Using Steel Containers for Storage Applications
Steel containers are designed to carry all but chilled or frozen goods on long or short journeys, all over the world.
Containers are also an economical long or short term solution for storage space suitable for:
- Household goods and furniture
- Commercial storage
- Building supplies
Containers are very secure, having no windows and being constructed of thick steel. The addition of a lock protection box on the door increases this security.
If condensation or sweating was a design problem with steel containers, no one would ever ship anything in them.
However, condensation or sweating can occur in steel or freezer (insulated) containers in any of the following circumstances:
- Is not weatherproof and is leaking
- Is sitting hard down on damp ground with no air gap underneath
- Has faulty vents
- Has been closed up with high humidity trapped inside.
- Have a high moisture content.
Guidelines for Condensation-free Storage
- Create an air gap underneath the container. Raise the container several inches off the ground using wood blocks under each corner.
- Check vents are clear and operational.
- Check for leaks and check door seals.
- Make sure the contents are dry when loading and load on days with low humidity.
Insulated Containers Unsuitable for Storage Applications
Insulated containers are usually non operational freezer units, and are usually unsuitable for storage due to problems such as retained moisture or contamination.