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Posted: 11/16/2016 2:45:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 3:05:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/16/2016 6:03:20 PM EST by kaos]
The stone would absorb the heat and light energy and transfer it to the box anyway unless you installed a thermal break/barrier between the two.

ETA: Speeling, my phone has auto-incorrect.
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 4:13:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/18/2016 10:00:09 PM EST by BEAMEUP]
Sun shade or berm it up with some dirt.
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 4:19:28 PM EST
paint it a light color on the outside and have a spray foam company put 3" of expanded polyisocyanurate on the interior walls and ceiling.
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 4:22:27 PM EST
Canopy. 20F delta.
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 7:00:16 PM EST
All good suggestions. Your idea won't help at all. If it was real stone it might even be worse since you would have more heat storage capacity for heat.
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 10:00:44 PM EST
Buy a refrigerated container.
Link Posted: 11/16/2016 10:33:08 PM EST
Maybe Lizard Skin?
Link Posted: 11/17/2016 7:58:02 PM EST
get the sun off it, insulate the box and cool, or vent on the north side.
Link Posted: 11/17/2016 9:25:31 PM EST
Roof with air space, ridged foam with stucco for the outside.
Link Posted: 11/17/2016 9:38:14 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/17/2016 9:46:46 PM EST
Do you have the spinning roof vents? If not, get two or three of those. They really help.

Cool =

Reduce the solar heat load - white experior, insulation, barrier wall, plant some shade trees.

Reduce radiant heat load from ground other surface - insulation, site selection, plant some grass or bushes, get rid of concrete slab
Link Posted: 11/18/2016 11:18:50 AM EST
Even a thin layer of metal spaced away from the box outside and painted a light color will go a long way.

Like corrugated metal panels about 6 inches off the surface.
Link Posted: 11/18/2016 9:32:16 PM EST
You could berm the sides with dirt and put a cover over the top.
Link Posted: 12/6/2016 11:38:59 AM EST
Wolfpack, if this container is where I think it is, you'll need to make your own shade (duh).  The stone won't really help, it will just hold the heat in.

One of those erector type garage/shed deal will work to keep the sun off, but I don't know your wind and/or snow loads nor how well those things deal with either.

As far as getting a contractor out there to cover it with foam, it might be cheaper to take to them rather than the service charge of +150 miles or whatever it is out there - tough choice there.  One thing you could do is build a wall/porch on the west side, but that will only work during the late afternoon.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 12/7/2016 1:51:42 AM EST
Maybe stack hay bales all around and on top ?
Link Posted: 12/9/2016 5:50:59 PM EST
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Maybe stack hay bales all around and on top ?
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Location:  Is there any hay in that part of the world?  Don't know.
Link Posted: 12/9/2016 6:39:50 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/9/2016 7:14:03 PM EST
Cover with tent or lean to roof to keep out of sun is the cheapest/ easiest, but with still stay around ambient air temp. 

If you really, really, want to keep it cool, bury it deep enough stay below ambient temp (or above when cold).

Link Posted: 12/12/2016 7:52:25 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Wolfpack:
Yea, we have alfalfa farm in town. Won't hay bring rats or gophers?
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Most likely it will bring vermin you don't want.

The most effective option is probably to build a lean-to style structure to keep the sun's direct rays off of the container. Leave enough gap that air circulates under the lean-to and doesn't heat up the container with trapped air. Solar loading is the largest factor in increasing temperatures inside the container. Block the direct rays and you'll have a cooler container, but still not any cooler than ambient.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:04:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 10:04:38 PM EST by Latency]
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Originally Posted By Wolfpack:
Yea, we have alfalfa farm in town. Won't hay bring rats or gophers?
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Hay is intened as animal feed and has significant nutritional value, especially alfalfa. Something like wheat or rice straw on the other hand has a very low nutritional value.

Many people build structures using cement or cement / lime coated straw bales. Including load bearing single story homes. There are even alternative building codes for straw bale construction in some areas. The measured r values are quite high for such an inexpensive material. Plastered bale walls are even reasonably resistant to fire when compared with traditionally framed / insulated walls.

I am not certain that this is the lowest labor option for insulating a shipping container as you would need to pour a continuous footing to rest the first course of bales on and to protect the bottom edge from insects / rodents. And you would also need to extend the roof over the top of the bale walls.

If I get a second, I'll add some links to this post. There are a ton of how to videos on youtube.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:56:52 PM EST
Paint it chrome, or something the reflects the sunlight?
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