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Survival- How to Build a Quinzee / Snow Hut

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In this video I showcase 2 types of Quinzees that I built. The first one is for the purpose of survival, the second is built to be comfortable.

In a survival situation during the winter, my priority would be to build a quinzee before trying to start a fire. That’s because it’s hard to have enough wood to keep a fire going through a long winter’s night. And a blizzard could easily snuff out the fire, which would leave you without shelter & fire. But a quinzee is a great protection from all sorts of winter weather. Plus, if built properly, your body heat alone will be enough to keep the inside of the quinzee at a survivable temperature.

In the video, I demonstrate the 7 rules to follow when building a quinzee, which are:
1. Allow your snow pile to harden for at least 1 hour before digging it out.
2. Use twigs as thickness markers for the walls.
3. The walls should be about 1 foot thick.
4. The sleeping area should be about 6 inches higher than the entrance.
5. Open a vent in the ceiling.
6. At night, the entrance should be partially closed.
7. A tarp should be placed on the ground to prevent moisture from entering your
sleeping bag and clothes.

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Date: August 3, 2020

44 thoughts on “Survival- How to Build a Quinzee / Snow Hut

  1. I just came across this video. These are all good things to know if you are prepared. But, what do you do if you only have a beach blanket in the trunk of your car, a half drunk bottle of Pellagrino, and some guacamole dip and corn chips?

    Your car just swerved into a snowbank and there's no one on the road. I'm from New Jersey and it's January 27th and we still haven't had any significant snow. Let's say I am driving somewhere in North Dakota when my car runs off the road.

  2. Tip: Put a long, straight tree limb through the vent hole. Have a vent hole opposite each other. The tree limb can moved inside the vent hole to keep it from covering or freezing over. An artic or survival candle in a #10 can will heat the interior of a Quinzee to about 45 – 50 F too. Wish you well. Best regards: DRS / RVN Vet.

  3. love it but I could not stay in one. when I was in 4th grade we built an snow fort like yours and I was the first one in. about 10 more kids piled in and was forced all the way to the back and freaked out. that was either the day I became claustrophobic or found out I was. it has to be a small place like you built. an elevator doesn't bother me. thanks for the video.

  4. love it but I could not stay in one. when I was in 4th grade we built an snow fort like yours and I was the first one in. about 10 more kids piled in and was forced all the way to the back and freaked out. that was either the day I became claustrophobic or found out I was. it has to be a small place like you built. an elevator doesn't bother me. thanks for the video.

  5. Great video and instructions! I wholly agree with the 7 rules. I built a quinzhee last year in the front yard, more for fun, didn't sleep in it though.
    I did build and sleep in an igloo with my friends a couple times, out in the wilderness. Most of the 7 rules apply there too.
    I would be concerned about running 120 (240)V power due to the snow and moisture chock risk. There are other alternatives such as battery powered and other portable heaters.

  6. yeah son! candles and drank! Eskimo luv!      hahah no really I loved doing this in Boyscouts.. We would build Quinzee's and stay out for a weekend. We also would build a bonfire on the frozen lake ice. Such memories.. Like the one time my friends and I left a message on a buddies quinzee with our pee…. LOL  or the time… this one dude built his with the door facing to the Northwest (retarded) and we crapped outside his door… great smell inside im sure 

  7. Dude , that was awesome !! Ahh the memories of childhood. That was a cool little story and the back yard romantic get away for you and the wife was a really great idea. It just has to be with a woman who goes for that stuff. Getting my ex to venture out in the cold was like pulling teeth. I grew up skiing in Canada and Vermont , I love snow !! You'll never catch me living in Florida or the like.
    I subscribed……keep up the videos !!
    Peace

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