Saturday, 23 October 2010

Siberia to Syria, yurt heating solved.

Picture the scene, it's Friday, midnight, I've just arrived after a 100 mile drive from London and am looking forward to a weekend in the yurt and some fresh air and creativity, it's pretty nippy so as soon as I get into the yurt, a fire is started, loads of wood, big handfuls of coal, sorted, it's getting nice and warm.

30 mins later it's hit 50c, I'm outside, in the rain, in my pants, desperate to stop the sweat pouring off me, longing for a freezing cold duvet. It wasn't happening. 4am, the temperature inside the yurt drops to 30c and the door can be closed to keep the rain out and FINALLY I can get some kip.

Ok, so maybe wood isn't the way forward in temperatures above -15c, so I toddle off to the local manshop that sells coal, gas, paraffin, spuds, stuff like that, and buy 50kg of Taybrite coal nuggets (smokeless). The result? awesome, it takes a lot longer to get up to temperature, but once the coals are lit and glowing, they are utterly controllable and last for ages. Fantastic for a slow tickover though the day and though the night till morning. It's currently 5c outside the yurt and 25c inside, a nice cosy difference :)

I'm not totally sure what to do with the tonne of logs bought last month, maybe the weather will turn all Mongolian and the logs will be needed, who knows.

So, in a nutshell, if you're heating a yurt with a Prity FG15, use coal, it rocks!

The crown cover is holding out very nicely, no unravelling or fraying, the Toyota sewing machine did a fine job. For some reason, all the earwigs have abandoned yurt, there used to be loads of them under the bands that go round the outside to hold the covers in place, now there are none. Are earwigs migratory?

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