could. It is not traditional but it can be done.
Q: Can I have full height doors?
A: You’re killing it now… (unless you’re getting a 8 wall or larger yurt)

Windows -    

Q: Can I have some windows and a glass skylight in my yurt?
A: No. The most we could possible do is put some glass in the door, but this is not confirmed. If you absolutely want French doors, you will have to customize and add them yourself.

 

Building/Set Up of yurt-
(does not include  flooring)

How long-    

Q: How long doe sit take to build/set up a yurt?
A:  Times vary.  It can take as little as four hours to a full day.

How many-

Q: How many people are needed to help build and set up the yurt?
A:  We would suggest for the build/ set up a minimum of at least 2 people and the maximum 4 people. More than four people it can become difficult coordinating everyone one.

 

Tools-             

Q: What tools are necessary for the set up?
A: The following tools we suggest are necessary for the set up only are:
Tape Measure
Ladder at least 5ft in height
Scissors
Ball of String
Human Patience

Information -

Q: Are there information on how to build/set up a yurt?                                              
A: Yes, information sheet will be included with the yurt on set up

Location:     

Q: What area of my property should I set up my yurt?
A:  We would suggest an area that is relatively flat with no slope.

 

Shipping/Logistics-

 

Dimensions- 

Q: What are the crate sizes of the yurt when packed?
                       

A:  This will vary depending on what yurt size you order.
For example a 5 wall yurt will be packed in a 4’ X 5’ X 8.5’ crate.
 
Weight-        

Q: How much does a yurt weigh?
A:  This will vary depending on what yurt size you order.
For example a 5 wall yurt weighs approximately 660 lbs with a
shipping crate add another 100lbs so were looking at approximately 780lbs.

Costs-           

Q:  How much would shipping cost for me to pick up my yurt?
A:  Shipping varies on where your location is and what size yurt you choose to purchase.
For example the transport of a 5 wall yurt from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA is approximately $675 in 8X8X 20 or 8X8X 26 transport truck with a lift gate. From Los Angeles to  Austin, TX in the same truck, the price is $850-950 depending on gas prices. We can also suggest freight companies if you request assistance in the pick up of your yurt.

 

Platform/Flooring-

Types:           

Q: What types of floors do yurts typically utilize?
A:  Flooring types can be from wood platforms (eg. redwood) to concrete platforms, to gravel, to just being on the ground (as long it is a relatively flat surface). For best waterproofing you may build a platform with a lip around the perimeter (see diagram).

diagram1

 

Yurt life

Q: How long will a yurt last?
A: There is no clear-cut answer to this question. It depends on the climate, the up-keep and what you consider lasting. The question is subjective. For example, if you get to the point where the paint on the exterior of your door has faded too much for your likings, you may repaint it yourself or you may replace just the door. The short answer is, if you take basic care of your yurt, you can keep it for a lifetime, but here and there you will most likely replace some parts over time.

 

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