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Freezer died a few days ago. #7602678
06/11/22 09:40 AM
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GRRR. Still dealing with the fallout of salvaging things before they are lost. This particular large freezer held primarily whitetail deer glands and tarsals. Most have never smelled the strong musky odor of thousands of thawed tarsal and other reproductive parts. These quality items are like gold these days.

All the frost had melted and some of the bags got wet and was giving off a strong tinctured odor already. Man what a great odor. I am going to save all the liquid for personal use. Looks to be close to a gal of liquid or more. Going over to bail /siphon it out shortly. I transferred all the thawed tarsal glands to clean plastic bags and labeled them all once again.

I am fortunate I had my on the road travel fur freezer available to transfer most of the buckets and bags into. The other over flow glands went into another freezer that had some room.

I have been looking for a good used large or commercial freezer on line Craigs list etc. but haven't found one yet.

I have external magnetic digital thermometer on all our freezers for just such a situation. I don't check them daily usually once a week or so. I had just gotten back with a truck load of trout and had gone into the shop to get some rags etc. to clean off the buckets and stopped to check on the thermometers as I passed each one. Glad I stopped by instinct to look at them.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602684
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Having a freezer go down in the summer can be a sickening feeling
When you know whatís in there and what the outcome will most likely be.



Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602693
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any electrical power issues locally ?
if the voltage drops the compressors burn out in a brown out period

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602695
06/11/22 10:09 AM
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It was them idiot construction workers tearing up your streets to put in new infrastructure!


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Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602702
06/11/22 10:16 AM
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Just had an upright loaded with beaver pelts stop running. Unloaded it and pulled it out, a wire from the Sudco 3 in1 starter broke at the compressor. Hopefully I got lucky.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602710
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This is an older freezer a "Gibson" model that my dad had and I took off his hands years ago. Its our oldest model. Probably 35-40 years old . Most likely won't buy one now that will last that long.

Gary you are too funny, I about spit my coffee out.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602722
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Good Save, Bob. That could have been nasty.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602726
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Had a 6' chest freezer full of horseshoe crabs pop the circuit on a extension strip. eek

Very interesting odor...and it was in the basement. Plugged it back in and refroze everything, still bad when I cleaned it out., lol

Lesson #1, never plug freezer into a circuit breaker strip
Lesson #2, don't wonder what that smell is...go look immediately! grin

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602736
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I always heard it better keep freezer run all the time then to shut off when not in use ? I think mostly older chest freezers that used lot electricity, one mine that 17 years old, commercial model does not use lots electricity, I gonna leave run or plan to till at least a yr from now an then maybe Another year

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602741
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One of mine died on me two years ago. By the time I noticed, skunk soup at the bottom. Found things I barely remember putting in it, skulls, fish, beaver castors, etc. it was pretty rank. Took about four months to find a new one (Covid delays). New one went to food, the food one went to the shed for dead stuff.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602743
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I always heard it better keep freezer run all the time then to shut off when not in use ? I think mostly older chest freezers that used lot electricity, one mine that 17 years old, commercial model does not use lots electricity, I gonna leave run or plan to till at least a yr from now an then maybe Another year

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602747
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Dave I usually unplug this upright freezer in the summer and I haven't had any trouble with it. It is an ancient Whirlpool freezer.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602813
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A full freezer runs a lot less than an empty one. If you do not have much in the freezer, gradually add water jugs or bottles or even pans. Bags of ice will work also. The extra mass helps hold the cold better than air space.


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Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602867
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Had one die last summer. I had 14 beaver carcasses as well as a bunch of other stuff. Was probably dead for at least six weeks before I discovered it. Not fun.


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Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: newhouse114] #7602937
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Originally Posted by newhouse114
Had one die last summer. I had 14 beaver carcasses as well as a bunch of other stuff. Was probably dead for at least six weeks before I discovered it. Not fun.

Yow! I canít even imagine the smell.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7602961
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Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7603014
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Iím still hunting for one more too.

Need another 5-6 footer and Iíll be good for a while.

Used to be able to get used ones in that size for $100 pretty easily. Now people want $300-400. And way more uprights out there these days than chest freezers it seems.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7603020
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Bob, they sell lots of very nice, cheap commercial freezers, including walk in freezers, at:

https://www.auctionfactory.com/

They have a lot of auctions around Cleveland, not that far from you.

Keith

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7603034
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I just got the old freezer hauled out of the shop with the help of a couple of my employees. My dad had marked the date of purchase and price on the back of the freezer. He paid $338.00 +Tax.

12- 10-1975 47 years old this year. I was a young man of 24 that year.

I don't think I will get 47 years of service from the new one I just bought. Ouch $780.00. Or live long enough to see it.

18.5 cubic ft. It is just the size of my old one it seems.

They had this unit and all the others in storage were stored standing on end. I didn't think that was good for the freon in the coils and the compressor to do that. I better wait a few days before plugging it in to be on the safe side.

Re: Freezer died a few days ago. [Re: Bob Jameson] #7603079
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Loked at mine yesterday when I got home. The ground fault tripped and had sterted to thaw a bit. Got lucky.

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