Anyone use a Hexayurt successfully with thinner panels...

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Anyone use a Hexayurt successfully with thinner panels...

Post by nebulachic » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:11 am

.. than the Thermax HD?? I have Polyshield panels.

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Post by gyre » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:32 pm

I think I know what thermax is, but what is a hexayurt?

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Post by Craftsmn » Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:52 pm

I used 1" thick thermax. The best person to ask about what to use is Vinay Gupta at

It is his design I used for my hexayurt. Very comfortable and almost dust proof.


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Post by Toolmaker » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:09 am

I made a hexayurt once with recycled water bottles. Be careful when you iron your plastic "panels". I used two metal plates to sandwich the panels and after using the press I applied lots of cutting torch heat to the plates. This wound up saving some time rather than using a hand iron.

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Post by atomosk » Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:16 pm

You could try it. It might take a bit longer for ground heat to dissipate but the idea is to keep sunlight and ambient heat away so the ground surface/floor will reach the temperature of the cold wet layer some foot deep. At longest by day three this should be working. Then the ground will cool the inside. Given this a thinner layer might work but dropping the roof a bit and making it wider might help.

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Post by Elderberry » Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:40 pm

We built one this year too using the 1" material. Based on this experience and how fragile I thought the 1" panels were, I certainly wouldn't attempt using thinner materials--especially on the playa where the winds can be viscious.

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Post by Bob » Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:31 pm

Indeed, winds are usually viscous.
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