Dry Ice Information
Dry Ice is pure, solid carbon dioxide (CO2). As a gas carbon dioxide exists naturally in our environment. To make dry ice, gaseous CO2 is first pressurized and refrigerated to form liquid CO2 and then liquid CO2 is allowed to expand in an atmospheric chamber where it yields solid “snow like” CO2 and vapor CO2. The “snow” is then hydraulically pressed into dry ice blocks and pellets. Dry ice is -109 degrees Fahrenheit. It should be handled with gloves.
- Dry ice is extremely cold (109 degrees below zero). Avoid contact with skin, eyes, mouth and clothing – May cause cold burns.
- Asphyxiate – Liberates heavy gas which may cause suffocation.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- Do not eat or put into drinks.
- Do not seal in glass or other closed containers.
- Do not enter areas where used or stored until properly ventilated.
- Use heavy gloves when handling.
- Dry ice displaces oxygen in the air. You should use it in a well-ventilated area. If transporting dry ice in a vehicle and you feel short of breath, simply roll down the vehicle window. If used in a confined space, open door before entering. Never place dry ice in a tightly sealed container or vessel (i.e. glass or plastic bottle) as dry ice converts back to gas and creates its own pressure.
- If you are shipping frozen products with dry ice you must notify the carrier prior to shipment.
To ship your favorite frozen foods anywhere via U.P.S. and Post Office by ground transportation simply pack the frozen food in a sturdy Styrofoam shipping container from ICE EXPRESS. Place 20 pounds of dry ice on top for three or four day shipping and 10 pounds for overnight and 2nd day shipments. Amount of dry ice needed will vary with amount being shipped. Put the lid on top of the box and tape the outer carton with approved shipping tape. Click here for more information about shipping containers.
DRY ICE IS ALSO USED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
To manufacture golf balls. To remove floor tiles. So dermatologist can remove imperfections from the skin. In poultry industry. In bakery industry. To lengthen life of wet ice. To make “FOG” in the entertainment industry. To shrink metal. To improve porosity in wells. To pack ice cream on trips. To purge fuel tanks. To brand animals. To store food during power outages. For low temperature testing. As a mosquito repellent. To keep a keg of beer cold. In sausage and red meat processing or retard bacteria growth. To pack your trophy game or fish on the way home. By airline caterers to keep food chilled. By blood banks for shipping. In the rubber industry to deflash molded parts. By the plastic industry. By the concrete industry to prevent heat buildup. To freeze unstable ground. To germinate food.
To freeze water lines without shutoff valves. Click here to learn about more dry ice uses.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE OF DRY ICE
Dry Ice and Recreation: Camping, Hunting and Fishing
Place dry ice in the bottom of your cooler, cover it completely with regular ice. Continue to pack your cooler as usual with food and beverages. The cooler will keep items cold for 3-4 days. Prevent spoilage of game. Pack your game animal or fish in dry ice to insure no spoilage (Do not allow direct contact of the trophy with dry ice, it may cause superficial damage.)
Dry Ice & Frozen Foods:
No need to rush home after purchasing frozen foods if you pack your ice cream and other frozen items with dry ice. Ship frozen items with dry ice to ensure food will remain frozen.
Dry Ice & Power Outages:
Estimate lbs. of frozen foods in freezer utilizing 1 lb. of dry ice per lb. of food to maintain temperature for approximately 45 hours.
Dry Ice & Your Automobile:
Shrink metal fittings to aid in bearing installation. Heat shrink automotive body parts. Use to repair automotive hail damage by placing dry ice directly onto the center of the dent for a short moment and the dent may pop out.
DRY ICE FACTS
Dry Ice attracts mosquito’s. Place a block of dry ice in your yard and the mosquitoes will be attracted to it rather than humans or pets (Note: dry ice will burn grass, foliage, etc. so place dry ice on dirt.) Dry ice can be utilized in freeze branding. Dry ice combined with detergent will improve porosity in irrigation wells. Dry ice alone will improve porosity in domestic wells.
DRY ICE FUN
Homemade Root Beer: To make 1 gallon root beer, mix the following in a metal bowl.
1 lb. Sugar 1 gal. Purified Water 1 oz. Schilling Root Beer Extract
Add 3-5 lbs. of dry ice and allow total vaporization.
Fill a large metal bowl 1/2 full of hot water. Add 3-4 pieces of dry ice every 10-15 minutes. Be sure the water remains hot.
Place one or two small pieces of dry ice inside a plastic or metal punch bowl, then add non-carbonated punch. Add dry ice as needed. Or place dry ice in smaller plastic or metal bowl 1/2 full of hot water and place inside punch bowl. Add punch to outer bowl. Add dry ice and water to smaller bowl as needed