FAQ's

  • I want to buy a yurt, but how do I know if it's right for me?

  • Yurts aren't for everyone, but the chances are, if you've seen one and think you'd love to have one, then you won't be disappointed.

  • I live in the UK, can I still live in my yurt?

  • Many folks live in yurts in the UK. But they do require some tlc to ensure they stay in great condition. For all year living, we suggest you have wool felt insulation and a cotton liner. A wood burning stove is also highly recommended. We recommend you check with your local council for any planning issues.

  • I'm worried about my yurt being cold. Can I put a wood burner in it? How can it be safe going through the cover?

  • Yes a wood burner is highly recommended. You might also want to consider using a double skin flue. We supply silicone flashing kits so it can safely go through the yurt layers without causing a fire hazard.

  • What is the difference between canvas covers and Polycotton? Why do you use polycotton?

  • We use Regentex 12oz poly-cotton for our covers. We believe this is the best for yurt covers.

  • Regentex is a blend of polyester and cotton. Key qualities include flame retardant and high water resistance. The cotton allows the material to breathe while the polyester gives the Regentex its strength. Made in the UK.

  • How long should I expect my yurt to last?

  • Yurts are not permanent structures. Some folks will have a yurt for a life time, but these yurts are most probably taken down and stored over the winter months unless they are lived in. A wood burner is essential to the longevity.   If a yurt is lived in it will last many, many years in one place. However if it is left neglected in a damp wood the cover can be ruined in less than a year. Most yurt campsites will use the yurts for the summer months and then take them down for winter storage. Each year the owner should consider sanding the wooden frames and re-oiling with boiled Linseed oil. Yurts that are lived in will be looked after, they will have the heat from the wood burner to keep it from becoming damp and reduce condensation, and certain things can be put in place to account for adverse weather conditions. High winds may result in the ropes becoming loose, and these can be tightened to prevent the star from blowing about in the wind and causing water to get through the crown.

  • Can I leave my yurt up all year round?

  • Yes you can. But you need to check the regulations with your local authority. The yurt itself does not require planning permission but the land you are on needs to hold the correct useage. For example if you are putting a yurt on agricultural land then you need to apply for a change of use from agriculture to residentail. Similairly if you are using the land for a campsite you need to apply for change of use to tourism.  It's always best to approach your local authority before they approach you.
     

  • I want to have my yurt sat on a wooden deck. Do I need a ground sheet or not?

      It's up to you. Many folks prefer the idea of living on a wooden deck. Others prefer the deck to have a sealed            groundsheet.

  • I would really like my yurt to be put up in my woodland as a retreat. Would this be OK?

      Yurts look beautiful in a woodland setting. However, a UK woodland is often damp. We advise having a wood            burning stove, and for this to be lit periodically throughout the summer months. If you can, take the yurt down        during the winter months or keep the wood burner going all year round. 

  • What colour covers can I have? Do you recommend a particular colour?

      We have lots of lovely colours to choose from! From white, to red to green. Let us know if you would like colour        samples sent out to you.

  • Do I need planning permission to have a yurt up all year round in the UK?

      Best to talk with your local authority. You can live in your yurt for up to 28 days without the need to inform            anyone. However, you may need planning permission if you intend to live in your yurt all year round.

  • I live in Portugal, is there a particular colour you recommend I have for my yurt? Will I need insulation?

      In a hotter climate, you may prefer a lighter colour canvas.

  • What aftercare should I be aware of for my yurt?

      Yurts need a little TLC. A loved yurt can last a life time. But if you put it up and then neglect it for months on          end, then this will no doubt affect it's longevity. Love your yurt. Keep a wood burner going. Keep an eye on the        guy ropes, the positioning of the crown, and the overall shape of the yurt.  Consider re-oiling the frame if you          are using it all summer and storing over the winter. The frame will need very little maintenance if the cover is        performing properly

      Canvas maintenance: 

      Polycotton canvas yurt covers will last around 7-10 years if properly cared for. This would involve monitoring     it for signs of wear from the elements- UV can damage the fabric as can wet leaves. Mould and algae should be spot cleaned with an appropriate agent. Never jet wash the canvas as this strips out its proofing agents. Products like Fabsil can be used to reproof the cover and can be done in situ but ideally when the cover is laid out on the floor. If you are storing the yurt over the winter then make sure its dry before being packed away. Beware mice!

  • Do you offer any sort of guarantee or yurt maintenance deal?

      Within the first 12 months of receiving your yurt, I will happily resolve any issues related to the frame or                cover. Any time after this period I charge a day rate plus any expenses to carry out any adjustments                   or repairs. It's worth noting that most repairs can be undertaken by you, the customer, and you might want to consider this before I get involved. 

  • Do you recommend I take my yurt down over winter?

      If you are not living in it, then it's best to take it down and keep in dry storage.

      

  • When would one need insulation and a liner?

      We use wool felt insulation. It makes such a difference to the warmth of the yurt. A liner keeps a lovely                    aesthetic and prevents any dust from the wool felt.

  • What size wood burner do you recommend for my yurt?

      A 4kw wood burning stove is ideal for a 16ft - 20ft yurt/

  • My yurt has some mud on the cover, how do I go about cleaning it?

      It's very important not to use soap or detergent on the cover. This will remove the fire treatment that is                  impregnated within the Polycotton. It is possible to re-proof but this is a costly thing. We reccomend choosing a        dry day and a stiff brush to first try and brush the dry mud off. If you need to wash it then use plain water and       spot wash it by hand. 

  • My brand new yurt has been up for a week and last night it rained for the first time. I've noticed a couple of tiny drips on the inside. Can you help? What shall I do?

      The first time the polycotton gets wet could result in a few drops of water on the inside of the yurt. Bear with it.   The fibres should tighten and stay fully waterproof there on after.

  • How easily can I transport my yurt?

      Yurts are pretty good at being flat-packed. If you have a car and roof bars then your yurt should fit pretty                easily!

  • I want to live in my yurt with my partner, what size do you recommend?

    For living..we recommend at least a 20ft yurt. 

BEN LAWLESS | SOMERSET | WOODSMOKEYURTS@GMAIL.COM | 07851986178

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