Dry Ice

Dry Ice

We are privileged to be able to offer our customers the option of purchasing dry ice, a chemical compound that is particularly useful for freezing and keeping things frozen due to its very cold temperature (-109.3°F). Dry Ice is widely used because it is simple to freeze and easy to handle using insulated gloves. We offer it to our customers as a cooling agent, when traditional ice would be impractical (like for shipping purposes), or if they need to prolong the life of regular ice.

As a general rule, dry ice will sublimate (change from a solid to a gas) at a rate of five to ten pounds every 24 hours in a typical ice chest. This sublimation continues from the time of purchase; therefore, pick up dry ice as close to the time needed as possible. Bring an ice chest or some other insulated container to hold the dry ice in order to slow the sublimation rate. Dry Ice sublimates faster than regular ice melts but will extend the life of regular ice.

Dry Ice Storage, Handling and Safety tips
  • Order it in advance – Giving us a notice of your needs, both date and amount, will help us prepare to adequately supply your needs.
  • Handle with care – Dry Ice should never be touched with bare hands, as it can cause burns, damage to the skin and frostbite. Use thick tongs or insulated gloves to pick it up and handle it.
  • Remember the cooler – Dry Ice needs to be transported and stored in an insulated cooler. Be sure to bring one with you on your way to pick up the ice.
  • When going to pick it up, bring along an insulated container like an ice chest or Styrofoam cooler. Once you get it home, don't go moving it around before you need it. This will increase sublimation, changing it from a solid to a gas.
  • Store with care – Do not store Dry Ice in an air-tight container as it could explode.
Dry Ice Use
  • To create fog, put chunks of dry ice in a water-tight container.
  • Cover this with water.
  • Warm water creates more fog, but the ice will disappear faster.
  • Cooler water will give less fog, but will last longer.
  • To keep the fog flowing for your party, just keep adding dry ice and water to the pot!
  • If you're going to put your dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure to tell your guests to be careful not to touch it with their bare hands.
  • Also make sure you tell your guest to not get any dry ice in their drinks so that their lips could touch it. Or, that they don't digest it and cause internal injuries.