Getting ready for winter. Wood stove in a yurt. UPD-Propane heater added

Hello, my dear readers.

*UPDATE Jan 2017

Unfortunately the small wood stove that I got is not enough for my poorly insulated dwelling. When the temp went down to -5 it was impossible to keep the heat up and I had to wake up 2-3 times at night. I decided to buy another heater to stay warm. I got a Dyna-Glo RA18LPDG cabinet heater. It’s great but sometimes pilot light doesn’t stay on. Fixable with this video


After temperature plummeted under -30C, I decided to have one more backup just in case. I got this one. A more portable version.


I also installed a ceiling fan that helps a lot to distribute hot air

Ceiling fan

Now carry on with original post

Winter is coming and it’s time to update you on my plans for staying warm for the next 5 to 6 months.

I have been contemplating how to set up the stove for quite some time now. Most folks that live in Mongolian gers set it up in the middle and run a chimney through the tunduk. I didn’t want to go this route because I like my open space. I decided to run the chimney through the slope of my roof.

I spoke with a few heating professionals and all of them said that it won’t work. So I asked my good friend from Almaty to go to the village near Almaty and see how locals heat their yurts during the winter. These are the pictures he took:

Kazakh yurt chimney setup Yurt wood stove Yurt stove Chimney in the yurt

I really doubt that it’s up to code, but it tells me that this can be done.

I did a lot of research on wood stoves and my choice fell on the Jotul 602 small cast iron stove. I don’t know why, but I find European manufacturers are so much better in constructing efficient small stoves. This is also true when I was choosing my composting toilet, which is made by Biolan. I found a slightly used Jotul for $700 CAD on Kijiji, and purchased a flange made of heat resistant silicone from the UK. Again, I couldn’t find anything close in North America.

Yurt stove flange

Without further ado, I got some tools and a sharp knife and proceeded with the installation.

Yurt roof flange

“Straight” cut for a 6 inch pipe.

A hole in a yurt ceiling

Cut a hole between uyks.

Yurt chimney setup

Ready to install the flange.

Chimney for yurt

Ready for a pipe.

Now a test fire:


Despite warnings from heating professionals, I didn’t have a problem with the draft. In cold temperatures I fire a propane cabinet heater first and then start the stove.

Thanks to Sahalee Off-grid for his help and advice!


Kochevnik's stove

Next project is to insulate the entrance. Stay tuned for more.

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Sao Bol,


  • Jonthon Coulson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post – your writing style and the ideas that drove it. Keep up the good living!

    • Thank you Jonthon.

  • Sahaleeoffgrid

    Great post—thanks for the shout out!!