Shelter Systems offers accessories for its yurts, domes, tents, and greenhouses to enhance functionality and versatility. If you aren’t sure what accessories are appropriate for you, call our customer service and we will be happy to help you.
Toll Free: (866) 777-1066 or (831) 464-2002
Where shade cannot be found, consider getting one or more of our sunshades. The sunshades we offer are Very effective in keeping our domes cool in the hot sun because they allow airflow to dissipate heat. Since the dome’s poles are external and the sunshade is placed on the outside of the poles, the sun’s heat is blocked by the sunshade and is removed by natural convection airflow through the porous shade cloth and not radiated into the dome. For 14’, 18’, and 20’ domes, we recommend multiple small sunshades instead of one larger sunshade, because they fit the curve of the domed shape better and provide more space for heated air to escape.
If over-heating is likely a problem consider two or more sunshades. Arrange your sunshades such that they do not overlap each other completely. The airspace under the shades and the gaps between them will allow heat to be dissipated and escape rather than be radiated back into your dome. There are many ways to set up a sunshade so it is effective in keeping your dome cool. The sunshade can be wrapped on top of your dome (photo above right), or set up like a porch (see pictures below; the photo below right is our 10′ dome with a sunshade).
Only cover your dome’s poles with Shelter Systems’ SunShades or identical shade cloth, never with a non-porous tarp of any kind. Doing so can cause the poles to over heat and deform your poles. It could also collect water and causeing your dome to collapse.
Shelter Systems’ woven sunshades come in black or silver, blocking 80% and 70% sun, respectively. These sunshades fit the contour of the dome and the weave design allows air to pass through for maximum cooling and good handling in windy conditions, and prevent puddling of rain water. Black lasts about 6-8 yrs and Aluminet 4 yrs.
The Black Sunshade offers more shade, lasts longer and is less expensive.
$53 Black 80% Shade 12′ x 16′ (with 10 snap grips)
$120 Black 80% Shade 20′ x 20′ (with 18 snap grips)
The Silver Aluminet Sunshade acts like a mirror to reflect unwanted sunlight and radiant heat.
$113 Silver Aluninet 70% Shade 14′ x 14′ (with 10 snap grips)
$237 Silver Aluninet 70% Shade 21′ x 21′ (with 18 snap grips)
Clear Vinyl Windows
The 10’, 14’, 18’, and 20’ domes come standard with four frosted window panels above each door. These translucent windows let in more light than glass, but provide privacy, since you cannot see clearly through them. One or more translucent windows can be replaced with see-through clear vinyl windows. 30’ and 31‘ domes come standard with no windows, but it is possible to replace up to eight panels with either translucent or clear vinyl windows. Note that we do not recommend vinyl windows if the dome is to be put up or taken down in blow-freezing weather.
Net Doors and Netting
Net Doors: Domes come standard with doors made out of the same material as dome walls, and you can add mosquito net doors for bug protection. These are easily installed and are generous enough in width and length to keep bugs out without the need for breakable zippers. These net doors even keep out “no-see-ums”, those micro-gnats you can’t see. Opening two to four doors across from each other results in pleasant cross ventilation. The 14′, 18′, and 20′ domes can have as many as four net doors, 30’ and 31′ domes can have as many as eight.
Netting: You can use our bulk netting to make your own net doors with Grip Clips and net covers for your upper vents with Velcro coins.
Sticky Back Velcro
Sticky back Velcro coins and strips can be used to secure doors against high wind, close net doors, keep floors tightly attached to side walls, and to create a net closure for upper vent tube openings. Velcro strips can’t be beat for sealing your dome’s doors and shingles against wind and dust against dust and high wind – a must for Burning Man!
