Primitive Technology: Hut burned down, built new one

  • Published on: Friday, August 9, 2019
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    Primitive Technology: My hut burned down, so I built new one - Building a hut from scratch.
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    About This Video:
    My hut burned down after I left a fire untended in it. I needed a new one quickly. Fortunately I had already cleared a new spot earlier in the wet season for such a purpose. I constructed the new hut from wood and palm thatch. It was 3 x 3m in floor plan and a total of 3m high with 1.5m high side walls. 4 posts were put into the ground and a pyramidal roof was built on top of this. The frame was then thatched with palm fronds (which are less flammable than grass thatch but don't tend to last as long in wet weather). After finishing the hut I collected the possessions from the last hut and moved them into the new one. Yams from the garden were dug up but there weren't many due to the soil being compacted and low in organic matter. A yam was cooked by wrapping it in clay and baking it in the hot coals for 30 minutes. Now I have a larger hut where I can continue to make projects despite the minor set back that has just occurred.

    About Primitive Technology:
    Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick - An axe, pick up a stone and shape it - A hut, build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without utilizing modern technology. I do not live in the wild, but enjoy building shelter, tools, and more, only utilizing natural materials. To find specific videos, visit my playlist tab for building videos focused on pyrotechnology, shelter, weapons, food & agriculture, tools & machines, and weaving & fiber.



  • awesomepumashoes


     1 days ago

    Will the residue on the crust of that yam give you cancer by eating it overtime?

  • Yang Guan Tang

    Yang Guan Tang

     1 days ago

    Sweet potato has low GI, reduces insulin spike!

  • nimbleneedle


     2 days ago

    You make it look so easy!

  • Rosi Gomes

    Rosi Gomes

     2 days ago

    Brasil like

  • Парень Модный

    Парень Модный

     3 days ago

    Чётко и ипотеку брать не пришлось)))

  • comic cat

    comic cat

     3 days ago +2

    I love how his reaction to his house burning down is literally "Guess I'll have to build a new one"

  • Kanova


     3 days ago

    You should plant a tree for every tree you cut

  • Gikaros Alpha

    Gikaros Alpha

     3 days ago

    Other people need to get into mortgage to get a house , this guy just build a new one

  • Jee-r


     3 days ago

    What happened to your tile roof hut with mud walls?

  • Mr0btuse


     4 days ago

    No big deal, I do this all the time!
    The trees are blockier though

  • Yahweh's Warrior

    Yahweh's Warrior

     4 days ago

    This channel is amazing!

  • lol lol100

    lol lol100

     4 days ago

    Wash hands
    Me:you can say that again

  • Zülal Eker

    Zülal Eker

     4 days ago +1

    Greetings from Turkey

  • Zülal Eker

    Zülal Eker

     4 days ago +1

    You're so successful and talented.

  • Leedle Leedle Lee

    Leedle Leedle Lee

     4 days ago


  • Ethan Mao

    Ethan Mao

     4 days ago


  • Burning Toast

    Burning Toast

     4 days ago

    I hope he had hut insurance

  • Deforma Cinnabar

    Deforma Cinnabar

     5 days ago

    Do you have a good insurance?

  • Sanjit Raman

    Sanjit Raman

     5 days ago +2

    Life post-Brexit.

  • Тимур Евгеньев

    Тимур Евгеньев

     5 days ago

    Мужик на видео органичнее бы смотрелся бы с татуировками в стиле Маори. Не?