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Kiwassa 01-01-2014 11:09 AM

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?

Bob Rowlands 01-04-2014 01:08 PM

Re: Saplings for Khana
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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