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Karl 11-15-2012 10:45 PM

Enclosing the platform?
Hi Guys,

What product do you recommend for enclosing the space under the platform? The air space ranges from 2 ft to 5 ft at different places around our platform.

Jafo 11-16-2012 06:55 AM

Karl, do you want this to be all year round or do you want to be able to remove it? A friend of mine has a camp (not a yurt) but it sits on a raised platform. He said that he puts bails of hay around the base in the winter time. I have no idea how that works, but he says it works for him. He removes them in the spring.

Karl 11-16-2012 07:52 AM

I want it to be a bit more permanent than hay bails mainly to help divert wind gusts. We fortunately only got about 6 hours of bad wind from Sandy, and it mostly was shaking the yurt from under the platform. Then last week we actually got worse wind from a front, and again where it went under the platform was worse than the actual round yurt. The trailer skirting I see online looks to be square and rigid. I was looking for a product I can bend around in the round shape.

Jafo 11-16-2012 10:16 AM

Maybe "bendyply"?

Flexible plywood (bendy plywood & flexiply) :: Winwood Products

Innovative Panel Products by Neat Concepts

I dunno if they make weather proof bendyply though?

Pacific Yurts 11-16-2012 12:24 PM

Karl, you could also try HardieBacker.

James Hardie Backerboard | Residential Siding from James Hardie

It bends readily, can be textured and painted and isn't going to rot over time.

Corinarose 11-16-2012 01:00 PM


I used siding from the skirting around a trailer on the low end and then metal shed siding for the tall ends of my yurt. They worked well and all of the material was free.
I also have bales of hay under there as well
I might consider cord wood walls in the future

Karl 11-16-2012 04:43 PM

Thanks guys! We are having 15000 btu Empire propane heater installed for extra heat and so we can go out without having to have fire going. I also ordered 23 48" x 75" Denim hot water heater blankets to put up around the walls. The full insulation that comes with the yurt really isn't very good. Bendy board or something around the platform should also cut down on drafts.

hakalugi 11-26-2012 11:57 AM


Originally Posted by Karl (Post 853)
I also ordered 23 48" x 75" Denim hot water heater blankets to put up around the walls. .


since "dead air" = insulation, i assume you won't smush-sandwich these between the lattice and existing inner insulation face. Are you going to place them inside of the lattice as your new inner most layer?


bss 11-26-2012 12:46 PM

I was wondering the same thing thanks.

Karl 11-26-2012 09:00 PM

I put half of the insulation up today on the east side of the yurt. The blankets are inside the yurt against the lattice. They are held up by the snow and wind support 2x4s and Gorilla Tape linking them together. The yurt is already more comfortable. Tomorrow the heater gets installed in the morning and I will finish the west half of the insulation. Home Depot sells them only online, and they sent them in 23 individual boxes, which was really annoying. They only sell them online and won't ship to a store and let you pick them up. I will then cover the walls with a tan felt to make it look nice again.:D

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