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How to Build an Igloo

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The best-known snow shelter is the igloo. A brilliant use of engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks is both strong and versatile.

Arctic cultures such as the Eskimo and the Inuit developed it, and over time they came up with a hundred tricks to make the shelter more comfortable and sturdy, including making the entrance small (to help keep heat in) and melting the inside of the dome and letting it refreeze (for increased strength).

BUILDING AN IGLOO

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Diameter: Not to exceed 10 feet. Anything bigger would require a perfect dome, which is next to impossible to construct in the field.

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Materials: Top layers of dry powder won’t work. Pack mounds of snow until they harden, or cut blocks of snow from the depth where your feet stop sinking.

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Entrance: Build a door in the ground, about 18 inches lower than the ground inside the igloo, and tunnel below the wall into the igloo. For proper ventilation, never seal or close the entrance.

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Walls: Cut the blocks into a spiral layer, leaning one block against the next. Keep the interior wall smooth so moisture can run down the side of the wall, instead of dripping from the ceiling. Include a vent hole to allow for better circulation.


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29 Comments on How to Build an Igloo

  1. I WISH IT SNOWED IN FLORIDA.

  2. We don;t have enough snow here in central Oregon yet. 😉

  3. Wish it snowed in california 😦

  4. Cool :l

  5. WOW!!!!!!!!! IT’S SNOWING HERE IN THE MITTEN!!!! Won’t be long before this masterpiece is possible 😀 😀 😀 !!!! 🙂 😉

  6. live in pa, didn’t get snow yet:(

  7. Billy Bob Joe // December 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm // Reply

    come to Michigan!,!,!,!

  8. awesome man 11 // December 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    utah gets the BEST SNOW EVER!!!!

  9. can not wait for snow!!!!!!!

  10. Is there any way to build one without making bricks out of snow?

  11. replying to powerking you buy snow block molds at target or walmart

  12. Love it !!!

  13. i realy want to try this! i live in pennsylvania so i hope we get snow this year

  14. burbur2002 // July 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm // Reply

    cool! i’m going to try it when we get snow. we get a lot of snow here in Michigan!

  15. it sounds so cool but how do you make the cubes.

  16. It does not snow where I live so that’s a buumer

  17. Can’t wait until it snows in Minnesota

  18. This looks awesome but i live in suburban L.A. SO IT NEVER SNOWS AND I’LL NEVER GET TO TRY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-

  19. awesome

  20. i dont get it at all

  21. blabber mouth bro // January 8, 2012 at 11:48 am // Reply

    this sounds cool

  22. Two years ago I was building a snowfort when my friend stuck her arm through the roof to “Make an air hole” and the whole roof collapesed.

  23. I live in Kansas it hasn’t snowed yet but I can’t wait for Christmas!!!

  24. Looks awesome I will try it once we get more snow.

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