Tuff R hexaurts and ligthning

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Tuff R hexaurts and ligthning

Postby Craftsmn » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:30 pm

I know it has been a number of years since there has been major rain or lightning durning Burning man but it is certainly a possibility.

I wonder if all those aluminum covered hexayurts will attract lightning durning a storm?

Should we be installing lightning rods? I really don't want to be fried in my sleep.

Anybody have any advice or experience camping in the tuff r hexayurt during a lightning storm?

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Re: Tuff R hexaurts and ligthning

Postby Token » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:36 pm

Craftsmn wrote:
Anybody have any advice or experience camping in the tuff r hexayurt during a lightning storm?



I think they are all dead.

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Postby Popobumm » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:12 am

I'm totally guessing here, but I'm going to say that there are much taller metallic structures around that would keep us yurters safe...things like Rvs or towers maybe?
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Postby wraith » Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:15 am

Or the Man, what with it being a couple hundred feet high in a perfectly flat expanse of playa... 8)
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Postby C187 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:27 am

Will your hexayurt be shorter then 5'9"?
Is it likely people will be around outside?
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Re: Tuff R hexaurts and ligthning

Postby Zhust » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:44 am

Craftsmn wrote:Anybody have any advice or experience camping in the tuff r hexayurt during a lightning storm?


I was going to make a Tuff-R Hexayurt but it dawned on me that Burning Man has fire. So I thought I'd see what happens.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ucRf92U2I[/youtube]

It thankfully does not seem to maintain a flame, but I'm betting in wind it would. If it were struck by lightning, I'd think the aluminum would pop like a fuse and it would catch on fire. Not that you'd be any better off in a nylon tent with fiberglass shock cords.
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Postby Mojojita » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:08 pm

You know, if the gods want me bad enough to have to throw a lightning bolt at me while in a yurt at Bruning Man, then it is just my day to go.....
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Postby gyre » Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:59 pm

Camp on the low part of the playa.
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Postby bburrito » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:32 pm

Since it is coated with aluminum, wouldnt a hexayurt be a big faraday cage?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:40 pm

even that thin?
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Postby ygmir » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:50 pm

gyre wrote:Camp on the low part of the playa.


best suggestion of the week.
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Postby bm_cricket » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:12 pm

Mojojita wrote:You know, if the gods want me bad enough to have to throw a lightning bolt at me while in a yurt at Bruning Man, then it is just my day to go.....


Of all the places I'm likely to be struck down it's on the playa.

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Postby ygmir » Wed Jul 28, 2010 8:13 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:even that thin?

with enough surface, very thin metals can carry huge amounts of power.
the weak point would be the jump from the dome, to ground, if it wasn't evenly spread out.
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