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Old 01-01-2014, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question Saplings for Khana

Hi all, I'm new here but I've been floating and reading for some time now.

My partner and I are considering putting up a yurt here in Vermont. Last summer we visited a local manufacturer (Two Girls Farm). We were interested in how they built their yurts from saplings halved. We considered buying a yurt from them, but we're also interested in building a 24' yurt to live in full-time. Ideally we would use saplings too.

Since then I've found myself frequently looking at Paul King's Complete Yurt Handbook. King explains in detail how to make a yurt using saplings as wall poles. We're leaning towards this process since saplings are cheaply available here. The largest yurt that King built was a 16', so I'm wondering if a 24' yurt can be feasibly framed considering the weight of canvas,

insulation

, and a possible snow load. Does anyone have any insight into this building technique?

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Old 01-04-2014, 12:08 PM   #2
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Snow load in Vermont can be upwards of three feet, right? A dried sapling 12 cross wall might take that load, but that's a raw guess. Typically yurts of that size that might have 6 tons of weight atop them are going to a stud under each rafter at the wall. Just sayin. Good luck.
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