For those of us who don’t live in snow filled climates, igloos aren’t something we come across very often. Of course, most people know what they look like, but have never seen one in the flesh. Imgur user ‘hilller’ uploaded an awesome set of step by step photos showing the process of a group of friends building an igloo over family day weekend in Canada. Although clearly a lot of hard work went into the creation, it looked like a huge amount of fun to get involved with and we bet the end satisfaction felt great!
A lot of effort was put into filling these pans. ‘Hilller’ didn’t have running water so had to cart back and forth to fill the pans. 1 bucket of water would fill 4-5 containers! It was also difficult to ensure that the water froze evenly as they weren’t resting on a flat surface.
During the freezing process of the first batch of ice slabs, 2 layers of snow blocks were built up, minimizing the total amount of ice slabs needed.
Unfortunately, the igloo building site was situated a little too closely to hilller’s DIY hockey rink. As the group of friends were flooding the area, some of the water found its way into the igloo. Annoyingly, around half of the ice slabs were lost due to freezing to the ice lake underneath the igloo. Thankfully, some scraps were salvaged to fill gaps!
Here, hilller was testing out how easily the ice and slush froze the pieces together. In hindsight, the size of the igloo was too big compared to the overall size of the igloo.
Here you can see the structure really starting to take place! Lots of slush was packed on the inner side of the igloo for support. The first lot of ice slabs used were purposely made thicker with the plan to make thinner ones for the higher part of the igloo.
A shovel was used to support the higher pieces that were starting to curve into the middle of the igloo. The pieces that were added on were held for roughly 30 seconds at which point they were then safe to let go of. A few minutes later and the pieces would be frozen securely.
Peeking in the background you can see the cooler/sled contraption that the gang created to transport the ice blocks. 8-10 pieces could be moved per trip.