Primitive Technology: Tiled Roof Hut

  • Published: 05 September 2015
  • I built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. The tools I used have been made in my previous videos. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology.
    To cut and carve wood I used the celt stone axe and stone chisel made in this video. To carry water and make fire I used pots and fire sticks made in this video. Finally, to store fire wood and dry, unfired tiles, I used the wood shed built in this video.
    The wooden frame was built with a 2X2m floor plan and a 2m tall ridge line with 1m tall side walls. 6 posts were put into the ground 0.25 m deep. The 3 horizontal roof beams were attached to these using mortise and tenon joints carved with a stone chisel. The rest of the frame was lashed together with lawyer cane strips. The frame swayed a little when pushed so later triangular bracing was added to stop this. Also when the mud wall was built, it enveloped the posts and stopped them moving altogether.
    A small kiln was built of mud from the ground and a perforated floor of clay from the creek bank. It was only 25 cm internal diameter and 50 cm tall. Clay was dug, broken tiles (from previous batches) were crushed and added to it as grog and it was mixed thoroughly.This clay was pressed into rectangular moulds made from strips of lawyer cane to form tiles. Wood ash prevented the clay sticking to the stone. 20 tiles were fired at a time. 450 flat tiles and 15 curved ridge tiles were made with only a few breakages. 26 firings were done in all and the average firing took about 4 hours. The fired tiles were then hooked over the horizontal roof battens.
    An underfloor heating system was built into one side of the hut to act as a sitting/sleeping platform in cold weather. This was inspired by the Korean Ondol or “hot stone”. A trench was dug and covered with flat stones with a firebox at one end and a chimney at the other for draft. The flames travelled beneath the floor heating it. After firing it for a while the stones stay warm all night with heat conducted directly to the sleeping occupant and radiating into the room.
    The wall was made of clayey mud and stone. A stone footing was laid down and over this a wall of mud was built. To save on mud, stones were included into later wall courses. The mud was dug from a pit in front of the hut and left a large hole with a volume of about 2.5 cubic metres.
    The finished hut has a swinging door made of sticks. The inside is dark so I made a torch from tree resin. A broken tile with resin on it acts as a small lamp producing a lot of light and little smoke. The end product was a solid little hut, that should be fire and rot resistant. The whole project took 102 days but would have taken 66 days were it not for unseasonal rain. For a more in depth description see my blog (

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Comments • 67 690

  • 석지웅
    석지웅  2 hours back

    원작자 한테 확인받고 올림? 엄연히 유튜브 플랫폼 안에 원작자가 있는데.

    • 이주형
      이주형  2 hours back

      이건 그냥 우리나라 한옥집인데? ㅋㅋㅋ
      와 대박이다 ㅋㅋㅋ

      • Corvo Attano
        Corvo Attano  3 hours back

        How practical is this over something else?

        • philip day
          philip day  4 hours back

          bangsat kau !!!!!!!!!

          • Раян Гимаев
            Раян Гимаев  21 hours back

            Из грязи в князи

            • Jesse Barbier
              Jesse Barbier  1 days back

              Why are peaple stil homeless?

              • SMP레몬 TV
                SMP레몬 TV  1 days back

                한국 전통가옥의 온돌인가...

                • 夜の歌
                  夜の歌  1 days back

                  I think, tile, make two short, a long, long is short twice the effect will be better

                  • Yousry Moustafa
                    Yousry Moustafa  1 days back

                    why no more video since long time please come back

                    • Thánh Gà Liên Quân

                      Best financial investment channel in 2019. You will not regret investing this channel


                      • Jovita Sanga
                        Jovita Sanga  2 days back

                        Your RICH because you have camera

                        • Huan Sharlys Medeiros
                          Huan Sharlys Medeiros  2 days back

                          quero mais videos

                          • Relax Maggg
                            Relax Maggg  2 days back

                            Forest on minimals

                            • Shrinner
                              Shrinner  2 days back

                              When you realize he explains what he is doing with subtitles

                              • Al Ec
                                Al Ec  2 days back

                                He should have a netflix show

                                • Aidens Outdoors
                                  Aidens Outdoors  3 days back

                                  Make something like what you laid on inside of the hut so you have a heated bed

                                  Edit: I sayed that to early

                                  • jesus hernandezhernandez

                                    Español alguien

                                    • 별다섯개
                                      별다섯개  3 days back

                                      나도 손재주만 있으면 자연인 처럼 살고싶다.

