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Magical Four Season Off-Grid Tipi Tiny House!

This “tiny house” tipi is completely off the grid with solar for power, a wood stove for heat, a unique shower for hot water, and propane for cooking.

It was built by Stan and Kedarnathan who started the “Les Pieds sur Terre‘ eco-resort in Saint Calixte, Quebec, Canada.

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Magical Off-Grid Tipi Tiny House

The extra-tall sleeping loft is not for the faint of heart, but you do get a really great view from up there.

This structure is kind of a hybrid between a tipi, a tiny house, and a rustic cabin, and you can live in it year-round.  It’s heated with a wood stove, and it’s insulated with fibreglass batts, and reflectix.

The natural light from the skylight brightens the whole place up, and there are two small windows that can be opened to circulate fresh air.

Check out the video below for a full tour of this magical off-grid tipi!

VIDEO: Magical 4-Season Off-Grid Tipi Tiny House

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Jeannie
    December 2, 2017, 11:34 pm

    I see NO refrigeration at all, which could be a problem. And, having lived in a “real” tipi for some time, I know for an absolute fact that it is NOT water-proof with the “smoke-hole” opening in the top. THAT’s why a real tipi has a rope coming down – for the rain-water to find it’s way down in an orderly manner. IF that “smoke-hole” is tightly covered with plexi, it COULD be waterproof. That wasn’t mentioned in the description. I’m not sure where this is, but in some places, those two little windows wouldn’t keep it cool in the summer. I absolutely love the aesthetics, and fell in love with it on first sight, but…… In a real tipi you had a liner to lift to create circulation, with the smoke-hole open.

    • James D.
      December 3, 2017, 12:35 am

      This is basically a cabin that’s wrapped to look like a Tipi… You just open up windows for air circulation and it’s in Canada…

      • Jeannie
        December 3, 2017, 12:48 am

        I understand perfectly what it is LOL – and I’m quite surprised it’s in Canada and “4 Season”. Obviously not meant for “living” – only for maybe a week-end with a cooler. I was hoping it was for “living” – I love the idea.

        • James D.
          December 3, 2017, 1:01 am

          Sorry, I was under the impression from your previous post that you were confused as to what it was, no offense was intended.

          While this was constructed by just two guys with no previous building experience. So nothing stopping other people from doing the same and customizing it to what they want…

          It’s also probably pretty easy to have a all year root cellar up in Canada as an alternative to needing a fridge… There’s also the option of a spring house…

        • Jeannie
          December 3, 2017, 3:33 am

          OH! No offense taken! I love the thing and think they did a GREAT job – especially being untrained! Omigosh! But I was looking at it as a “home” kinda thing, and looking for the fridge. And you’re right – most likely a root cellar would do JUST fine. I grew up near the Oregon Coast – we had a fridge and freezer, but we also had a cabinet with mesh openings that kept things cool most of the year. fruit and veggies were kept in the “fruit shed” and did just fine. Had a spring house while stationed in So Korea, and I liked that very very much.

  • Joe P. Hawkins
    December 5, 2017, 5:49 am

    Come on, You took the whole technology that has existed for Tipi’s for a couple thousand years and ruined it. All you had to do was the inner lining that they do and use a Rocket Mass Stove inside there and your tipi would have worked fine all winter long. And with all these chem trails from the aircraft your Solar energy system is 1/5th as much power as it normally would have been. You wrecked it all. Take care. Oh and with that Rocket Mass Stove or fire pit you could also heat your water for a shower and get rid of the propane. That will be gone soon with the economy collapsing. Have fun with your ruined Tipi, Why don’t you just make a Geodesic Dome home instead. You get more room for the money that way and it is much cheaper than a Tipi like you made.

  • Joe P. Hawkins
    December 5, 2017, 7:45 am

    Oh yea, and Jeanie is right, You need the rope to guide the water through the top hole and the Indians used that flap to close it off or block the rain. They also used a umbrella type set up in the ones I saw on the net for sale. It sits over the hole so as to keep rain from coming in at all. It was over the ends of the branches also. You are suppose to have two flaps with each one having a branch connected to it so you could adjust that flap to one side or the other or to close it off completely.

    One other thing those rocket mass heaters/stove/fire pit are so efficient that they do not really need venting out the tent and especially if you have a whole in top. Their only exhaust is CO2 and water vapor. Put a few plants in there with you and you will not have to worry about the CO2 since that is what we all exhale. Run the exhaust through a condenser coil and you will have fresh water to filter and drink or water your plants with or both. We also exhale water vapor. You can run Rocket mass heaters/etc… with pine cones if you want too or twigs and branches and little pieces of wood and once you have ran them for about 3 to 4 hours they heat up all the mass you put around them and that keeps you warm for a day or more depending on how much mass you have around them. You do not want propane. Get rid of it. Right now I am building a mini rocket mass heater/cook stove burner for my little two person tent to keep warm and cook on. Make them out of tin cans and some chicken wire to hold the rocks to the sides of it.

    • James D.
      December 5, 2017, 7:27 pm

      Just for safety concerns, I’d just point out that it takes 7-8 trees to just provide enough oxygen for one person to live on… A fire will use hundreds to thousands of times the amount of oxygen a person would use…

      So just a plant in the space wouldn’t be enough to make it safe to use a rocket stove if the space was air tight and no outside air was getting in and the CO2 was allowed to build up inside.

      Besides, rocket stoves require a fairly large volume of airflow to work. So either the space allows air to come into the structure or you provide the rocket stove with its own air inlet

      Otherwise, I agree that a rocket mass heater would be a better off-grid choice…

      Though, in warmer climate zones than Canada, there are also other options for heating water like solar thermal (not to be confused with solar power/PV panels) that’ll require no combustion at all and would just channel ambient heat to the water with a heat pump and heat exchanger, which can also use multiple heat sources as well…

  • March 20, 2020, 5:36 am

    I don’t agree with what anyone else says on the comment’s section. I think this is an integration of progressive and traditional design. Taking the TIPI and improving it, provides a new flair. It’s wonderful. You can ask https://www.simpleterra.com/yurt-kits/ to customize these for you at a certain price.

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