Picture of Quinzee Building
Quinzees are much faster & much easier to build than igloos. We built this one just for fun, but we've also made them for sleeping in while winter camping.

Step 1: Find a spot & start shoveling

Picture of Find a spot & start shoveling
Where you build your quinzee is pretty important. If we had needed quinzee to sleep in, we would have found a nice sheltered spot, on level land. We opted to build ours on a lake instead. Now, frozen ice conducts heat much better than frozen ground, so sleeping on a lake will draw your body heat away much faster. That really sucks. Not a good choice for over-night campouts, but were just building this one just for fun, so it wasn't an issue.

Where ever you choose to build yours, start by digging out all the snow from the area that your quinzee will sit. Then shovel it all right back. Moving the snow like this will cause it to settle out and give your quinzee a good solid base.
antioch8 months ago

Ohmygod, they killed Henry!

JerryG18 months ago

RE: the smell , When ever I had made a "snow cave" a hole big enough for your fist , was made at the high point . This allowed all the flatulance (!) a way to escape

sweerek9 months ago

Much time & effort is wasted on hollowing out the center of a Quinzee. This method uses less snow too.

Instead, make a hollow area before you pile snow. Use 6-10 old fiberglass tent poles and a heavy blue or silver tarp to create a dome. Duct-tape the centers of the poles together. Do not let the tarp edges extend too far from the dome. Keeping the tarp tight is the trick — use logs/rocks/ice to roll the tarp inward. To start, a person inside helps. PIle snow >2 feet deep, using sticks to measure depth. Let solidify for >2 hours. Tunnel under dome, remove tent poles, remove tarp, add an airhole, and then create another dome. Use a backpack for a door.

If you’re packing large shovels, might as well take a tarp & poles too.

ischweetz1 year ago

I feel so angry that I have to show Instructions to someone! He/She should know that we know how to build a snow quinzee! we just don't remember how!

Magpie155 years ago
 I have built and slept in quigloos (same idea as quinzees) for several nights with three other people and never had a problem with the smell. Granted, we weren't very good at patching the hole on top from how we hollowed it out, and I think that could have helped air it out.

Another tunneling idea: have one person start at the top, and one at the door, and have them dig a chute until they meet. It should follow the slant of the quigloo wall, and be a good foot thick (at least). Once the top and door person's tunnels meet, the top person hollows out the quigloo from the top down, sending the snow down the chute. The door person then clears it away from the door, making new mounds that can be carved into walls (or a kitchen, if winter camping.) The top gets plugged up with snow blocks before the quigloo is too unstable, and the top person says inside hollowing out until it is big enough for someone else to come in the door and help hollow. It took us less than two hours to hollow this way, and make a space big enough for four people to sleep comfortably. 

another building tip is to put the hollowed out snow on top, then dig it out again.

sparky123455 years ago
you could use it for nerf 

no matter what, ANY structure can be used for nerf, as long as the owner is okay with it. saying the obvious is unnecessary. also, if you have ever tried to do nerf in cold weather, you know that it's hell on earth, so quinzees in nerf are a BAD idea.

o ya for sure.
me and my friends do it all the time. we actually got a 5 foot fall once all the way around and we were able to sit upright in are quinzee. and for fun we laid in some plywood and a tarp. we even got a torch (i dont small torch i mean this thing shoots a 4 foot flame) and made an ice layer on top and bottom.
nerd17011 year ago
I've made these before. A good trick to get uniform walls is to put sticks that are the same length into the snow hill. When you are digging and you hit a stick stop digging. This way all the walls are the same thickness.
emehollin4 years ago
skrubol has it right. My kids and I built a 3-man version in Michigan back in the 1980s after reading a how-to article in the local paper. We piled all the snow out of our backyard (we had 19 feet of snow that year), let it sit over night to crystalize, stuck in a bunch of twigs and started hollowing it out. As soon as we came across one of the twigs, we stopped digging and changed direction until we came to another twig. It lasted for weeks and was strong enough for my son, age 5 at the time, to climb all over the outside.
sweet. Michigan isn't getting much snow over here... i tried building a quinzee this year... i tried
That winter we had 19 feet of snow. I shoveled my driveway twice a day from Thanksgiving until Easter. Maybe you'll have better luck next winter.
19 feet!!! That ridicules!!! You could make tunnels from your house to your freinds house! Man i wish Kansas got that much snow.
Isn't that the truth!
Those pics of the green and blue light is beutiful!!! Nice work! I will try this, but since i live in Kansas it might be hard.
powercow2443 years ago
michigan and minnisota are the only US states with real snow
And Utah
What about Colorado?
farmerboyk3 years ago
Ha...it only snowed TWICE in Ohio this year, and hardly any snow both times. When the year BEFORE we had like a TON my sisters built like 3 igloos with snow left for more. 
legodanny4 years ago

