Step 2: Dimensions and background
Tent Diameter: approx 15' ( 5 meters) across.
Tent Height: approx 10' (3 meters) in the centre, and 5'6" ( 1.6m) at the edges.
My Yurt Components (A reference guide for later) :
Wall Timbers: 8'(2400mm)long x 6mmx35mm Slats (see below) Quantity: 70ish
Wall Bolts: 1" or 1&1/2" long x 1/4(6mm) bolts Quantity: almost 300
Main Roof Supports: 8'(2400mm) x 45mmx35mm Beams Quantity: 8
Secondary Roof Supports: 8'(2400mm) x 45mmx16mm Beams Quantity: 8
All roof supports and wall slats are cut-down from 90x35 F8 or F12 pine framing timber - see below for details.
Roof 'HUB': Constructed from metal (see later steps)
Wall Canvas: 8oz canvas - preferably "proofed", but I used untreated and unbleached canvas and treated it myself (see details in later steps)
Roof Canvas: 12oz canvas - MUST be "proofed" (water proofed, and anti-mound treated) ...don't use 8oz or you'll regret it. If you can find a really strong and properly treated 10oz canvas(I couldn't), then that will probably do, but it might sag a little.
UNRELATED ASIDE: If I was going strictly "traditional" I wouldn't be using zinc plated bolts
(or any bolts), I'd be lashing saplings together not using machine-sawn timber, I'd be using
natural felt made from sheep and yak fur mixed and pressed with oils (linseed and boiled
animal fats) not water proofed and anti-mould treated canvas. I wouldn't have a tarpaulin on
the floor, it would be dirt, and there would be a rock-surrounded fire-place inside the tent
for warmth (and smoke). The door would always point south, the north inside wall would have
a religious idol/importance. The men and visitors would always sit/sleep on the west, the
women and children on the east, you would always stop for a meal when passing, you would
always ask 'How are you?' '..And your family?' '..And your flock is fat and well?' (and the
answer would always be yes even if it's not true) I'm not THAT anal about "traditional"
form nor am I a "historical" nazi.