What is the R value of your insulation?
We offer two insulation packages: 3 season and 4 season. The 3 season insulation has one layer of Reflectix double foil-backed bubble wrap lined with polyester mildew and fire resistant fabric. This reflective insulation is effective for warmer seasons and climates, but does not retain heat as well as our heavier insulation. Our 4 season package adds a layer of 1" polyester batting, which bring the R value up to approximately R10-R12. This option is used by many of our customers for comfortable year round living in Alaska. If more insulation is required, we suggest sliding foam panels in between our insulation and the exterior yurt cover, which can bring the R value up to approximately R20.
How can a yurt be heated?
A yurt can be heated with a wood stove or drip oil, by using a stove stack that runs through the skylight. All our skylights are designed to safely fit standard stove pipe diameters. You can either place the stove in the center of the yurt or add elbows to run the stove stack along the rafters (with proper clearance) for stove placement closer to the wall. We do not suggest running the stack out through the wall.
The yurt can also be heated with a Toyo Stove, monitor heater, or propane heater with vents running to the outside. We have custom options available for welding vent pipe fixtures into your yurt wall.
How can a yurt be cooled?
In warmer conditions, air flow and temperature regulation is important for your yurt. Our cover material is designed for UV resistance, and every skylight comes equipped with a hinged ventilation panel. The standard polyvinyl window panels can also be unzipped for air flow, leaving the mesh bug screen intact. AC units can be installed below hard window frames.