Domes Done Right


The dome, or skylight, at the crown of a yurt is a formed acrylic “bubble” centered over the compression ring. Standard material is ¼” clear UV-Stabilized cell cast acrylic. The dome can be fixed (non-opening), or have opening hardware fitted to it at our factory which comes with a hand … [Read more...]

101 Uses for Yurts

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It is always a treat to talk to a person - whether in–person or on the phone - who just learned about yurts. Their eyes twinkle with excitement and they ask, “what are yurts used for?” Yurts are used for a variety of business, personal, therapeutic, and creative uses. Here are a few that we … [Read more...]

R Is For Raven


You would not believe how many phone calls we get per day where the caller starts with, “well, this might be a stupid question, but…” Hey, we get it! This is not something they taught you in school; there are no stupid questions. Knowing that some of the terms used in the yurt world are unique to … [Read more...]

E Is For Eagle


Rainier has been in business for almost 120 years, but we've only been blogging about our yurts for the last three! In those three years, we've compiled a huge amount of information about yurts on this blog. Still, we get questions daily that would make for great blog posts but we haven't written … [Read more...]

Guest Post: An Illustrated History of Yurts


I am delighted to share a very special guest post today: Candace Rardon is a brilliantly talented artist and yurt enthusiast. She posted this illustrated history of yurts on her blog, has given us permission to share it here. Candace's beautiful sketches make her informative post charming and fun … [Read more...]

Practical Yurts


written by Steven W. Hatch, this is a great resource for every aspect of the buying and building process and addresses many or the challenges along the way. If you are looking for low-cost, alternative housing options, living closer to nature, off the grid, wanting to go green or just simplifying … [Read more...]

The More You Know!


I've had several requests recently for general yurt information, and I thought there are probably more of you out there who are just starting to learn about yurts and their many uses.  Think of this as a helpful PSA all about yurts! *** Adapted from Mongolian yak herders, modern yurts … [Read more...]

Yurt Sizes in Metrics


We've had several questions just this week from want-to-be yurt dwellers outside of the U.S. asking for our yurt sizes in metrics. Here are the conversions. Diameter(U.S. feet) Diameter(metric) Square Footage(US) Meters Squared 164.8260 m19718.302 m2 185.4864 m26424.526 m2 216.4008 … [Read more...]

Yurt Raising Video


This video shows how quick and easy it is to set up yurt - hope your yurt goes up as nicely as this one did. Send us a link to your installation videos! As always, feel free to call me with questions. Namaste, … [Read more...]

Codes and Regulations


As a general rule, the more organized the municipality the more hoops you will have to jump through to permit your Yurt. Big towns = big mentality = bigger problems.  Likewise, smaller towns seem to embrace the thought of yurts dotting their countryside. Just today I spoke with Mike, the Building … [Read more...]