One of the primary complaints from commercial cannabis farmers who build their operation with shipping containers is about the limitations on size. That’s because, no matter how many ways you slice it, there are only so many ways you can configure a metal box that measures 8′ wide by 40′ long and only 8 1/2 feet high. Because the dimensions never change you can only grow on a single level, greatly limiting the potential yield of your grow space.
CannaPods, on the other hand, come in many different shapes, sizes and configurations. Growers can maximize their yield with just one CannaPod running a tiered hydroponic system, and can quickly scale several stories high with stackable units if desired. And if one of the 17 pre-designed CannaPods doesn’t meet your needs engineers can custom design and manufacture a system to fit any size or shape grow space.
The bottom line is that growers can easily double their yield utilizing the same footprint as a shipping container.
Structural and Environmental Concerns
When it comes to the ability to maintain a consistently clean, climate controlled cannabis grow environment CannaPods beats shipping containers hands-down. While CannaPods are engineered and factory-built to provide the best long-term grow environments possible, commercial cannabis operations that primarily use shipping containers often run in to several issues with both the structure and its environment.
CannaPods are built to grow cannabis, while shipping containers are built to transport many different things over their lifetime, including hazardous materials. While you can never be too sure what sort of chemicals, radioactive material or other hazardous substances have seeped into the floors and walls of a shipping container, CannaPods are engineered to not only provide a super-clean grow environment, but they can also be completely sealed and used as a sterile laboratory environment. Looking to add a tissue culture pod? No problem.
From a structural perspective CannaPods are far stronger and better insulated than shipping containers. While containers are made from sheets of rolled steel, CannaPods have a strong galvanized steel structure wall panels are filled with EPS foam, making CannaPods a much better choice in seismically active areas.
One of the main elements that make shipping containers unsuitable as a cannabis grow environment is their lack of adaptability to various extreme weather conditions. While a grower can certainly build out the interior of a container in order to add adequate insulation (thus ensuring a constant temperature), doing so causes the loss of additional grow space by constructing walls inside the container that can hold insulation.
CannaPods, on the other hand, are manufactured with foam insulation right in the walls, providing the grower with an R value of R-32 in the roof and floors and R-24 in the walls. There are also additional insulation options available for areas with extremely cold weather, such as Alaska and Canada.
Heating & Cooling
While shipping containers can be modified to accept HVAC systems, only CannaPods are built from the start to handle even the harshest environments. Base equipped models are outfitted with 5-ton Samsung split HVAC systems, which allows users to incorporate various growing methods while maintaining separate temperatures from room to room . And with a remote thermostat, you can change the grow environment from anywhere on the planet.