dont mean to be a bother but it says that he built the fire outside the quinzee. he built it within the walls. XD
ciaran544 years ago
Thanks for the instructable ;) I just made two quinzees IN ENGLAND with some friends and family, and connected them with a tunnel about two meters long. Great fun with our two feet of snow. Thanks, very rewarding :D
wrique (author)  ciaran544 years ago
Cool! Do you have any photos of your creation that you'd care to share?

Nice to know you're getting to enjoy some snow in the UK!
Jynx.4 years ago
About how much feet of snow is needed to make one of these?
wrique (author)  Jynx.4 years ago
For the quinzee we built here, we probably had about six to ten inches of snow on the ground. You certainly could make a quinzee with much less snow if you are willing to shovel in snow from a larger area. Typically if you can't throw your shovelful of snow onto the pile you are building, you are probably too far away.
legolass696 years ago
CO2 is heavier then thin air. When you breath it stays in the shelter. So holes does not not work. You should make a drainage channel both sides of quinzee. They must be gradient through the gate and if the gate is higher then the ground level CO2 will be flow outside of the quinzee. And remember it is not only the smell, lack of oxygen cause not only uncomfortable sleeping...
True. I have made snow shelters in which you sleep on a raised platform and that way you're warmer and you can breathe clean air.
CO2 is indeed heavier than the rest of the air, but the normal movement of air due to wind and thermal differences do not allow CO2 to settle. Trust me: I am a Chemist. The drainage channels are a great idea, especially to allow colder air to sink out a little, keeping the warm, stanky air inside. They also allow liquid water to pool away from sleeping bags if the shelter gets too warm. I still prefer igloos, but great instructible!
I never trust anyone who says "Trust me"... o.O
wrique (author)  romedeiros19706 years ago
Well stated, romedeiros1970. I agree, the convective movement of the air certainly does negate the subtle differences in the densities of the various gasses. Don't forget, there are warm bodies in the middle of the quinzee and cold ceiling & walls on the outside. The air does move around quite nicely. Now in my initial write-up, I did neglect writing about poking a small hole (1 inch or so in diameter) in the wall of the quinzee. It was an oversight on my part, but a good number of people have made comments about it already. However as I've commented elsewhere already, most people don't appreciate just how porous snow is, and much air exchange can take place through it.
One idea for the stench problem is to leave a vent hole about four inches wide at roughly the halfway point on the side of the quinzee. You should have this anyway so that you can glaze the interior with a candle or something without suffocating. It actually doesn't let out that much heat, and you're at the bottom anyway. In the long run, it may make you warmer because now you can block the door and still be able to breath. Another heat-saving technique is to dig down, across, and then up to begin hollowing out the inside.
flamesami5 years ago
another version is this: make a pile of branches on the base part, cover it with a tarp, then shovel on the snow and stamp it down. This makes it a lot easier to hollow out and gives a more compact wall to your quinzee
Speedmite5 years ago
Built half of mine today. got like 5 inches with 2 more comin. Its gonna be big. And have to hollow it out. Its just that it was melting a little today, but now its dropped down to 13, -3 with windchill, so Idk if It will pack tommorow, or if we will be able to dig tommorow. May become a block of ice. Fun.
runrun2655 years ago
 This seems very well done, but being a boy scout myself, the one problem I can see is you don't have a vent hole on the inside so that you can't suffocate while sleeping inside (I have heard stories of this happening) and you should have a rise up to the sleeping platform so that cold air can't sweep right in. Very well done having the ice window and the fire in the centre.
skrubol5 years ago
Another thing to keep in mind with snow shelters is that you want to keep the temperature below freezing inside, or else the humidity is going to go way up, the wet walls won't breathe as well, and you'll feel colder.
skrubol5 years ago
A trick I've used is to get a bunch of 1 foot long small sticks and poke them through the surface of the quincy just after you finish piling up the snow.  Then when you're shoveling out you have a good indicator as to when the wall is the right thickness.
=SMART=7 years ago
Interesting instructable id never heard the word "quinzee" before also a clever design with the ice windows and tunnels.
wrique (author)  =SMART=7 years ago
Glad you like our quinzee "innovations"! As for the word itself, there are several different spellings: quinzee, quinzy, quinzhee.... There are even a couple ways people pronounce the word. In my opinion the correct way is kwin-zee. On the other hand my friend Carl always pronounces it kwin-see, but to me that's a 1970's medical examiner.

