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    Lost electric how do you tell?

    I have a 47' houseboat. The dock power is sometimes flaky. How do you tell when the power has gone out and come back later while you were gone. The reason I am asking is that I will have a freezer stocked with food and don't want to lose it all or want to know if the freezer has thawed and refrozen while I was away. I was thinking of freezing a vial that was half full of clear water. Then after frozen fill it the rest of the way with water with red food dye and freeze again. If I come back to a completely red.. or red on the bottom after settling, I know the freezer has thawed. Easier ways?

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    Put a couple ice cubes in a jar or baggie. As long as they stay cubes, you're good.
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    Place a small bowl of water in the freezer. When it freezes place a coin on the ice. If you find the coin on the bottom of the bowl it has thaw out and re-frozen.

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    After losing two refrigerators full of food, I never keep that much food at the boat anymore. The monetary cost is the least of it. Trying to get the smell of rotted food out of your boat is what gets you.

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    Good well thought out ideas guys thanks! I guess I was just trying to get too Rube Goldberg on it all.

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    I like the coin on the ice idea -- My way of telling if the power went out is the microwave- if it shows a clock, power's been on. If the demo screen's on, power's been out. For how long is the question.

    Easiest solution I can think of for knowing exactly how long the power's been out is to buy a good old fashioned plug-in electric not-digital clock...
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    Do they still exist?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stmbtwle View Post
    Do they still exist?
    Right here:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JNF5LG...a-300319138506

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    In my old house I would lose power for hours at a time. As long as I didn't keep opening the door, the stuff in the freezer would stay frozen for a day with no problems. While I understand it is usually warmer inside of a closed houseboat in the summer, you never really know how cold everything stayed. I think the coin idea is the easiest to tell how efficient the insulation in the refrigerator is.

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    Was just being silly. I'm told that some kids can't even read 'em.
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