People often don’t realize how many uses dry ice has. While using dry ice is fairly common, it still remains a somewhat mysterious substance, with many of its applications being disparate and only understood in a limited capacity. The truth is, dry ice can do a lot! If you’re thinking about using dry ice, you may be interested in some of the other ways you can utilize it. Let’s take a look at some prevalent applications for frozen carbon dioxide, otherwise known as dry ice.
Pools & Jacuzzis
Believe it or not, you can drop 50 to 100 pounds of dry ice straight into a heated swimming pool or even a jacuzzi. Doing so will cause a huge amount of fog to pour out of the jacuzzi or swimming pool, which creates an amazing effect! This should last about an hour long and will even carbonate the water for several days. Wait for the carbonation to dissipate and drain the water if possible. For this to work right, try to keep the temperature of the water above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Added to Beverages
If you’re using food-grade dry ice, you can even put it into beverages for drinking. This can be a great party trick! The key is to use between 2 and 4 pounds of dry ice per gallon of whatever liquid you’re drinking, like fruit punch. Remember that you still don’t want anyone to ingest the dry ice, so use pieces large enough that they will sink to the bottom and can easily be avoided. If you add too much, you also run the risk of freezing your beverage. Keep your drinking beverage at room temperature, and you’ll get a ton of fog. You can then ladle the beverage into drinking glasses and add regular ice if desired.
Adding a fog element can take a stage production to the next level. Imagine the snowflake fairies dancing in the Nutcracker Suite. Now imagine it again with fog flowing across the stage, even down into the audience, creating a total sense of immersion. Using dry ice is one way to add that fog, and looks great.
Beyond stage productions, there are plenty of reasons you may want a fog machine, from filming a music video to creating the most over-the-top Halloween display. Many times, fog machines are 30 to 55-gallon metal or plastic water barrels that also have a water heater to keep the water warm. Then dry ice is placed in a bucket with holes so the warm water can enter, and the bucket is lowered into the hot water. This creates vapor fog that can enter into a specific area with a fan.
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