Wednesday, 31st August 2011Bulk goods needing temperature controlled storage are ideally suited to reefers. For sale in the same sizes as conventional containers most chilled and frozen applications can be catered for. Not only good for shipping many people use them solely for storage in the U.K.
When buying a freezer container, either new or used it will be useful for those selling reefers for you to be as specific as possible about your requirements. Prices will vary according to age and condition, as with a standard box, however there are many other factors that will affect price.
A very basic specification will usually mean a standard marine container. This will include the original aluminium t-floor, doors and machinery. Optional extras that can be fitted or may have already been fitted as part of a conversion or modification can include things like insulated butchers style cold room doors. Conventional doors are fine, functional, secure and well suited to shipping applications. They can however be a little cumbersome if you need to open and close them regularly to access your contents. Cold room or “butchers doors” as they are often called in the trade are easier to open and close and often have the option of an emergency release on the inside. This option can be coupled with a man-trapped alarm with panic button and exterior flashing light including an audible claxon.
Floors too can vary from the original t-bar flooring to aluminium chequer plate and resins.
Perhaps one of the most important factors will be the machinery. Standard marine machinery will be functional, weatherproof and extremely versatile. The downside can be noise levels, power consumption and running costs. More simplified machinery designed for use in domestic storage applications can provide low noise solutions with reduced power consumption. These machines are a little more user friendly for those not accustomed to reefers.