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How To Build An Igloo | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #81

How To Build An Igloo | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #81

Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #81. If you're new here, welcome! Building an igloo is a skill that has been passed down through generations. This traditional snow shelter not only provides effective protection against the harsh winter elements but also offers a unique and memorable outdoor experience. In this edition of The Shed Knives Blog, I'll be taking you through a step-by-step guide on how to build an igloo.

1. Choose the Right Snow: The Foundation of Your Igloo

Key Considerations:

  • Snow Quality: Select snow that is compact and has a good moisture content. The ideal snow for building an igloo is sticky and packable not wet and heavy.
  • Location: Choose a level area away from potential avalanche zones. Avoid areas with loose or powdery snow.

The foundation of a sturdy igloo lies in the quality of the snow you use. Try to use snow that is easy to pack and will provide structural integrity to your igloo.

2. Create a Snow Block Base: Building the Igloo's Walls

How To Build An Igloo | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #81

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Start with a Circle: Form a circle on the snow surface to outline the igloo's base.
  2. Cut Blocks: Cut rectangular snow blocks from the outlined circle. These blocks will be used to build the walls.
  3. Stack Blocks: Begin stacking the blocks along the circle, gradually moving inward to create a spiraling pattern.
  4. Taper Inward: As you stack higher, taper the blocks inward to form the classic dome shape.
  5. Smooth and Compact: After each layer, smooth and compact the snow to ensure a tight seal between blocks.

Building the walls of your igloo involves stacking snow blocks in a circular pattern, gradually tapering inward to create the characteristic dome shape.

3. Create the Entrance: Carving Out an Opening

How To Build An Igloo | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #81

Steps to Follow:

  1. Identify Entrance Location: Choose a convenient location for the entrance, typically on the downhill side and away from wind.
  2. Cut and Carve: Cut blocks around the entrance area and carve out a tunnel shape leading into the igloo.
  3. Smooth Edges: Smooth the edges of the entrance tunnel to prevent sharp corners.
  4. Add The Entrance: Build up more blocks around the entrance to better conceal heat and protect you from the wind.

Carving out the entrance is a key step in completing your igloo. It not only provides access but also helps regulate the internal temperature.

4. Reinforce and Insulate: Enhancing Structural Integrity

How To Build An Igloo | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #81

Reinforcement Techniques:

  • Add Blocks to Weak Areas: If any part of your igloo feels unstable, add additional snow blocks for reinforcement.
  • Insulate the Interior: After completing the igloo, insulate the interior with a layer of loose snow to enhance warmth.

Reinforce weak areas and insulate the interior to ensure that your igloo provides a secure and comfortable shelter.

5. Ventilation Hole: Preventing Condensation

Importance of Ventilation:

  • Condensation Management: A ventilation hole allows moisture to escape, reducing the risk of condensation inside the igloo.
  • Air Circulation: Maintain a small ventilation hole at the top of the igloo to facilitate air circulation.

Prevent condensation buildup by creating a small ventilation hole at the top of your igloo. This helps regulate humidity and ensures a more comfortable interior.


Building an igloo is not only a practical skill but also a rewarding and memorable experience. From choosing the right snow to moving in for the night, each step contributes to the success of your igloo experience. If you have the environment to make an igloo, I encourage you to build one! Enjoy the outdoors, my friends.

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W. Jack Billings - CEO & Founder, Shed Knives

Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.

In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 1,000,000 people on Shed Knives platforms across the world through his work.

When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.

Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.

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Jacob - February 7, 2024

I tied to build one with my children the other year. We used bins to pack the snow which worked well at first but ultimately ended up not getting the job done. I’ve always wanted to just chill out in an igloo.

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