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How to Make a Climate Controlled Shipping Container

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Nov 11, 2010
How to Make a Climate Controlled Shipping Container

The seasons are changing here in AustinTexas but the heat is always on peoples mind.  I get asked all the time, how can I keep the stuff in my shipping container from cooking in the heat in Austin and San Antonio? 

Foam insulation is a popular modification for modified shipping containers.

Foam insulation is a popular modification for conex shipping containers.

There are a lot of different ways to keep temperatures close to manageable but the most effective way we've found is to insulate and cool the shipping container - something we call the Cool Box

Here's how we do it:

  • Insulate the walls, ceiling, and doors with R5 insulation
  • Cut a hole at one end in order to add an A/C unit (a standard window unit works fine)
  • Mount the A/C in the rear wall of the shipping container.  Make sure it's secure and easy to transport. 
  • The bigger the shipping container, the bigger the A/C.

While this method won't create a refrigerated shipping container, it will certainly remove some of the heat from your shipping container and help keep some of your heat sensitive belongings a little safer. 

If you have any questions about our climate controlled shipping containers email us at

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