Sticky Back Velcro Coins (see photo):
Price: for 50-count 7/8″ hook and loop Velcro Coins $13 (shipping included)
Sticky Back Velcro Strips: Sold by the length, can be cut into smaller lengths
Price: Eight yards Velcro of both hook and loop Velcro $4.50 (shipping included)
Some type of ground cover must be used to keep dampness and dirt from the ground out of your dome. Shelter Systems’ floors are made of the same durable white Shelter material that we make the dome’s covering of. The floors are not sewn into the domes in order to prevent floor seams from leaking. Having a separate floor also makes it easy to keep your dome clean if you plan to take it down and store it, as you can roll up a dirty floor separate. Installing the floor can be done easily in 30-45 minutes, using the included 12 General Purpose Grip Clip tarp fasteners.
If you choose to use your own tarp as a floor, you may still want to purchase General Purpose Grip Clip tarp fasteners to help secure it to the side walls. Grip Clips are offered below.
A porch is an excellent addition to a dome, and can be easily attached in minutes to any of our domes. A porch can be used to keep your dome dry if you want to leave a door open in a warm rain, space to take off a raincoat or boots before entering your dome, or for hanging wet gear underneath it to dry. The standard porch covering is a 5 ½ feet by 5 1/2 feet arched square made out of our translucent woven ripstop material for maximum light transmission. Porches can also be special ordered in other materials, including white for less light transmission or white/black for maximum shade.
A liner will greatly increase the winter comfort of your dome by creating an evenly heated space, as well as saving on heating fuel. A liner reduces heat loss from radiation, creates an insulating dead air space of 2″-3” (the liner’s air does not circulate with the dome air), and reduces condensation that often occurs in very cold situations. Installation of a liner into your dome is easy and can be done in about 1 hour. Simply tie it in place at each intersection point on the dome, pulling it tight. You can order a liner with your dome and install it right away, or decide to add one later. Note that a liner is not necessary to be quite comfortable in our domes; they are dry and easy to heat even without a liner.
The full liner is constructed of a white fire-retardant ripstop film with clear vinyl windows for a wonderfully bright and warm space. We also make liners for our greenhouses out of the translucent greenhouse covering. Photo to the right shows a 20′ dome with a liner.
Shelter Systems’ tents are made out of a material that is very tough and durable, and it is quite hard to poke a hole or tear them. However, we do offer a complete repair kit that includes at least 4 square feet of each of the materials that we make the domes of (translucent, white woven ripstop films, and clear vinyl), Grip Clips (2 General and 2 Heavy Duty), 10′ of cord, and a tube of clear 100% silicone rubber glue. This kit will allow you to repair most damage to your covering. Silicon rubber glue can be bought at most hardware stores.
Price for complete repair kit $62 (not offered at this time)
We offer our PVC poles so that customers can make repairs, replacements or just to have extra on hand. Price: $4.50 each. When you place your order, indicate which size poles you want. (not offered at this time) use poles from plumbing or hardware stores
Extra Tri Hubs
Shelter Systems’ Tri Hubs. These are used in our 8 ‘and 11’ Gro-Domes.
Price: $13 each (not offered at this time)
Shelter Systems’ connectors come in pairs. They are used in our 10′, 14′, 18′, and 20′ Domes.
Price: $7. (not offered at this time) available at plumbing or hardware stores
All of our yurts and domes come with a complete set of standard stakes, that have excellent holding power in most soils. We offer three types of additional or replacement stakes.
All our Yurt Dome and Gro Domes come with a complete set of stakes made of high-impact ABS. They are 12″ long and have excellent holding power in most soils. Use strong durable cord to knot a stake loop through the Grip Clip cords at the base of your dome. Follow the knotting procedure described in the manual. Drive the stakes thru these loop cords so hook points away from dome and deep enough so that the hook so it enters the ground a short distance. Always wear eye protection when driving or removing stakes.
These almost indestructible 12″ stakes are highly recommended for hard, dry or compacted soils. Made from high impact glass filled resin.Use strong durable cord to knot a stake loop through the Grip Clip cords at the base of your dome. Follow the knotting procedure described in the manual. Drive the stakes thru these loop cords so hook points away from dome and deep enough so that the hook so it enters the ground a short distance. Always wear eye protection when driving and removing stakes.
