Shipping containes are a big business, both in their original use (shipping things) industry, and their aftermarket applications. Originally, used shipping containers began to gain acceptance as storage units on farms, ranches, and then commercial and residential properties. As more and more people started to see them, some creative architects got involved and began to use them as building blocks for modular housing and cabins - then came the preppers. Preppers, in case you aren't aware, are groups and individuals that are predicting TEOTWAWKO (the end of the world as we know it); and th
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There are loads reasons why you'd want to insulate a shipping container - you're converting it to modular housing, a work shop in a cold or hot environment, or you're creating a storm shelter or prepper bunker and want to make sure that you're comfortable in it, no matter what the exterior climate might be. With all the reasons that you'd want to insulate the container, there are fewer options for how to insulate it, and only a few of them make sense. ContainerAuction.com recently posted an article on "
Sometimes, a project simply demands that you do something the hard way (not the cheap way) and using a tool or piece of equipment in a way that God didn't intend it to be used... as is the case with burying a shipping container. The sides weren't designed to take the constant weight and pressure, and the top surely can't support disbursed weight for extended periods of time. That being said, if you simply must bury the container the safest way to do it is to used Gabion cages as external supports to carry the pressure of the compacted ground.
Have you ever run scenarios on what would happen if (global financial crisis, EMP flash, coronal mass ejection, pandemic outbreak)? If so, you're not alone. A lot of people have thought of this, and a lot of people are prepared with bug out locations, evacuation plans, supplies and munitions stashes, etc. One component that many people have used for storage and transport are used shipping containers.
We take several questions a month from people interested in converting them into storm shelters and survival bunkers. Overall, shipping containers make a very good building block for these types of projects for many reasons. Shipping containers are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, the interior can be modified to meet almost any type of project, and they're affordable and readily available almost anywhere you need them.
If you haven’t thought about buying a shipping container and burying it in your backyard you probably haven’t been prepping for very long.
It's taken a long time, but cargo containers and modular housing seem to be joining forces. Modular housing, prefabricated housing, or "kit homes" as they're sometimes called, have been around a lot longer than you'd think. Surprisingly, the first documented modular house was built in Australia in 1853. The trend gradually caught on and found it's way to England, then finally to the US to support the gold rush in 1908.
Ever wonder how to install a steel man door in a used shipping container? Check out this article:When you convert a shipping container into a storage unit, workshop, home, and other structure that you need to move in and out of on a regular basis; it may be more convenient to install a man door in your shipping container than to use the factory steel doors on either end of the unit.
Converting a shipping container is sometimes called Cargotecture. The approach is increasingly becoming popular as many people are seeking an affordable way to build a house. In these tough economic times, a cargotecture is a worth investigating as you consider options to build a home. Also, converting a shipping container into a home is environmentally friendly.