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Old 08-21-2022, 09:14 AM   #1
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Hi! This is my first post! So thanks in advance Id anyone can help me.

I have an adapted Mongolian yurt in use full time in rainy Cumbria UK.

We often have to put our crown cap (the extra canvas that covers our Perspex sky light incase Im using the wrong terminology!) in spring and late summer. This blocks a lot of light and I wondered if anyone new if you could buy a transparent additional crown cover. Ours is currently heavy canvas same as our overall outer walls.

Whenever Ive looked they seem to be 400??? Which makes me think Im typing in the wrong thing!



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Old 08-21-2022, 12:09 PM   #2
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I'm no expert on yurt covers, but here is a suggestion. If you want a lot of light and full on rain protection that is very affordable and easy to make yourself, you might consider using greenhouse plastic.

I built us a small 10x15 greenhouse this year. The greenhouse plastic I bought is a 4 year rated material -note: not big box store variety- and is VERY tough and UV resistant, unlike the box store stuff which won't last a year. I know that from having covered tomatos with the stuff and it is JUNK plastic. I bought it from a greenhouse supply store. Pick one, the plastic is probably the same everywhere, as long as it is called 'greenhouse plastic'. It comes in any size.

To make a flat sheet cover your yurts ring, or as much of the roof as you desire, lay the sheeting atop the yurt. Make a single cut up to the apex. Slide the cut edges past eachother to form a cone that fits the roof. Tack the seams with tape. Remove and thoroughly tape the seam with packing tape or other clear heavy duty tape. There's likely 'greenhouse plastic tape' for all I know.

Good luck.

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Old 08-21-2022, 12:26 PM   #3
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To make a flat sheet cover your yurts ring, or as much of the roof as you desire, lay the sheeting atop the yurt. Make a single cut up to the apex. Slide the cut edges past eachother to form a cone that fits the roof. Tack the seams with tape. Remove and thoroughly tape the seam with packing tape or other clear heavy duty tape. There's likely 'greenhouse plastic tape' for all I know.
And dont forget to protect your sheet from the heat of the chimney....

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Good luck.
Of course. Thats always necessary on such projects.
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Old 08-21-2022, 08:23 PM   #4
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Good point Ralex. Nothing quite as nasty as fire melted plastic. Been there done that. Get a fireproof wall tent stovejack.

Another possibility is to just pull the roof cover back so light get in somewhere other than where the stovepipe is situated, and then work sheeting under the cover but over the wall cover.


Keep in mind it's just a simple yurt cover. Getting more light in there IS gonna happen. Experiment and you'll figure it out. Keep it simple. Good luck.
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Old 08-23-2022, 12:50 AM   #5
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And dont forget to protect your sheet from the heat of the chimney....
I would like to lead the TO (@Meg) with an link to an other thread, where that topic was discussed 3 weeks ago:

https://www.yurtforum.com/forums/yur...html#post12290
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Old 08-23-2022, 02:10 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the help! I should have added that our stove goes out the side so wont effect the crown at all!

Going to try this!

Thanks again!
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We often have to put our crown cap (the extra canvas that covers our Perspex sky light incase Im using the wrong terminology!) in spring and late summer. This blocks a lot of light and I wondered if anyone new if you could buy a transparent additional crown cover. Ours is currently heavy canvas same as our overall outer walls.
Welcome Meg.

I'm originally from the UK (eons ago) and now live in Mongolia.

I agree with the idea of a sheet of strong plastic. In Mongolia we use these in winter to cut the cold down. Your situation might be due to rain?

In our situation cold is the main enemy. I imagine it gets cold in Cumbrian winter. So, in addition to what others have suggested - good suggestions for rain, I'd consider the plastic on the inside. The plastic could be stuck to anything and tightened with nano tape. Some types of plastic can be heat shrunk to make it nice and tight for maximum visibility.

The downside is you may not be able to operate the opening/closing of the crown. However, we could still open ours from the outside but it's probably very rarely necessary.

A photo of your crown would really help. I'll show you mine with some notes. It's a modern yurt, not traditional.

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Like I said, this is more of a winter cold solution which may or may not work for you. I've done this on windows in Mongolia in houses/flats and it increases the

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of windows considerably without affecting visibility much. I haven't done it to our yurts yet BUT winter is coming, so I might do it this year.
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That is one killer yurt.
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The downside is you may not be able to operate the opening/closing of the crown. However, we could still open ours from the outside but it's probably very rarely necessary.
If youre using an electric opener the problem is solved, isnt it?
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If youre using an electric opener the problem is solved, isnt it?
Yes, I haven't seen those. Are they common?

However, I can't think why you'd want to open the crown when it's sealed inside with plastic. We could open hours from the outside too but it's awkward. We'd probably just keep it closed the 9 months of winter where I live. It snowed a bit today.
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