Part two (Something a little different)

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Project by AkBob posted 06-07-2011 07:30 PM 4514 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the same extended weekend that I built the outhouse, I built my first round platform and curved deck for a yurt (Mongolian style tent). This is where I spend most of my summer now as it makes a great base camp for wildlife photography. Only disadvantage – no electricity.

The deck is raised due to permafrost and the fact that I have added a wood stove. It faces a lake just steps away and the outhouse is nearby.

...follow me on a journey to travel 7,500 miles on foot

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 07:41 PM

Is that traditional yurt framing? I’ve never seen anything like that!! Its awesome!!! you could use one of those solar kits, good enough to plug in a few things!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 07:52 PM

I wouldn’t have figured a Yurt in Alaska… I have seen them in Hawaii though…

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 10:04 PM

A group of us goes out to do some yurt camping and snowshoeing for a weekend around Jan/Feb every year. They’re great! The wood stove keeps you good and warm even in the coldest of temperatures!

-- -- Stan

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 10:05 PM

Love the deck. I have a Yurt at my vacation place. Made by Pacific Yurts. I bought mine used and had to re-assemble it on my lot. Mine also has grid-like frame work. As I recall, setting it up, it felt real flimsy when the wall structure was in place. One by one, we added the roof trusses to the upper ring and the thing just stiffened up. Once the framing was up, you could roll it off the hill and it wouldn’t come apart.

Great little building and yours looks great! I haven’t made my deck off the back yet, but your efforts are sure inspiring me to get to it! Great job!

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 10:08 PM

I can tell I would like you in real life. :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-08-2011 12:30 AM

tomakazi – The lattice work is traditional in the way that American manufacturers produce them. It is quite sturdy once built. When I went in the spring to clean this one off I was surprised that the roof was holding 3ft. of densely packed snow with no apparent damage or distortion to the framework.

dbhost – Quite a few Yurts dot the landscape here, there is a hot-springs resort in Fairbanks that rents them as well as business on the Kenai Pen. They are a great “quick fix” while your building a cabin or if you live off the road system (the bush). I think the inexpensive cost and relative ease of set-up has made them more popular recently.

BenchDawg – I really like Pacific Yurts design and options. I ended up purchasing this one from Nomad Shelters (local) to save the $2k shipping cost that Pacific wanted. Agreed on the apprehension while setting this up. Original plans were to build a deck on our other property and move this back and forth however, after balancing on the top rung of a not-so-sturdy ladder holding that 80lb ring above my head (felt like one of those circus bears on a unicycle trying to juggle) while my wife placed the trusses in well… I opted to leave it where it is. Imagine that :)

Bertha – Agreed! Beautiful home and shop, by the way.
I use to go on an annual ride through WV starting in Chicago. I always enjoyed it there, great scenery and people. Everyone I met had that sincere warmth and politeness that made me feel at home.

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 06:34 AM

Impressive and very nice.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#8 posted 06-11-2011 08:39 PM

I really like this! Is it warm in the winter? What keeps the lattice together?

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#9 posted 06-12-2011 02:09 AM

Hey CJay,

The yurt is located in a valley that sees -30 to -50 (Fahrenheit) in the winter and it has kept me toasty when I visit for a couple of days to shovel snow and take pictures of the northern lights. On occasion I have even had to open the door and one of the windows to cool it down. It is insulated (not underneath yet) and heated with a small barrel wood stove. The lattice is riveted together.

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#10 posted 06-18-2011 01:11 AM

oh yeah!! -love round! i will favorite this, and maybe it will motivate me to get started on my mud/log hut!

-- christine

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 10:13 PM

Because you didn’t include the link to your photography page in this blog, I am doing that now. The photos are amazing and it gives a bit more insight into the building of your yurt. :) Everyone, if you have a minute- take a look at this link. It’s worth the effort! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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