How Much Does Dry Ice Cost?
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Dry ice is the solid state of carbon dioxide. The most common use of dry ice is as a cooling agent, it is also useful for a broad range of things in both commercial and domestic applications. Dry ice needs to be used immediately since it sublimates (turns into gas) quickly. If it needs to be stored for a long time, it should be kept in insulated containers, wrapping it in plastic bags or blankets before storage. Dry ice can be purchased in most local stores and at dry ice manufacturers.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the amount that you need, most dry ice distributors will offer dry ice in “blocks.” On average, a block size is 50 pounds. For a block of dry ice, be prepared to spend around $27 to $55. 1/2 blocks can be half the price while ten pounds of dry ice can range from $10 to $22.
- For instance, Icefactoryonline.com in Landing, New Jersey, offers the following dry ice products and their prices:
- 1 block (approximately 50 lbs.) – $30
- ½ block – $16
- ¼ block – $10
- Pelletized dry ice is also available upon request.
- Dryicewholesale.com in Atlanta, Georgia, offers these dry ice products and their corresponding prices:
- case of 32-oz gel packs (18 per case) – $9.90
- cut blocks of dry ice – $0.65
- dry ice rice pellets – $0.65
- dry ice standard pellets – $0.65
- high density dry ice pellets – $0.65
- Dryice8.com offers the following as well:
- 30-lb. dry ice pellets – $39.95
- 10-lb. sliced – $17.50
- 25-lb. half block – $34.95
- 50-lb. block – $49.95
What is going to be included?
- Dry ice is pure, solid carbon dioxide that keeps items colder for a longer period of time compared to traditional water ice. A standard block of dry ice measures 10” x 10” x 12” and weighs approximately 60 lbs.
- There are many advantages of using dry ice. One example is the fact that dry ice has a much lower temperature than water ice. Another advantage is that dry ice does not leave any residue. Instead of having a mess of water after water ice melts, dry ice will simply evaporate. The only residue left behind could possibly be frost on items close to where the dry ice was used.
- To produce dry ice, carbon dioxide is first pressurized and cooled until it converts into a liquid state under extremely high pressure. It is later injected into carbon dioxide snow, which is then packed down to produce the final product.
- There are different forms of dry ice, including pellets, slabs and blocks. Dry ice is usually used in commercial and consumer applications and is usually shipped in an insulated cooler.
What are the extra costs?
- A shipping kit may be needed to pack and ship temperature-sensitive items from home. The kit usually includes a corrugate box, polyfoam sheets, dry ice warning, shipping paperwork, and disclaimer labels. Some suppliers sell shipping kits for $12 each.
Factors that influence the price:
- Supplier. The cost of dry ice varies from one supplier to another. Different stores and suppliers charge varied amounts.
- Quantity. The more dry ice is bought, the cheaper the price, especially when bought from a manufacturer. Most people buy 10 to 15 lbs. of dry ice.
- Shipping. The cost of shipping dry ice can be affected by the cost of dry ice, packaging and transportation. Orders made outside the area of the supplier may result to added shipping charges.
- Dry ice has many uses when it comes to food. First, it can preserve food by keeping it cold while not alter the taste nutrient make up of the food.
- Dry ice is used when making carbonated beverages as well as ice cream.
- Plumbers use dry ice to plug the water temporarily. This allows them to work on the pipes without having to shut off the water.
- Dry ice is used at events many times to provide fog from a fog machine.
- Dry ice can be applied to a wart as a way to remove it.
Tips to know:
- Buy dry ice during the day you plan to use it, not more than a few hours before the event. It usually dissolves after approximately eight hours and cannot be kept in regular household freezers.
- Dry ice can be processed and packaged according to customer specifications. It may be wrapped in poly or kraft paper.
- Avoid storing dry ice in a sealed container. It expands when it melts and will cause the container to explode.
- Avoid handling dry ice with bare hands. Use gloves or tongs when picking it up since skin contact with dry ice can cause burns.
How can I save money?
- If you are looking to buy a large amount of dry ice and want to save money, buy directly from the manufacturer instead of at local grocery stores.
- Some dry ice suppliers offer discounts on certain orders like pellets and blocks when purchased with a coupon code.
- Buy in volume. Most dry ice suppliers offer discounts to buyers who buy in bulk. The more dry ice is purchased, the less expensive dry ice is.