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Old 12-30-2014, 10:18 PM   #41
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I agree, ventilation is key. It is simple:

moisture

needs to be gone. If you have a heat source, use it. Sure, you are going to use a little more fuel, but that is better than rotting out a yurt or living with black mould.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:22 PM   #42
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I should mention as well that I do very little stove top boiling. A boiling/simmering pot can easily be set in the oven to cook. Ovens on a wood cookstove are vented to the chimney so there goes the moisture!
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:59 AM   #43
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Here's how we solved the condensation /

insulation

problem in our six yurts.

Hope it of interest.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:12 PM   #44
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Great ideas. We insulated virtually the same way: in between the studs of the snow/wind kit. Instead of the 'wool' we used foam boards cut into triangles (by my very patient brother in law). The heat reclamation unit sounds intriguing although we are off grid with minimal solar...we could upgrade if needed. I was also considering finding someone to build a

dome

out of 6 triangles of double or triple pained glass and somehow attaching the top cover in a way that enables it to vent into the new

dome

. The new dome would also have a permanent vent at the top to allow for year round ventilation. This seems more in line with normal house ventilation where the soffet (sp) vents (equivalent to where top cover is resting against side) feed air to flow up to the peak vents (equivalent to the dome).
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:29 AM   #45
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Last night down to -41. Yurt still warm but things have frosted up a bit. Not surprising! I'm not bothered, windows will clear up in a few days & indoor relative humidity is only 45%. I'm not gonna worry about any of it. I guess am lucky to be in a dry climate, not much chance for mold!
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:24 PM   #46
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This only seems to work on a very limited basis. Any cold weather makes any level of water vapor (even cooking when humidity remains at 32%) condense on the dome...or freezes if cold enough. I even installed a ceiling fan and tried running it when cooking to circulate air, but that didn't seem to help. Is

Pacific Yurts

planning to manufacture an insulated dome, or a dome that is vented on top?
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:15 AM   #47
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Well it's warmed up to -21C & frost has cleared off the dome & most of the snow has gone off the dome as well. Our French doors that were frosted right over are pretty much cleared up as well as the vinyl windows. I'm convinced that allowing air to freely move up the walls & some to vent out the dome (it's never been closed since moving in Sept. 15) is the key. Heck if things frost up....MEH....it'll go.....no sweat.....natural air movement & warmth from the floor & wood stove & things are taking care of themselves. Things frosted up at -41C but I had bigger worries than a frosted dome! I farm & livestock & tractors & poultry & water troughs way bigger issues than a bit of frost in me tent..... It's warming up now to only -21C & things frost up & equipment will start & life goes on.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:16 PM   #48
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-41C, something sounds weird here, how did this person insulate? I have a 30 ft pacific yurt with reflectix and big woodstove cranking 24hrs a day with ceiling fan on 24 hrs, dome closed and when it's -15F I can't keep my yurt above 48F. Just to mention I have a fully insulated floor and a custom steel front door with dual pane windows and window liners installed and zipped down. Staying warm at -41C in a fabric yurt sounds deceptive as well as leaving the dome open. My dome freezes on the inside wether it is open or closed as soon as the temp drops below 5F and I have tried many solutions to remedy the problem with no luck. I just installed a pellet stove on the other side of my yurt to work in conjunction with my large woodstove. Also I heard on this forum that someone put sleeping bags between lattice and liner on the inside, I tried this with one sleeping bag just as a test and within 1 hour the sleeping bag was frozen solid to the wall with a ton of ice, it somehow attracted

moisture

to effect the dewpoint, all the while my relative humidity has never been above 14%, high alpine dry environment, but dew point is different than humidity and I have learned this the hard way.
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:24 AM   #49
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Well, I have a 30' Pacific yurt (hunting camp) with the same reflectix

insulation

, no insulated floor, no ceiling fan and no other insulation other than weatherstripping between the yurt wall and the skirt. I have been up there when it was -20 and walked around in a tshirt and shorts.

It sounds to me an issue with your

heating

solution. A pellet stove will not work well in a yurt because most of them are forced air heat, not radiant. So you might as well get rid of that. You would be better off getting a larger wood stove instead.

Did you partition your yurt or is it all open?
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:26 AM   #50
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Pellet stove worked great as an addition, I did not want to put a larger wood stove in because we are already burning 8 cords of wood a year, lodge pole and Doug fir, as there is no hardwood here. At least the pellet runs without continued feeding for over 24hrs. We live in our yurt full time, and yes it is partitioned with bedroom and full bath, and we run radiant oil heaters in each room when it gets to the negative temps and they do very little to help, just make the electric bill get crazy. We are fully plumbed up to code, full electrical up to code and are perfectly comfortable when it is above 10F. We have spoken to Corina Rose on many occasions and all of us who live in these yurts full time seem to have the exact same problems, yet everybody who stays in their yurt from time to time seems to think the opposite.
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