Shipping Containers

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by CraftyMofo, May 3, 2009.


  1. CraftyMofo

    CraftyMofo Monkey+++

    I am looking at the 20' shipping containers for use as storage for equipment. I'm wondering if anyone has experience or ideas with them for maximizing storage. My initial thought is a shelf at about 6' high down one or both sides of the container, giving me the ability to still store ATVs, tractor, etc.

    Anything else I should keep in mind?
     
  2. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    We used them in the Middle East for extra warehouse space. They get very hot in the summer. We cut a hole in the ends and put a window unit air conditioner in them. And/or you can put a wind turbine type vent on the roof to vent out the hot air. On some units we insulated the inside walls. If you can run electricity to it you can add lights and AC and they make great workshops.
     
  3. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I am setting one on a concrete slab then welding brick tabs to the sides and bricking around it. I will then pour a concrete top over it. We are going to pour the slab this week, weather permitting.
     
  4. WestPointMAG

    WestPointMAG Monkey++

    There is a spray on ceramic insulation that has something like an R26 value. It sprays on like paint and is about as thick. I saw a TV show where they were making houses out of shipping containers and there talking how well the stuff works. I think it was this old house.
     
  5. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Here they still get $2,000-$2,100 for one, and they get up to $700.00 to deliver them!
    OUCH!
    They have them for rent, but they will only deliver in a 25 mile area.
    I wanted to rent 4, but they said NO!
    (20 footers: $50.00 a month, 40 footers: $100 a month)
    I wanted them delivered 160 miles away, and was willing to pay the extra mileage too!
     
  6. CraftyMofo

    CraftyMofo Monkey+++

    Thanks for the responses, it gives me a bit to think about. My plan is to put them on railroad ties and cut vents if they don't already have them. I think I'll paint em to give them a uniform and discreet appearance. I think on average we get maybe just a handful of 90 degree days.

    I heard in hot climates plastic parts can melt, but I think it would have to be somewhere down south for that.
     
  7. tommy20/69

    tommy20/69 Monkey++

    my brother-n-law bught a 40' container from these people he said he paind something like 4500.00 with delivery he lives in gibson louisisna and they are out of new orleans . the container is about 5 years old and in perfect shape.


    http://tigerstorage.com/sales.htm
     
  8. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    In Iraq they are currently storing 4 guys in this one. Haha. Ours is 40 foot. The way it is with this one is we have a door, and air conditioner in one end. I guess in order to make it habitable, they added an inner wall and sometimes that inner wall builds up condensation and drips. I don't know what it would be like if it weren't a living environment. Maybe no water drips. Don't know.
     
  9. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Welcome back TMH.

    The condensation is because the ac keeps the inner environment cold, but I am assuming that the inner wall is not insulated, so the heat from the outside and the cold from the ac meeting at the wall is creating the condensation.
     
  10. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    I don't think there is insulation between the outer and inner hulls, so you may be right there. Almost lost some electronics due to it. Lucky it only dropped a few drips before I noticed it. I like this thing and am even thinking some crazy thoughts of making a house out of them. May be even cheaper than building a standard house. What is a house anyways but something to keep you covered from the elements. Haha.
     
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

  12. Galactus

    Galactus Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Shipping containers taste like chicken, sometimes Chicken Kiev sometimes Cordon Bleu.
     
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