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Message posted by pingvin on 19/11/2013 at 1:20am
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Some of you might remember different DIY tent projects I have been telling about on this forum. I haven't given them up, but have to wait for spring, when I can use the garden for my experiments. So you'll still hear about the "paddling pool airbeam tent" or the "PVC piping tent".

In the meantime I have been thinking about a tent that is small enough - and can stand without the aid of guy lines - so that I can work on it in the livingroom. And I want a tent that can be used in my tiny garden also during wintertime.

So I have decided to build a tiny garden yurt! Just big enough for my campbed, a little table and my tiny electric heater. Here is my plan:



And here the materials I have gathered:



Not on the picture: webbing, mesh, material for window and skylight, and metres of velcro!

And here Khabeesa the cat inspecting the first experiments:



Of course there are lots of important details where I haven't a clue yet as to how to construct them, like the connection between the dome part and the trellis walls, or the skylight. I hope there are some good advice and ideas coming from you here on the forum!

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Do you kids roll their eyes when they see a pile of stuff in the living room? Or do they get involved and help out?

It looks like another great project. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

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Pingvin, have you been exposed to the fumes from an adhesive tin again...? Honestly, I thought I was mentally challenged but reading your post reassures me I'm OK!

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I helped make a yurt once. Or rather I helped make some of the felt panels to cover it. We used a LOT of sheep fleece for that project and it took a lot of feltmakers, their assistants and any conscripts to make that much felt, not to mention a lot of time and elbow grease! But it was worth it, it was a beautiful yurt when we'd finished, with the inside covered with thinner felt inlaid with fabulous designs.

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to join the 'dome' to the trellis....
have leg sections on each dome strut that reach the floor... there by taking the wieght of dome covering and possible lining... then use garden plant wire or zip ties to fix the trellis to the dome legs...

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Pingvin. I take it Danish tv isn`t very good then. But I do love your imagination and can`t wait to see the finished product. Just watch out no idiots come on here and recommend covering it in tin foil. Good luck. Geoff

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I should think that manufacturing the shape in canvas would be a difficult challenge.

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That looks like an interesting project but not one that I would like to do inside the house lol. The wife would have a fit.

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RTS5 and mphigham - well it's not without problems to construct the yurt in the livingroom - my teenage daughter certainly rolls her eyes!

So I work at night when the kids are in bed, and have to dismantle the construction again before I go to bed...

Safeway56 - I don't think this will be so difficult, I plan to take the measurements from the shapes formed by the "dome" poles and sew the pieces together.

don-maureen - You have a point about the weight of the dome (and fabric) on the trellis. So I consider to put legs under every second of the dome poles - it's kind of "cheating" compared to a real yurt, but "real yurts" are not made of plastic trellis and metal rods either...

I want to build a yurt that can be taken down and moved, so instead of zip ties i think I'll use velcro.

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yes velcro would be good. 'garden plant ' ties are very easy to 'undo' they have a slot type system and are usualy bigger than 'normal' zip ties.... just a thought .......
garden plant ties

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Love seeing your cat checking you are doing it right

Looking forward to seeing it in your garden.

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don-maureen, those garden plant ties look really good, I am sure I can get them here in Denmark too, even better than velcro I think.

Plans for the dome are changed, I found out that there are a lot of hazel trees (or are they bushes??? I'm no botanist...) in a copse close to my house. I cut a branch - needed for a DIY pencil project - and suddenly could see the possibilities. They are elastic yet strong, and much lighter than the metal rods, which would put less stress on the plastic trellis. So one of the next moonless nights I will have a little walk to have some fresh air, and take my smallest saw with me...

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Here's a little update on my garden yurt.

I have made a detailed step-by-step-plan now:





I expect to saw the pieces of PVC-pipes to the right lengths during the next days, and find the hazel rods, and sew the long strip of fabric with the "pockets" for the roof poles, so then I should have everything I need to assemble the "sceleton" of the yurt.
The insulating part shouldn't be too difficult to sew, the real challenge will be the fly sheet (including door and cover for skylight), because it's made from different fabrics, and of course needs to be watertight!

I'll need to use metres of velcro (have bought a lot over the last months every time there was an offer), because I want the yurt to be easily and fast dismantled and erected again - of course I need to see what happens when I bring my little yurt to a campsite!

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I had to laugh at this much as I would like it. It is just that our little sheltered acc. bungalow is smaller than that your Yurt. You have more room in the picture with the cat doing his inspection of his territory I wonder now whether I should put my order in now so I can have a bigger sleeping area than the squeeze we do have.

Are you taking orders yet :-)

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Hi Chrissie, your sleeping area must be really small then, my yurt will just have space for one campbed or two SIMs...

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I need some advice from all you experienced campers! I have got some doubts about the two layers - the inner layer made from the "felt"-and-plastic protection sheets, and the outer layer from partly tarpaulin, partly poly tent fly. I now occured to me that the inner layer cannot "breath" because of the plastic layer, so my question is: Will there be condensation/moisture trapped between the two layers? This would be a bad thing, I suppose. What do you think?

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