By the way, there's even a band called Quinzy!
=SMART= wrique7 years ago
haha yea as i was saying i have watched days worth of bear grils, ray mears and other survival programs but never seen anything like this! im going to try it next time i go skiing! ill tell you how it goes when i do.
Unfortunately Bear Grylls gives quite a bit of incorrect information on his show. Les Stroud gives a much more accurate depiction of survival in "Survivorman."

I agree.  I like Survivorman much better.  Les Stroud gives more tips that just about anyone can follow, while Grylls tends to do things that look spectacular, but would be pretty stupid to try when out on your own.  I also like the fact that Les is alone and doing all of his own camera work, instead of being followed by a camera crew like Bear Grylls.
red-king5 years ago
we (me and my class-mates) had to make quinzees (in groups) for gym class last year. they all turned out good. It would have probably been easier if I had an instructable though... 
espdp26 years ago
I've heard that you don't actually HAVE TO leave to go pee... Just roll over sideways in your bag and when you go, it freezes solid in the corner. True, or prank advice?
Tommyhzy espdp25 years ago
Well when you do that, it remains stinky and liquid for about a minute, and then freezes as the temperature drops. Then it's nearly odorless.

Just prepare for 1 minute of horrible stenches if you try that.
big-jamie5 years ago
 i figure this could probably help with the smell, i remember watching Ray Mears one time and he was making a snow shelter for him and a friend to sleep in, and he simply punched a fist sized hole each side of the shelter to circulate air around. might help ?

Please add a note about safety. I watched a man die making one of these when I was a child.  I have made dozens myself safely since. Here are a few tips.
1. Never Ever dig into to a quiznee by yourself. Always have a friend outside helping who can dig you out.
2. While digging stay with your legs underneath you facing down, if it collapses it gives you a chance to stand up.  Snow is REALLLY HEAVY
3.  After piling up the show, let it settle for a few hours.  The books I read suggest 3-6. Pile up snow in the morning , eat lunch, then dig.
Thank you
lalunette5 years ago
This is from personal experience... the worst place to build a quinzee is on top of ice.

Having slept in quinzees built pretty much on every kind of terrain over the years, I have found that ice makes an incredibly efficient heat sink and will rob you of any warmth generated from being in an enclosed space. The only remedy to this is having a very efficient thermal break between you and the ice; such as a non-inflatable sleeping mat, pine boughs or several wool blankets.

It is much better to build a quinzee on top of ground and line the bottom of the quinzee with pine boughs.

Cheers !!
wrique (author)  lalunette5 years ago
I completely agree.  Quinzees on ice (hmm, sounds like a skating show...)  are great for an afternoon project, and for day use to get out of the wind, but sleeping on ice is not recommended.  Frozen ground isn't as thermally conductive as ice, so with a proper sleeping pad, one can greatly reduce heat loss to the ground.

Pine boughs - or preferable fir or cedar boughs which have softer needles - work well as a sleeping mat.  Wool blankets are always a great winter camping option.  They'll keep you warm even if they are wet.  I've also hauled in 1-inch rigid foam insulation cut into foot-and-a-half squares of  to sleep on.  It's a bit bulky on the toboggan, but it sure works great!
mdjvelvet8 years ago
ever built a quinzee in a tree? it is awesome. you take some pressure treated plywood, put it flat in between some tree branches, and pile snow around the edges, plus a roof, and its awesome!
that sounds a little dangerous doesn't it
So are tree houses, though. 
samirsky5 years ago
 Pic of our 1st Quinzee.

