Once we had our door frame made, we were able to add the base layer of brush the whole way around the wikiup. We used large boughs on the bottom and then wove in smaller boughs to fill in the gaps. This left us with just the top of the wikiup to fill in. The area of our woodlot we chose to do this on has a very dense softwood stand. Many of the balsam fir and spruce trees only have boughs near the top because they grow so close together and the sunlight does not reach lower boughs. We decided to cut some of these trees to lean against the wikiup. This filled in the top but still allowed for the smoke from our fire to get out.
Sam Wentzell is an avid outdoor enthusiast and the owner operator of Sam's Woodland Tours.