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  • #702337

    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I have been floating the idea of building a Tiki hut in the back yard next to the pool for a while. No I don’t mean those Tiki hut kits you buy for $129.99 or an umbrella you line with faked leaves. A real authentic looking one.

    Anyone ever built one? I am not that concerned with the structural support and framing aspect but I just wonder how the roof-leaves are done, there has to be some special techniques in weaving those leaves as they are supposed to be water tight right?

    #702369

    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I think with just the lapping of the palm fronds and with enough layer it gets rather dry under there.

    Dirty

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    #702428

    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    It is just layers of fronds with nothing special? How are the fronds secured to the framing? There is no plywood deck, do they need to be weaved together somehow?

    How are they attached at the “crown” line of the roof? Compressed between two pieces of wood

    #702429

    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Went to the beach yesterday and saw some “tiki style” umbrellas.

    These are not natural. They are made of recycled shredded plastic LOL.

    #702436

    Doobie
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    Seems you can buy kits. Here’s a couple of places I quickly found…

    http://www.palapastructures.com/

    https://sunsetbamboo.com/umbrellas-kits/tiki-huts-and-palapas.html

    #702447

    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Went to the beach yesterday and saw some “tiki style” umbrellas.

    These are not natural. They are made of recycled shredded plastic LOL.


    If you google Polynesian Cultural Center then hit images there are many buttons on the top. That one came off the villages button.

    Dirty

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    #702510

    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Very interesting. Had no idea how many leaves are used in thatching one roof.

    #702511

    Doobie
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    Just a thought that occured to me….Watch out if you do undertake this how fire resistive or dangerous it may be in placing your tiki hut close to other structures. Seems to me these things may catch fire pretty easily.

    #702535

    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Very interesting. Had no idea how many leaves are used in thatching one roof.

    I had no idea they used palmetto plant leaves. Those would be very water tight, just like shingles. You have to make some runs out the the ever glades to get leaves.

    Dirty

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    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #702538

    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Just a thought that occured to me….Watch out if you do undertake this how fire resistive or dangerous it may be in placing your tiki hut close to other structures. Seems to me these things may catch fire pretty easily.

    Yes it is flammable but we have palm trees everywhere, and many of them have a “petticoat” of dried up palm fronds hanging, and all kinds of mulch shavings that are also very flammable. I think as long as we don’t lit up tiki torches we will be OK.

    #702560

    TopNotch
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    elmwood park, NJ

    Cool stuff, love the look of them. Good luck with the build.

    Are you going to use some bamboo in the construction or just the thatch roof?

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #702673

    Miamicuse
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I am thinking just regular PT 2x lumber for the roof framing, PT 4×4 for the columns. Then may be hired out the thatching of the roof since I don’t have the materials or the skills to do the fronds. Looks easy but…

    Not think bamboo as this will be more a Carribean and not so much Asian.

    #702758

    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I like the small timbers look.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #702815

    Doobie
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    Just a thought that occured to me….Watch out if you do undertake this how fire resistive or dangerous it may be in placing your tiki hut close to other structures. Seems to me these things may catch fire pretty easily.

    Yes it is flammable but we have palm trees everywhere, and many of them have a “petticoat” of dried up palm fronds hanging, and all kinds of mulch shavings that are also very flammable. I think as long as we don’t lit up tiki torches we will be OK.

    Do you have any kind of outdoor firepit or chimenea burning thing out there? Sometimes it’s that and not some more obvious burn method that would set such a thing ablaze with an errant cinder.

    Not tryin to not deter you, but just to think out what you’re gonna do and think about any potential unintended dangers. Be safe Sami.

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