Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Container Update - A/C

Our plans are still to completely cover the container with dirt.  But in the meantime we decided to install an a/c unit and a dehumidifier that both run on 110v.  Concerns were the amount of humidity we have in FL, and the storage of goods meant to stay cool and DRY.  Also, we want a back up should the container not cool down enough during the really hot summer months.  We had this a/c unit for our old camper, and the Moose picked up a brand spanking new dehumidifier for $10 at a recent yard sale.  God provides.
For now, they will run on our little efficient Honda 2000 generator.  Once the solar panels are up, they'll run off of them.
We still need to run an elbow on this opening, and place a bug barrier in between as well.  

We had the a/c unit running this weekend and it was in the lower 90's outside, but the container was down to around 70 degrees.  Perfect!  I know where we'll be this Saturday when its supposed to hit 96 degrees. 

Outstanding projects for the container;

  • finish painting the ceiling and doors
  • weld one of the doors shut
  • weld the solar panel frame to the top of the container
  • install the control panel for the solar array
  • install refrigeration for the walk in cooler (the ideas for this are ever changing)
  • tile the floor in the cooler
  • build shelving
  • lay down indoor/outdoor carpeting (looks like the green stuff they use for putt-putt golf)
  • bury it in
I'm sure there's something I'm missing, but as you can see we have a lot on our plates.  Next major project is an outdoor kitchen.


  1. We have one of those units. Bought it a few years ago after power was out for 2 days due to storms. Our intent is to run it to cool the bedroom before going to sleep. We can vent it out the bathroom window. Thank goodness we haven't had any more power outages since then.

  2. Izzy,

    There's already so much progress. You and Moose must be very proud?
    Great work you two. I would rather have air running too, especially if it's in the 90's or higher.

    1. I'm not sure if we'd use the phrase "very proud", we would sure use "very tired and feeling our age"! We supposed to hit 97 Saturday, what fun?!


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