The Yurt and shade structures are now for sale! Please scroll back in time to see all of the construction details.

Since the 12 x 20 shade structure went up very well, I think a larger one that is essentially flat with a little roof rise in it, will work to cover the yurt.

Adding many 20 foot long pvc pipes to the shade structure could make for great shade coverage of the Yurt and of our vehicles.

Here is Bill’s tent, my yurt and our potential shade layout for BM 2010.

The Yurt Rack is finally complete! Now I don’t need to buy a trailer and hitch for the wagon! That saved me some serious cash! It looks very solid. The side benefit is that there is a significant amount of storage space under the Yurt Rack for carrying shade structures.

These are the structural aluminum brackets that Bill gave me years ago. They sure came in handy. This bracket had to be sunken into the stud because all three brackets are not mounted in a straight line due to their placement on the roof by the factory. This mod allowed the stud to be aligned in a straight line.

The front bracket had to be sawed in half with my horizontal band saw since the 2 mounting studs were spaced much further apart from the factory. It did a great job. Don set this saw up for me years ago and it does such a nice job.

This rear bracket did not come with any slots for mounting so I just drilled a single hole. Under each bracket mount there is a 1/8″ thick reinforced rubber pad to help spread the load out on the roof.

I posted this idea here on the BM site.

I am seriously thinking about building a monkey hut to add to my yurt. It seems to me that the parachute effect of the wind getting under the hut could easily be minimized by not using one solid tarp, but a minimum of 3 tarps overlapped like very long roof shingles. So if a 20 x 10 tarp is normally used, maybe three 4 x 20 tarps stretched out length wise across the monkey hut frame, and over lapped by a foot or so. I know there are no 4 x 20 tarps, but I use that dimension to help draw the concept.

Imagine the wind blowing sideways across your camp….

1st idea: If the roof tarp goes on first, and the side tarps last, with the side tarps overlapping the roof, then air flow can exit going up through the roof from inside the hut if the edges of the sides are just a little loose. This would not allow so much lifting force. Airflow could not happen in the opposite direction so it would reduce dust ingress. But it would allow some rain to come in.

2nd idea: If the side tarps go on first, over lapped by the roof tarp, then the airflow could only move from outside the hut to the inside. I’m not sure that’s desirable. But it would keep the rain out. Hmmm. Maybe if the roof tarp was left looser with longer cords/bungees than the sides, or maybe only bungied to the end pvc loops, it would allow wind to escape by raising up some and letting the wind out. It would also keep the rain out. After thinking about it I like this idea best.

When the wind blows into the hut, it will have a route to escape through the two overlapping seams in the roof. But when wind tries to blow down onto the roof, the wind is blocked. The overlap of the 3 tarps provides a sort of one way valve for the air flow.

I thought of this because of street banners having so many crescent shaped cut outs made to allow the wind to blow through the banner, lowering the wind loading substantially. The problem with cutting crescents into a monkey hut tarp is that the wind and dust could blow into and out of the hut.

What do you think?

While hunting around for shade ideas to make the yurt even more thermally efficient, I found this couple who added a great shade structure to their yurt. They took care of all of the issues I’m looking at with my yurt. Here is the thread where I found the initial information.

Here is a pic of their shaded Yurt on the Playa.

Here is the happy couple. Cowboy and Connie. Truly amazing to see yet a second yurt transported on top of a car roof. Gives me great hope that my Honda wagon will handle the load well. This couple used a roof rack. I don’t see any additional straps. I’ll have to find out if they used any straps to hold the yurt in place at freeway speed.

Here is Zanes car with his yurt transported on the roof as well. Zane reported that his yurt slid back about 5 inches during transport. Does not look like a roof rack was used.

I’m making an entry way made from canvas to seal the door from letting in so much dust and to hold the door in a horizontal position. This will make a longer path for dust to have to travel to get into the yurt. Today I go hunting for more canvas to start this project.

The pole for this year is really nice. It will hold Camelbaks, clothes and even lighting.

One of the great benefits of going completely away from home on a trip is that my carb cravings go completely away. At Burning Man we had next to nothing for refined carbs to eat. I weighed 197lbs when I left for Burning Man. I’m now down into the 186-189 range. I never thought I’d get to under 190 like I did in the late 90’s. This same thing happened to me last year when I went to Brazil. Cravings were dead when I got back and my weight loss program was born. I’m only a dozen lbs above my high school weight of 175lbs. If I can ever get this damn thyroid under control, life should be quite sweet. It’s already vastly improved.

