(I originally wrote this as a direct message to FIGJAM, but would love to get other opinions as well. Please chime in with your thoughts!)
Hi FIGJAM... I've been scanning ePlaya for some info re: shelters at BRC, and I've seen your bucket-based solar swamp cooler plans, and some of your posts in other threads, and I think you know what you're talking about and I'd like to get your opinion on my current plans before I start buying all the materials this weekend...
Last year I brought my two big geodesic domes to the burn (my first) and they were great, but then all the struts for both domes were stolen from their storage box in my apt's parking space. Without the domes, I need a new shelter strategy, and I've had a hard time deciding between the hexayurt route and the carport route, and then last night I thought, 'why not combine the two?'
My current idea is to buy a 10x15 Carport to go over a simplified hexayurt design made of insulation panels... possibly an 8x8 cube made of 10 insulation panels (if there's enough headroom in the carport for that, if not, I could trim it down to 7' tall, or add an pitched roof, or something.) The carport would be heavily staked and secured so the yurt wouldn't need to deflect wind. I'm a tall dude (6'4") and I would love to be able to stand upright in the yurt section. That's one of the things I definitely miss about my geodomes- the headroom!
I originally thought of attaching the panels directly to the frame of the carport, but then I thought better of it, and decided that it would be better if the two structures weren't physically connected (so if the wind starts pummeling the carport, the walls of the yurt won't be shaking too)
I'm thinking the "cube" made of insulation panels COULD be built without any internal frame/structure, but I think that maybe a wooden box frame made of 2x2's might make it sturdier, and possibly eliminate the need for so much tape... like, I could screw the panels to the wood skeleton, or velcro them, or something. And then I could hang coat hooks, etc inside the yurt, attaching them to the wood frame...
I think the cube would be already be pretty cool inside just by virtue of being protected under the carport, so adding your little 5 gallon bucket solar swamp cooler design would be all the cooling help it would need to get it down to a comfortable temp during the day.
So, basically, an 8x8 cube made of 10 insulation panels, cooled with the small bucket swamp cooler, and covered by a heavily staked 10x15 carport, leaving room for a social/living room area in the front part of the carport.... I think this setup would be pretty sweet (in theory), but it seems like such an obvious idea, I'm wondering why I haven't seen it done before, or at least heard of someone doing something like this.
Whatcha think? Do you foresee any potential pitfalls in my idea?
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