Heating Your Yurt: A Simple Quick Guide

Updated: May 7, 2021

50' Nomad Shelter Yurt with a 10' Compression Ring & an 8" Stovepipe

The yurt is traditionally designed to be compatible with extreme temperatures. Our yurts stand true to this tradition, being specifically designed for Northern climates. In Alaska and other cold places it's more a matter of keeping it toasty than cool; however, our yurts are engineered for both. This is a quick guide to the tried and true methods of keeping your yurt cozy.

Each Nomad Shelter yurt is equipped with an

opening in the skylight, structured to accommodate a 6-8" standard stove pipe.

You will need to attach a class A chimney assembly to the inside before installing the chimney. We recommend Metalbestos. Instructions for assembly of the Metalbestos should come with the product.

We also provide a cap for the chimney opening if you choose to use an alternative heating method.

4' Skylight with Uncapped Chimney Opening

You can position your chimney straight down for a fireplace in the center of your yurt, or throw a few angles in there and put the fireplace off to the side. Galvanized hanger straps may be used for the latter option to securely fasten your chimney to the rafters as pictured to the right.

We recommend keeping the stove pipe at least one foot away from the walls and ceiling for safety measures. Also you should always place cement board or another incombustible surface under a woodstove, and behind for larger stoves, or simply position it further from the wall.

Alternative heating methods can also be used in our yurts. Any electric, propane, or diesel heater is applicable. If you chose to use a heater which requires a ventilation exit, we can manufacture your yurt with a Duro-Last ventilation fixture upon special request. This is a permanent alteration to your sidewall and the exact placement must be determined before you order your yurt.

There's plenty of options to heat your yurt, each with their own assets. After all, one of the benefits of living in the round is the effective temperature control, giving you the ability to heat your yurt quickly and ventilate adequately.

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