Step 2: Draw an outline in the snow

The next step is to determine the size of the igloo. use a shovel or your heel (using your heel works best) to draw an outline to your igloo. Make sure to add a rectangle that will be the door arch.
Coolest thing EVER!!! SO nice, man!!! =oD
LOVE IT!!<br>My little brother and I actually tried to make a cave or an igloo in our backyard. But all we really accomplished was something of a fort XD hahaha we couldn't quite figure out how to do the top<br>
Cool! and thanks
Awesome! You built an igloo in Texas. Super cool. Last year I was at Possum Kingdom (west of Weatherford/Mineral Wells) when that snow hit there. I built an &quot;igloo&quot;, but mine was a cheater model. I used a snow fort then put a kits sun tent on it and piled the snow up until the tent was hidden. It looked like an igloo and could fit four kids sitting. <br><br>Nice work!
Thank you very much!
<p>It actually worked... mostly. I really kinda fucked up when i built it and all of the bricks ended up all shity. But other than that, I had a lot of fun building it with my sexy-ass girl friend!</p>
<p>It actually worked... mostly. I really kinda fucked up when i built it and all of the bricks ended up all shity. But other than that, I had a lot of fun building it with my sexy-ass girl friend!</p>
<p>it's pretty cool...</p>
<p>I've built one of those every year.</p><p>And it's great!!!!</p>
Not to bad, but it don't look right IMO because its one solid structure when igloos are meant to be built out of blocks like over sized bricks! I know this is for powdery snow and so its not as easy to build an igloo like that, but it is still possible because me and a friend did it a few years ago in the middle of our street :) Nath@<a href="http://www.splashandrelax.co.uk/products/Sledges+&+Toboggans" rel="nofollow">Sledges</a>
man this is so helpful thanks man!
I have alot of experience in this area since im a boy scout and this is really usefull! A better way to make it stronger and more reinforced is to: <br>1st-build up your pile to your reasonable height. <br>2nd-Put some sort of stick into the walls of your pile. Make sure there about the same size and length. Place them roughly -4-6 inches away from each other. <br>3rd- Dig it out and stop when you can see the all the stick in the walls. <br>4th-place lit candleson the inside to reinforce the celing.
This version on the instructable is basically solid ice, so i dont know if the version you suggested would be stronger. But thanks for the idea.
Back in the late 70's in South Carolina. About 10 kids and I build a 6 to 8 foot model by piling up the snow and then digging it out. then we made a fire pit and used that to heat the inside. I think we had a 4 to 6&quot; hole in the top. I think the walls were about 5 inches think except at the top were someone was in a little too much of a hurry and shaved it down to about 3 inches.<br> <br> If I remember correctly it lasted about 3 weeks before it collapsed.<br> <br> Kind of miss those kind of snow. But dont want the stuff that the north east is getting.<br> <br> <br>
Hey there, <br><br>As a couple other people mentioned you could simplify the process by using the methods for building a Quinzee.<br><br>The quinzee method takes advantage of the thermal / insular properties of snow as you build a mound you mix the snow (which at different depths has different temperatures). Once you have mixed and piled a mound you leave it to 'sinter' for a few hours and then you can go ahead and hollow that sucker out. They are pretty bombproof the same day you build them and will harden even more if you stay a night and add some moisture through your breathing.<br><br>I have built these for 1 - 8 people over the years and just this weekend built one with my kids. Very Fun!<br><br>Here's a link to a Quinzee page if you want to check out more info ( I love the aesthetic of this page though :)<br><br>http://www.call-wild.com/quinzee.html<br><br>
If you really get into making igloos, see if someone has an icebox tool (made by grandshelters) to borrow. Those are really fun to play with, but cost way more than a bucket. Cheers!
I agree with marksutzman. We did this at a winter scout camp once. Just make a bit pile of snow with a shovel, let it sit for a couple of hours and then just hollow it out. Easy peezy.
You can make a much bigger fort by putting a little less water in the snow, and filling trash barrels instead of 5-gallon buckets. An easy way to make the roof is to just put pine boughs (maybe with a tarp) across the roof and pile/pack snow on top of them. This is kind of cheating, but is a lot faster and allows for a bigger fort.
Make sure there is always a small metal shovel inside the igloo as they can eventually collapse. Also helps to have a small diameter hole in the roof, maybe 4-6 inches in diameter to facilitate fresh air flow.
The reason I didn't add one is for warmth. (seeing as heat rises) I thought of ventilation, but the door seemed enough. And if the igloo collapsed, couldnt you justbust through? I'm not sure how you would get to the shovel....
it looks more like a quinzhee
I watch Survivor Man and Bear Gryls show a lot. I don't get enough snow here in Phoenix to actually try this but could come in handy should you get stuck in the snow somewhere. Perhaps I will take a trip to Flagstaff and try it out.
If you have enough snow, id try building a 'quinzee' as theyre easier to make. this is more of a backyard type deal.
There's actually no need to pack the snow down or add water, as long as you have enough. Just make a pile of loose snow, wait a few hours, and hollow it out. They're called quinzees.
we made a large igloo out of snow blocks
You don't really need to go through the effort of adding water. I made a snow cave last Saturday with powdery snow, by simply shoveling it into a pile, and periodically compressing it by walking all over the pile, wearing snowshoes. Make a pile of snow, walk all over it. Lather, rinse, repeat. <br> <br>Once your pile of compressed snow is big enough, start hollowing it out. <br> <br>I slept the night in mine (we were winter camping), and stood on top of it the next day, without it collapsing. I've made them before, with packable snow, but this was specifically an experiment to see if it could be done with powdery snow, and it can.

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