It has been a late start to fall, and it was difficult to harvest roots when they were still growing and the root cellar was still pretty warm.
What a quick weather change! From a late first frost to temperatures 10 - 15 degrees below average!
Now I have three of my 5 - 7 barrels of roots buried in sand. It is work, but I believe they store best this way - coolers can be too cold and freeze food, or too dry and the roots get rubbery or too damp and food gets slimy. Sand needs to be monitored, but seems more temperate. And we are not paying to run a cooler or using that electricity.