Kinch (aka "Perma-Nerd" wrote:
Has anyone lived, or know of someone who’s lived in a yurt in humid to tropical climates? We’re probably going to end up in Florida (where I’m originally from), and we need to know if there’s anything you/they have learned that will help us. Also, I quite enjoy the bugs, heat, and odd weather so that’s not a problem. We’re more worried about mold, and moisture related problems.
I currently live in a yurt in Oregon. I do stay in a yurt in Fiji when I do work there. It's definitely a good idea to get one with as many windows as possible, also it's key to figure out a way to put noseeum screens over the windows! You have to be careful about mold and mildew, and the hot tropical sun will limit the life of the vinyl roof and walls even with UV inhibitors.
-but we’re keeping our minds open to any ideas. When we get back from working in Alaska we plan to visit the company Laurel Nest Yurts outside of Asheville, NC. I have a really good feeling about their work, and ethics. You can check them out at;
Like I said we are very open to ideas. So if anyone wants to share yurt stories, or what you’ve learned please post them , because it would really help.
Sunforger marine canvas seems to be the best thing for walls. We made a "stemwall" out of poly that was doubled up (there's probably something better for this). We put outdoor carpet over the poly in the floor - an idea we got from the $50 underground house book.
Talk to you soon, M.
why not a ferrocementyurt?
it last longer,
with a shadowscreen maybe "the" method in florida.
some facts of the net:
The wall thickness of ferrocement constructions lies in general between 10 and 30 mm (3/8 to 1-1/8 inch). Like other applications of cement, a considerable amount of time may be necessary for the material to fully cure and reach its final strength. Curing time is dependent upon the span or application load, and ferrocement can take a month before it is ready for use. As the cement hydrates, it becomes increasingly strong.
With many available types of coverings, from Thatch, Woven Bamboo, Fiberglass Panels, or other preformed panels and even Gunnite, or Ferro-Cement Imposed on chicken wire, the cost of a Structure such as this is variable, and the Costs can be Arranged to the Finances of the person/s that will Occupy the Structure.
Did you make it back to Florida?
Husband and I are looking for FL land and thinking a yurt would be a low impact way to live for awhile.
Did you visit the N. Carolina yurt maker?
I was thinking of doing that, since we live in TN now, and they are the closest manufacturer to FL, as far as I know.
Happy summer day!
Many people already live, or wish to live in yurts in a wet/humid climate. From England to the Tropics, I'm guessing that many methods are applicable to both regions. The big difference is of course cold winters. Since yurting is very popular in the UK, I want to think the knowledge is already there. What I've found is this;
* Some form of water resistive barrier between the outer liner and the cover (for example Tyvek)
* Avoid the traditional untreated wool insulation used in windy dry Mongolia, instead go for the processed and treated variant if you decide to use wool
* Nylon ropes (if you use cotton-based or horsehair, get new ones every year)
* Treat the wood well and proper
* If you don't raise it from the ground, be mindful of water (perhaps put some work into good drainage)
* A good wood-stove, or even better, a RMH as it dries much of the moisture out from the inside
Feel free to continue the list.
- The prefect balance between water-proofing/allowing moisture to travel outwards? Some prefer polyvinyl as outer cover, others cotton. Anyone with experience willing to share?
- Any tips when sowing your own canvas? Like general methods, type of seams etc.
- Anyone using a portable foundation?
- As I'm building my own I'm stuck in trying to find suppliers of wool insulation in the EU (or not that far away from it). Anyone know anything? I'm also looking for a good supplier of canvas material (as this is a running cost).
Edit. Perhaps I should have made a new thread named "Yurts in wet/humid climates (necessary measures)" or something.
McCoy, I think ferrocement yurts are a great idea if you are allowed to build one. Such innovation. A local guy here has built several. However I haven't got the opportunity to build one and need to stick to the portable alternative.
DIY AC from a Burning Man thread. Supposed to be good for cooling up to 3000 cubic feet, and with a 105ah battery it can be run a week on low.