# IGloo- unibody next generation ice dwelling

I built an 8000 pound solid ice igloo with led lighting, a stereo system, and iPod connectivity. I put an inflatable mattress inside and planned on spending the night in it, but unfortunately, I failed to cover it during a freak rain storm and it melted overnight 24 hours after completion.
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## Step 1: Materials and Tools

-Bow Saw or Chainsaw (Safety or speed)
Bow saw should be 36" or more.
-Chisel
-Lots of water
-Disposable aluminum pans (\$1-2)
Bigger is better.

-Optional-
-7 Color Led Lighting system
-Stereo and Speakers
Any old system should work.
-At least a few days to build it. mine took 2 weeks to make the ice, and 20 hours to put it all together.

## Step 2: Planning

Planning my igloo was a challenge for my geometry skills. After determining the size of my blocks and the desired igloo diameter I had to determine the internal surface area of the hemisphere. I then calculated the surface area of the block to face inwards. I divided the area of the hemisphere by the area of the block face to determine the number of blocks needed. I did this in excel. I have attached the spreadsheet. Instructions for use are contained within. Any math whizzes can send me a better one if they like, mine worked for me. Planning my igloo was a challenge for my geometry skills. After determining the size of my blocks and the desired igloo diameter I had to determine the internal surface area of the hemisphere. I then calculated the surface area of the block to face inwards. I divided the area of the hemisphere by the area of the block face to determine the number of blocks needed. I did this in excel. I have attached the spreadsheet. Instructions for use are contained within. Any math whizzes can send me a better one if they like, mine worked for me.

I wanted it to be big enough to fit a twin sized inflatable mattress, so it ended up ellipse shaped.
Oroka says: 3 years ago
Awesome ibble.  Very inspirational.  I have been considering creating an ice igloo for my son, but I have been planing on making a igloo shape in snow, then slowly coating it in layers of ice.  Once thick enough, I would dig out the snow, then use a hair drier on the inside to smooth the ice.

It is still early in the winter... dont let mother nature screw you out of awesomeness.  iGloo 2.0 needs to happen!
RobbGodshaw (author) in reply to Oroka3 years ago
I wish I had the time and resources. I did this iGloo in the winter of 08-09, but now I'm at college and I live in the dorms. I have very little time to devote to a new iGloo.
l8nite says: 3 years ago
Great "ible" lousy experience...  You put a lot of time, effort and money into this, Im sorry that you didn't get the full experience but life does have a way of raining on our parades... Best of luck in college
temp says: 3 years ago
The weather this winter has been freaky.  Im near the boston area and we just had our first real snowfall in a couple of weeks.  We now have a total of 3 inches of snow on the ground.  The temperature has been fluctuatiing like 20 degrees in the past weeks.  anywhere from 20 to 50 degrees.  i dont like it.
xxedwarcullenfanxx says: 3 years ago
Good work! You're kind of cute. Would you like to date me?
lemonie says: 3 years ago
It looked totally great - good job you weren't in it when it rained.

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RobbGodshaw (author) in reply to lemonie3 years ago
I almost certainly would have died had I slept in it that night. there was an 60 pound block of ice where my head would have been. lol.
lemonie in reply to RobbGodshaw3 years ago
Well yes. Try again next year?
I had thought about the idea of piling all the surrounding snow on top, but seeing how there was none left in the morning I don't think that would have saved it, would it?

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RobbGodshaw (author) in reply to lemonie3 years ago
i don't think it would. a large pvc tarp would be ideal. maybe with a blanket under it.
lemonie in reply to RobbGodshaw3 years ago
If you expected rain, yes.
I don't need to comment upon how much of a shame it is, BUT you photographed the lot. Not sleeping in it may be a personal loss, or not having a fractured-skull, but the whole thing is preserved here - the effort will live on, it IS the best thing I've seen this year.

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RobbGodshaw (author) in reply to lemonie3 years ago
Thank you. It also helped me get into college, i put it in my art portfolio.It may be my favorite creation. I made the instructible so others can realize my dream of an habitable multi-ton snow fort.