D.I.Y. Corner


Yurts are the ultimate Do-It-Yourself kit! You'll receive your yurt in a crate, with labeled hardware boxes that are numbered corresponding to our 70 page yurt manual. If you follow each step in the sequence before moving on to the next one, you'll have a successful build and be ready to enjoy … [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...]

Guest Post: Solar Hot Water

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I have for you today another fabulous guest post by Ron Friedman. If you've been wondering about an efficient way to get hot water to your yurt, he has a solution for you - solar hot water! Enjoy! *** Solar heated hot water is an under-utilized technology, often overlooked due to our … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Radiant Heat for Yurts


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


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


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


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


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...]

GUEST POST: LED Lighting Options


I want to thank Ron Friedman from Rochester, NY for taking the time to share his expertise in LED lighting and how efficiently you can internally light your yurt. Ron’s enthusiasm and knowledge has been a great help to me in learning how different bulbs affect lighting. Feel free to contact … [Read more...]