Every couple of days I write things and post them on the FB page and Website sometimes one the other or both. When I don't my FB followers get grumpy and demand that I tell more stories. On occasion I share them here on SM. Mostly what I write about is stuff on the farm, the farm business or all of the things than can and often do go wrong. Most of the FB followers are my customers and have always expressed that they enjoy reading my rants and being a part of the T5R in some small way. I don't get paid for writing neither do I want to, I just talk about what I live and experience and hope someone finds some humor in it or learns something along the way. And for whatever reason today's writing seemed like a good fit for The Monkey There are a lot of good reasons to check and log freezer temps at least once per day when you are in the business of meat or other frozen products! A while back I posted about being able to compare those logs for individual freezers and over time see when a freezer is about to give up. They all gradually start warming a .5 to 1 degree here and there as they age. Ideally I run mine at -20 to -25 the two older ones however are running at -10 and -11 on average now after 11 years of constant use LOL and abuse. So they get the things that rotate in and out the fastest and the newer freezers running -18 to -25 get the things that are in the freezer longer. Right now I am running eight 28CU foot freezers full of Pork and Poultry for the upcoming 2019 Market season roughly 14,700 pounds in those. When I ran the electric lines in the Frozen Warehouse I ran 4 circuits with 2 outlets on each circuit with 12/2 wire on 20 amp breakers and 3 outlet boxes on each circuit. A bit of over kill as I could run all 8 freezers on 12/2 and all on one circuit. I am weird like that though and figure if a breaker goes bad or blows that only knocks out 2 freezers, which I can plug in to any of the other 3 circuits if need be. I also put a light on each circuit that stays on 24/7/365 so I can tell at a glance that all circuits are powered. SO this morning I walk over to the Frozen/Dry Storage warehouse building that I jacked a corner of to start plants. The first thing I notice is that a light is out on one of the circuits. Do the ritual of changing the bulb and still no light, Check the breaker..... all is good, wiggle the wire that goes into the first outlet box and everything comes on briefly on that circuit. This is a odd one because when I connect a wire to a outlet I crank those little screws down TIGHT. SO I flip the breaker and take the box apart and the wire is just barely touching the plate on the side of the outlet. So I stick the wire in the hole and crank it down tight and give it a tug and the wire seems to be secure. Cramming the outlet back into the box the same wire pops out. SO I take it apart again and get into the outlet itself and find the threads in the female part are just not there. The male threads though would catch good enough to hold and give the illusion that the wire was tight and secure, but as soon as the wire moved side to side it let the male parts threads slip and the wire pop out. LOL a simple manufacturing defect! So I take a wet cold walk down to the West barn and dig out a older style outlet and replace the newer one with it and all is good. Freezers have more than enough thermal mass and insulation to stay below Zero for a couple of days without electric. This one had only been out around 1 minute to 8 hours since I last logged temps and reading -14 so no big deal and no harm done. LOL Like most people, before I started keeping thousands of pounds of meats in stock.... I might check the deep freeze once a Month or so. Then I opened it one days and got blasted with the most awful stench of rotting beef, pork, poultry, fish and vegetables all combining to give quite the nasal workout That was like 25 years ago and my personal freezer. I figure given the condition of what was in it that it had been dead for at least 2 weeks LOL, the compressor had gone out at some point. After that I checked the big storage freezer every other day like clockwork When I decided to start raising a lot more hogs and chickens and selling to the public. I made rule that the freezers shall be checked twice per day and the temps logged. Occasionally I will miss one check here and there but just make a habit of checking and logging temps every 12 hours. The Inspectors tell me "Why do you do that, you don't have to keep those kind of detailed logs and schedule." Nope I don't but it is a good habit and over the last 18 years of doing this has caught a lot of problems before they became major problems. I still remember clearly what a couple hundred pounds of stuff smelled like 25 years ago..... Don't ever want to experience what a couple TONS of stuff smells like in that condition Besides that is a good chunk of money that represents how I earn my living in those freezers It is in my best interest to be overly cautious!