5 Benefits Of Having A Shipping Container Hunting Cabin

Shipping container hunting cabins are fantastic because they give you a safe place to stay while you enjoy a weekend of hunting. If you are fortunate, you may have the time to hunt during the week…

Shipping containers have proven to be fantastic building blocks for many DIY projects. Some people are even giving traditional homes a pass and are instead setting up charming container homes. With a little planning, you can easily convert a shipping container into a cabin.

Here are the 5 most significant upsides to having a shipping container hunting cabin…

Shipping container cabins are easy to design and quick to build

If you want to have a hunting cabin fast, then I suggest you make it using a shipping container. You will save a lot of time and money by using a container because the structure is already complete.

All you will have to do is install windows, install insulation, and paint the container to prevent rusting. You may also consider installing a roof to keep the container cooler on hot sunny days.

Building a container cabin is the best choice if you would rather be hunting. A traditional stick-built wood cabin can take months and possibly a year to complete. In contrast, you can build a shipping container cabin in a few short days.

Adequate ventilation is important for a container

You always want to ensure that you adequately ventilate a container. And try to avoid storing combustible materials inside containers.

Shipping Container Ventilation
Proper shipping container ventilation is important

Flammable material like gasoline vapourize when it becomes unstable. The vaporized liquid creates additional pressure inside the container which can cause an explosion. It’s always safer to store flammable materials outside of the container.

Container cabins are durable and extremely robust

Shipping containers are very robust, and this is due to their steel construction. For this reason, cargo containers are becoming increasing popular in DIY building projects.

A lot of the older cargo-worthy containers may have travelled around the world many times in their life. It’s truly amazing how much abuse these containers go through while at sea.

When you make a hunting cabin out of a shipping container, you can rest assured that it will stand up to the hostile weather on land and give you many years of maintenance free use.

It’s essential to purchase a container that is certified to be waterproof. Repairing holes in a container can be time-consuming & costly. A container supplier usually only sells containers that waterproof. It’s always a good idea to still inspect the container before you purchase it.

Out in the sea, these containers face extreme weather, and they still manage to transport cargo safely. That is why their durability is usually “over-spec” when used to construct hunting cabins. And this is why containers are perfect for hunting cabins.

You should try to avoid removing too much steel from the container, as this will affect its structural integrity. You can modify the container to have windows, but you will have to reinforce the openings with framing. The additional support from the framing will ensure the container remains structurally sound.

If you are not sure how to properly support a container speak with an architect or home builder.

Container cabins are more affordable than stick-built cabins

Shipping containers are relatively cheap to purchase, and that is why they are becoming increasingly popular to build with. You can buy a cargo-worthy container for $2000 to 4000. So, if you were considering a traditional stick-built hunting cabin, you may want to consider building with a container instead.

If you decide to build your cabin from a container, you will save a lot of money on building materials. When you use a container, you will have approximately 75% of the cabin complete before you begin. I say 75% because you don’t have to construct the walls, ceiling, flooring, and the door.

You will still have to spend money on finishing materials like insulation and drywall, but you will still end up paying a fraction of what you would pay for a traditional stick-built cabin.

Shipping containers may contain toxic chemicals

Shipping containers are great for DIY building projects, but they do have a few problems. Toxic paint and insecticide-treated flooring are common with cargo containers.

You can find out if the floor of the container received treatment by inspecting the metal plates on the container door. Look for the plate that says something like timber component treated with…

Data Plate On Shipping Container
Metal plate on container door will tell of if an insecticide was used on the floor

If your container has an insecticide-treated floor, you may want to consider sealing the floor with an epoxy finish, or you can replace the floor to be extra cautious. Insecticides can be very harmful to humans, so you want to take care of the toxic flooring.

The paint used inside the container may also contain toxic chemicals, so it may also be a good idea to repaint the container.

You can avoid the toxic paint and floor by ordering a custom built container. If you live in or near a big city, you will probably have a company that manufactures containers locally. These containers will be more expensive, but it may be worth it. You want to specify that you don’t want the manufacturer to use toxic chemicals on the floor and in the paint.

You can have your container cabin built off-site and delivered…

There are plenty of situations why you may consider getting a prebuilt cabin…

Hunting cabin properties are usually located in places that are not easy to access or construct on. In most cases, a power source may not be available, so this will make using power tools a problem during construction. You can always use portable generators, but this may end up costing you a lot for fuel.

You will save a lot of money on delivery & fuel charges if you have the cabin built offsite. It will also save you time & it will be extremely convenient because you will only have to prepare the foundation for your cabin. Buying the necessary tools for a cabin build can be very expensive, so an offsite build will also save you this significant expense.

The delivery truck and the container will be very heavy so you will want to make sure you have a well-constructed road to ensure a problem-free delivery. The delivery driver may refuse to deliver your cabin if he deems the way to be unsafe. It can become a big problem if the truck carrying your container sinks and becomes stuck.

You can easily move your container cabin to a new location…

This is a big advantage for someone who has multiple hunting locations. Due to their unique size and design, you can quickly load your cabin onto a truck and move it.

You want to avoid welding your container cabin to its foundation and nearby structures. You should instead try to use nuts and bolts to attach the container to its foundation. This will make the cabin a lot easier to move. Removing welds can be a time consuming and expensive process, especially if you hire a welder.

Avoid unnecessary modification of your container to ensure easy moving

You also want to avoid any unnecessary modifications to your container during construction. Holes in the container will affect its structural integrity, and this may affect its portability. You may have to use additional supports when transporting your container cabin.


I hope it’s now clear that building a shipping container hunting cabin is the way to go. As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to using a container for a cabin.

Building your cabin from a container will save you both time and money if planned correctly. You’ll be also helping the environment because you will be using fewer materials to build your cabin.

In general, shipping containers are very affordable, easy to convert into a cabin, and they are incredibly robust.

I would personally use a container for a cabin. The benefits are plenty, but the most significant benefit for me would be the cost. You can build a container cabin for a fraction of what you would pay for a traditional stick-built hunting cabin.

The only real downside to a container cabin is the potential exposure to toxic chemicals from the floor and the paint. You can remedy these problems quickly, so it’s really not that big of a downside.

Remember to properly ventilate your container and avoid storing combustible materials inside.

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