We are not sure how thin we can make the walls.  I think we still have some scraping to do, but I don't want it to fall.
i build these every year in my yard...this winter i am thinking about building 2 to have an airsoft war from each...i am going to have little port holes in it to shoot from....these are really strong...i have build probably 5 or 6 of these and only 1 fell on me while i was building it( it was because it got to warm outside).....btw i never thought that i should leave it be for 30 min before carving and now it will be stonger
In Step 8 the exact same thing happened at scout camp except that it was a tent that housed like 7 boys (including me) for like a week, and well you almost died whenever you went in there. It also rained forever and there was a puddle in the tent (yes there was a rain fly but even that cant hold up to people not paying attention) and at the end of the week the owner of the tent let us cut it up and throw it away.
Briguy96 years ago
Neck snow is bad indeed
Great instructable. I haven't built a quinzee in years, but it brought me back to some great back country experiences. Given a lake situation you can usually find some wind blown snow near the edges and built an igloo. That is how I passed my back country tour leader course, when all I had was my snow saw, and not enough time to wait for the snow to coalesce for a quinzee.
i have the answer to most peoples questions and concerns, what we do in scouts, is we punch a 3 inch hole in the side near the ground. this will still keep in most heat, and still circulate the air.
Phillippus6 years ago
I always glaze the inside of snow shelters by lighting a small smoky fire on the floor which turns the inside to ice & kills or subdues an snow fleas or other insects which become active when the temp raises a few degrees in the microclimate. I also fill a garbage bag with snow & pull it into the entrance hole to plug it up. It keeps the draft out when you are inside, and keeps the shelter from filling with blowing snow, and wandering critters if you leave it to hunt, hike or forage.
I assume you plug the hole only when you are not inside, right?
He SAID he was inside, though could be a typ-o.

I assume (outside of the stench) that plugging the hole would be a danger issue no?
I was hoping that I read it wrong. I would be very worried about sleeping in a space with restricted air flow. CO2 intoxication is almost impossible to feel, with death following quickly. Perhaps the bag of snow is not used to completely cover the opening, but I think the Eskimos probably had a reason to design igloos with openings. If they wanted a door, they could have made one.
I don't think that breathing CO2 is my biggest concern (although it is up there). What are the odds of this thing collapsing on you?
That is a great concern, but surprisingly, the odds are quite low. I do not know of any studies in the area, but snow is surprisingly strong as a building material. I am partial to igloos, and have never had one collapse on me; igloos melt away before falling apart.
In the 'Ible, he said that his friend's kids were on it, but he wouldn't recommed jumping on it. A giant bear wouldn't know that. I like it, but to risky for me (yet i play with K'nex guns)...
wrique (author)  stale566 years ago
Not too many bears roaming around in winter, they tend to sleep most of the season. We have come out our quinzee in the morning to find it covered in rather large dog-like tracks. Could have been feral dogs, coyotes, or maybe even wolves, but they seemed to have just climbed around on top of the dome and sniffed around a bit. We cached our food up a tree out of habit so there wasn't any food inside. Other large animals such as deer, moose, or elk probably won't be interested in climbing on top of a pile of snow. Mind you I wouldn't want to risk camping in the path of a caribou migration!
stale56 wrique6 years ago
Well you know what I mean, anykind of creature jumping on your quinzee, like a kangaroo, or an elephant, if one of those thought your quinzee was a tampoline, your crushed.
wrique (author)  stale566 years ago
That is quite true.
wrique (author)  romedeiros19706 years ago
Yep, one of the great things about igloos is that they are built out blocks of snow that has already set. Also the process of building from the bottom up would reduce the chance of getting caught should a wall come down during construction. The trick with igloos is finding properly drifted snow to cut blocks from, whereas with quinzees, the process of shoveling together the pile binds the snow, so they can be built using pretty much any kind of snow. The kind of structure you can build all depends on the conditions and location where to build your shelter. Like igloos, once left alone, a quinzee will just slowly sag in on itself over several weeks. The structure doesn't ever break, gravity just flattens it. Of course they then melt come spring.
wrique (author)  romedeiros19706 years ago
My understanding is that the Inuit use a flap of skins over the entrances of their igloos. Obviously that wouldn't completely seal off the entrance, but it would keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

As for carbon dioxide poisoning, I'm not terribly concerned. Not to say the risk does not exist, however none of my friends or I have ever experienced it, nor have we even heard of a single instance of this happening for that matter. A lot of people winter camp up here in Canada, so one would think that anything like that would definitely make the news.

Snow is very porous, that's why when people get buried in an avalanche - provided their lungs aren't packed with snow - they can survive being completely buried for a remarkably long time with no air cavity. Unfortunately as they breath, they melt the snow which then refreezes as ice sealing the porosity of the snow. So too, once the inside of a quinzee or igloo glazes over, it's time to build a new one.
That makes sense, but I think I'll keep using the cold-sink and open door technique for paranoia's sake. Thanks for the insights.
wrique (author)  teamcoltra6 years ago
Nope, I don't think it was a typo. We always seal up the entrance to our quinzee for the night, otherwise all the air your bodies have warmed will just pour out the door. During the day, you don't have to worry about that since you generally won't be inside at that time.

