Shipping Container Vents

Shipping container vent adapter !

shipping container vents

Shipping container vents comes already installed on the top of the side wall panels on the shipping containers. manufacturer usually install a minimum of two vents on each side but that changed as we recently start seeing some the new 20ft shipping containers with 4 vents on each side and some on the front wall, we even start seeing vents installed on the cargo doors too.

These shipping container vents ( Original Vents ) are small in size and might be sufficient for cargo but they are not good enough for air circulation inside the container which in return allow condensation build up.

At the same time the vents are designed small for a purpose which is stopping insects and water from getting inside the container. These are cargo shipping containers that most of time they are in the sea taken the ocean abuse.

If the shipping container is going to be used of any other purpose than moving cargo these small shipping container vents will not be sufficient to air out the container.

Shipping container vent options.

With shipping container modifications you can install just about any type and shape of air vents. And there are several ways to install each type. We always prefer building a steel frame for the vents as we do for container windows and container roll up doors for example.

We will be talking about the shipping container vents that we have installed through the past 15 years of us doing shipping container modifications.

1: Shipping container louvered vents.

Shipping container louvered vents are one of the most requested vents by our customers, they are easy to install, not that expensive and very effective in getting air in and out of the shipping / storage container.

The shipping container louvered vents that we get and installed are usually a one part, ( shipping container louvered kit ). The vent is already installed and sealed inside a 2X2 inches steel tube ready to be installed.

Our customers mostly request two container vents to be installed one on each side, and some customers asks for 4 vents, two on each side, one at the bottom front and the other at the top rear for better air circulation.

If you don’t want to get the louvered vent kit, you can get just the vent from your local hardware store and build a frame for it and have it installed. Or you can install the vent without the steel frame but it will not look that good and it will give you a hard time sealing it because of the corrugated wall panels, which is why we use steel tube frame.

2: Shipping container roof vent.

So far we have seen only one type of shipping container roof vents. Which is just a standard turbine vent or as some calls them whirlybird vents.

With some modifications you can install them turbine vent on a shipping / storage container, they are a little harder to install than the louvered vents but not that hard.

This type of vents uses the power of wind to suck the worm air and humidity from inside the container, they do a much better job than the louvered vent.

The downside to installing turbine or roof vents is the roof can not be used anymore. You can not stack another container to the top of the first one. Unlike the louvered vents.

We will talk about installing both type of storage container vents in the next section.

Our customers ordering shipping containers with louvered vents installed usually asks to add an easy to open and close shipping container man door and an electrical system package with ceiling LED lights and power outlets.

Original shipping container vent
Weld-n-go vent
Shipping container roof vent
Installing shipping container vent kit

container vent installation step one
container vent installation step two
container vent installation step three
container roof vent

Clean installation of roof turbine vent, Pictured from inside

Installing a shipping container louvered vents is not that hard and don't need that many tools. Just a grinder with a cutting wheel, a welder, and a caulking gun.

Installing a turbine roof vent on the other hand will not be as easy, cutting the needed large circular hole on a corrugated steel roof with a cutting wheel is not as easy as it sounds. it will be time consuming, a plasma cutter will speed up the cutting process and give a clean cut.

If you ordered a shipping container louvered vent kit, you don't have to worry about building the steel frame, it comes with the vent.

How to install a louvered container vent kit.

  • To start, align your vent frame where you would like it to be install.
  • You can use magnets to hold the frame in place.
  • Use a soapstone to trace the frame to the wall panel.
  • Soapstone is perfect for tracing straight line over corrugated panels.
  • Clean and prep the edges for welding.
  • Insert the vent frame in the opening.
  • Don't force the frame in the opening. It should go in freely.
  • Align the frame with the wall panel.
  • Tack weld in several spots, so the frame will not move while welding.
  • Weld all the way around.
  • Wire-wheel inside outside and seal inside of the frame with caulking.
  • Prime and paint.

There you have it. Even though it sounds like a lot of steps to install a shipping container louvered vent, but when you install the first one the next one will be a breeze.

How to install turbine roof vent.

To start. The roof turbine vents comes with a flat base to be attached to the roof, but in the case of shipping container, there is no flat surface and to compensate for that we build a steel frame for it.

The steel tube frame will be square, so we don’t have to worry about cutting a circular hole with a cutting wheel, or get the plasma cutter up on the roof of the container.

When the steel frame is ready.

  • Align the frame where you want the vent to be install.
  • Use a soapstone to trace the frame to the roof panel.
  • Cut the opening with a cutting wheel.
  • Clean and prep the edges for welding.
  • Insert the vent frame in the opening.
  • Align the frame with the roof panel.
  • Tack weld the frame.
  • Weld all the way around.
  • Wire-wheel inside outside and seal the inside of the frame with caulking.
  • Prime and paint.
  • Fasten and seal the base of the vent to the frame.
  • Attach the turbine to the base.

This type of installation of a roof vent will eliminate the need of shipping container vent adapter and it will turn up a lot cleaner without many fasteners holes in the roof.

Common Shipping Container Modifications

container man door
Installing a man door

Installing a metal man door kit on your shipping or storage container for easy and fast access.

Storage container with roll up doors
Installing roll-up doors

Adding one or two roll up door on any side of your storage container making your life a lot easier.

shipping container with windows
Installing windows

Installing windows will not just bring day light to your storage container but it will help in reducing condensation.

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