Dry Ice is used to keep things frozen and very cold for periods of time. It is also used for special fogging effects. Find out where to buy dry ice and keep your stuff super cold. Be careful when handling.
What is Dry Ice?
It may surprise you that it is not really ice, in terms of frozen water, but it is actually carbon dioxide in its solid form. I have used dry ice a few times over the years, and it is amazing how cold it really is, try approximately -109 degrees fahrenheit. Now that is cold!
It is also imperative not to touch the solid without insulated materials. Otherwise you will find it stuck to your skin and that would not be a pleasant experience.
So, it is critical to handle the solid material with care and take safety precautions.
Places Where to Buy Dry Ice:
It is actually not that hard to find, depending upon where you live.
If you reside in a medium to larger size city, you can usually find blocks of this solid carbon dioxide coolant material at your larger, or better grocery stores.
Some places to see for buying online and offline.
- The Dry Ice Directory. The website has two directories where you can search for places in your hometown that sells the product. You can also get access to the Airgas – Penguin brand.
- The Airgas Penguin Brand Dry Ice retailers. The largest distributor to grocery stores across the U.S. is Airgas. They provide a locator tool to find more that 4,500 retail locations across the U.S. where you can purchase their frozen product. The stores include grocery retailers, hardware stores, gas stations and party supply stores.
- Airgas store locator.
Common Uses for Dry Ice:
Many of the more popular uses for this product are compatible for when electrical coolers and refrigeration are not available.
- Picnics and outdoor cooler use
- Fishing, hunting or camping
- Flash freezing
- Halloween special effects
- Music show special fogging effects
Make Your Own Endless Supply
Dry Ice Packs and Replacements
Sometimes you may prefer blue packs or other temporary coolant packs that will suffice for day or weekend excursions and activities. These items keep foods and other materials cold.
Techni Ice HDR 4 Ply Reusable Ice & Heat Packs 6 Sheet SpecialTechni-ICE Sheets, Better than Ice or Gel Packs! Reusable, Dry Ice ReplacementRubbermaid Blue Ice Flexible Ice BlanketRubbermaid Blue Ice Brand Weekender Pack 7
Handle with Care
When handling dry ice, make sure to wear thick leather gloves and do not let it touch your skin.
- Handle with care
- Keep in a sturdy insulated ice box or cooler
- Put in a well ventilated area.
From this overview of places to purchase various types of cooling and refrigerant products, you should be able to find what you need to have a great party or outing.
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