Mongolians say it is 100 years… On our side we’ve done our best to select the best quality of yurts and to adapt them to climates that are more humid than the ones in Mongolia. With a little care, wood structure and felt insulation will last dozens of years. Should you have any trouble with the cotton based canvas after a few years, these are items that we will always carry in stock at very affordable prices.
Our yurts are all hand made and come with no warranty. Although we care to source the best possible quality for yurts since 2003, we cannot guarantee how they are going to be used. However, we are always available for advices, spare parts, for any question or in the unlikely event of a problem.
A part of the yurt that could age quicker, especially in humid areas, is the outside canvas. We now offer a 10 year "at cost" warranty on our canvas. Even if you had to change it twice... it would still be cheaper than any other covering... and definitely healthier and more comfortable than vinyl for example!
Yurts have been developed in a country with an extreme climate. They are aerodynamic and resist the strongest winds, although they’re normally not anchored to the ground (Mongolians do not want to hurt the Earth). In case of extreme winds, Mongolians usually attach a big stone to the rope that hangs from the centre of the tonoo (central dome). You can use a ring bolted to your platform. Also, make sure that the yurt is “air proof” on the ground and that there’s no risk for the wind to rush from underneath the yurt. We have a lot of experience to share on the subject and you might find more info in our installation notice.
If the yurt is well installed, it should normally resist heavy snow loads. But for more safety, we advise our customers to regularly get rid of the snow on the roof. Should you leave the yurt unattended for a longer period and fear heavy snow falls, you can always place two additional central post under the tonoo at 6 and 12 o’clock on yurts up to 6 walls.
Everything is possible! The concept of an authentic Mongolian yurt is so flexible that it is easy to adapt to your needs, as long as you respect safety standards of construction!
Our yurts ARE round! A wall is a lattice section that is unfolded like an accordion and connected to the next one in a circle to form the circumference of the yurt. The more sections (walls), the bigger is the diameter of the yurt. Traditionally in Mongolia, most of the yurts have 5 walls. We like to describe the size of the yurt in “walls” as the diameter can vary a little bit.
Having a few walls makes it easier to carry the yurt and the connection between 2 walls also add strength to the structure.
Yes, and it is fairly easy to do. We can do it for you on order directly in Mongolia, or we’ll be glad to show you how to do it if you have some carpenter skills…