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 • 66 851

  • ウルフェンシュタイン

    Africa, learn.

    • Hege holum
      Hege holum  3 hours back

      Does anybody else have tripofobia? The fear of holes

      • Mike Aiken Carcueva
        Mike Aiken Carcueva  7 hours back

        Did he just build a hut that fast?(I'm so confused)

        • Allan Li
          Allan Li  7 hours back

          Where does he find random isolated places.

          • Quirriff
            Quirriff  8 hours back

            you've made lime in two videos from both from snails and wood ash. couldn't you whitewash your tiled hut now to protect it?

            • Банана Шишкина

              Superman !!! I love you !!!

              • zeynep duran
                zeynep duran  9 hours back

                3 ay bu şekilde yaşamak istiyorum.Böyle bir yerde.

                • Madeline Larson
                  Madeline Larson  11 hours back

                  10/10 Would survive zombie apocalypse.

                  Also, I would love to do this, just with shoes and something to cover my tiddies.

                  • PYRØMANIAC
                    PYRØMANIAC  13 hours back

                    Rust in real life

                    • Neo Xiao Long
                      Neo Xiao Long  14 hours back

                      Dude that's amazing how long did it take

                      • El Daza
                        El Daza  15 hours back

                        Nice minecraft gameplay

                        • KireiLove91
                          KireiLove91  17 hours back

                          Why do I find this so attractive?

                          • Melva Huayhua
                            Melva Huayhua  18 hours back

                            Algien puede comentar en español

                            • Play Epic Gaming
                              Play Epic Gaming  18 hours back

                              Every like I add a🍔

                              • Play Epic Gaming
                                Play Epic Gaming  18 hours back

                                Does anyone have the video playing yet they’re not watching it their just in the comments.

                                • A Llama Hunter
                                  A Llama Hunter  19 hours back

                                  Those feet have to hurt!
                                  Also Minecraft in real life

                                  • Захар Комар
                                    Захар Комар  19 hours back

                                    Это просто ,,Чудо- Рамшан''))),Надо же так захоботится)))?,месяц крышу делал,месяц стены,неделю пол с подогревом),по итогу сделал факел,зашёл в хижину и ох....ел)))))Вот это х....я получилась)))))

                                    • Захар Комар
                                      Захар Комар  19 hours back

                                      Вот это загон))),если у этого чувака в доме перегорит лампочка,он не будет заменять на новую,а просто заменит вольфрамовую спираль))))

                                      • 31Hosaf
                                        31Hosaf  20 hours back

                                        It's 3:00 am wtf am I watching

                                        • HurtfullEmu 779
                                          HurtfullEmu 779  21 hours back

                                          Ark irl

                                          • Sheran Naidoo
                                            Sheran Naidoo  22 hours back

                                            How to build a tiled roof meth lab in the forest......

                                            • Андрей Бузук
                                              Андрей Бузук  23 hours back

                                              Ветер дунет все развалится к хуям.

                                              • kenan n
                                                kenan n  24 hours back

                                                Sta je sa prevodom

                                                • P-PLopez1211 Lopez
                                                  P-PLopez1211 Lopez  1 days back

                                                  Y como carga ste men la batería de la cámara?

                                                  • Alysia Treacy
                                                    Alysia Treacy  1 days back

                                                    with the amount of huts hes made he could probably get a lot of money in real estate.. think he's in the wrong trade here..

                                                    • Azuneme-chan neko :3
                                                      Azuneme-chan neko :3  1 days back

                                                      Mainkra :D

                                                      • kumpas
                                                        kumpas  1 days back


                                                        • Aleksandar Stosic
                                                          Aleksandar Stosic  1 days back

                                                          go title on serbian al si ga preveo svaka ti cast

                                                          • Yuanjun He
                                                            Yuanjun He  1 days back

                                                            I like you, bro

                                                            • Dragan Pecic
                                                              Dragan Pecic  1 days back

                                                              Napravi mac

                                                              • eva caballito
                                                                eva caballito  1 days back

                                                                UN DIA LLUVIOSO NO SE DESINTEGRA EL BARRO Y TE QUEDAS SIN CASA?

                                                                • KILLERBOYASH PRINCEOFFHELL

                                                                  This is what we imagine life to be like when we run from home and then come back after being Half way down the street

                                                                  • mavi döner
                                                                    mavi döner  1 days back

                                                                    Türkler beğensin sayınızı bikelin

                                                                    • Fuckin Reying
                                                                      Fuckin Reying  2 days back

                                                                      This guy playing Minecraft in the real life

                                                                      • Jusa Kiki
                                                                        Jusa Kiki  2 days back

                                                                        nothing is better than a house by ourselves...

                                                                        • God of Gaming
                                                                          God of Gaming  2 days back

                                                                          This guy is the only neanderthal left

                                                                          • y tho
                                                                            y tho  2 days back

                                                                            Steve has left the chat

                                                                            • John Mulcahy
                                                                              John Mulcahy  2 days back

                                                                              How many did you break 😂

                                                                              • subtle0savage
                                                                                subtle0savage  2 days back

                                                                                Primitive Technology man on first day on Naked and Afraid:
                                                                                "I brought a machete, what did you bring?!!??!"
                                                                                "Fuck me! I'm tapping!"

                                                                                • Rishab Shah
                                                                                  Rishab Shah  2 days back

                                                                                  Plays a lot of minecraft

                                                                                  • Michael Tunstall
                                                                                    Michael Tunstall  2 days back

                                                                                    I'm confident that this guy can survive an apocalypse.

                                                                                    • sarcastic sketches
                                                                                      sarcastic sketches  2 days back

                                                                                      Minecrafts changed a lot

                                                                                      • Eva Eveningnest
                                                                                        Eva Eveningnest  2 days back

                                                                                        This guy is literally playing Minecraft irl

                                                                                        • Algirdas Miliauskas
                                                                                          Algirdas Miliauskas  2 days back

                                                                                          I think ksi should thing like this

                                                                                          • JEPANO ANIFRO-SAN
                                                                                            JEPANO ANIFRO-SAN  2 days back

                                                                                            Muito educativo gostei

                                                                                            • Жили Были Пауки

                                                                                              Я никогда не видел 60 млн просмотров у видео, поэтому и зашел. Ахренеть !

                                                                                              • Lol Nope
                                                                                                Lol Nope  2 days back

                                                                                                *minecraft music plays in the background*

                                                                                                • KugelBlitz
                                                                                                  KugelBlitz  2 days back