Cottage Door Ice Wall


Morning Light on Cottage Door Ice Wall

I’ve been encouraging this huge icicle to grow next to our door. It’s like growing beans but upside down. The weather conditions have been just right. It gives me ideas.
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Full View of Ice Wall at Cottage Door

With proper design one could set it up so that a sheet of ice would grow to the windward side of the cottage door each fall as we go into winter and then melt away again in the spring.

This could be taken further by creating a wall of ice that would grow around the whole cottage from the eves creating a relatively warm air gap in the 20°F range right around the skin of the house. This would block the cold north west wind from right around the cottage and keep it from stealing our heat. Adaptive housing that changes with the season.

Ice is nice. I like fire and ice. Wind, at least in the winter, not so much.

Outdoors: 13°F/-14°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/57°F

Daily Spark: Fate is not chance.

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About Walter Jeffries

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7 Responses to Cottage Door Ice Wall

  1. Sally H says:

    How, exactly, are you “encouraging this huge icicle to grow”?

    • Lick it. Just kidding. :) Number one is not breaking it. I poured some cold water on it when it was very cold as it was forming and I think that gave it more mass, more than other icicles that were coming and going.

    • Lick it. :) Seriously thought, I’ve poured cold water on it, cold water in the evening when it will harden. What I want is to setup a mister for it but I don’t think that will happen this year. Most of all I have protected it from the savage icicle breakers who roam these cottage margins knocking down the shining crystals. :) Naked apes in snow suites.

  2. am in the pm says:

    First line : I’ve poured water old it, ?????????

  3. Farmerbob1 says:

    Hmm. Walter, you have all those concrete forms made up on the butcher shop. Have you considered using the forms to create ice slabs around the tiny cottage to generate the air gap you are musing over? I suspect that it might be a bad thing to reduce incoming light for the tiny cottage though. With the size of your windows, I bet you get a lot of heat energy from the sun, even in winter.

    Failing that, you can get a snow-block maker for a few dollars, and give Hope a construction project / science project. Make blocks, place them, then spray with a bit of water so they freeze together. Air gaps everywhere there aren’t windows.

    • We have plans for the forms for future projects so for now they will hang on the butcher shop which is a good place to store them. The insurance and the department of ag is happy with them as siding. Later we’ll take them down to use to build other things and then do the stone outer facing of the building.

      One of those other projects is expansion of the tiny cottage both in adding the folly tower and another wing or two for kids as they have families of their own.

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