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Inflatable concrete shelters
« on: March 18, 2013, 09:20:37 AM »
Inflatable concrete shelters. My buddy showed me this when we were talking about buying shipping containers for hunting cabins and work shops. He said they start around $9k. pretty neat idea for the short term occupation but I don't know how it would hold up over the long haul.

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Re: Inflatable concrete shelters
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 09:27:29 AM »
... I don't know how often you're going to have to worry about deer napalming you.

On the serious side, sounds like it'd weigh more than a good, industrial class canvas tent...

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Re: Inflatable concrete shelters
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 10:11:34 AM »
... I don't know how often you're going to have to worry about deer napalming you.

the deer around here are EVIL >:D

the shape and weight might make a good storm shelter as well
downside is the time to erect the shelter
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 11:05:49 AM »
The shelters are awesome! They take 2 people about an hour to set it up, using the 120 volt supplied air source, a vehicle to help pull it into place while it inflates and about 250 gallons of water. Once erected hose it down with water and wait 24 hours, it's then ready to go.

There are two sizes available a 580 sq ft and 270 sq ft models. The 580 weighs just shy of 7000 pounds and costs $31,600. The 270 weighs just shy of 4000 and comes with the price tag of $25,259.

They aren't portable once erected and require a forklift to get on site but once erected are bullet resistant fairly weather proof.
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Re: Inflatable concrete shelters
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 06:16:28 PM »
Those look promising, if you're looking for something to stay put.

These might not be as tough, but they're a bit less expensive, and portable.

http://www.intershelter.com/
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Re: Inflatable concrete shelters
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 12:28:54 AM »
Neat info about the concrete cloth buildings.  Manufacturer notes a 24 month shelf life in a sealed and stored condition.  Not something I would want to store on the off chance I would need to put one up somewhere, but it looks like a fast way to put up a durable structure with minimal time and equipment. 

Has anyone had an experience with a hexayurt?  http://hexayurt.com/

I was intrigued, and made models with my kids, but have not made a working size one yet.  I think foam board and tyvek could make a reasonably durable shelter that would pack flat and be stable. 
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Re: Inflatable concrete shelters
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013, 03:14:09 AM »
Best be tyin' that sucker down  ;)  .    Foam board and Tyvek are pretty lightweight.   The hexayurt sounds interesting in terms of adaptability but I don't think they would hold up well long term, do you?
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Re: Inflatable concrete shelters
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013, 07:32:58 PM »
If I had 3 of those big one's I'd bulldoze my horse stables and other out buildings and put them up instead.

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