When Dry Ice Meets Wet Ice: A Tale of Two Ices
It’s warming up around the country, and that means people will be setting out on beach trips, road trips, festival trips — a whole lot of trips. On those trips, many of you will want to pack food and drink for the road or the destination, and that can be a bit of a hassle. Regular ol’ ice will melt in an instant, making your coolers heavy and awkward to carry around, not to mention the soggy sandwiches left inside. Solve that problem this season with — you guessed it — dry ice.
Dry Ice Prolongs the Life of Wet Ice
Now you might not want to go stuffing a cooler full of dry ice just yet. There are times to do that, but that’s generally for preserving perishables over long distances or periods of time, like if you’re hunting, for example. When you’re just packing for a day at the beach or for a camping trip, just a little bit will do when it’s working in tandem with regular ice. Keep reading for advice on how to pack that cooler.
How to Pack a Cooler with Dry Ice
Start with a good cooler. One that can handle the extreme cold of dry ice, at -109°F. Smaller chunks of ice will cool your cooler more quickly, but larger blocks will take a longer time to sublimate with less surface area. Remember to use proper safety techniques when packing the cooler. And remember the importance of ventilation, or else you’ll have a cooler-shaped pressure explosion waiting to happen. If you’re driving with your cooler in your car, remember that it’s giving off CO2, which can be harmful if trapped in a small space. Remember to ventilate your car during travel too.
As for the actual packing, wrap each block of dry ice in several sheets of newspaper before packing. You can place it above or below your food and regular ice, but placing it on top will generally be more effective, since cold air sinks. Minimize the amount of air pockets inside the cooler, as that’ll make the dry ice sublimate faster. This is where you can fill those empty spots with wet ice. As long as you ensure proper ventilation, you’ll be good to go! Visit YETI Coolers’ page about dry ice for more information.
Dry Ice Corp: A Dry Ice Supplier in Maryland
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice products and customized delivery services in the Northeastern United States, from Virginia all the way up to Maine. And because our dry ice is supplied by manufacturing plants located right here in the Northeast, we can guarantee freshness. Other suppliers, meanwhile, get their dry ice from manufacturing plants as much as 1,000 miles away, which has a direct impact on product freshness. Ready to get your dry ice? Click here!
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