Steps to Building An Igloo

Published: 18th March 2010
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There are various kinds of inhabitations that one can build on snow and they are popularly called igloo. It is however a common perception that everyone has is that an igloo is a dome shaped structure built from snow more particularly snow blocks. In the cold and harsh climates of snow, an igloo helps in keeping a person insulated from the frosty conditions outside. When it is correctly built, it can keep temperature ranging between -7 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius, even when the outside temperature may be as low as 40 degrees Celsius. In fact, it has to be noted that building a good structure will take time and energy. If it is possible, help has to be always acquired from others so that the building can complete sooner. Following are some ways to build an igloo.

1- Even sized blocks have to be made first. For doing this, a mold made of boards has to be constructed. Any rectangular-shaped items can be used with no bottom or top so that the blocks can be filled with ice. If the height of snow house does not exceed 7 feet then blocks measuring 6 inches will be very good.

2- An even space on the ground is needed. A symmetrical round shape has to be marked. The snow present below should be at least 3 feet deep so that the structure can be secured by digging after it has been completed. Packed snow makes heavy and strong bricks. The mold has to be placed on a level surface board and packed with snow. Some water can be used if necessary. If two persons involved in the building, one person can make bricks while the other can build the snow house. Then, the bricks are stacked around the circle that was drawn earlier. It is not like normal building, there is no mortar for filling in the cracks and gaps. Therefore, some loose snow has to be used for binding the blocks together.

3- The subsequent rows have to be stacked above the first brick layer, they have to be placed above the joints of the ones underneath. The bricks are also needed to move in slightly in every layer so that the walls will curve inwards. Towards the end of the building, one person has to be present inside the house for ensuring the formation of an inward slant.

4- A cap brick has to be used that is slightly larger than the hole on top and it has to be placed inside the hole of the dome structure. Now, the inner wall of the structure has to be made smooth. An entrance can be created for moving in and out.

For strengthening the structure, some water has to be dripped over the ice before one goes to sleep. The above mentioned steps are on how to build an igloo. It will take time for building it but it is a valuable process because the structure is used for quite a time after that.

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