Pontus Duckert

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How nice of you to ask this Paul. It can be a considerable part of the experience especially if your device only supports some formats.
I'll vote for the following as well.

"   - about 35 mp3 files in one zip file

   - one big mp3 file

   - one m4a file"

One thing I'm curious about. When I have one big file I tend to forget where I was (especially if it's unintentionally interrupted) and have to manually search for it. To you who prefers one big file, does your device remember, do you write it down? How do you keep track of that?
That's a great idea. I wonder what would be cooler, to leave the insulation in the walls and roll them up a bit (perhaps cover the opening with a similar shade cloth for bug protection) or do as you described they did. My gut tells me that having the shade cloth for walls would be cooler, but I've also heard that insulation helps keep the heat out. I might try both, as we don't have that many noseums here. Thanks.

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.
6 years ago
Another thing to add. Bamboo seems a lot easier to handle, comes ready to work with, can be relatively cheap and is also lightweight.

7 years ago
I'd like to add this: http://thedelmeryurt.blogspot.se/p/canvas-exterior.html She takes you through the sewing process. I've heard good things about Sunforger Marine Canvas.

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.
7 years ago
I'm giving this a bump.

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.

Wondering about;

- 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.
7 years ago
Complements to you again, I've been following this and the last house. Talk about a size difference! Your house enriches my dreams. Light-weight construction is ingenious. And I've seen some of your friends are also building houses on wheels. Friends are the best. You must have learned a thing or two, doing that together. What would you say was the greatest challenge in this particular build? I have so many more questions. You mind if I send you a few of them in a PM?
7 years ago

fiona smith wrote:which part of europe are you looking at?

I' m off to spain next year to look at some free sites, and i'm going to stop off at a community which is privately owned by who ever wants to live permaculturely. i have sent you a PM

Hello. I'm also very curious about this. Since it might be the only way of pursuing self-sufficiency for me.

All the best.
7 years ago
Fantastic. Thank you. Refrigerators! Yes of course, clever. I will tinker with that.

Yes, that's sadly the nature of a tiny house on wheels most of the time. I think the ones from Tumbleweed weigh around 3 tons, an therefore require a powerful car to tow. That's why I've been considering a light-weight construction, but that of course adds to the problem. To counter it best I can, I plan to have some mass in the form of a RMH in both the house and the yurt (with as little barrel exposed as possible to first and foremost store heat), and in the last mentioned I was pondering having water tanks, not on the RMH (don't want to create steam) but in the room. To save space, maybe they can be placed inside furniture. Like under the sofa, for example. I've got the impression that water stores heat effectively and so far I can't think of any big disadvantages with this idea. I could also add rocks around the RMH. As for applying that in the house, well, that depends on how much it will weigh when it's finished. A more expensive trailer probably maxes out at 3-4 tons so I wouldn't tempt it. In the end I'm limited by how much mass is practically sound to move around. I would like to be able to move everything at once, to minimize expenses. Even though it probably has to be split in two anyway, since the yurt weighs several hundred kilos.

Your cottage is perhaps the best example of storing heat I've ever seen. I've never seen that in such a small building. Absolutely amazing, and very inspiring. I would without a doubt go that way if I owned land. That gives me an idea! I could heat the water that goes in the tanks with solar heaters. They're cheap and easy to build, and also portable. If all should fail, I could always move the thing somewhere warmer. It is after all - at least in theory - mobile. I wasn't planning on taking it around the world though, it's more a quick way to create my own cheap home, which I can move if I have to (when my 6 months without a permit is up).

Thanks again for your input.
7 years ago
Hm. I'm borrowing the thread a little. I plan to build a tiny house on wheels and attach it to a yurt. If successful it will be very roomy, mobile and I think the two will complement each other beautifully both practically and esthetically. But, I live in Sweden and we do get very cold winters. I wonder if it's worth it, even with super good insulation, RMH and a skirt? There's a reason why people build deep foundations here...

Anyone have experience or thoughts on the subject? It's a dream I have, and it would be devastating to build it and then realize it's too costly to heat. Any way of roughly calculating something like this?

All the best.
7 years ago