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Old 03-17-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Default A yurt in northeast Texas

I'm very likely going to purchase a yurt to live in full time. However, I live in northeast Texas so I have a few concerns. Maybe you guys can help.

1) From browsing forums and whatnot, I understand that with

insulation

and some form of

heating

like a wood burning stove, a yurt handles the cold pretty well. But what about hot climates? I know of the many things you can do to cool a yurt:
-

Insulation

keeps cool air in
- Windows allow for airflow
- Trees block sunlight
- Foil relects sunlight
- A fan sucks hot air out
However, when imagined, it seems like the yurt would still maintain an uncomfortable heat to it. I live near the DFW area and in the summer, especially July and August, the sun beats down and it can get up to 105 degrees.

2) Yurts are round, therefore wind just flows right around them rather than hitting the resistance of a rectangular building. But this area has had a few devestating tornadoes. Is it even a good idea to invest in a yurt due to that fact?

Any information is appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2016, 03:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

#1 - Note that I have little experience with yurts in your climate, but let me speak about summertime in upstate NY where it gets into the 90's with a lot of humidity. The yurt can be stifling sometimes. In a drier climate, would I expect it to be a lot different? No.

IMO, get the yurt with at least one standard glass window that can accommodate a window type AC unit. What do you have to lose? If you find you don't need it, sell the AC unit and be happy that you have a standard window.

#2 - Some of this depends on the yurt packages you buy. Look, there is no structure short of one that is underground that is going to save you from a tornado. That being said, I would recommend that your yurt have an underground safe room if you get frequent tornadoes.

Let us know how it turns out btw!
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

Hi psy. There isn't a snowballs chance in hell any yurt is going to survive a tornado. Not even kinda slightly remotely. Forget it. Mine has been up continuously here in CO be three years in June, and has withstood wind up to probably about 60 mph. In fact I did have a whirlwind run directly over the top of my yurt. It damaged the yurt. If it wasn't solidly anchored it would have been sucked up and pitched off. I saw it hit the yurt.

Catastrophic tornado type wind WILL trash your yurt. Make no mistake about it, it is a tent. I don't care how solidly anchored the yurt is, it will get wasted.

Enough on that. An easy way to cool the traditional yurt is to simply roll up the cover around the bottom edge, and leave the smoke hole uncovered, or the roof vent open. This creates a VERY pleasant cooling draft through the entire yurt. In addition, I suggest erecting an awning or tarp over the yurt. That keeps sun from beating down on the roof covering. Good luck.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:46 PM   #4
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Default Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

Hi Psy.

I'm in the process of moving into my yurt full time in Austin. I've been sleeping in it for several months. We have more humidity than you, but less wind and cold. I had just figured out how to beat the cold with a new insulation scheme when it started to get hot. My 12' self-built yurt is situated among many small trees, with the only serious exposure directly above, which gets me a lot of shade and transpired cooling. I'm planning on covering the roof vinyl with mylar to deflect as much heat as possible, improve my insulation to get closer to air tight, and install a small AC unit. I haven't decided if I'm going to go with a window unit or a free-standing one. My main priority is that it be quiet and efficient. With only 113 square feet to cool, it would be very easy for it to be overkill, with the temperature bouncing up and down and the unit making a lot of noise, which is something the Dumpster Project guy saw in his tiny unit.

The Dumpster Project

I may also try to pull air from under my

yurt platform

to get a little help from the shade and contact with the ground there. I'll report on my experiences as I go. I'm also planning on making a fan the same size as the roof ring hole to try to pull air through the yurt for as long as possible before resorting to AC. My skirts are less easy to hike, but I may create velcro flaps with screens that would allow inflow of air from the bottom without letting bugs in.

My Mom lives in D/FW, and I'd love to see your setup once you're ready for a yurt warming!

Scott
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

The shape of the yurt -and having a wind load package- makes it pretty strong in wind. However, no building, tent, camper, trailer survives a tornado.

We find that good ventilation, a

dome

lifter, a bronze

dome

and some shade is enough to keep a yurt cool. However, 105 in Dallas might require some kind of air conditioner.

We did a blog about

heating

and cooling here: Yurt Questions Answered: The Hot and Cold of it | Colorado Yurt Blog
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