Using shipping containers for shelter

On many survival sites there is a recurring question about using shipping containers as a shelter at a bug out location. Many of us who have spent time in the sandbox are very familiar with living in modified shipping containers, often called CHUs (Containerized Housing Unit).

Here on KAIA the place we drop off our dirty laundry is constructed from 2 containers welded together, insulated and finished and with a short roof added. This is set on paving stones. If I were doing this in my native N. Alabama I would raise it on poured concrete pilings and the roof would be raised about 3′ above the containers, allowing breezes to play both above and below and keeping sun from striking it directly. A small genny or solar/battery system to run a fan, propane and wood stoves for cooking, kerosene and candles for light. I would probably cook outside in summer. A wrap-around porch and rain-water collection system with propane or wood water heater to finish.

I need to see about running up a budget for such a structure.


About cptcaveman

An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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2 Responses to Using shipping containers for shelter

  1. bootsaint says:

    funny…our company used to have customers in West Africa and we had a hard time finding freight forwarders who would ship there because they never got their containers back. I thought that it must be pretty desperate over there if a steel box looks like appealing housing in an equatorial rainforest climate. Of course, with the right resources, you could indeed make quite a nice little croft out of one. I should know; I’ve been in enough of them.

  2. cptcaveman says:

    We often turn them into arms rooms or supply rooms, but they are easy bake ovens without shade and/or AC.

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