Alright, the following link to an igloo build might be a stretch as a survival tip, but it is really a great backyard idea!
This is a photo essay/trending story on ViralNova that shows a ‘stained glass’ igloo built in Canada (Click here).
Even though the igloo in the link was made just for fun, snow shelters in Arctic climates (which seems to now be located around central Kentucky, at least for the 2013-2014 season) can mean the difference between life and death.
Ray Mears of the BBC showcases the real igloo builders of Nunavut in the following youtube video:
Ray points out in the video that the kudlik, or tray of seal fat (notice that they lit the fire with flint and steel–here’s the link for flint and steel firemaking) can raise the interior temperature of the igloo to a balmy 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius.
This might seem a little chilly, but considering that the outdoor temperature can dip below -25 degrees F/-32 degrees C, that’s a pretty significant leap.
Even a small candle can heat an enclosed space enough for proper survival–not comfort, but survival.
With changing weather patterns, and even a potential mini-Ice Age on the horizon, now might be the right time to freshen up your Arctic survival skills!