Hi there peeps...
I have not been on ATS much this year as have been working hard to achieve a goal. But I need some help and advice and usually this is a good place to
So I hope you do not mind but can I pick your braaains...!
Myself and my partner are in the early stages of planning and resourcing materials to make a Ger (true mongolian word for yurt - they would be
offended if you called it a yurt!)...
We live on a very low income and would like to try and source things as locally and as economically and ecofriendly as possible...!
We live on the tip of the most North Westerly point in the UK. The Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides... So many of my questions are about strength and
durability of the materials for making a Ger.. Our Ger would only stay up in the summer months as there is no way it would survive here in the winter
- last winter we had winds exceeding 140mph...! So our Ger needs to be super duper strong as we do get high winds in the summer too. It also needs to
be able to withstand A LOT of rain/sea spray/salt...
This is the most north westerly peninsula UK..
And this is the ex RAF camp we live on which is to the left of the above picture.. On one of the rare serene days..
Now I know traditionally Larch is used as it is very strong but flexible. There is no Larch where we live and no Ash (which I have heard peeps use for
the khana - walls). But we do have Willow - which can be used for roof poles and the trellis..
There is however a sawmill on the other side of the Island. And we were wondering if we could use 2x1/2x2/(or even)3x2 lengths of timber (soft pine)
for our roof poles and the khana..? This would be ideal for us if it could work - as it is not far away/cheap/sustainable... I have seen people using
3x2 timbers for making a more permanent Ger - but I just wondered if there are any downsides to it..
Another question - the canvas..! In the Ger plans I found online for a 12ft Ger (which is what we are thinking of) calls for 12oz
fireproof/waterproof/rotproof canvas.. I have just luckily found an item on eBay which is 3m2 shy of what we need. However this canvas is 20oz..
Would there be any disadvantages to using 20oz grade canvas for a 12ft Ger..? Apart from the obvious - it would be much heavier..! But our Ger needs
to be strong and withstand the elements...
Next question - the crown/wheel.. What is the best wood to use for this..? And do you have to use wood...? We saw an old metal wagon wheel outside a
derelict old croft house and wondered - could we use one of those for the crown...? If using wood we would need a steambox.. As far as I am aware
there is nothing like that here locally - however I see you can make a steambox yourself.. But would I be making a mountain out of a molehill...?
I would like to make this Ger as resourcefully and as environmentally aware as possible.. But I do not want to overwhelm myself with an excessive
amount of work....!
If there is anyone out there who has built a Ger or has any knowledge/advice/tips - it would really be so massively appreciated...!!!
Apologies for the long wall of text - but sometimes things need to be explained...!
Thank you and thanks again if you got to the bottom...
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