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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Mongolian and Modern yurts ?
Mongolian yurts have shorter wall heights than the modern yurts, which are mostly made by U.S companies. Higher walls mean you do not have to bend down when you enter or exit the yurt if you are tall. Higher walls also mean larger cubic space inside the yurt requiring more energy to heat and cool it down. Short walls in a Mongolian yurt does not mean you will have to be bent down the whole time you are inside. Most of the time, you will be away from the wall and do not have to be bent down even if you are 6ft or taller.
The skylight (crown) in modern yurts is smaller, allowing for only a small amount of natural light. A small skylight also means fewer rafters spaced far apart. A Mongolian yurt has much more rafter spaced closely, allowing someone lightweight to go on top of the roof and do maintenance and cleaning when necessary. Because of the small skylight, modern yurts do not have to have pillars (central posts) supporting the skylight. The pillars are required for Mongolian yurts 19ft (5.8m) or larger. The skylight design in modern yurts does not allow locating the stove in the center of the yurt. This is possible for a Mongolian yurt with the smoke pipe going through the skylight. Our Original Yurts have preinstalled pipe flashing accommodating smoke pipes of various diameters.
Modern yurts have only radiant barrier insulation, while Mongolian yurts have felt insulation, which has better insulating properties when chosen appropriately. Original Yurts have both felt and radiant barrier insulation.
Outer covers for modern yurt are usually made of polyester, which lasts much longer and easier to keep clean. Outer cover for a Mongolian yurt is usually made of cotton canvass in white color, which tears down easily, and needs to be changed every 2-3 years. Original Yurts have heavy-duty canvass, which lasts more than 5 years.
Perhaps the most important difference between the two types of the yurt is that a Mongolian yurt has a character; it gives you a feeling of being in an artistic, unique, and natural space, while a modern yurt gives an aura of being inside something manufactured.
Please check our webpage, Mongolian vs. Modern Yurts, for more comparisons between these types of yurts.
Can I live in a yurt permanently ?
Yes, many people preferring minimalist, off-grid lifestyles permanently live in yurts. Mongolian Yurts can provide cost-effective, comfortable accommodation, even in the harshest climate, such as in Alaska. Nomadic herders in Mongolia live in yurts for generations.
How is Original Yurts different from other Mongolian yurt suppliers ?
Our yurts have a number of advantages over yurts sold by other suppliers, almost all of them are intermediaries.
Our yurts have a number of advantages over yurts sold by other suppliers, who are mostly intermediaries making a profit by buying cheap yurts in Mongolia and selling at a huge margin. Wood parts in Original Yurts about 30% thicker and sturdier; our yurts have full plexiglass skylight, operable window allowing for air circulation, radiant barrier (reflective) insulation, heavy-duty outer-cover, and higher walls. The wood, felt, glue, and paint we use for Original Yurts are selected with consideration of the humid climate, where most of the yurts are used. The glue and paint we use are imported by us specifically for the Original Yurts. Mongolian yurts supplied by the intermediaries mostly use what is available in Mongolia, which has an arid climate.
Please check our page Why Original Yurts? for a detailed comparison of Original yurts and other Mongolian yurts.
What is the average cost of a livable Mongolian yurt ?
The cost of a 5-panel Original Yurt is US$8,000. This price does not include the cost of transportation from our distribution bases to your location and the cost of the platform, which costs $2000 or more depending on the material and the style you chose for the platform.
Yurt prices vary greatly depending on the size. Please check our catalog for prices for different sizes and models.
What is the lead time for order ?
It depends on where you are located. We ship 1-2 containers a year to the United States, and the average lead time is about 5 months. For other countries, the lead time varies depending on a number of factors such as volume of current order from the country and existing orders. We strive to reduce the lead time through expansion of production capacities.
How do you ship the yurts ?
If you are located close to our distribution bases, our staff or distributors directly deliver directly. We partner with freight companies for long-distance deliveries. When freight companies are used, the cost of shipping is usually lower if you could pick your yurt up at a shipping terminal near you instead of having it delivered to your door.
Do you offer discounts if I order several yurts ?
Yes, we provide discounts based on the order volume. In addition, we offer significant discounts for early order to compensate for the long lead time.
Do you provide assistance during the setup ?
If we deliver the yurt ourselves, we can provide set up assistance for some fee.
If we use freight companies to deliver the yurts, we will be available for online assistance via video calls.
We have a 49-page written instruction and demonstration videos on raising the yurt.
What kind of manpower do I need to complete the setup ?
If you are setting up for the first time, a team of 4 people can complete the setup in about 8 hours. It gets much easier and faster once you learn how to setup. If you have an adjustable platform ladder that you can use to put the skylight at the height of around 8-9 ft while attaching the rafters, two people can complete the setup. But setting up a yurt with sufficient manpower will be physically demanding.
What tools and equipment do I need for setup ?
You will need 1-2 step ladders, drill and screwdriver. If there are less than 4 people in your crew, an adjustable platform ladder is required to put the skylight at position while you are attaching the rafters.
What will be included in my yurt order ?
