Dry ice

For emergencies outside of our normal business hours, call 301-843-8846 and leave a message. There is a $75 charge for after-hours service.

Dry ice is solidified carbon dioxide and is extremely hazardous if handled improperly. Remember to only handle it with heavy gloves and allow for proper ventilation. When transporting dry ice in your vehicle, crack the windows to ensure there is ample fresh air.

 

At Circus Ice Cream, we usually have dry ice in stock at all times. We request that you call in advance to ensure that we have enough to meet your needs. Delivery of dry ice is available but certain minimums and a delivery fee apply. Companies requiring large quantities, please call for availability and possible delivery quotes  If you are planning on picking up a dry ice order, bring a cooler with you to transport it or you can purchase a heavy duty styrofoam cooler from us.  

   

Dry Ice Prices

$1.50 per pound

(five pound minimum - see picture below)

All weights are approximate and prices do not include 6% MD sales tax.
Blocks can be cut to any size or weight the customer desires (fees may apply).
Dry ice pellets must be special ordered and can take as long as two weeks to arrive.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Handling
Dry ice temperature is -109.3 F.  ALWAYS handle dry ice with care, wear gloves at 
all times - an oven mitt or towel will also work.  Prolonged contact with bare skin will

cause burns.

 
Storage
Store dry ice in an insulated container.  For longer storage, wrap the ice in a towel 
or in newspaper. The fan in a working freezer or refrigerator will cause unwrapped dry ice to evaporate faster.

Carbon dioxide gas sinks to low levels and will replace oxygenated air, which could cause suffocation. When transporting dry ice, we recommend that you leave your windows cracked open.

ALWAYS provide for proper ventilation.

DO NOT put dry ice in an airtight container - the carbon dioxide gas will cause the container to expand or even explode.

DO NOT leave dry ice on a tiled or solid surface counter top as the extreme cold 
could crack it.
DO NOT place dry ice directly on a glass shelf in your refrigerator.

Plan to pick up the dry ice as close to the time it is needed as possible.  You will 
lose approximately 10%,  or 5 to 10 lbs every 24 hours, whichever is greater.   

Disposal
Unwrap and leave at room temperature in a well ventilated area, it will sublimate 
from a solid state to a gas.

USES  
For freezing - place dry ice on top of the items you want to freeze.  Do not allow 
direct contact with meat or fish - freezer burn could occur.  
For cooling - place dry ice in the bottom of your container then cover with regular 
ice or an insulating material.  

Shipping - use to keep perishable items that you are shipping, frozen or cold. Be 
aware there is a 5 lb dry ice weight limit for all packages that are shipped by air.

Science fair projects - There are many interesting science fair projects you can 
do using dry ice. Click the link HERE to visit one of the many sites you can find online.

 

Protect trophy game - pack your animal or fish in dry ice to prevent spoilage.  Do 
not allow direct contact with meat or fish or freezer burn damage may result.  

For camping - place dry ice in the bottom of your cooler, cover it with ice cubes, 
then pack your cooler with food and beverages.  The cooler could keep cold for 3 
to 4 days.

Fog effects - keep water warm with a hot plate or replenish the water as it is cooled 
by the dry ice. One pound of dry ice creates a fog effect for approximately 10 
minutes.

Keeping liquids cool - add dry ice to your punch bowl to keep liquids cool without 
the “watering-down” effect caused by using regular ice.  Use small pieces of dry ice 
and make sure it doesn’t settle at the bottom of the bowl, which could cause it to 
crack or shatter.

Carbonating beverages - try out this root beer recipe.  To make one gallon of root 
beer, mix: 2 cups of sugar, 1 gallon of water, 1 oz root beer extract, then add one to 
two pounds of dry ice.  Before drinking, be sure that all of the dry ice has 
vaporized.  

Our customers have also used dry ice to:
Remove small dents in a car -   Heat the affected area with a heat gun, careful not 
to damage the finish, then apply dry ice.

Attracting bugs - One company used dry ice to attract mosquitoes into a trap to 
gauge how many were in the area. If you're having an outdoor event, put dry ice in 
an area away from your gathering and the mosquitoes will be drawn to it.

Bed bugs are attracted to dry ice. If you think you have them, or want to make sure 
you got rid of them, put dry ice in your bed and draw the bed bugs out.

Food Storage -  Placing Dry Ice in the bottom of a dry food storage container is a 
very economical way to fumigate and store dry goods for an extended amount of 
time. Make sure the Dry Ice is not frost covered, as that will add moisture. Put one 
quarter pound of Dry Ice per five-gallon storage container in the bottom and then 
pour in the dry food. As the Dry Ice sublimates it replaces the oxygen in the 
container with CO2. Leave the lid on but not tightly sealed until the Dry Ice 
completely sublimates. (About 5-6 hours) Then snap the lid tight. Without oxygen, 
neither bugs nor bacteria can grow. This process is good for seeds, grains, 
legumes, flower, powdered milk, etc.

Shrink fittings - Dry Ice will shrink metal to slide on sleeves, bushings or bearings. 
Add Dry Ice to a 90% pure alcohol bath to create a cold liquid near -109.3°F. that 
can be used like liquid nitrogen

 

Wet ice

8 lb bag          20 lb bag        40 lb bag      10 lb block      

$1.50

$3.75

$7.00

$2.50

Pick up only. Price does not include MD tax.

I can't thank you enough for all the help you offered (even down to helping me re-pack my cake on the day I had to ship it!) I just wanted to let you know that the cake made it and was perfect! Thank's again, you don't know how helpful you were!

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