I really like idea of using a bag of snow to plug the entrance; should make it easier for folks get out to pee in the middle of the night.

You can generally forgo sealing the entrance if the top of the entrance is lower than the floor of the quinzee. Basically you need to have an entrance tunnel that pops up inside. The warmer air inside won't sink down the hole, however as Phillippus pointed out, you do stand the chance that curious critters might poke their noses inside.
Holy crap! I am not a doctor, but I am a chemist and I cannot imagine that plugging up the hole could be recommended. I do agree with the lower entry, however. I use that with igloos, and am very happy with the results. I have yet to wake up spooning a stay raccoon or bear, so shall opt for an oxygen intake. Thanks for the insights.
wrique (author)  romedeiros19706 years ago
Well look at it this way guys, with any substantial opening in a quinzee, it will not be possible to bring the interior temperature up to a comfortable - or safe - level (near the freezing point).

I do agree with teamcoltra that the perception of suffocation is certainly a problem. I have had numerous novice winter campers really struggle with feelings of claustrophobia. It is a very close space, and once that fear gets hold, it can be difficult to shake. Like any phobia, it's a mental game that can be brought under control, through self discipline & experience.
Thats what I mean too... I probably could handle it, and handle it a lot better than the cold by leaving it open, but I have no doubt it would be in the back of my mind.
I figured it wasn't... I actually figured it wasn't just adding the fact that there was a possibility that he could be correct. I don't know... I would never close the hole... simply for closterphobic sakes (I am not... but I probably would be trapped in an "ice hole of doom" although if it really did cave in... having the open hole or not isn't going to matter eh?
pyro1976 years ago
Typically how much snow needs to be on the ground to make one of these?
wrique (author)  pyro1976 years ago
Good question. I suppose that all depends on far you are willing to shovel your snow from. Generally we find a spot that has a foot or more of snow on it already. However any area that you can scoop up snow from will work. If you have only two or three inches of snow on the ground, you'll just have to collect it all from a much wider area to make your pile.
Derin6 years ago
I wonder if you can make tunnels connecting separate quinzees together.
wrique (author)  Derin6 years ago
Most definitely! See the fourth photo in step 5 of this Instructable.
teamcoltra6 years ago
This feels like it came out of the mind of a Canadian. Am I correct?
UberNoober6 years ago
I made one of these once with some friends of mine! It was about -20 degrees Farenheit outside, and almost +40 degrees inside! It was great. Just make sure you poke 3-4 holes through the side (about the width of your arm) to allow the air to circulate. We lined the ground inside with a tarp and some big sleeping pads. The day after my friends and I slept in it, all 5 of us were JUMPING on top of it and it didn't collapse. XD It was so much fun.
A good name6 years ago
Amazing instructable! loved it! (Too bad it's late right now or I'd make my own... tommorow I suppose :)
Traveler556 years ago
I've made plenty of quinzees, just never knew there was a name for them. I made them for the kid and his friends when he was much younger. It lasted most of the winter. a great play house for the kids and grandkids. I incorporated a sleding hill into one. (we had lots of snow that year.) I did add a vent hole which seemed to help with the smell problem. put it on the up wind side and cover it with a wind sock. It helped somewhat.
Maybe you could add a little hole on one of the sides to ventilate the air.
Suspend your Tarp from the ceiling and walls, with cords and toggles, leaving about a 2" gap between the tarp and the snow, Then depending on the number of people and candles etc, you can get the temperature up to the 40s maybe even the 50s. Good Luck Remember to ventilate, we are trying to stay warm here and a dead camper is a cold camper
I built one when I was 9 in front of my house it could fit me my father and my friend easily the snow was about 2' thick and my father hooked up a hose and misted it and made a ice shell it had a vent with the 3 of up in there it got a lot hotter than 50 the air temp in side was about 80 outside was about 10
leebryuk7 years ago
Can you make a small (6 inch diameter) to ward off the stench? It would ventilate pretty well.
DiamondBack8 years ago
Living in Alaska, we used to do this several times a year, after shoveling our roofs. We've made several variations, including snow forts, slides... even cleaned out some empty cleaner spray bottles, and mixed in food coloring, to "paint" our 'forts' And, living in Alaska, we also just had to wait for the snowplows to clear the streets, and we did the same thing - dig a hole in the bank. We used to carve them out big enough to stand in, with plenty of room for a dozen people. We also made sure to use our "paint" to visibly mark what we were doing. We would take the cleared out snow, and build benches, walls, tables
man you live in alaska i did from 1992-1998 the best place in the world!!!
swizzle8 years ago
This is really cool and there's a hundred different ways to make these. You read the one post about poking a hole to relieve you of the stench in the morning. That can also double as a hole to allow sunlight in to help heat the shelter. If you were to do this in the woods you would have access to tree boughs. Make the shelter a bit taller and build an elevated bed of snow and then put the boughs on the snow bed to help reduce the amount of heat lost through the snow. You could also put a hole at the foot of your bed to allow for the cold air to drop. The whole thing can then be plugged up with a snow door and heated with a candle. The hole would allow the heat to exit and prevent the shelter from melting. you should be able to get it up to roughly 68 degrees without the whole thing colapsing. To make a sturdier structure. Throw your snow into a pile and pack it down, add more and repeat and then dig it out. To save yourself some digging you could add branches to the center of your shelter before piling on the snow. Then when you tunnel in you just pull the whole pile out. Swizzle
ank0ku8 years ago
First snowday of the year today and I made one of these! It was a much smaller version because I had almost no help from my little bro and sis. But it was still really comfortable.
ank0ku8 years ago
This is amazing. I remember building little ones for myself back in the day... But I think I might have to try this in a bit. If we ever get a good snow here...

