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Old 07-16-2010, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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vent install on shipping container?

our rifle club needs to install some vents on our storage containers. i need to know what is the best kind to use for this application. we are thinking a whirlybird type vent but i honestly have no idea what model to use. do we need to use one or two per container? they are 40' containers and it gets well over 100 degrees out side.
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one on each end should be good....
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd put at least three of those big round spinners. You see those on most commercial construction, so they're probably the most efficient for the buck.
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Is it for ammo storage? If so, just toss a couple of lit road flares in there and it will vent itself.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Also I've heard of some type of paint-on gunk that people use on these that reflects like 85% of the radiant heat away . Maybe also put some 'inlet' vents on the floor, with a hole dug beneath to try and suck in cool air? You could go crazy with that too and dig a deep hole with a big pvc pipe dropping down into it from the floor vent... Like a simple, passive geothermal system.
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even normal vents don't let much heat out. We have several on our site for equipment storage and a small wall mount fan on one end and a screened vent on the other works well. I saw you can get solar powered vents now I think that would work sweet!
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Do you have any pics of how you're set up so far?
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The best kind are louvered with fans.
In the cold weather, you shut the slats to keep heat in. When the fan is on, you open them to pull air from one end out of the other.
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Do you have any pics of how you're set up so far?
they're just regular 40' conex boxes with shelves running down one side where we store our steel targets and other match supplies.

there is no power in them and we don't need them to be livable. just a little more bearable when getting stuff in and out of them when it's 100+ degrees out.
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Would painting the tops of the containers white help?

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Iv'e heard that the kind that spin in the wind (called whirly birds around here) tend to let rain in under certain wind conditions.

Keep in mind that if you don't have a way to let cool air in down low then the vents will have a hard time moving hot air out the top...like the eave vents that let cool air into the attic of a house. I would check with a metal building supply place...they should have something that is designed to work with the corrogations on the roof or wall of your container
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Sounds like you have power, how about just a big fawking fan that you leave right inside the door and turn on when you open it?
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for the hot air to come out the top, you'll need fresh air to go in the bottom...like a chimney or a roof vent.
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Don't put a vent on the roof!! Too much a chance for leaks. Put a couple on the sides at the top and bottom.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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just go buy 2 of those rectangular or round covered roof vents. they are already screened and have a "chimney" so that when you cut the metal and tar it in, it won't leak.

put one towards either end and install something like dryer vents lower on both of the sides but towards the middle. fresh air enters from the middle and flows to the ends to evacuate the heat

I also agree with the above about the whirly birds. they allow water in
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I would do the whirly bird's with vent's along the bottom. There's not much you could do better without going with a swamp cooler or air conditioning.
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Also I've heard of some type of paint-on gunk that people use on these that reflects like 85% of the radiant heat away .
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Would painting the tops of the containers white help?
This would help bigtime.
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Speaking of containers. What do one of these usually cost? They would make a great, fairly secure, shed.
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something like this
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then you could cut holes in the sides and line them with hardware cloth
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Would painting the tops of the containers white help?
Coat the top of them with Cool Seal. It is the stuff people put on top of their Mobile Homes/House Trailers. It is like a heat barrier/reflective type stuff and it seals the seams. Do this after you put some kind of vents in.
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Thats funny I was plannin on venting my connex box today. It gets stupid hot in there, and really humid. I am going to use the 8" round covered vents from the depot case they are 7 bucks and I am broke. Some tar and some self tappers and I'll call it good.
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