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Brass Monkeys

Derheatmeister Member Posts: 1,514
What is a "Brass Monkey" ?

-29F not to long ago on the Continental divide near Breckenridge..

-40F something in the "cayons" of Colorado..

If you do not plug in the trucks, good luck starting it next morning!


  • To quote Henry Blake,

    "better keep the brass monkeys in tonight",, for the next while they`re calling sub-zero temps in my area -10F to -22F. Still not as bad as Weezbo, Darrell & Rocky, but damn that`s cold!

    How about your region?

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,880
    let's just say...

    it's always interesting to see how the heating systems work at design temperatures...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • JohnNY3
    JohnNY3 Member Posts: 10

    BELOW design temps.

    Going to be fun.

  • kpc_49
    kpc_49 Member Posts: 12

    it will give you a chance to look good if you design low enough...
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,576
    cold enough to freeze...

    the balls off a brass monkey. thats where it comes from. do a search for "cold enough to*" on google for more info on our colorful language with its idomatic sayings....nbc
  • Fred Rappuhn
    Fred Rappuhn Member Posts: 107
    brass monkey

    Wasn't a brass monkey the base for what they stacked canon balls on????????
  • Mitch_4
    Mitch_4 Member Posts: 955
    Brass Monkey


    In the old Navy days, cannon balls we're stacked on a dimpled brass plate to stop them from rolling. Tis was fastened to the the deck. In extremely cold weather, the brass would contract enough to dislodge the (cannon) balls from the plate. hence the term, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey
  • Derheatmeister
    Derheatmeister Member Posts: 1,514
    Beasty boys

    The beasty boys that is , but what does a germerican know about this ?

    Thanks to everyone to clarify this Brass Monkey Freezing Balls thing..
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