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    Shipping container - Chemical Store

    Just bought a 20 ft. Shipping container, which I intend to convert/ use as a Chemical store, thoughts, tips & experiences of what to & what not do please.
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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    Park it in the shade.

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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    +1 put an air vent they can get very hot

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    I would insulate it with some king span board that will protect you chemical from frost and reduce radiated heat coming in considerably. Then board it out covering over the insulation but first on the floor lay some visqueen sheet down to then cover that in plywood or make some duckboard to form a bund the visqueen needs to up the walls a few inches obviously

    and don't forget to fit a lock box and a good quality lock

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    Tilt it back very slightly so any spill is contained. Good lights, high and low level vents and maybe a green house heater setup to prevent frost or it will certainly want to be insulated. You don't really want to be adding in anything to the interior which is combustible- IE wood/pallets/flooring which would only increase the amount of fuel in the event of a fire.

    Metal shelving throughout, and weld in a retaining lip so you have a basic bund.

    Strong door and lock fastenings, not just to deter thieves but also prevent access by children or pets.

    Make sure it has good surrounding access for deliveries, the sprayer and maybe a fire engine god forbid.

    As far as possible from drains, water courses or anything that could also catch fire- IE straw/fert.

    Lay it out so herbicides/fungicides/insecticides and other materials are in separate locations to reduce the chance of a cock-up and have your clean water tank close by.

    Did chem stores for my BASIS project.

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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    Strictly speaking shipping containers should not be used as chemical stores as chem stores are supposed to have a roof that burns out quicker than the rest to let any fire vent upwards for safety
    Having said that they are ideal for the job ,some of the non slip resins would be good to paint the floor and they are strong enough to hold a large water tank on the roof for fast filling of the sprayer

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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    Definitely need them out of heat + insulation. The ones that we have do not have a watertight floor which would be a problem. I know this is unlikely, but should there be a provision for an exit in case a person were to be accidently shut into one?

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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    If anyone is still looking for Shipping Containers or Chemical stores then we can supply them and would be happy to provide a quote if you provide your requirements at https://www.billiebox.co.uk/contact/enquiry-form/. We are on the BASIS suppliers list for our chemical stores.

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    Make sure that you ventilate it well otherwise it will be like a sauna in the summer!
    Also If you are putting up shelves in your store we were told not to put anything above shoulder height so that you cannot spill anything on yourself.

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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    Nobody has mentioned planning. Could be an issue if you have retarded neighbours. It is a grey area planning-wise. Paint it dark green if you go ahead. I know it doesn't repulse the light like white but depending where you are some neighbours can get very jealous and childish.

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    Re: Shipping container - Chemical Store

    If the chemicals you are storing are flammable then lights/electrics are a no no unless they are suitably atex rated and you can prove competence for installation. Also the venting and binding are a must. We had a visit from mr hse recently and those are the points picked up up.
    "At the end of the day, I think it's going to get very dark."

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