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Old 09-19-2021, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Where to place a yurt in the forest.

Hello All, I am new to this forum and just purchased a yurt I will be setting up in a forest. I would like to know the safest place to place the yurt with protection from snow or wind. I have a few options like:
  • on the top of a hill
  • hidden behind the hill
  • in a open flat place
  • in between trees
  • on edge of small cliff
  • any combination of the above or other suggestions appreciated.
Just looking to avoid building it in a zone where wind is strongest or snow piles up.

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Old 09-19-2021, 06:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Where to place a yurt in the forest.

Did you get the snow and wind package?

How much snow and/or wind do you get?

I would prefer to not have trees right near my yurt, in fact, I cut all the trees down around it because I don't want them or their branches and leaves falling on it.

I have never had issues with wind as a yurt is pretty aerodynamic.
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top of hill not good due to wind exposure. back side of hill, no because snow drifts leeward of obstacles. so hidden behind hill expect drifts. open flat place be windy, (that's describes our lot exactly). between trees ok if no tree or branches fall on yurt in wind. Clear them back 20 yards or so. The code here is 30 feet minimum for fire mitigation, and no branches in the bottom dozen feet. I'd consider that a good spot. edge of cliff? lol

An ideal location for a home in windy snowy country is a flat opening cleared in mature forest. Don't site it at the bottom of a canyon if possible, because cold air funnels down at night.

Lastly, look around the property and use your senses. think about the location for your yurt. Consider wind, snow drifting, look for trees and branches blown over, standing water, flatness and drainage if it rains hard. Keep in mind the curved surfaces of a yurt shed wind very well. Anchor your yurt solidly and it will be a good home. Good luck.
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Old 09-21-2021, 03:44 AM   #4
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Default Re: Where to place a yurt in the forest.

Each of the above listed sites has advantages and disadvantages, @Bob described it excellent.

And with an, from @Jafo mentioned, snow and wind package, it is possible to compensate for some disadvantages very well.
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