This as been such a great learning experience. Sorry I haven't replied in awhile, but I stopped getting e-mails when there were forum updates.
I have scaled back on my ambitions as a result of all your inputs. Also.... I've found it really important to have a team behind you if you are going to try anything of any size and/or complexity. This has brought me to a stark cold reality. I'm strange!!! Why am I strange? I'm strange because I want to be a participant in Burning Man. Everyone in my circles whether it be work or personal life think I've lost it. There isn't a soul in my circles who thinks BM would be even remotely a worthwhile experience.
I know rednecks and vegans, I know the educated and simple-minded, I know liberals and conservatives, I know loners and socialites, I know gays and straights and there isn't a single soul in the bunch that wants to dive in and partake in BM. This BM thing means something much more to me. This is something extremely personal and extremely spiritual for me. Am I off my rocker for feeling this way? Who knows. All I know is that I'm going it alone at this point. I'm resolved to that and excited about it. Not sure why, I'm kind of a loner, no that's not correct, I'm really a loner, but I see BM as an opportunity for me. A chance for me to just be "me" and do it in an environment where it's relatively safe. Where do I categorically fit in with the above stereotypes. Not that it's important, but I would consider myself a straight educated redneck loner conservative with a bent.
Back to the focus of my post. I've scaled back. I'm now focusing on my radical self-reliance for the time being. My intentions are to have an H12 hexayurt with swamp cooler(s). I've already built three hexayurts, two 1:12 scale and a 1:4 scale. My main focus is on making my design such that one person can put it together. All of the forums and research I've found have focused on having a number of people to assist in the "yurt-raising" but I've made it a point to ensure this can be done alone, hence the multiple designs. In theory I've got a method to construct this alone, but in reality I won't know until I assemble a full scale H12 alone. Swamp coolers - I've built two. Many thanks go to FIGJAM!!! He's the master, but then again he lives in Apache Junction, AZ which is the perfect place for design and testing. Kudo's FigJam!!! I live in the PNW and up in this area its... lets see... it's 58°F and 87% humidity today, so swamp cooler designs are less than efficient in this weather. If it wasn't for the exhaustive work that you've put into your designs, I wouldn't have a clue where to begin. I've built the bucket cooler and the 3-vent (endless breeze) box cooler so far. I still need to procure the DuraCool pads, as there isn't a single source locally for swamp cooler supplies. The closet I've come is to finding large pond filters and a product called NaturalAire http://www.homedepot.com/p/Flanders-PrecisionAire-24-in-x-36-in-x-1-in-Permaire-Pad-Air-Filter-40655-012436/100178722#.Uj-QT8ZwqSo
. I've ordered some Aspen pads and will be also ordering some DuraCool pads but will have to wait for them to arrive. Once I'm finished with these two self-reliance projects I can then begin thinking about art again....