The affordable Redoubt Structure
A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Modern yurts may be permanently built on a wooden platform; they may use modern materials such as steam-bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, Plexiglas dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation.
Yurts offer an affordable way to build your retreat, regardless of your budget. If your concerned about security, simply have an ICF (Insulted Concrete Form) basement poured with secure access through a floor access way and your valuable preps will be safe and sound while away from the homestead!
Are they warm in the winter? There are many options available by the manufacturer to ensure that the Yurt meets the environmental requirements of the chosen locale in the American Redoubt. The bottom line? YES, they are easily heated and will keep you and your family toasty no matter the weather outside.
We have searched and have only found one quality manufacturer in the American Redoubt for yurts, Shelter Designs.
Montana is at the core of Shelter Designs. The hot, intense summers and long, cold winters were an ideal testing ground for product development. Rain, snow, cold, heat, wind – Montana has put the yurts to the test and has been an excellent teacher.
The forests of Western Montana are a tremendous resource for quality lumber, and Shelter Designs is strongly committed to protecting these resources and using them wisely. The land and conditions have led to some of our unique innovations, which are found nowhere else.
The Eco-Yurt is created using natural lodgepole pine, western larch, and cedar that grows right here in our state. We developed our Arctic Insulation package to keep you comfortable on – 40 degree nights, and we provide built-in awnings over every entryway and glass window to protect the vulnerable points of the yurt from dripping rain and melting snow. Our standard 3/8” tension cable is a good idea with 6 feet of snow on a yurt.
Watch a few videos below and then visit the Shelter Designs website by clicking the logo / screenshot. American Redoubt proudly endorses Shelter Designs, and be sure to tell them where you learned about them.