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Alrighty, so I am new to this prepper life. I have not started at all because I was recently exposed to the doomsday preppers show. This topic may change depending on if my subject question is figured out.

I have a question I would like to brainstorm on and compare and contrast whats best for what.

Shelters.
Shipping containers. Bury them underground roughly 15 feet depending on the height of the container. Usually it is 8' by 40'. or 8' by 20', but I will strive for bigger.
Pro- Cheap(ish). Able to connect, seal, and make them into what I would kind of need. Blocks radiation, keeps EMP from destroying electronics inside of them. Versatile
Cons- Ventilation system. Money for crates. Clostorphobic.

If anyone can post other types of prepper shelters. Wether it be nuke, EMP, pandemic, forts.. anything! All ideas are welcome :).
 

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AquaHull is very right on this. Shipping containers can be buried, but must have a structual roof made of re enforced concrete over the top. Otherwise the weight of the dirt will collapse the box down on whoever or whatever is inside. Also, conex shipping boxes are pretty much a faraday cage in their own right, as they are usually all steel.
 

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What if you reinforce them with steel beams? Maybe wood?
 

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This is a nice container home pic from the net, I should imagine you could also dig a pit and put it in it, covered with just a foot or two of earth, so there'd be no danger of it collapsing under the weight.
A ventilation shaft, chimney and a periscope would stick up above ground, you could plant small bushes and shrubs on top to help conceal them, or throw a camo net over.
You could get in and out via a ladder at one end.

 

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An old army-surplus armoured vehicle like this M-113 would also make a good emergency shelter, and it'd also be useful for getting around in SHTF-world with bullets just bouncing off it..:)



The boxy M-113 could sleep a family on removable bunks-


This dood has got a M-113, lucky guy-


If you didn't plan to do any driving around in one, you could dig it into the ground as an emergency bunker, with the air vent and periscope sticking up above ground.
Here Dick Cheney is visiting a dug-in Bradley in Germany in 1989, there's a slope at the back of the pit to reverse out.
For maximum concealment they could throw a camo net over it.

 

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@Lucky_Jim That is crazy about the tank. Sure is a lucky guy. My problem is as a 19 year old, I do not have as sufficient of a bank account as these people I see on the shows :p. Maybe if SHTF I stumble upon a working tank. :D Thank you for showing me this. Just goes to show shelter can be made out of everything.
 
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Somebody in London bought this surplus T-34 tank, I don't know if it still runs, but it'd make a good emergency shelter-





 

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@Lucky_Jim That is crazy about the tank. Sure is a lucky guy. My problem is as a 19 year old, I do not have as sufficient of a bank account as these people I see on the shows :p. Maybe if SHTF I stumble upon a working tank. :D Thank you for showing me this. Just goes to show shelter can be made out of everything.
Yeah, and most people do not have the cash to do such things, no matter how old they are. I would dare say most people who pass these ideas around do not have such a thing, nor are they going to have such a thing.

For those of us who do not have such things and probably will not have such things, more rudimentary means are more likely our ways.
For beginning, ideas can be found in Participating In Nature by Thomas J. Elpel. There are plenty of books with plenty of ideas and instructions. Matter of fact, it'd be a good idea to buy those books as you can. Such instruction manuals will come in handy if the day comes when the poo hits the fan.
 

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Yeah, and most people do not have the cash to do such things, no matter how old they are. I would dare say most people who pass these ideas around do not have such a thing, nor are they going to have such a thing..
Right, let's not forget dear old tents, polar explorers have always used them just fine in subzero blizzards, so if they're good enough for them they're good enough for us..:)
The advantage of a tent is that you can break camp and go pitch somewhere else any time you like, unlike a solid home or shelter which roots you permanently to one spot.
This is my best tent, a Eurohike Tamar 2-man which cost me about 40 GB pounds (60 US bucks), it's got a waterproof outer fly and cotton inner to cut down condensation-



And this is my lighter Texsport Camo Trail Tent 2-man which was only about 13 GB pounds (20 US dollars), it's only single skin so condensation could be a problem, but it's fine for brief overnight stops during hikes and bike rides-


(Note both mine are 2-men tents even though I camp alone, I don't like 1-man tents because they're usually not high enough to sit up in, and i HATE having to eat laying down..:)
 

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Yeah, and most people do not have the cash to do such things, no matter how old they are. I would dare say most people who pass these ideas around do not have such a thing, nor are they going to have such a thing.

For those of us who do not have such things and probably will not have such things, more rudimentary means are more likely our ways.
For beginning, ideas can be found in Participating In Nature by Thomas J. Elpel. There are plenty of books with plenty of ideas and instructions. Matter of fact, it'd be a good idea to buy those books as you can. Such instruction manuals will come in handy if the day comes when the poo hits the fan.
I actually have another topic about what books I could get from a store that will help me with survival and knowing how to do certain skills! Also, you will get bored, so reading will become a good way to spend time.
 

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Yup. Saw that. Saw it was ironically placed in the forum where recommended reading is posted! :mrgreen:
 

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I wonder what would actually be cheaper assuming you already dug the hole.

1, Buying a cargo container and then paying for:
a, delivery
b, placement, do you need to rent a tractor, crane etc.
c, Structural improvements to keep it viable underground

2, Buying cinderblock, concrete mix and rebar and building your own.

Anybody know?
 

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I wonder what would actually be cheaper assuming you already dug the hole.
1, Buying a cargo container and then paying for:
a, delivery
b, placement, do you need to rent a tractor, crane etc.
c, Structural improvements to keep it viable underground
2, Buying cinderblock, concrete mix and rebar and building your own.
Anybody know?
I know zilch about prices but I'd certainly look into building my own shelter. I mean, a container being crane-lifted into a big hole back in our garden might attract a lot of nosey eyeballs.
Wartime dugout-type shelters were pretty tough and I should think all we'd need to do is dig a hole and roof it with corrugated iron and wooden beams or sandbags like this guy, and he's even got a trench system..:)

 

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AquaHull is very right on this. Shipping containers can be buried, but must have a structual roof made of re enforced concrete over the top. Otherwise the weight of the dirt will collapse the box down on whoever or whatever is inside. Also, conex shipping boxes are pretty much a faraday cage in their own right, as they are usually all steel.
As Mythbusters found out to their chagrin a few years ago while trying to bury a container to be used as a bunker, many containers now have fiberglass roofs, making them even less suitable for burying.
 

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Depends how deep the container is buried, I should imagine a foot of earth on the roof woudn't collapse it.
As for Mythbusters I never saw their show about it but probably wouldn't have watched it anyway because everything they do is sloppy and unscientific so their results are meaningless anyway, they even accidentally sent a cannonball through a family home once, so the show ought to be took off the air before they kill themselves or somebody else.
 

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How about an Eco-dome (or any simple Earthbag dome):


The one in the video can be constructed for a couple thousand dollars (cost varying depending on finish out choices, of course)

Personally I'm planning an Earthship/EcoDome hybrid. Basically an Earthship with walls made of Earthbags instead of tires.
 
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