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Quick Guide: Components & Connections

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

One of the incredible things about yurts is the simple design which enables timely set up and take down, once you understand how it works. Each connection and component of our yurts is engineered to be efficient, durable, and convenient. This is a painless walkthrough of how a Nomad Shelter Yurt works.

You can reference our set up manual linked at the bottom of the page for a more specific walkthrough, tips, and advisory on the assembly of these components.

The Frame

The frame is based off of the traditional Mongolian Ger, with a few modern components which are unique to Nomad Shelter.

Lattice Connection

Our lattice is designed at the perfect capacity to support the top of the yurt without the bagana (pillars) traditionally used to stabilize a yurt. The lattice is held sturdy by carriage bolts connected to the door frame(s) and tension from the top half of components. If you chose to have hard window frame(s), these are structured identically to a door frame to maintain the structural integrity of the lattice.

Tension Cable

One of the fundamental structural components of our yurts is the tension cable. This is a robust steel wire which rests in notches on the top of the lattice.

Rafters and Compression Ring

The rafters are designed to suit the size of your yurt. The larger your yurt, the thicker the rafters, for optimal strength and stability.

Mortise and Tenon Connection

The rafters secure to the compression ring in a mortise and tenon connection on one end.

Rafter Slit onto Tension Cable

At the other end of the rafter there is a slit which slides in place on the tension cable. With every rafter in place, the cable distributes the weight evenly around your yurt and creates the ideal amount of tension to stabilize the structure.

The Shell

Roof Insulation

The roof insulation goes on before the roof cover. It may be manually placed over the rafters from the opening created by the compression ring.

Homer Round House set up

It is secured by being screwed into the compression ring and placing the Duro-Last roof cover over it.

Duro-Last Roof

The Duro-Last roof cover is draped over the insulation, placed shiny side up. This may be done manually through the compression ring opening. However, additional equipment, such as a crane, may make this easier for larger yurts.

The lipon the bottom rim of the roof cover remains folded up until the walls are secured.

Homer Round House set up

Duro-Last Wall

Running Stitch to Secure the Outer Wall to Roof

The Duro-Last wall is secured to the eyelet holes on the flap under the eave of the roof material.

This is done by weaving the provided string in a uniform manner through the eyelet holes on the wall.

Once all of the walls have been assembled the lip of the roof cover is folded over creating a seamless overlap.

Wall Insulation

Zip Tie to Tension Cable

Our proprietary wall insulation is flexible and efficient, and one of the easier components to assemble. The insulation panels are slipped into their respective locations, and secured to the tension cable with zip ties at each eyelet hole.

The Skylight

Line Used to Firmly Secure the Skylight

Securing the skylight is one of the final steps in the assembly process.

Each Nomad Shelter skylight is masterfully handcrafted at our shop in Homer, Alaska.

It comes equipped with two eye hole screws directly across from each other which attach to two identical eye hole screws on the compression ring.

This guide is intended to give simple and comprehensive insight into the components of our yurts, and how they all connect together to create the most durable and efficient yurts on the market. For more in depth instructions on yurt assembly and tips/pointers check out our Set Up Manual at the link below!

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