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Build An Ice Block Igloo: Step-by-Step Instructions

Aaron Cyr is a handy guy who lives in Manitoba, Canada. He owns Local Oak Wood & Supply Co. where he makes all sorts of interesting wood projects. You know what else he’s really good at? He knows how to build an ice-block igloo that is absolutely stunning.

It took Aaron 25-30 hours to build, in temperatures ranging from -4F to -40F. The front opening is about 4 feet tall, which makes it easy to get in and out of. He can seat about eight people and plans to have dinner parties inside. There’s already an LED chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Can you think of a cooler place to be on a Saturday night?

Here’s the step-by-step build reposted with Aaron’s permission. Well done sir!

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“First step is to freeze the blocks. Best way I found was to run a hose from the kitchen sink. I froze them in batches of 50 to limit the chance of frostbite. Colored blocks are dyed with a couple drops of food coloring. Foil pans are from Costco (roughly $.50 a pan).”
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“Foundation. First row is placed on a packed snow base. Just a slight inward angle for this row.”
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“The blocks slowly angle inward. Since the blocks have an angled edge to them from the tin told, I alternate their faces on each row.”
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“I used a support on each new row to ensure the brick froze up solid. The subsequent blocks usually didn’t need to be supported once the first one had frozen.”
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“Getting closer.”
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To keep the blocks together and the structure sound, I used a slush mortar. I mixed it in a bin and applied by hand.
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“The first blocks were the most challenging to set. But once they froze the rest of the row went quick.”
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“Taking shape. Leaving a big gap for the door because at this point I had no idea how I was going to finish it.”
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“Tried to span the gap, but it just wouldn’t hold.”
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“Almost there.”
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“Made the door before finishing the dome. Some major gaps at this point, but everything fills with the slush.”
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“Seats about 8 people comfortably. Also added an LED chandelier.”
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“It glows at night!”

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