When it gets hot (30c+) you make a shade cover and when the mosquitos come in you make a screen. Put the two needs together and shazam! You’ve got a burlap sack thing.
We bought a 24′ by 3′ roll of burlap cloth which makes about a two layered 8′ by 8.5′ piece. We think it keeps the bugs out (some must get in through the door though) and the two layers sewn together (on a sewing machine woooh!) block some sun from entering the yurt.
Cooking on the outdoor kitchen or fire pit is also essential for keeping the yurt cool these days.
Since the dome opens and closes some 18” we needed the material to be able to “stretch” but also not leave gaps where mosquitos could get in. Burlap is the way to go. When is deteriorates we can compost it!
A plant acting as a weight for one of the corners of the yurt shade cover/mosquito net. In the photo above you can see a pink bottle (near the chair) hanging from another corner of the burlap cover.
How to outfit your dome for cheap:
Yes, the polycarbonate dome is expensive. But the hardware isn’t so much if you assemble it yourself rather than buying the yurt company package.
Below you see the set up:
Springs for 3 positions
Screwjack: when completely opened, the dome will be some 15” high at that spot. It looks like when you put a bowl upside down on a table and the bowl is lifted just on one side.
This spring is opposite where the dome opens to let air in. It is attached to the dome with a stopper made of rubber to prevent damage to the relitively fragile dome. It is attached on the wood with a small hook.
The next two spring poitions are like the one below, each located about a 1/4 turn from the screwjack opening. The set up is the same as above but with two stiffer springs (we have two short ones rather than one long just because those are the ones we picked up at a garage sale)
Crank handle: the tool that enables you to turn to open the skylight dome from the ground position. The crank handle combined with some kind of extender, be it a broom handle or a stick with a hook on the end, is what allows you to reach the screwjack device which when turns will open or closr the dome. Jed fashioned a straightened election sign rod. He curled the end into a hook so it can hooked on or off.
And lastly a fan to help with humidity condensing.
I took this shot from my perch on the scafolding and from the crown wheel. Jed and I climbed up later to see if the wheel could hold wright. It can. This means we probably won’t need supporting poles in the middle if the yurt. Will snow build up be too heavy for the crown wheel? We shall see…
– The ring supports our weight – success!
Jed drawing out the circle on the tonoo layer with a huge compass!