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Tiki Fireplace (not monster house's)
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Joined: Sep 20, 2004
Posts: 53
Posted: 2005-10-26 12:51 pm   Permalink

Here's a labor of love that we've been doing the last few months that i wanted to share:


I ran into an old friend named Stafford and found out he worked at a chimney / fireplace company. With his fire safe knowledge and my friend Marcus's talent, we were able to pull this off. This post shows all the steps we went thru from concept to final.

The entire shape was formed with pink insulation slabs glued together with foam in a can. We then carved the basic shape. We then put chicken wire over that and put cement over the entire form. The next step we brought the almost face-less mask ( about 150 lbs ) to the fireplace and mounted it to the wall with metal brackets. We then took a product called fireplace cement to slowly build up our tiki face detail. This product is usually used just to seal cracks in your fireplace, but it works like molding clay and cures with heat. The final weight is approx. 450+ lbs.

To contain the heat we created a pizza oven-like firebrick box out to the mouth opening. This also created a shelf to rest the smoke machine on and space for the low voltage lights that lit the eyes. The eyes are made from surfboard resin my friend custom molded into the eye openings.

The fire ring gas actually comes thru lava rock that is hidden with 1" of black and red broken safety glass on the very top. When lit it creates a huge blue ring of fire that rises and forms a bright white flame pattern on the top . It almost looks like a giant flaming volcano cocktail, and the glass sparkles like a broken mirror ball. We wired the controls over behind my bar to adjust the eyes brightness, control the smoke machine and set its timer, and turn the fire off/on and adjust the height of the flame. When the fireplace is on its lowest, the blue flame looks like a space-view of a volcanic planet with a chaotic lightening like effect on the surface.

In my opinion we made a fireplace that was a lil more traditional tiki than monster house's attempt, and it's totally fire-safe.

I hope you enjoy the pix as much as we enjoyed making and staring at now.
Let me know what you guys think!


[ This Message was edited by: biffachu 2005-10-26 15:13 ]

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 15, 2005
Posts: 229
From: Palm City, Florida ( no really)
Posted: 2005-10-26 1:32 pm   Permalink

Feel like i am inside the lost temple... Indiana jones r u there.

Sweet work and great idea.

Really looking at the progress pics too.



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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 31, 2003
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-10-26 2:38 pm   Permalink

That is pretty freaking cool. What's next for the room? When's the party?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 05, 2005
Posts: 137
From: Malmoe/Sweden
Posted: 2005-10-26 2:41 pm   Permalink

wow... beautiful Biff!

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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2005-10-26 3:07 pm   Permalink

absolutely outstanding.....nice touch with the red glass lava effect.

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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 2999
From: My Island
Posted: 2005-10-26 3:10 pm   Permalink

Man, that's hot! Great concept. I doubt I could get that one by my wife......

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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
Posts: 1513
From: calgary
Posted: 2005-10-26 4:12 pm   Permalink

That is very cool . Could the same idea and process be applied to something that would be outdoors?

Thanks for sharing.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 20, 2004
Posts: 53
Posted: 2005-10-26 5:44 pm   Permalink

Yes I think it could be made for an outside one also. This one would be waterproof if it was outside since it is solid cement. It might have to be propane for that purpose though.

We actually took the foam we used for the form and had cement put on it to protect it from deteriorating. It served as a backyard fountain pouring in between 2 tiki torches at my Mahalloween party.


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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4284
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-10-26 5:48 pm   Permalink

Awesome fireplace. Very cool

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 1576
From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2005-10-26 6:10 pm   Permalink

That's insane! I need to party THERE!

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Joined: Apr 18, 2005
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From: RI
Posted: 2005-10-26 6:20 pm   Permalink

Sweet fireplace man.

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Swamp Fire
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Joined: Jul 31, 2003
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2005-10-26 7:08 pm   Permalink

Awsome Biff, how was the party sorry we missed it.

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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2005-10-26 8:28 pm   Permalink

That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Inspirational!

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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-10-26 9:21 pm   Permalink

I saw the monster house episode and actually got to meet the host at a home show in Long Beach, CA a while back. They made a great effort, but the homeowner didn't really seem all that excited about the tiki makeover. Your tiki fireplace looks way more traditional and we can tell it was made by a true tiki afficiando. That is really unbelievable - your friends must be blown away when you give them the "demo", smoke fuming nostrils and all!


"Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
-Pablo Picasso

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Site Administrator

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3434
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2005-10-26 9:33 pm   Permalink

Biff, you are a nut! And that's a good thing.

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