Being a tiki bar owner now for over 5 years I’ve learned things that I wish could have done and things that I’d never do again. I would love to share with you my Opossum Poop and improvements to my tiki bar.
First I want to go over a few things I learned building my own outside pub. The weather conditions in your area will determine the best way to construct your bar. Here are ideas you will need to pay attention to if you’re building an outside tiki bar.
Your Climate- if you reside in a place which has warm summers and cold winters, then you’ll encounter the very same obstacles I came against. Be certain that you use treated wood for any surface that comes in contact with the floor. That’s the reason you have to use treated timber; it shrinks less and will last much longer. Anytime you have wood that’s exposed to the weather you will need to pay close attention to the sort of wood you use and appropriate treating of the timber after it’s installed.
Insects- I used white cedar logs to the building of my roof construction because cedar is supposed to be less vulnerable to insect damage. Okay, throw that out the window, I went for three years with no insect problems until last year. I noticed wood dust and compact chips lying on my bar . I thought it was coming out of thatch breaking or falling apart but to my surprise I’d carpenter bees! After inspecting my white cedar logs I found holes around 3/8 inch bored in a few of my logs. A carpenter bee appears almost identical to some common bumble bee except no hair abdomen and the men can’t sting. They adore natural cedar! May sure you employ either wood preservative or a great Valspar varnish for your logs.
Bar Top- There are several diverse opinions about what to use on your bar . It’s advised that you use marine plywood to the bar top, and for good reason. I used the next best thing that I believed, oak plywood. The walnut plywood was fine for the first two or three years, applying about ten coats of marine varnish. This would be OK except the edges of the plywood are extremely tricky to seal. To solve my problem I implemented glass tile into my tiki bar top using waterproof glue and grout. The marine plywood is extremely expensive but well worth the cost.
The only way which it is possible to eliminate this problem is to purchase high quality commercial synthetic thatch. I just re-thatched my pub with sealed thatch that will provide you an additional two years of additional life.
Securing Your Bar- One thing I want to mention here, is anchoring your pub down is a must item. I’m fortunate enough that my pub is sitting on a concrete apron around my pool area. I used drop in concrete anchors to stop my pub from blowing over in high winds.