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...]

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...]

Guest Post: Radiant Heat for Yurts

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I'm so happy to share with you today another post from Ron Friedman of Sol Solutions. If you haven't already, check out his previous post on solar generators for yurt dwellers! He's created another super helpful, informative post, this time on radiant heat for your Rainier Yurt. Here's … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Solar Generators for Yurts

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I'm very excited for today's guest post, written by my friend Ron Friedman.  Ron represents Sol Solutions, a company that makes portable solar power generators.  Just to warn you, this is a long post, so grab a snack and get comfy!  This is the best post I've read about putting a solar generator in … [Read more...]

Yurt Interior Flooring

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Yurts don’t maintain their structural integrity as well if placed directly on the ground but should be firmly attached to a circular platform of the same size of the yurt you are purchasing. If you are building a residential yurt fixed with plumbing and electricity it’s best to elevate at least … [Read more...]

Heating Your Yurt

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What if I don't want to use only a wood stove to heat my yurt? Two is always better than one, so I recommend that if you can, you use two sources of heat for your yurt.  There will be times that you  have a power outage and must rely on your wood stove.  Likewise there will be times when you … [Read more...]

Yurt Insulation

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A Reflective Moment... As the temperatures drop outside it is a good time to discuss insulation. Most yurts use a LOW-E Radiant Heat Barrier type yurt insulation.  Rainier Yurts offer a single layer and a double layer of this NASA developed material. This form of insulation is new to most … [Read more...]

A Burning Question…

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Can I put a wood stove in my yurt? If I only had a dollar for every time I have been asked that!  The answer is, "of course you can!" My rough estimate is that 85 % (or higher) of our yurt buyers do just that. The only rule is that you MUST vent out through the side wall and NEVER through a vent … [Read more...]

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dana!

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Nobody likes to cook (and eat!) more than I do!  Aren’t we all passionate about our kitchens? It is the most important part of a home. It certainly is the heartbeat of a yurt! I get asked daily, “How do I put in a kitchen or a bath in my yurt?”  It is really a matter of preference, just like … [Read more...]