What Exactly is Dry Ice?

Have you ever seen fog effects at a theater or received a package containing something frozen? If so, you’ve seen first-hand the effects of dry ice!Dry ice pellets

Dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is most commonly used as a refrigerant, due to its low temperature and the fact that, unlike regular ice, it doesn’t create a cold, wet mess when you use it; there is no residue! When dry ice “melts,” it’s really that carbon dioxide sublimating from its solid form to gas. 

How to Use Dry Ice

One of the most common uses of dry ice is for camping. Rather than fill your cooler with a heavy bag of regular ice, fill it with blocks of dry ice and your perishables will stay colder longer! Fill in empty space with wadded-up newspaper or paper towels to minimize empty space; the less dead space you have, the slower your dry ice will sublimate. 

At -109 degrees Fahrenheit, dry ice is significantly colder than traditional ice. That means if you’re going to come into direct contact with dry ice, you need to wear gloves and long sleeves as dry ice burns skin just like fire. 

Furthermore, due to the high concentrations of carbon dioxide, it’s recommended that you keep your distance from the blocks of dry ice and ensure all indoor areas in which dry ice is stored are properly ventilated. 

Where to Find Dry Ice

Now that you know what it is and how to use it, next you need to know where to find dry ice. Noble Gas Solutions manufactures dry ice on-site daily in our FDA-registered facility. We are also the only manufacturer of dry ice within 120 miles of Albany! That means our dry ice meets the highest quality standards.

We offer dry ice for personal and commercial use. No paperwork necessary; simply complete your order in-store with a counter representative. Get in touch with us to schedule delivery of larger commercial orders. Dry ice is safe, easy-to-use, and because it melts to a gas, requires no clean-up. Whether you need blocks, pellets, or fine rice, Noble Gas Solutions is your go-to for dry ice. Check out our dry ice FAQ for more information or give us a call today!