ICEBOX® Igloo Tool for Backpacking and Winter Camping in winter tent

Building an Igloo

An igloo is not only fun, they are very practical to replace winter camping tents! Igloos are reliable and warm versus a 4 Season Tent.

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Using the ICEBOX® Igloo Tool

The pivot pole length is adjusted as you build each igloo block layer. When adjusting the pole, the tool helps you easily and reliably make a complete and habitable igloo dome. To use the tool, first set the tool in place with the clamps reset on the tool form. Next, fill the tool form with snow which results in the snow forming interlocking ice crystals as it is packed causing the blocks to become stable.

Pack the snow in the form as it is shoveled in. This will mold and attach the new igloo block to the previous layer and adjacent igloo block. Once the form is packed, pull up the clamps to release the form.

Creating the Catenary Structure

Next, move the tool to the next position and repeat the process. After finishing an entire layer, adjust the pole to the numbered hole corresponding to the layer you will be building. The first three blocks are partially filled to create a three block ramp. That ramp exists as each layer comes around and goes up the ramp creating a spiral. Once the top layers are reached, the outside panel is removed and snow is simply placed and packed onto the inside panel of the tool until the igloo is complete.

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The Icebox Igloo Igloo Tool Kit Includes

Your kit will include a pole with 8 adjustments, there is 1 adjustment for each igloo block layer. Adjust the pole length while you build your igloo so the correct catenary dome shape is achieved. The pole is also key in supporting the weight of the snow and form while packing the snow.
After finishing 6 rows of the igloo, you remove the outside of the form. The wall is now leaning in far enough that the snow will not slide off and can be packed from the outside.

The snow only needs to hold its form well enough to stay in place until you start the next block. 8 total rows are built including the final cap. The Icebox Igloo Igloo Tool Kit is a great gift for someone looking to stay warm while winter camping.

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Igloos have been used by native tribes, such as the Inuit people, for thousands of years. There is a reason they used them over animal hide tents. They didn’t have wood to support the tents and igloos are warmer than tents lasting even in harsh conditions. When moving to where the hunting was good, such as we do backpacking, carrying a large winter tent or hides, in the case of the Inuit, was not practical.

Many of our customers build an igloo in the beginning of the season and hike back to it over and over throughout their winter camping season. Because an Igloo turns to ice, with consistently cold weather, it will last all winter. Don’t spend another night in a cold wind blown tent. Visit our Online Store and buy our tool today!

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Igloo History, Word Useage and Area Dialects

About the Use and Origin of the Igloo, Iglu, Igloo Igloo and The Inuit Origin

There are many ways Igloo is spoken around the world. In Sweden they say Iglu, in Russian areas иглу and in some parts of Europe they say Igloo Igloo. However, the roots are based in the Arctic.  

The origin is based on the Inuit language and use of the word as iglu or the plural form igluit. They used these terms for any house or home that is built of any material. It is not only for snow structures which may seem confusing. Snow structures are also for called igluvijaq with the  plural  form being igluvijait. The use of this term would also include any winter habitat to include traditional snow tents, sod houses, homes constructed of driftwood and even modern buildings. 

Dialects and the word Igloo

There are Several dialects throughout the Canadian Arctic. These include 

In these dialects, they use iglu for all buildings, including and snow house. It is also the official term used by the Nunavut government of Nunavut. The exception is the main dialect that is used in the Igloolik areas. Iglu is often used for various building types, while igluvijaq is specifically for houses made of snow.

To the outside world, the igloo is exclusively referring to a homemade igloo shelter made from blocks of compacted snow which are typically assembled to form a dome.

Snow Camping and Staying Warm

Winter tents, Insulated tents, four season tents, snow camping tents are some of the names for tents used for winter camping or staying in harsh environments. Regardless of what you call them or how well they are insulated, they are not warm without a strong heat source.

Winter camping tents are not made to be warm, they are only intended to keep you dry and out of the wind. Winter camping tents will help preserve some warmth, however they are not very efficient at preserving warmth when winter camping in the snow.

A Windy Night in a Tent Can Be Taxing

If it is windy, the tent will blow and make noise, making it hard to get any quality sleep. A windy night in a tent is a sleepless night and most importantly, if you are trekking through the back country, you need sleep after a long day. You are likely not going to enjoy your tent or winter camping after a long cold windy night.

Serious Winter Camping Gear

If you have never tried an igloo structure you really do not know what you are missing. Our tool is a serious piece of winter camping gear. We are winter camping equipment experts and we know an igloo will retain heat. If you run a heat source you will add and retain much more heat. Therefore, an igloo used for winter camping will be much warmer than any tent out there.

Cold Weather Backpacking

Backpacking in the winter wilderness requires you know how important weight is to your pack. The ICEBOX® igloo tool is designed with weight in mind and is lighter than most winter tents. Backpackers are unique, they love getting out there where few ever venture. We often will hike several miles in and set up a base camp, then venture from that central location. It is not always about covering miles as much as exploring a territory or region of countryside. Setting up an igloo as your central base camp affords you a reliable, warm and safe structure to return to. To this point, igloos allow for longer day treks with less time maintaining camp