Below are some Frequently asked questions about Dry Ice
What is Dry Ice?
Dry ice is the solid form of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). It is called dry ice because it transforms directly from a solid into a gas without ever going through the liquid stage. This is called sublimation. Dry ice is primarily used for freezing or keeping items frozen due to its extremely cold temperature of -109.3F or -78.5C.
Do you have dry ice in stock?
Maplewood Ice regularly has dry ice pellets and block in stock. They are stored in our Queensbury, NY location. We can easily have dry ice at our Whitehall, NY location if ordered a few hours ahead of time. If you are looking for a specific cut of dry ice or rice for blasting please contact our office at (800) 635-2515 and we can give you more information on our special order dry ice products.
How much does dry ice cost?
Maplewood Ice sells dry ice at $1.50 per pound with a 10 pound minimum. Contact our office for pricing on large quantities of 250 pounds or more for special pricing. The more you buy, the less expensive dry ice is.
How long does dry ice last?
Dry ice lasts longest in a well-insulated cooler, or Styrofoam cooler. It is important to fill the voided space with a blanket to ensure less sublimation. A good rule of thumb for dry ice is 10 pounds per 24 hour period in a well insulated cooler.
Can I touch dry ice?
Since Dry ice has a temperature of -109.3F or -78.5C, it is not suitable to handle without protective gear. Always wear thick gloves and glasses when handling. Latex gloves cannot be used when handling dry ice.
How do I dispose of unused dry ice?
We suggest placing unused dry ice into a durable plastic or metal container and allow it to sublimate/evaporate in a secure, well-ventilated area. DO NOT DISPOSE OF DRY ICE in sinks, toilets, sewers, trash bins or garbage cans.
Are there any other warnings about dry ice?
YES! Always handle dry ice in a well-ventilated area while wearing the proper gear. If dry ice has been in a confined space (e.g. a closed car or room) for more than 10 minutes, open the doors and windows before entering or you may experience difficulty breathing. Leave the area immediately if you start to breathe quickly or have any difficulty breathing. You never want to keep dry ice in a glass or tightly-sealed container. As the dry ice starts to sublimate into gas it will cause the air-tight container to expand and possibly explode; this includes refrigerators and small freezers. Please contact our office for questions on how to use dry ice when your refrigerator or freezer goes down.
PLEASE KEEP DRY ICE AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
Please contact our office with any questions or for ordering information.