When you really think about it, the concept of dry ice should be an oxymoron. The most common form of ice that we usually see on a daily basis is made from water, which of course is quite wet to the touch and turns back into water once it melts. But with the magic of chemistry we can see how carbon dioxide in its solid form can become the useful resource of dry ice that many of us use today. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s made, here is an overview of the process.
Dry Ice Discovery
It was 1835 when a French chemist attempted to study carbon dioxide in its liquid form. He soon learned that instead of becoming a liquid, carbon dioxide becomes a frozen solid. It wasn’t until the 1920s when dry ice gained popularity for commercial use.
How It’s Made
The colorless, odorless carbon dioxide becomes dry ice under a lot of pressure, about 300 pounds per square inch. It’s kept in storage containers and eventually transferred into an empty chamber. The change causes an immediate drop in temperature which causes dry snow to form. From that, manufacturers form the dry snow into blocks. They are then shipped and sold in block form or as pellets.
Leave it to The Professionals
Although there are many tutorials consumers can follow to make dry ice at home, the safest way for you and your family to get dry ice is to purchase it from professional manufacturers. They have the tools and expertise to deliver their products to you safely. A compressor is the machine used to create the solid blocks of dry ice. It starts at a weight of around 220 pounds and is then cut into smaller sections. Pellet making equipment produces pellets from an eighth of an inch in size to three quarters of an inch.
Contact Dry Ice Corp Today!
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.