How To Keep a Yurt Warm in Winter?

  • By: Brian Comstock
  • Date: October 19, 2021
  • Time to read: 2 min.

There are many potential quandaries that face new yurt owners, not the least of which is the question of “how are you going to keep warm in the winter?”

So, How Can You Keep a Yurt Warm in Winter?

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If none of the below help, you can always wear extra layers!

On the one hand, the idea that living in a yurt means you’re doomed to freeze to death is a fear-mongering absurdity.

People have lived in yurts in the Russian Steppes and Mongolia for hundreds of years. If you can survive the winter in a yurt there, you can do so anywhere.

At the same time, there is admittedly a difference between survival and comfort, and Medieval standards of either don’t exactly make for a palatable choice in the modern-day.

Add Insulation

The walls of any yurt are going to be thin compared to those of a traditional home, which can already suffer from heat loss in the wintertime.

The way homes combat this is by installing insulation options, which is what you’ll want to do with your yurt.

Leading yurt companies offer wall linings which can help keep your yurt insulated.

In addition, you’ll want to make sure that you insulate your floor as well.

Space Heaters or Wood Stoves

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Always keep your eye on the fire

You’ll need to find a way to heat the interior of your yurt.

Hundreds of years ago a fire with a small opening in the ceiling for ventilation was the way to go.

If that old-fashioned approach doesn’t appeal to you, a space heater may be a better option.

They’re inexpensive, and as long as you keep an eye on them, they can heat the confines of a yurt quickly and thoroughly.

Electrical Heating

If your yurt has electricity, you’ll want to use it to generate some heat.

This can be used to power your space heater, electrical fireplaces, and all manner of other heat-generating options.

In addition, you’ll want to look into a ceiling fan.

This may seem odd at first.

After all, a ceiling fan is all well and good as a way to cool your yurt in the summer, but how can it help in winter?

Well, heat rises, and so if you’re not careful, it can raise and seep out of your yurt right through the top. If you install a ceiling fan, on the other hand, it pushes the heat back down into your yurt.

Whatever option you choose, you’ll be able to keep your yurt nice and warm come wintertime.

Need summertime advice?  Then check out here how to keep your yurt cool in summer.


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