Reddit user UnspeakableFilth posted a gallery of photos of this awesome ice fort he’s been working on in his back yard for a few weeks.

In early December 2013, temperatures in Northwestern Ontario averaged a daytime high of about -25 degrees celsius or colder for about 4 weeks. Sidelined from my usual outdoor pursuits by the cold, I started freezing blocks of ice on my deck for the hell of it.
Make lemonade yadda yadda.

I found a certain kind of shoebox size (8 litre) plastic container that could handle the expansion and would release the frozen blocks easily and consistently without having to use hot water.
Mass production began at 30 blocks per day – a new harvest every 12 hours. It was huge pain in the ass after a while.

Mid-December 2013. The wife was starting to get a little wary as the blocks began to fill the driveway. I used food colouring to colour the blocks.

I marked off a 25′ x 25′ space and started building my wall on a 1 foot pony wall of snow that i compacted using plywood scraps. Construction took about 5 or six nights of frigid work in temps ranging from -28 to -35C. I loved being out in the cold with the iPod and some Iron and Wine, maybe a slushy mug of actual wine.

This is almost cool enough to make me wish I lived Canada…but then I remember they have free healthcare and I get drunk instead.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. I love those colorful ice blocks.



    1. It definitely makes partying in the snow way more fun.



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