Hexagon Styrofoam Yurt

Upon preparing for Burning Man this year it was decided that it would be the most cost effective to build a Styrofoam yurt. Burning man is held every year in the Black Rock desert near Las Vegas where temperature can reach into three digits. The other main issue is sand storms or white outs and it’s great to have a place for shelter.

 

Yurt Material

Yurt Material

Cutting the Styrofoam

Cutting the Styrofoam

The cost to build one is roughly $450.00. The majority of that cost is the one inch plus Styrofoam sheets. To build a 12’ yurt you need twelve 4 x 8 sheets. The other main cost is the filament tape to seal the edges after the sheets have been cut to size. One of the main restrictions of Burning Man is to leave no trace so you can’t have any “Moop” which is remove all Matter Out Of Place like stuff that can get loose like Styrofoam bits and fly away easily with the wind.

Yurt roof flat

Yurt roof flat

Interior of Yurt

Interior of Yurt

We ordered the materials since not all of it was available from Home Depot and once we had everything it took three of us half a day to cut out the shapes and tape up the edges. Out on the “Playa” (the desert floor in Black Rock) it will be held down with rope and tent stakes and placed on top of a tarp. The Styrofoam does a pretty good job in keeping it somewhat cooler inside and it can be reused for next year.

Finished Yurt

Finished Yurt

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