WITH A JURTE THROUGH THE WINTER
Especially in the winter months, a protected, warm and dry room is a blessing. The yurt offers a cozy room in cold and wet seasons with an indescribably beautiful and festive ambience. Whether for Christmas dinners or Advent celebrations, theater or storytellers the yurt is independent of the location and can be used in winter versatile.
A yurt can be heated comfortably in the winter with a wood stove and is next to the tepee one of the few tents that can be inhabited even in winter. A smaller yurt is easier to maintain than a big one and you use less wood. The space in a yurt heats up relatively quickly. Just make sure that the oven is not overheated and prefer to use smaller amounts of wood regularly rather than all at once. In a busy yurt, the temperature does not fall below zero and during the day it measures between about 14 - 20 ° C depending on how intensively heated it is. At night, when the oven is not burning, the thermometer can ever drop to fresh 5 ° C. An insulation has the advantage that the heat in the room is stored longer. Who intends to spend the winter in a yurt, should not refrain from isolation.
Our insulation consists of 3 layers. An inner dress, the fleece and the impregnated outer shell. We recommend an inner dress made of a light cotton fabric, which is placed over the entire construct first. Then the fleece is spread. It is usually a thick wool fleece that completely packs the whole yurt. The impregnated outer shell is laid over it. If you like, you can decorate the interior walls with towels or tapestries. Each additional layer stores the heat in the room. However, it must be noted that the yurt can continue to breathe and the moisture exchange is not impaired too much by the insulation. Wooden furniture can also help to store the heat when placed on the outside walls.
Anyone who inhabits a yurt in winter or has a high standard of yurt should consider an insulated wooden floor. With a little manual skill, you could also build yourself a yurt floor. For example, it can be filled with insulation mats or, as shown above, with felt worms. The more air is trapped, the higher the insulation effect. In a lounge a thick layer of wood chips is sufficient. The Schnitzel are distributed regularly on a Bauvlies within the yurt and also isolate quite well.
Basically, the yurt is a stable tent and can withstand strong winds. However, it is advisable to leave the supports under the crown in winter and thus to support the roof. For large quantities of snow, the fresh snow should be removed regularly from the roof. If the snow stays too long, the snow thickens due to the temperature differences of day and night, making it too heavy. The roof could collapse under the weight. A long broom or scraper with crossbeams helps to clear the snow. Another option is to throw a plastic tarp over the tent, so the snow will slide down by itself.