How to Build an Igloo
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
Diameter: Not to exceed 10 feet. Anything bigger would require a perfect dome, which is next to impossible to construct in the field.
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.
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.
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.
wow this is awesome
looks awesome, but real hard. (plus, when will you get that much snow?!)
really cool but i dont get how are you supposed to keep it from falling on you ?
ive heard of making one out of plastic milk bottles
my dad and i built a huge igloo last week we put a blanket in side and my two dogs used it like a dog house
it is cool
I thinks it’s really nice to have 5 feet of snow on your lawn to practice building these snow shelters!
That’s right: 5 feet!
Has any one done it in 6 feet of snow?
Sorry GEAR MAN, but I had a great 11 FEET OF SNOW in the winter of ’09.
in the Febuary snow storm 2010 my town had 24 FEET can you believe that!
I got 5,000,000 feet in my city. Jk!!! Two years ago we got like 3 ft. I live in North Idaho.
A really helpful thing to have is a snow saw. They really help when you build an igloo, or any other winter camping shelters. Igloos are kind of harder to build, but are pretty cool.
I started mine yesterday
i`v never made an igloo but i made a snow cave out of really large snow balls
in ohio my back and front yard is like 2 feet deep!!!!!!!
you should see what it is like in iowa, its about 3 to 7 feet tall:] !!
mine is too
its winter in il but its to dry
works like an angel
i am gonna try that but without the underground tunnel
i am trin 2 make one but i cant
me and my mum have started our igloo
I’m building one right now. And they are hard. But funnnnn. 🙂
it was snowing lots in scotland and i had about 1 meter of snow in my back garden and i cleared a big space in my back yard and i managed very easily and im only 14 when ever you have snow do it it didnt take me long about 30-60 mins.
i found it very fun but cold lol
i done it
i watn to try one of these
so do i. i just make a big pile of snow and dig a hole then ho-lo it out
Thats what I do.
who doesnt do tht? lol tht how simple ppl like us feel like weve actually acomplished sumthin
My friends and I did that but, when we came back from winter break the entrance had colapced just enogh so we couldn’t get back in! And we still have some stuff in there! We tried to break the wall down but, it had turned to ice! Gotta wait till spring!
you need a lot of snow to do that
um sounds cool but hard so i started one and these tips will help me later i guess (:
how much does it need to snow before i can make a proper igloo? (feet)
I really want to try it!
i’m with you
If only I was able to get that much snow at home!!!!
It sounds impossible!
my brother thinks its boring.
its sounds cool!
I WANT SNOW
confusing, but cool;)
were it slants put an even block even to the one to the left of it
Can’t wait for it to snow.
I really want snow
I’ll make one as soon as possible and use it in a snowball fight!
Awsome & lil chily
It will make a great fort.
Yes, but somebody could jump on the wall, and there goes your fort
and about how long does this take
im gonna biuld this in camp
i cant wait to try this the next time there is snow
I prefer quinzees
I would probably get claustrophobic if I had to sleep in an igloo.
i wish it was winter already
cooi but not cool a nuff