What's included in the price of my yurt & what’s it made of?
What’s the life span of a yurt and is there a warranty?
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!
Do your yurts resist strong winds and snow loads?
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.
Are the yurts waterproof ?
Are there windows in your yurts ?
Can one have electricity or running water in a yurt?
What is a wall – I thought yurts were round?!
Having a few walls makes it easier to carry the yurt and the connection between 2 walls also add strength to the structure.
Can you connect yurts together?
Do the yurts need a lot of maintenance?
What type of platform should I use or can I install the yurt directly on the ground ?
Several customers installed their platform on straw bales with a plywood cover; easy, cheap, insulated and ecologic!
We do also sell excellent ready made platforms (made in Canada) that are insulated, easy to assemble and transportable.
You can install the yurt directly on the ground, as there’s no anchorage needed. Still you’ll have to take care of water drainage underneath the yurt. Install your yurt for example on a big tarp and fold the exceeding part of the tarp outside the yurt underneath the outside cover. It is ok to install a yurt on the ground for a limited period, but we do not recommend doing in humid areas over longer periods.
You can install your yurt virtually anywhere, but we generally recommend breathed areas rather than more humid places like under a tree or against a bush.
How long & how many people does it take to install a yurt?
The first time can be a little tricky even with our detailed installation notice. If you can, we recommend taking our set-up assistance. You can also let us know a few days in advance when you’ll be setting up and we’ll make sure to provide you with a contact phone number for one of our knowledgeable partner!
What is the weight and volume of the yurt and what vehicle can I use to carry it?
Here’s an overview of approximate values:
|nbrs of walls||Weight||Volume|
|2 walls||150 kgs (320 lbs)|
|3 walls||200 kgs (440 lbs)|
|4 walls||300 kgs (650 lbs)||2 m3 (70 ft3)|
|5 walls||400 kgs (850 lbs)||3 m3 (100 ft3)|
|6 walls||500 kgs (1100 lbs)||3-5 m3 (125 ft3)|
|7 walls||800 kgs (1750 lbs)|
|8 walls||1000 kgs (2200 lbs)|
Up to 6 walls, you’ll be ok with almost any pick-up truck or decent sized van. Attention, the toono (top dome) in a 6 walls is about 65 inches (1.6 m) in diameter… Above 6 walls, yurts take much more space. For example the toono of a 7-walls yurt measures already over 7 feet diameter, We can deliver; contact us per e-mail or telephone for a delivery quote. We do also organize once or twice a year a delivery tour offering great deals on delivery all around North America. We can also offer set-up assistance. Check our “shipping information” page under “more info”.
Are the yurt 4 seasons and what about heating, stoves, pipes and fire?
We sell original Mongolian stoves. Although very efficient, they should be considered as strictly decorative according to our occidental safety standards. A standard wood stove, pellet stove or slow combustion stove will do the job, as well as a little electrical or propane unit.
Yurts are well insulated, so please take care of carbon oxides accumulations on the floor if you use a combustion stove!
The yurt comes with a very simple tin plate on the tonoo (top dome) with a 4 to 5” hole for the pipe. This is the way they’re using it in Mongolia. In North America, you should normally use a double insulated pipe and have it installed on the yurt by a professional to comply with building standard. We can supply the parts on special request, but it is usually more convenient and cheaper to do it on site. You can either have the stove pipe installed through the tonoo (the Mongolian way) or through the wall, depending where you want your stove to stand.
Is your business based on fair trade?
The wood industry is very regulated in Mongolia, but we do not always have the control on our supplier’s sources. We therefore participate in the development of a tree nursery project, financed by the sale of our yurts. We have planted 3000 trees in the province of Selenge, Mongolia in May 2014 and will do so every year. A yurt uses in average 3.2 trees and we plan with this program to plant at least 25 trees per yurt sold.
We continue to support Globetrucker.org, an organisation that equips rural schools. We also participate in the community with different projects, like this sewing school that we helped set up in on of the poorest areas of the capital city, Ulaanbaatar and are happy to support selected local projects in North America when we can.
What’s the difference between a Mongolian yurt and a “modern” yurt?
Mongolian yurts are entirely hand crafted and will definitely require a little more attention than their North American cousins. You will have to adapt to your yurt and the yurt will have to be adapted to its environment. Even within authentic Mongolian yurts a lot of different qualities can be found. At Groovyyurts, we take a lot of care selecting the right quality of material at the source and helping our customers getting the most out of their new yurt in their particular environment. We’ve been successful so far since more than 10 years to use our yurts in all possible climates: dry, hot, snow, rain, wind, cold…