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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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12 Comments on How to Build an Igloo

  1. COOL! But no snow in GEORGIA:(

  2. ChesseButterBall // January 15, 2015 at 10:27 am // Reply

    That is a amazing igloo. It shows how well it is made.

  3. Boo

  4. I agree with snowbird to. I really want to make a snow cave! It’s almost Chrismas! What do you guys think?

  5. IGLOOS ARE NICE TO MAKE WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF TIME, BUT FOR CAMPING, TRY MAKING A SNOW CAVE!

  6. it snowed 6 inches in my city

  7. Girls can do it too

  8. Jordyn & Rick // January 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm // Reply

    Really nice to know! Good effort.

  9. Tried this with my brother it works nice and warm inside

  10. kaka po po ka ka ka popo // December 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm // Reply

    cool it works me and my sis did it and it looks so cool

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