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of Stratford

Our Yurts



OurYurt Parts


This page lists all the major parts of our yurts so you know what tou are getting. We at present only sell complete Yurts



Roof Wheel - Tono

The Roof Wheel or Tono is the most integral part of the Yurt. The yurts structural form and strength depends on the Tono. Traditional methods of manufacture are stream bending a single piece of wood to create a "wheel" or made using blocks to create a strong but heavy wheel that often required two supporting poles (Bagana).We are using the latter method but are 'modernising the methods using sheet ply and wood blocks

Making a Tono is the most difficult and time consuming part of building a yurt.




Roof Poles - Uni


The roof poles extend outward from the roof wheel down to the top of the wall. Like rays of sunlight emitting from the sun; it is one of the most recognized and beautiful aspects of a Yurt.

The tips of the Roof Pole are tapered to allow natural adjustment in the Tono. The the other end of the roof poles are secured to the top of the wall with a rope loop. The edges are rounded and all poles are treated.

Our roof poles are made from coppiced Ash or Hazel whicha are  strong but quite heavy .

We are also using softwood battens which we shape and cut to fit




Wall Sections - Khana

The yurt wall comes in two or more sections that are strapped together. The wall sections look like lattice screens you find in garden centers except they are not fixed and can concertina together for easier transportation.

The amazing strength of the wall comes from the many individual slats that cross each other and are tied at the intersections. The combined strength of all the slats creates a surprisingly rigid and strong structure.

To keep roof poles in place and to stop the wall sections expanding, a tension band is tied around the top of the the wall to keep the diameter correct and the whole structure stable.

The wall slats are made from Douglas Fir. If you are looking for a really lightweight yurt, then cedar is the best option. Oak is very attractive, but much heavier.




Tension Band


Without a tension band, the weight and pressure of the roof wheel and poles would push the top of the wall section outward, resulting in the roof collapsing.

The tension band keeps the wall at the correct circumference and provides force in the opposite direction, pushing the roof poles securely into the roof wheel.

It basically stops the roof from "pancaking".

Traditionally the tension band is made from canvas, but can easily be a rope or even a plastic coated cable. Anything will really do as long as it is strong and keeps the wall from expanding. Our tension bands are made from heavy duty 1" strap,



Pole End Protection Band


The pole end band runs all the way around the yurt and covers the ends of the roof poles. Made from canvas, the band is used to protect the roof canvas from wear on the ends of the roof poles. There are loops on each end which go over the door posts. The band is actually in two halves they are joined in the middle with velcro and this allows for adjusting the tension,.

Over time, the ends of the roof poles will slowly rub and slowly wear holes in the roof canvas. The band will help protect the canvas and extend its life.

It also enhances the look of the yurt making a crisp edge around the bottom of the roof and prevents the slight canvas sag between poles.





Door Frame - Nars


The door frame ties the 2 wall sections together and creates the entrance. The door frame is designed to come apart for easier packing and transportation. It consists of 4 parts; a threshold, 2 uprights and the lintel (header).

Traditionally the door frame is square, but we have created a more elegant looking doorway, by curving the lintel (top piece) which creates a few more inches of headroom. My wife and I are both tall so that few extra inches makes all the difference going in and out.

The Door Frame is the same size for each Yurt. and the standard frame is made from Spruce/Fir.






Canvas - Roof & Wall


We use 12oz natural cotton canvas for the roof and an 12oz for the walls which is treated to resist water and rot (We can fire retardant treatment also at an additional cost -please enquire)

Treated canvas will resist water, but if allowed to sit wet or in damp conditions for longer periods mildew will start to form.  

Our yurts covers are made with natural white (un-dyed) canvas, but other colors are available upon request. We always suggest light colors as they provide more light penetration which illuminates the interior, and reflects heat to keep the interior cooler. We can also offer a 50-50poly/cotton  canvas once again please enquire.




Based on the Mongolian Yurt (or Ger), our  interpertation of the Yurt is constructed using materials more suited to our British weather.The main differences between our gers and Mongolian yurts are:


We use a waterproof (and fire retardant canvas) rather than felt covers.

Our frames are made from locally sourced hardwoods and cut lathe softwoods rather than the larch or willow used in Mongolia.

We use polyester cord and hemp rope rather than rawhide and horsehair.  

On our basic gers we use a wider wall pole spacing to support a much stronger cover, and to give a lighter, yet very strong frame.

Our door frames are slightly higher than those used in Mongolia for easy access. and our standard ger is with a canavs door