For detailed pics of our Burning Man adventure go here.

Below are pics of the Yurt as it was installed and our journey to Burning Man.

Here is the slow traffic that took two hours to get through on I-80 due to construction. There was a motorhome that I had diagnosed with a flooding carb, sitting on the side of the road. Those guys were great. I meant to visit them but never got around to it.

Bill’s car had taken a nail in the tire at the truck stop near by. So we were lead to this tire shop across from Walmart in Fernley Nevada.

We arrived at 3 am in their parking lot and slept in our cars until they opened. The van in the background is Karly’s van. We met here at the same truck stop and she tagged along with us all the way to Burning Man. We never saw her after that. Although some woman came knocking on my Yurt at 5:30 am the next morning. I did not hear her with my earplugs in. Bill did hear her, that’s how we know. We are guessing that it was Karly.

Here is the dusty road into the playa. Those are cars in the background stirring up that dust. We were arriving about noon.

Here is the greeting sign at Burning Man.

Yurt pics installed at Burning Man at the end of the week. The door gaps were the only thing in the entire Yurt that leaked any dust. Granted, foot traffic carried some in as well. One suggestion I liked from the lady across the street was to lay down bed sheets on the floor so that just taking them outside and shaking them off would make for a cleaner environment.

Here is the table where I stashed everything. It was worth bringing the table. The clear totes become so clouded with dust on the outside of them that labels will be used next time.

Here I used my spare canvas cloth to push the roof up and help close the door gaps. The problem was that the poles and roof would settle a bit and the door gaps would open up again.

The next couple pics are of the interior seams that needed to be held closed with tape. They kept the dust out nicely.

After staking down the blue tarp to the ground, and assembling & staking the Yurt on top of it, I taped the walls to the tarp. The ground was not level and so there were gaps under the edges of the walls to the outside. The tape sealed it out nicely. This 6 inch wide tape had lousy adhesive, but held fine in this application. In fact, when it was time to remove the tape it came off easily in several long pieces. That was nice!

Here is the Yurt as it was installed. Bill and I made a nice corner for ourselves. The plywood for transporting the Yurt made for a nice wind and dust break. So did the wagon and trailer.

Here is our setup from the skating surface area.

I never though I’d let my new boots get so dusty. But it just became part of my surrender to the playa dust. The traction of the skating surface was insanely great.

I used Bill’s large light for a night light. It lasted all week without charging.

Here is the corner where some miscellaneous stuff was kept.

Here is a week’s buildup of playa dust on the anchors. The anchors never came loose. Using 10 and 12 inch nails angled into the ground 60 degrees apart worked nicely.

Here is one of the locations where a piece of tape was added to seal out the dust. It might make for a handy attachment point for lights and interior hanging cloths in the future. The canvas and weather stripping did a great job of sealing out the playa dust.

Here is a complete anchoring corner. With 4 long nails staking this corner into the ground, it’s hard to imagine it ever pulling up.

Not much of a gap to get into the wagon, but I just used the other side of the wagon instead.

Here are a couple of the pieces used for me to get into the scooter. The scooter is not pictured as I have already packed it into the car.

I used a small blue tarp as a front porch so that it would help keep dust from being tracked in as much. Not sure how much it helped in the end.

Here is how and where I stored almost everything. Notice how cloudy the outside of the totes became. I ended up doing far more searching that I wanted too. Next time they get labels.

Here are a couple of shots of our neighbors Yurt interior. She used this wire shelving to organize their stuff.

Here is the box that the wire shelving came in from Target.

Here is our great buddy Officer Ray, at the truck stop in Furnley Nevada where so much great conversation occurred. Ray took fantastic care of us when Bill had a flat tire and when I was ticked off about not getting to Burning Man on time. Ray also helped our new found friend Karry with advice about her druggy boyfriend. Ray is a huge asset to the community out in Fernley. We will definitely be looking him up when we go back to Burning Man or through the area for any reason. This pic was taken as we were leaving Burning Man. So I was able to catch Ray up on how things went during the week.

The was the right rear tire from the wagon. In Sacramento on the way home, I heard a bang. I had Bill drive around the wagon as we cruised down I-80. He didn’t see any issues. This tire went 120 miles, getting me home, before it went flat. I had no idea it was in this condition the whole time. Used tires show to be a bad investment once again. The next day I used the spare and it blew all of the tread off as it was actually a recap. No more used tires.

For detailed pics of our Burning Man adventure go here.

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