Glamorous Camping

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The idea isn’t new, but the word is. “GLAMPING” – a cross between glamorous and camping. Four years ago, I heard it for the first time and understood instantly that Rainier Yurts are a perfect fit for anyone who wants to "glamp!" Glamping has become a huge industry around the world. It’s a … [Read more...]

Energy Code

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Word on the street is that the energy code is causing problems for yurt dwellers. Some states in the US use the Uniform Building Code (UBC) but many states, provinces, and some countries use the ICC (International Code Council) rule books. The two ICC rulebooks are the IRC (International … [Read more...]

Living In A Yurt Full Time

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A house isn't a yurt, but a yurt can be a great house and a wonderful home! I talk every day with people at every stage of the "yurt life." Many hope to live in yurts, but are uncertain that it's right for them. But I also get calls from people who live in yurts full time - many of them had that … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Experiencing an Eclipse in a Yurt

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I'm a big believer that when Mercury is in retrograde (like it is now!) weird and unusual things are bound to happen. Mercury is in retrograde three or four times a year, and some astrologers will warn you not to travel, sign important contacts, buy electronics, or marry during Mercury's retrograde … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Phase One

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Today's post comes from Savannah, a new Rainier Yurt owner, who has started a blog to document her yurt raising. She originally published this post on her blog, riding yurty, and gave us permission to share it here. Savannah is building her yurt in beautiful rural Texas - I'm so excited to follow … [Read more...]

Rate Your Yurt’s Fire Safety

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Lightning strikes have caused several wildfires here in Washington state. My hat is off to the multitude of volunteer firefighters and my heart goes out to all of the victims affected by the hundreds of square miles (over 215,000 acres) of charred terrain in Washington State. More than 1,600 … [Read more...]

Stay In A Yurt This Summer

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Red Tricycle recently posted their list of the best, kid-friendly yurt camping sights around Western Washington. Staying in a yurt (a "yurt-cation") is a great way to try yurt life for a few days, and Red Tricycle says (and we agree!) that it's much more luxurious and comfortable than tent … [Read more...]

Casting Calls!

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A new casting call came in today: Magilla Entertainment is casting for an Alaskan off-the-grid reality show! Have you ever dreamed of buying your own island in the remote and unforgiving Alaskan wild? Or ... Have you been thinking about leaving your old life behind and moving to a … [Read more...]

Solar Food Dehydrators

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This is another guest post by Ron Friedman. He is working on a great new product - solar food dehydrators - that I thought might be of interest to some of you yurt dwellers. Enjoy! *** Solar powered food drying for gardeners, farmers and commercial scale food producers is coming to the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Solar Hot Water

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I have for you today another fabulous guest post by Ron Friedman. Enjoy! *** Solar heated hot water is an under-utilized technology, often overlooked due to our romance with solar electricity. But fuel for heating water is expensive and solar offers tremendous savings and payback … [Read more...]