When you order a yurt with us, you order a complete set, including all necessary wood components, insulation, and other fabrics. The platform is not included. You will have to prepare a platform before installing your yurt.
Please check our What are Included? page for details.
Where are you located ?
Our yurts are shipped from Mongolia. Our workshop is located in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. But some parts of our yurts are produced at our subsidiary in Zavkhan province of Mongolia, which is about 800 km from Ulaanbaatar.
How can I become a distributor ?
We are interested in having distributors in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America and some parts of the North America.
Main requirements for becoming a distributor include:
- Having a yurt for display
- Having means to transport and properly store the yurts.
- Learning and being able to assemble and disassemble the yurts and willing to provide customer service in his/her area.
Please contact us about other conditions for becoming distributor.
How long do yurts last ?
Mongolian yurts last for generations. You will have to replace the outer cover in every 5-15 years depending on material. The paints facing outward might need restoration once in several years if the yurt is under direct sunlight exposure.
The other parts can last decades as long as the yurts are kept dry and attended.
Are yurts portable ?
Yes, our yurts are 100% portable, you can dismantle the yurt in a few hours and move and re-assemble. But with thicker sturdier wood parts, and heavy duty canvass and felt, it will require a little more physical energy from you to move the yurt around.
Do you supply furniture for yurt ?
Yes, we supply furniture painted and decorated in matching color for customers buying yurts from us. Furniture available for orders includes a closet, dresser, kitchen cabinet, chest, table, and stools. However, an order for furniture needs to be placed at least 6 months in advance.
Do you supply wood stoves ?
No, we do not supply wood stoves. Stoves are not our specialty, and stoves available in Mongolia do not meet the standards of some countries where we export our yurts.
However, our yurts have dedicated smoke pipe flashing accomodating pipes of various diameters in the crown/skylight.
Are yurts waterproof ?
Yes, our yurts are waterproof. The main source of leakage in traditional yurts is through the crown/skylight.
Our yurts are designed to be waterproof even without covering the crown/skylight with a flap. We do not cover the crown/skylight with cheap vinyl to prevent water from coming through the crown/skylight, as other suppliers do. This also blocks air circulation through the skylight. Instead, our crown/skylight is fully covered with clear plexiglass and has openings for air circulation and smoke pipe while ensuring it is still waterproof.
You can use the flap crown/skylight cover included in our yurt to block sunlight to prevent the yurt from becoming too hot, but not for waterproofing.
Can I use wood stoves in Original Yurts ?
Yes, you can use wood stoves in our yurts. The default place for the stove in Mongolian yurts is in the center of the yurt under the crown/skylight. When you heat the stove at this location, heat is distributed evenly in all directions. Our yurts have dedicated smoke pipe flashing in the crown/skylight accomodating pipes of various diameters.
What type of stove would you recommend ?
The stove should be selected based on the yurt size. Our customers use a variety of stoves; Jotul F 602, True North model TN10, Anevay traveler stoves are some of the most used.
How much maintenance is required for Original Yurts ?
We strive to make Original Yurts as maintenance-free as possible. In this effort, we innovated the design of the skylight to make it waterproof, introduced heavy-duty canvass for outer cover, improved insulating properties using both felt and radiant barrier insulation, replaced tension ropes made of animal hair with man-made material highly durable under outside use, and added two layers of varnish to protect the paint.
However, there are certain things that you need to consider from the beginning to make the yurt maintenance free. These include: a) selecting an appropriate spot for your yurt away from the trees if possible; b) preparing a platform enabling proper drainage, installing all yurt fabrics, including the waterproof fabric, properly in the right order.
Once you setup the yurt, heating the yurt once in a while, depending on the level of humidity in your area will help keep the felt and other fabrics in good conditions.
Do you have any suggestions on how to build the platform ?
Generally, yurts can be raised on any flat surface. If you do not have much budget for the platform, you can have a simple wood platform (drawings are available from us) directly on the ground or at a slightly elevated position for drainage purposes. An advantage of this type of platform is that it provides natural insulation as there is no space between your yurt and the ground. A disadvantage is that you may need to replace parts of the platform in 5-10 years, and it is prone to flood risk if there is such risk at your location.
If your land has a slope or you want a more permanent solution, an elevated platform can be built using various materials such as wood, OSB, and sip panels. Local contractors are usually able to build elevated platforms.
Can I use the yurt in a tropical climate?
Yes, it is possible to use the yurt in a trophical climate. In this case, we recommend removing the felt insulation.
Can I have a bathroom inside the yurt ?
Yes, if the yurt is large enough (26ft/8m or larger), you can create a section inside the yurt for a bathroom. We do not provide material for the segmentation; it needs to be done after the yurt is set up.
It is also possible to connect a smaller yurt to your main yurt and use the small yurt as a bathroom.
Can I connect two or more yurts ?
Yes, it is possible to connect several yurts and use them as separate rooms. It will be just like the rooms in a house; exit from one room is an entrance to another room. If you choose this option, the platform should be designed accordingly.
Can I purchase your yurts in Mongolia ?
We do not supply yurts domestically in Mongolia.