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Old 09-05-2021, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hi there I was wondering what kind of material do you use for the uni of a Yurt I'm using 25mm Oak and am unsure if it is sufficient for the job of holding the weight of the roof and covers its only really for non snowing weather any help or suggestions welcome

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Old 09-06-2021, 03:21 PM   #2
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1" oak rafters on what diameter yurt? Are you talking oak dowels from the lumberyard?

If you have a yurt 20' or 6 meters in diameter that would be a rafter in the nine foot range, which seems very small to me even if made from oak. I'd think 1.5" would be better.

1" would be fine on a smaller 12-16' yurt with no snow load, assuming you had decent dowels with little run out. Very unlikely with oak.

For reference, my 12-14-16 foot yurts had 1x3 rafters or 20mm x 75mm, and I could hang mid span off any two of them. I weigh 210. A 1" rafter on that diameter, no way, it would snap. Also my rafters withstood an 18" snow load without issue.

At any rate, if that's what you got, go with it. Then you will know for sure instead of the guesswork I am giving you. Good luck.
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It really depends on the size of the yurt and what you want to use it for. Is it camping or permanent. Is it 12ft or 20ft.

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use 1.5”x 7/8” vertical grain Doug Fir. I use these on the smaller yurts, but also the 20ft. My Rings weigh under 10 pounds (yes ten) so there is not too much weight on the roof. People buy my yurts to live in (where there is no snow), but they adapt them a little.
If you intend living in a yurt, I would make the lattice 1/2” or thicker and the roof poles 2”x4” or 2x6 if in a snow area. I think a lot of the permenant yurt makers use vertical grain 2x6 which is much stronger than the average construction 2x6
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Thanks for giving us your rafter details, Yurtman.
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