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Ice Cream Igloo

This is the ice cream igloo; using large pails (20L empty ice cream containers), Pete and friends used an old satellite dish to create a form/mold around wich to assemble the pails. Each is filled with sawdust, making it a highly insulated structure. Several nails go through the lid of each pail into the neighbouring bucket, thereby holding it all together. Eventually this will be covered in chicken wire and plastered.

This is the interior of the ice cream bucket igloo. Note the edge of the satellite dish visible above.
They’re like giant pixels or a reverse light-brite game. Weird.

Entranceway to the ice cream palace, with cut buckets in the foreground. The goal is to eventually dig out the ground underneath the igloo to creat a sort of ice cream pail wigwam. Redux principles in action; one man’s garbage is another’s kooked out project that actually makes a lot of sense.

Photos by Tyler Austin Bradley.

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  • Reply Robert December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    What a great idea. I wonder if using earth as in an Earth Bag constructed house would not offer better insulation and greater thermal mass. Or would it be to heavy? Very inventive!

  • Reply Trevor @ 5 gallon ideas January 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Hey guys, I really like this idea and would to feature it on my website about bucket uses. Would that be okay? I’ll be sure to attribute this site as the source.

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  • Reply J. C. Davis December 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I have been saving buckets for 5 years now to build one filled with cement. I could not find any info on the structure until now. Thank you for posting this. If you have any suggestions hit me up. I’m in Nashville Tn.

  • Reply joe camel May 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Is there any place where we can see some pictures of the finished house? Thanks

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