Saturday, February 4, 2012

Winter in a Yurt

A lot of people have been asking me what it is like to live in a yurt in winter and especially when the weather is as cold as it is now.  This past week the temperature has been below 0°C during the dayand last night it was -15°C. Yesterday it snowed and everything has been covered with a beautiful white blanket.



 This is our kitchen, the stove is what keeps us warm in winter. It also heats water for a radiator in the 2nd yurt and the water we use for washing.  In the winter it is on all the time, day and night.  When it has been filled up with wood it can burn for up to 8 hours before it starts to cool down. In very cold weather like now I do wake up in the night and fill it up. I do this in order to keep the other yurt where the girls sleep warm enough through the night. We also have a gas cooker for cooking in the summer and we have a solar panel for heating water when the stove is not on.  In this cold weather the stove is keeping us very warm and cosy.  
This is the 2nd yurt, it has a radiator and a bath, and the girls beds, toys and cloths. The bath is in the floor and when we are not using it we place a lid on it to save space. 
Last night we had icicles hanging off the yurt.  They were blocking the door so unfortunately we had to break them to get in side out of the cold. The snow stayed on the yurt all night and has only just melted in the afternoon sun.  
  

14 comments:

  1. Hey Rowan,
    I've never seen a yurt before but it looks like a house from a fairytale!It's really amazing and such a location! You are really lucky to enjoy all of this.Enjoy your fairytale! Xxx Sandy

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  2. Looks so romantic, (except for going to the toilet outside ;)
    it is a beautiful place!!

    XX

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  3. It looks really great! So clever putting the bath in the ground!
    A really healthy way of living.
    x

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing this, Rowie. I'm sure you could start a blog about yurt living, and even sell advertising space to all yurt makers, farms that allow yurts, and all things 'yurt'. You could post pics all year round etc etc. How is your house building coming on or have you shelved that for the moment ? Lots of love to you !!!

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  5. It looks really cosy. Unbelievable that this is in Belgium. It looks more like you're living way up north in Scandinavia. And indeed it has a real fairy atmosphere around it. Must be a great location to be creative. It's not hard to imagine little elves and gnomes running around and having fun!! Enjoy! xx Lieve

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  13. Hi Rowan. Amazing blog! I have some questions re winter living in the Yurt. We are about to winterise our Yurt (soon to be 2) in preperation for whatever mother nature has to throw upon us! Firstly what did you insulate your floor and walls\roof with? We are looking into both natural and foil based products. How did you plumb in your radiator to your back boiler on the stove? Ive had many suggestions put my way some complicated some not so would love to know what you did and if it heated the second yurt adequately. We are also building a second bedroom yurt which we will be joining together but still deciding on the best way, again any advice on how your 2 yurts were joined would be amazing. Hope you can help us out. Thanks for a great blog x x Tim x x

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