The wood stove is the heart of the yurt. We highly recommend wood heat. The wood stove produces very dry heat which can be an integral part in combatting cold temperatures. Plus when the power goes out or the natural gas wells are tapped out, you can still find fuel. Because the materials of the yurt are all natural and breathable wood heat constantly drives moisture out. This is a huge advantage compared to modern yurts that trap moisture.


 Buy an appropriate sized stove for the yurt. We recommend the Jotul 602 CB. Few wood stoves will be to small, but if you buy one to big it will be swelteringly hot. Beneath the stove make sure you have some type of hearth. I bought a stove board from ACE hardware for less then $50. Beneath that I cut out a plywood circle to act as a utility circumference, enables me to make a mess without getting carpets dirty.

    Chimney and piping- To keep close to code you will need a double walled chimney as the pipe exits the yurt ~$150. I found one practically new at a recycle store for half of the retail price. The remainder of piping can be single or double walled. We chose double so that you don't have to worry about bumping into it.


    Buy a stove flashing that will mount to the crown of the yurt. Trim it with sheet metal snips to fit whichever section you want the chimney pipe to pass through. Make sure to roll the trimmed edges down or to put sealant on them because they are sharp and can rip rainflies. (My yurt is oriented to face south. I chose to keep all the southern hemisphere of the crown open for light. The SunTime rainflap is designed to allow the NW quadrant of the crown to be accessible for trimming to pass a chimney through.)

Then according to your stove's owner manual attach pipe to the stove and pass it through the crown. We have our chimney about 3 feet higher then the crown. It has been very sturdy in windstorms and all the weight is supported by the stove!