Bjurt Yurts - Documentation - Dimensions
So, you want to build a bjurt.
The first thing to do is to figure out how much bjurt you can handle.
For the time being, I am concentrating on the octagonal bjurt.
Since the cross poles and roof poles are the same length, this gives
the most floor space for a given storage length. A folded
octagonal bjurt has a width and depth of less than two feet each, and a
length near (within an inch or two) of its roof pole length. The
bjurt can also be broken down into its component pieces for long-term
The bjurt frame is usually composed of bjurt connectors, fasteners, and EMT conduit. EMT is a light zinc-coated steel conduit commonly available in 10' sections of varying widths at Home Depot, Lowe's and other large hardware outlets. Materials other than EMT may be used. If a permanent wood or other natural materials yurt is desired, the stainless steel connector kit should be chosen, which accommodates material of greater width.
The following table describes the dimensional characteristics of
different sized bjurts:
Octagonal Bjurt Dimensions
Mail me (link at bottom of page) if you would like to make a size not listed here. We can discuss dimensions and materials. Other configurations have been successfully built, including the narrow four-sided shower bjurt and the grand 16-sided, 24' bjurt.
Once you have selected your size, you will need to procure your pole
stock. The following table describes the amount and type of
material you will need.
Octagonal Bjurt Pole Stock Requirements
At the time of this writing, 1/2" x 10' EMT conduit is available from Home Depot for approximately $2, 3/4" x 10' EMT for approximately $4, and 1' x 10' EMT for $6.70 (SoCal prices). Note that poles sold at a given nominal length may deviate from this length. Small (< 1" over 10') variations are generally harmless, but you should be aware of them and group poles by function (shorter poles for the cross pieces and longer poles for the roof).
Once you know the size of bjurt you want, the next step is to choose your fasteners.