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When we first started storing frozen meat on our farm in deep freezers, and later a walk in freezer, we wanted a way to know quickly if our freezer wasn’t working properly. Our solution was to start using walk in freezer temperature sensors.
After a little bit of research and getting feedback from other farmers who were using walk in freezers with temperature sensors, we decided to go with the SensorPush Wireless Thermometer (affiliate link) and the WiFiGateway Access (affiliate link). Both are available on Amazon.
How we use our freezer temperature sensors
We use our SensorPush temperature sensors with our:
- Walk in freezer where we store our meat
- Glass top bunker freezer, which we use for farm order pick ups and mobile use
- Refrigerated trailer, which we use to bring our meat from the processor back to our farm
Each freezer has its own sensor so we can track the temperature over time or have an alarm set to know when there’s a change in temperature.
I’ve even used the temperature sensors for a short period of time with our house refrigerator when we were having issues with keeping it cool. We could actually see the temperature activity over time, which was really helpful in understanding the issue.
We’re using the temperature sensors because we’re not in our freezer on a daily basis. This way I can monitor the temperature from any location. I also can get alerts if the temperature increases above a certain temperature, indicating there might be a mechanical problem. It’s part of my risk management protocol with storing meat on our farm for sale.
How does the temperature sensor work?
The SensorPush sensor cubes work remotely with a free app on your phone, communicating via Bluetooth. We’ve added the WiFi gateway so we can access the temperature sensors by wifi on our phones.
Inside the app you can see the temperature history over time. You can also set up alerts to get by email or in the app to know when the temperature gets over a certain level.
Why we like these freezer alarms
We like these SensorPush wireless temperature sensors because
- They’re easy to set up and use
- They have an easy to use, free app for either iPhone or Android
- There’s no monthly fees for use
- They run on coin batteries which can easily be changed
- You can use multiple sensors with the app
- You can make it wifi enabled to use when you’re away from home or the farm
Where to buy the temperature sensors
We purchased our temperature sensors on Amazon. Here are the specific products we are using (affiliate links):
- A guide to goat meat cuts
- Recommended goat butchery reference book
- A guide to goat meat nutrition
- Getting to know goat meat in the kitchen