Right now I'm trying to simplify my life and live in a 16ft Yurt without electricity and electronics.
Right now I'm waiting for a WW2 oil burning stove to come in, as its too cold to move into until then.
I'll document my new living arrangement here soon. It is also a way to live cheaper, acquiring ww2 - Vietnam era military camping gear to use.
Will keep you all posted with my new living arrangements. Pics coming...
I heard this report about whole families in Switzerland who decided to live in a yurte (spelling?).
It's in French though.
If you'd like I can tell you a bit what they said, but it's better if you could listen yourself.
Very very intersting.
They have a built-in port for a wood stove exhaust. I think that something more insulated would be a lot better, but it's really hard to find insulated tents of-the-shelf. (Yurts supposedly have better thermal performance, and I would love to hear what Steampunk knows about it.)
Do you live in a dry or humid area? Yurts are originally from Mongolia, where it is dry (and cold). Humid weather is maybe not the best for yurts and tipis, seen quite some examples in rainy parts of Europe (Poland and Germany) where tipis and yurts can get real mouldy. Not cosy at all.
You'll need/want maybe some sort of wooden platform. Or, to live directly on the earth might be ok, depending on climate and rain levels. I would go for wooden platform on the ground for extra comfort.
Yurts can be really cosy with a stove/fireplace.
But you can't really lock the place properly, but that's also a charm in a way.
I spent weekends in my 20 foot tipi for a couple of years. Very sweet. But the exterior of the canvas got dingy and I couldn't clean it (out in the woods). I finally gave it away to a grandpa who put it up in his back yard for the kids to use.