Monthly Archives: January 2014

Open Fire Yurt


Open Fire Yurt with smoke cowl

This is our latest afghan yurt, or the open fire yurt as we call it, seen here with a smoke flap type wheel cover, to allow for the open fire whilst ensuring the rain does not enter.


Opening the Door


Yurt Fire Side

It has taken us a few years to research our theories about the double bend yurts of North Afghanistan. The conclusions are not conclusive enough, but it seems the high wheel profile is definitely the way to make  enough draw whilst allowing the wheel to be covered from the storms.

Due to the fact that our yurts are made from canvas, that can never “breath” as much as the felts of Asian yurts, there is still a lack of circulation like the type one gets from tipi linings.

But all in all it was fun sitting by the large fire sides, over the New Year, with the howling storms outside.

We later put our usual star cap cover on, and installed a wood burning stove so not to soot up the rafters and felt, so our open fire yurt is now called something else.


Stove exiting the double curved Yurt

You can see the double curves of the rafters here too.


The best looking Yurt in the West (and the East and the North……. and the South)

This is what it looks like now, out by the little stream.

Mercedes 1820 4×4 de-craning

We have had this truck for some years now and have traveled quite intensively in it.


Mercedes 1820 4×4 with unimog U1300L friend


Making yurt covers at the side of road by Elfi valley


Preparing for the feast of fools

When we built it up I decided that having an 18 ton truck just as a camper is overkill, and felt that a truck should earn its keep, and having a few ton extra capacity to play with, I decided to put a crane at the back of the box, as we already mentioned before, we don’t mind committing vehicular atrocities.

So although extending the chassis was already taxing the Mercedes body building manuals some, I did put a 3.5 ton palfinger crane behind the camper unit.

We had this vision at the time to make a two storey yurt, so we built the truck with that in mind.


Lifting the two storey yurt upper deck


Putting the spiral staircase in place

We have now found a buyer for it and, as having a yard full of newer trucks (and newer visions), deemed it a good moment move it onwards.

The new owner decided he does not need the crane so today we finally got to de-crane it for him.


Lifting the palfinger with the palfinger


In the air


And here it is de-craned


1820 4X4 De-craned