Summer is here and it’s the perfect time of year to use dry ice to keep your drinks and food cold on a visit to the beach. If you are interested in using dry ice to keep your snacks and drinks cold this summer, here are our best tips for packing a cooler with dry ice.
Why is Dry Ice a Better Choice?
Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide, a gas. Dry ice is much colder than normal ice, and as it “melts” it turns into a gas. As a result, it’s less messy in your cooler without the water left behind and offers much more powerful results when it comes to keeping things cold. If you need to keep things frozen or chilled for long periods of time, dry ice is always your best bet.
Safety should come first when handling dry ice, as it is so cold that it can do a lot of damage if you are not paying attention. Never use dry ice in an enclosed environment or fully close the cooler while it is inside, as the gas expansion could cause an explosion. Only handle dry ice with leather or cloth gloves so that you don’t get frostbite. Never let your children play with dry ice.
Pack it Up
Next, check your cooler to see if it is dry ice compatible. Load your cooler with dry ice outdoors in a ventilated area, not in a garage. For every 15 inches of depth in your cooler, use a 10 inch block of dry ice. This amount of dry ice will keep your cooler contents frozen or cold for 24-48 hours. Wrap the dry ice blocks in newspaper before placing them inside.
Dry Ice for All of Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our dry ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge amount of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.