Centrally Heated Snow Fort

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Introduction: Centrally Heated Snow Fort

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This is how we amuse ourselves in Vermont when the snow flies. The snow was piled up with a skid steer bucket loader, and the snowbank was hollowed out by hand into a cavern with seating for 6 and enough headroom to stand up in. We put an old open fireplace hood in the ceiling with a 4' section of stovepipe, and added a raised fire pit made from an old wheel. A support pillar was made from 5 gallon bucket ice cubes to keep the ceiling from sagging overnight. We made port-hole windows by ramming a stovepipe through the wall and used more 5 gallon molded ice for windows. It looked particularly spectacular at night especially with the sparks from the fire flying out of the chimney.

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    38 Discussions

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    ChickenJo
    ChickenJo

    6 years ago

    i live in washington state which people would think snows and rains and all that good stuff but where i live, it is a desert.

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    zandeelio
    zandeelio

    Reply 5 years ago

    eastern Washington I guess? I am in western Washington and all we get is rain.

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    ChickenJo
    ChickenJo

    Reply 5 years ago

    you guessed right!

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    Melebop
    Melebop

    5 years ago

    This is awesome, I live in Boston and we have gotten 7ft of snow in 3 weeks now I know what to do with it. Can't beat it may as well enjoy

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    safari420
    safari420

    6 years ago on Introduction

    there was a couple of kids a few years ago that got plowed while in the fort

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    letstormdufield
    letstormdufield

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Move to Wisconsin! Up here we measure snow in feet, not inches

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    HavocRC
    HavocRC

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Down here in georgia, we measure snow in flurries :D

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    sf49ers
    sf49ers

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    In Texas we consider sleet to be snow.

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    letstormdufield
    letstormdufield

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Haha we had a blizzard last February with 2 feet of snow and 10 foot drifts.
    It was awesome for snow forts!

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    letstormdufield
    letstormdufield

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Haha we had a blizzard last February with 2 feet of snow and 10 foot drifts.
    It was awesome for snow forts!

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    letstormdufield
    letstormdufield

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Haha we had a blizzard last February with 2 feet of snow and 10 foot drifts.
    It was awesome for snow forts!

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    sf49ers
    sf49ers

    6 years ago

    guys what's snow? It is going to be in the 70s tomorrow.....maybe it has to do with the fact that I live in Texas........

    I just love it when snow plows pile up massive amounts of snow! Im gonna start doing this.

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    urtlesquirt
    urtlesquirt

    9 years ago on Introduction

    cool, but dangerous. I know about how it turns to ice under its own pressure, yada yada yada, but the fire could still form weaknesses.