If you haven’t already met, let us introduce you to dry ice – the cooler cousin of regular ice. It’s SO cold that it can be dangerous to human skin, having a similar effect as frostbite. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

So, how can you safely get from point A to point B, I hear you ask? With our help, of course! 

At Grabbit & Run, we can deliver dry ice ready for use with your perishable goods, medical equipment and more.

But let’s start at the beginning… What exactly is dry ice, and how is it manufactured? We’ll be cooling down your burning questions here to bring you the meltdown on dry ice.

What is Dry Ice and Why Should I Care?

Dry ice is the much catchier name for frozen carbon dioxide. And when it’s used for creating enchanting smoke effects in fancy cocktail lounges, it’s a much more palatable name to be on the menu.

Carbon dioxide is colourless and flavourless, and instead of melting into a liquid like regular ice, it sublimates straight back into its gas form — hence its name!

From its name to all its uses, dry ice is pretty clever. But even more clever is its use for transporting medical goods, perishable foods and anything else you want to keep cool while in transit. 

How is Dry Ice Made?

Carbon dioxide (CO2), the stuff we breathe out and plants love, can be a chameleon. It can hang out as a gas, liquid, or solid, depending on how chilly it gets and how much space it has to stretch.

Now, dry ice? It’s the solid version of carbon dioxide, and making it is like a science party trick. 

  • Step 1: First off, you start with liquid CO2
  • Step 2: Then, its temperature must be dropped to -78.5°C. This, combined with a certain amount of pressure, will solidify the CO2, leaving it in a fluffy, snow-like state. 
  • Step 3: Next, the frozen carbon dioxide is again subjected to a higher pressure to squeeze and mould it into its desired shape. Depending on its intended purpose, it can be formed into pellets, slices, or blocks
  • Step 4: Voila! Your dry ice is ready!
  • Step 5: Grabbit and Run deliver the dry ice to you wherever you want it! You can stay chilled knowing you’ll get your dry ice on time and with a smile.

The Different Forms of Dry Ice: Which is Best for You?

As we’ve mentioned, dry ice can be made in different forms, and this isn’t just a cool flex. Each different form of dry ice offers its own advantages and is ideal for different purposes. Here is a quick breakdown of the different forms of ice and what they’re good for: 

1. High-Density Dry Ice:

This dry ice type is a triple threat: it lasts longer, is easier to handle, and is tougher than the regular stuff. It freezes surfaces, making them extra brittle, which is perfect for blast cleaning!

2. Pellets:

Think of these as the speedy sublimators! They come in different sizes and are great for things like frozen food, lab experiments, and even creating cool fog effects for theatrics. They’re quicker to disappear because of their high surface area. We can help you with this at Grabbit & Run, offering the delivery of 3mm or 10mm pellets in the quantity you need.

3. Slices or Slabs:

Used for keeping food and medical supplies cold during transportation or storage, slabs/slices come in standard sizes and can even be custom-shaped to fit your needs. They will last longer than pellets but not as long as blocks of dry ice.

4. Blocks:

Weighing around 60lbs, they’re hefty, and they sublimate very, very slowly. Because they have less surface area and more volume, they’re perfect for machinery and specialised uses like cold jet blasting.

Dry Ice FAQs

Still not 100% sure if dry ice is right for your project? Here are some frequently asked questions we get about dry ice. 

Can I touch dry ice with my bare hands?

Nope, not a good idea. It’s crazy cold… way colder than your freezer! Touching it without protection can cause frostbite. Use insulated gloves or tongs to handle it safely.

How long does dry ice last?

It depends on the form and how it’s stored. Generally, smaller pellets or slices melt faster than big blocks. Typically, it lasts several hours to a couple of days in a well-insulated container.

Can I reuse dry ice?

Yep, you can! If some solid dry ice remains after your first use, store it in an insulated container to slow the sublimation process. Just be sure to handle it safely when transferring.

Get in Touch for Your Dry Ice Needs

If you need dry ice for various applications, we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s for experiments, special effects, cleaning, or keeping things chilly during transportation, we can supply the dry ice you need.

It doesn’t stop there, though. After you’ve used your dry ice to chill your important goods for transportation, we can even deliver your cool products to their next stop — whether that’s perishable goods or food items, lab samples, you name it! Whatever your requirements, give us a call, and let’s discuss how we can help you out!

If you’re looking to get your hands on some dry ice or have any questions about our delivery services, feel free to get in touch with us! We’re here to assist you with your dry ice needs and ensure a seamless delivery experience.

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