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    Ok so I need some advice. I just bought a dog box with top storage and 2 (100 cfm) fans. The box is diamond plate. I live and train in Alabama, however we do train early in the morning during the summer.
    So my question is do I need to add some sort of insulation inside the box or are the fans and top storage enough for 2 black dogs. Also, is the work of adding insulation worth the benefit? (Obviously I take all other precautions including cold water and a dry dog).
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    I would put at least a couple of inches of Styrofoam in the bottom of the top storage to keep the sun heat from beating down on them. 100 cfm fans aren't going to move much air. You should probably have at least 400 cfm per hole.

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    I have an Ainley 2-dog with top storage and one fan. The top storage space serves as an insulation in itself. I also have the bars around the top of each box. I have two 12v fans that I put in front of each box. The 12v fans push cool air in while the built in fans pull the hot air out.
    My dogs do great during early hrs of summer days. Now, I never put them in the box to cool. I stake them out in shade after they run. If working water, I dry then stake them out.
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    I guess my only real concern is at a hunt test during hotter weather. You think the air insulation in the top storage is ok or do I need to add styrofoam? Also, the guy that had it before me said it had some crappy corrugated insulation glued to the inside of the walls, but his dogs chewed that up quick.
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    I had a similar situation with the box that I bought. I removed the corrugated insulation which I found to be useless. It was torn, dirty, etc. Worse yet it would NEVER dry so it probably provide little if any insulation not to mention being a health hazard. I removed it first thing before ever putting my dog in the box. I used "Goo Gone" to remove the glue I see in your picture and then spent a few hours scrubbing, polishing, and disinfecting. I added Duragrid flooring to the boxes to aid in drainage, drying, and comfort. During the winter months I just put my dog's insulated soft floor mat that he normally uses when we are just driving around in my Jeep. The bottom of my top storage is insulated with closed cell foam and it seems to do the trick.

    Here's an after shot. I've since changed the fan vent which you see on the roof to a much smoother vent with no fixture inside the dog box.
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    That looks great! May have to steal that idea.
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    Diamond plate dog boxes are typically easy bake ovens without insulation. It's possible to take it apart and insulate but not real practical. Add a couple bilge blowers from west marine on a seperate battery with fuse and it may help some.
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    What do companies like ainley use for insulation?
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    I have corrugated plastic insulation on the sides and back of my diamond plate box. 1" Styrofoam in the top. Fans keep it cool in summer and I haven't had a problem in the winter.
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    Thanks for the comments guys
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