btw funny captions! _
arnt8 years ago
..you wanna poke a vent hole in step 4 or 5 to ease your "step 8" worries. ;o)
also being at the edge of the woods, go grab a bunch of twigs about 18" long and jab them into the pile of snow from the outside. you can then dig from the inside and know that you have a consistent depth all around when you meet the ends of the sticks.
Gimpy8 years ago
Well, the cold is comming, and I've always wanted to winter camp. Though for my first time, I'm thinking maybe 30 feet from a warm cabin is far enough. Great work, I love the extras you added in, they really make it so much better.
pinoakkeo9 years ago
Careful with the candle...you can generate enough heat between it and the bodies to bring the roof down....it won't actually fall in, but it sort of resembles a doughnut. Thanks for bringing this documentation online...We used to build these up in Ely, MN at the Boy Scout Camp. Coldest night we spent was 25 below...and the quinzee kept us around 30 above.
ng21 pinoakkeo9 years ago
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tkohler9 years ago
Nice Article. I especially liked the "floor lighting". I generally prefer snow caves since they are easier to build (step one: find deep snow, step two: continue at wrique's Step 3.) but you need enough snow. One thing I have hear that helps with Quinzees is to pile up your gear/backpacks/other junk in the middle and cover with a tarp, then dig them out. That reduces the amount of snow you have to shovel.
that's a great idea, i'll bet it makes construction go a lot quicker. does it affect the strength of the structure?
One useful addition. When backpacking/camping if you have a tarp you can put all of your gear down and throw the tarp on top. Then throw snow on top of the tarp. Completely cover the tarp. Pack it on thick. Slowly dig an opening and remove the gear, this takes the place of digging it out manually.
nathan9 years ago
Paintsticks work well with keeping a good thickness for the walls as well. That way you can keep it uniform throughout. Nice idea with the lake floor and window
Kalara9 years ago
What a cool idea. I wish I had seen it earlier in the season when the snow was deeper. I would have been fun to try with my pack of Freshmen.
Typically when building a quinzee you poke a small ventilation hole in the roof with a small stick, maybe the size of a broomstick. That'll help with the smell! Also you can burn a candle inside one of these. A single candle can warm a 4-person quinzee sometimes to above freezing even when it's -30C out, it's pretty spiffy.
wrique (author)  AmazingRando9 years ago
Ah yes, I neglected to mention the bit about adding a vent hole & burning a candle when sleeping in a quinzee. That does help keep the stink down. And thanks for also pointing out that the temperature inside a quinzee will be significantly warmer than the outside temperature!
maffiou9 years ago
Excellent... Top quality explanations !!
Faren9 years ago
An excellent design. It would be cool if there was a way to add a top to the outside "patio" part. Thus, having 1 room and 1 sub-room.