scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Quinzee Construction
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Wed Mar 22 2000 - 19:05:54 CST
> down instead of dripping. Finally, a vent hole is poked through the roof to
> allow the excessive heat of sleeping Scouts to escape. No vent makes for an
> excessively humid interior with lots of condensation dripping on the
> sleeping Scouts.
The vent does allow moisture to escape helping to control the humidity,
but it has a far more important function. That glaze of ice that forms on
the interior of the wall also makes the structure air tight. If a wind
causes the entrance to drift closed during the night, the occupants could
suffocate in their sleep. A few well placed vent holes in the roof allows
fresh air to enter the quinzee.
Also a door can be constructed by filling a small garbage bag with snow.
Shape it to fit your door opening. Tie a rope around the bag with the end
rope on the interior of the quinzee. When the last person is inside the
quinzee he pulls the door closed with the rope. They push the door open
to leave. This keeps out those cold drafts of air, but remember you need
to have vent holes. If it starts getting foggy inside, that means you
need to add another vent hole. A vent hole should be about 4" in diameter
(give or take) and made at an angle of 45-60 degrees (or so).
Also keep a small shovel inside the quinzee in case you have to dig your
way out. We use small collaspable shovels or "entrenching tools" to you
For most of us though, it will be awhile before we will be building any
more quinzees this year.
Scoutmaster Troop 33