Original Yurts are traditional-style yurts improved to function well in various climatic conditions outside of Mongolia.
Traditional Mongolian yurts are elegant in their simplicity. Being made with thin wood and easily replaceable materials, they are well-suited to the nomadic lifestyle of moving several times a year.
Yurts were born to the Mongolian climate of relatively dry summer and extreme cold winter. Hence, moisture is not a big issue for traditional yurts and they have short walls to reduce energy requirements for heating during the winter.
But modern customers do not need to move several times a year; they prefer their yurts to be sturdy than portable. Not many countries are as cold as Mongolia in the winter; so not much requirement for shorter walls to conserve energy. Moisture is often a problem when traditional yurts are used outside of Mongolia.
We improved the traditional yurt design with sturdier wood parts, better ventilation, taller walls, and the use of carefully chosen materials to withstand the elements when used all-year-around outside of Mongolia. At the same time, we retain the time-tested, original structural design of the traditional yurts, with curved walls, support pillars, and a large skylight. They make the yurts strong under heavy snow loads without any additional support and, allow the use of heavy felt for insulation. Our yurts are hand decorated with authentic Mongolian yurt motif patterns just as Mongolians have been decorating their homes for generations.
Almost all yurt sellers claim that they have the highest quality yurts, but they don’t substantiate their claims. In fact, none of them can match the great features that come as standard in our yurts without any additional charges. Most of these features are not available from other sellers, or, they require additional charges if available. Don’t make the purchase decision without checking if the yurt you would like to buy has all of the features that Original Yurts have. Below we compare some of the main features Original Yurts have against other yurts. In doing so, we do not intend to degrade others; the goal is to provide the customers with the necessary information to make the choices best for them.
All other sellers of Mongolian yurts are intermediaries, they buy cheap yurts in Mongolia and resell them to you at a huge margin. When you buy from us, you get unbeatable value for your money that comes from better materials and higher quality instead of paying for profit to the intermediaries. The differences in quality may not be noticeable when the yurts are new, but the poor quality yurts sold by the intermediaries deteriorate just in 1-3 years. So make sure you get references from someone who used their yurts at least for a few years.
Wood parts in Original Yurts are 50-100% thicker than in other Mongolian Yurts.
Photo: Comparison of skylight base thickness as an example.
Original Yurts have two layers of felt stitched together to improve insulation by creating a vacuum in between the layers. The felts are thoroughly washed and sterilized and do not emit unpleasant odor.
Other Mongolian yurts mostly use so-called “black” felt, which indicates they are made of wool that is not washed properly and much cheaper than the felt we use. The “black” felts emit very unpleasant odors when used in a humid environment.
So-called modern yurts do not have felt insulation at all. As such, they are very poorly insulated from heat/cold as well as outside noise. As documented in various books and forums/ groups for people living in yurts, modern yurt dwellers need to use earplugs to keep calm when it is raining, and they watch TV only with the subtitles on as they can’t hear the sound.
The skylight in the Mongolian yurts is large, allowing plenty of natural light. There are various ways to waterproof the skylight. In Mongolia, skylights are always open and people use skylight cover or “urkh” every time it rains, which is cumbersome.
Most of the sellers of the Mongolian yurt resort to covering the skylight with cheap clear vinyl, which completely blocks airflow through the skylight.
The skylight or, “toono” in the Original Yurts is fully covered with thick transparent cast acrylic making the skylight fully waterproof while still allowing ventilation through dedicated openings. Again, this is at no extra cost. Some other sellers offer full acrylic skylight (but still not waterproof) as optional and charge $1500+ for an average yurt.
Reflective insulation, or radiant barrier insulation, reflects the heat both ways and helps keep the yurt cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
Reflective insulation is the main insulation in modern yurts as they do not have felt. None of the other Mongolian yurt sellers have reflective insulation.
We are the only company that offers both felt and reflective insulation, hence, our yurts have the best insulation.
Check here for an 8-sec video showing how “reflective” the insulation is.
There is a trade-off between keeping the yurt breathable and having a good outer cover. The outer cover made of natural material help keep the yurt breathable, but they do not hold up well when exposed to the elements. All other Mongolian yurt sellers have thin cotton fabric outer cover that quickly gets dirty and moldy and tears down in 1-2 years (photo).
Original Yurts have PVC outer covers that last 10+ years. While PVC covers are not breathable, Original Yurts have operable windows and skylight openings for air circulation to let the moisture out.
Windows in Original Yurts are operable; they can be opened and closed for air circulation. This is not the case for any of the other sellers of Mongolian yurts.
Most of the modern yurts have vinyl windows; not real windows as in our yurts. (Comparison photo)
Original Yurts are 100% made with wood dried in our own kiln exceeding the ISPM 15 compliance requirements (for disinfestation). Some of the yurts made in Mongolia are made of wood not dried properly there will be all sorts of problems because of this.
We import the exterior-grade Titebond III Ultimate to use in the Original Yurts. Producers of yurts sold by other Mongolian yurt sellers use locally procured interior-use glue.
We apply 4 stages of paint/protection to Original Yurts, prime, base paint, traditional decoration, and protective glossy varnish. Other yurts made in Mongolia are not primed and the paint starts to peel off in 2-3 years.
The hinges, locks, handles and other materials we use in Original yurts are of much higher quality than in yurts from other suppliers from Mongolia.
This is how we make and deliver the yurts