Why Real Glass Windows

by admin on February 3, 2014

30 ft. fortress

Often imitated, never duplicated!  The Fortress was the original design with real glass windows in a yurt.

Why is this so important?
There are many reasons, and we will cover a few of them in this post. Watch our blog for more great information about this.

First of all, the clear acrylic tent windows that are sewn into the wall canvas of most yurts is the very first place that your yurt wall canvas will fail. The wall canvas itself lasts much longer than the clear window acrylic.

Next, the inspiration for this new design came out of the desire to create a more secure yurt. With the addition of real thermal windows, and also the wood on the inside walls of the Fortress Yurt, this design is much more secure than the standard tent yurt design. Whether you are worried about two leggeds or four leggeds, this is a much more secure design!

We can tell you from many years experience living in yurts, it is so very nice to just walk over to your window and open it from inside. No more having to go outside and roll up windows every time you want to open a window! Often while cooking in your yurt, you may want to adjust the air flow…. now it is easy! Even just sitting around enjoying whatever you are doing, adjusting the air flow is a constant thing. Now it is very easy to do. It is so much easier, we feel spoiled!

It took several years to come up with a design with these features that we could still pack up into a crate and ship it around the world! At this point hundreds of yurt owners enjoy this new design, and it all started with the Fortress.


Affordable Off Grid Power Systems

by admin on January 21, 2014

We make yurts off the grid and would like to share some great things that we have learned.  We could have power brought in, but we chose not to do that because off grid systems give us a lot more freedom in how we choose to create power… there are many options.  Also, we never have a power bill!

Many people who live in yurts live off the grid, and often are on a budget getting their new yurt home set up.

You can create a start up solar power system for a couple of thousand dollars. The key when living with a small system like this is to be mindful of your energy consumption. It is very easy to live with low power usage. For example, use laptop computers rather than desktop. Use LED lights. And you can get efficient RV refrigerators that are a decent size which run off either propane or battery power. These are just a few ideas.

We also like to have a generator for running power tools, vacuum, etc. While we are running the generator for these things we are charging two battery banks!

There are a couple of really good free podcasts about setting up a low budget solar system at http://www.battery1234.com/. You can download them and listen at your convenience. If you scroll down a bit you will find another podcast about creating a back up power system in your vehicle so that batteries charge while you are driving.  Amazing.  This site is run by Steven Harris, who seems to understand a lot of things that many people want to know.  He is really good at explaining things in down to earth language.

Included are really good recommendations about which batteries are best to use and things like that.

Enjoy your freedom being off the grid!


How to Stay Warm & Cozy in Your Yurt

January 7, 2014

We get a lot of questions from people who call us about the realities of staying warm in a yurt in cold climates. Reality is… YES… you can stay warm and cozy! In order to accomplish this, insulation is important. The reflective insulation used by Yurt companies is surprisingly effective. Sure surprised me when we […]

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How To Stay Cool in Your Yurt

July 16, 2013

Summer is here and many of us are enjoying very hot days.  Think of your yurt just the same as you would any other building.  If people use air conditioning in buildings in your area, you can use it in your yurt also!  If you live in an are in the dry western states where […]

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Yurt Living in Deep Snow

April 23, 2013

Yurt Living and deep snow can go hand in hand, and yet there are things that need to be understood about this relationship. We would like to help people that are embarking upon Yurt Living to be sufficiently educated about what they are getting into so that they will have positive experiences! OK, lets talk about […]

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Be Prepared For Strong Wind

April 10, 2013

  In the last year we have heard many reports from people with Yurts (and also others) that there have been very high gusts of winds in many locations where high winds have not been a problem in the past. Since this has been happening, we have been recommending the Snow and Wind Kit more than we ever have […]

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