“I worked for a couple years ‘til I got lucky on a 160 acre State of Alaska homestead parcel and took up residence there on the Gerstle River in interior Alaska, 47 miles by road from Delta Junction. I cleared the 25%, built a cabin and lived there two years and proved up, while raising my son. Been living on the ranch since about ’97 (starting out in a wall tent, again). Got tired of being cold, and built my own straw bale yurt in ’98. It’s now ’05. I’m still living in it and working on a bigger one complete with plumbing, etc.
I decided on the yurt design for practical reasons. Wind resistance, earthquake proof, extremely easy to heat (or keep cool), and damn cheap ($150 counting the four used windows for $50). The materials are gotten right here except for nails and glass. In my business, the less effort you gotta spend staying alive (it gets to -70 degrees) the more you can spend keeping your animals alive and, therefore, making payments. Simple, huh?”
The Straw Bale Yurt Bible by Roger “Seldom Seen” Smith
Wild Rose Ranch – “We ride, shoot straight and tell the truth (mostly).”
Nice modern strawbale yurt.
Young Wanderer’s Straw Bale Yurt (nice try but needs improved design)
Thanks to Angela for this tip. She’s getting ready to build something like this in Alaska. She couldn’t find scoria in bulk and so building with bales now seems like the best option in Alaska. I’m encouraging her to document her project and post the details on a free blog. Leave a comment if you’re interested or have suggestions. (Note: the scoria volcanoes are apparently inside parks and are not mined.)