Super strong 18″ galvanized steel stakes for extra holding power or soil with some rocks. Use strong durable cord to knot a stake loop through the Grip Clip cords at the base of your dome. Follow the knotting procedure described in the manual. Drive the stakes thru these loop cords so hook points away from dome and deep enough so that the hook so it enters the ground a short distance. Always wear eye protection when driving and removing stakes. To remove stake from the ground slip another stake under the hook and lever the stake free. Always wear eye protection when driving stakes.
Scotch Heavy Duty All-Weather Duct Tape
If you plan on using your dome in high wind, dusty, or rainy conditions, consider using Scotch Heavy Duty Gray All-Weather Duct Tape and or Scotch Transparent Long Lasting Duct Tape to seal wall shingles, the floor, or unused doors. Both tapes are UV stabilized and hold up well over time. The Heavy Duty Tape lasts longer in the sun than the Transparent Tape, but the Transparent Tape looks better. Always apply tape to a clean and dry dome. We do not recommend regular duct tape, as it does not hold up well with sun exposure.
Both tapes are available at most hardware stores, or can be purchased through Shelter Systems at a comparable price.
Dealing with wind blown dust on the playa
Large 2″ Dust Buster tm Binder Clips (to deal with dust or wind on the playa or just windy areas you can’t have to many).
These can be very handy to secure shingling and on the sides and top of dome and to clamp tarp floors to dome’s ground skirts. The best price we have found is on Amazon (search for Large 2″ Binder Clips: They come in boxes of 12 – Large 2″ Binder Clips made by ACCO #72100 Comes in a box of 12 for $5.29 from Amazon.
Shelter Systems’ Special Super Strong Woven Ripstop Films
Shelter Systems’ coverings are made of a special plastic copolymer (composed of carbon and hydrogen which is chemically similar to wax) that is stretched until it becomes stiff. At this point, it is at its maximum tensile (pull strength), where it is sliced into thin strips and woven into a fabric and laminated on both sides with sheets of the same stretch-strengthened material. The result is a stabilized and super strengthened material with amazing tear resistance. We offer a variety of these fabrics, for use in endless applications.
All Shelter Systems’ coverings incorporate UV sunscreen inhibitors to help block damage from the sun and give the covering a longer useful life. The coverings are sold 6 feet wide, at any length, and can be sewn using a home sowing machine to meet all your needs. Most needles will work, and we recommend using a cotton polyester heavy-duty thread (available at most sewing stores). Sew 1/2″ “fin” seams, at about 10 stitches per inch. The seams tend not to leak but if your use requires them to be totally watertight, silicone rubber can be used as a sealant.
Shelter Systems’ GreenhouseTranslucent
Designed for greenhouse and solar uses, this material lets through 90% of sunlight (more than glass). UV stabilized and not fire retardant.
UVB transmission 59%; UVA transmission 68%; Visible light transmission 84%
(Not offered at this time)
Shelter Systems’ ShelterWhite
Lets 60% of light through (so not appropriate for greenhouse use). White fabric, UV stabilized and fire retardant.
UVB transmission 0%; UVA transmission 0%; Visible light transmission 25%
(Not offered at this time)
Shelter Systems’ White/Black Black Out
White outside to reflect light and the sun and black inside to block light and sun. UV stabilized and fire retardant.Only cover your dome’s poles with Shelter Systems’ SunShades or identical shade cloth, never with a non-porous tarp of any kind including Shelter Black Out. Doing so can cause the poles to over heat and deform your poles. It could also collect water and cause your dome to collapse. Blocks virtually all visible light.
(Not offered at this time)
Heavy gauge (10 mils). This material is used for dome windows and is UV stabilized. You can make your own windows by cutting a hole in your dome panel (do not cut the fabric that is tensioned under the poles of your dome) and shingle a piece of clear vinyl inside the dome above the hole (under lapping) and outside below the hole (overlapping). A simple way to attach the vinyl is with our Sticky-Backed Velcro. The vinyl comes 48″ wide, in any length.
(Not offered at this time)