                                      • Fekete László István

                                        Suddenly Minecraft

                                        • Bu Bir Harika
                                          Bu Bir Harika  3 days back

                                          Good videos

                                          • 곱디고운곱단이
                                            곱디고운곱단이  3 days back

                                            korea style : ondol.

                                            • CGG G
                                              CGG G  3 days back


                                              • Юрий
                                                Юрий  3 days back

                                                Первый сильный ветер и твоей крыше пизда

                                                • nathan guizout
                                                  nathan guizout  3 days back

                                                  Kunan Kunan technology steal your video

                                                  • Jonas Garcia
                                                    Jonas Garcia  3 days back

                                                    Wonderful survival house..nice job

                                                    • 효선
                                                      효선  4 days back

                                                      와 자막지원 오진다

                                                      • The Radiation Zone
                                                        The Radiation Zone  4 days back

                                                        I don’t mean anything by this, but why is this guy so pale from his chest to everything under, for someone we only see outside?

                                                        • Diego Elias Castillo
                                                          Diego Elias Castillo  4 days back

                                                          Buen bideo

                                                          • Callum Russell
                                                            Callum Russell  4 days back

                                                            Someone has got a lot of time on there hands

                                                            • Bhupinder77
                                                              Bhupinder77  4 days back

                                                              0.42 lol

                                                              • KyrixYT
                                                                KyrixYT  4 days back

                                                                The forest IRL

                                                                • Gecko Playz
                                                                  Gecko Playz  4 days back

                                                                  Can I call you Steve

                                                                  • Arnfinn Sijbrant
                                                                    Arnfinn Sijbrant  4 days back

                                                                    Is no one going to talk about the fact that this guy has a heated floor in his mud house

                                                                    • Casa Nova
                                                                      Casa Nova  4 days back

                                                                      Tem brasileiro aqui ?

                                                                      • Flight 93
                                                                        Flight 93  4 days back

                                                                        When u loose ur internet cable


                                                                        • Anoush 2
                                                                          Anoush 2  4 days back

                                                                          if that hous was bigger it was modern

                                                                          • Shaun Mcmurray
                                                                            Shaun Mcmurray  4 days back

                                                                            Could have done with a window

                                                                            • 석궁
                                                                              석궁  4 days back


                                                                              • hayeon하연
                                                                                hayeon하연  4 days back

                                                                                틀...?을 만들때 한옥 만들때와 같은 원리라고 해야하나?

                                                                                • Влад Александров

                                                                                  Amazing!!! Good job! Nice house!!!👍👍👍👍👍

                                                                                  • Tùng TRần Trần
                                                                                    Tùng TRần Trần  4 days back


                                                                                    • Kevin Ramirez-Melendez

                                                                                      dudes named hunter:

                                                                                      • phung
                                                                                        phung  4 days back

                                                                                        What do they do after they build it. Sell it??

                                                                                        • CYBERQUEEN green clean FUTURE BEAUTY

                                                                                          Where did he learn how to do all this?

                                                                                          • Felix Lieven
                                                                                            Felix Lieven  5 days back

                                                                                            When I try to make a hut mi mud folls apart

                                                                                            • Sc0rpsss
                                                                                              Sc0rpsss  5 days back

                                                                                              This guy’s gonna escape the goverment if he needs to

                                                                                              • سفاء حشاوي
                                                                                                سفاء حشاوي  5 days back


                                                                                                • Note of Nu
                                                                                                  Note of Nu  5 days back

                                                                                                  와 온돌도 만드네... 창문도 만들지