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Dry Ice – Terms to Know

Dry ice is used in cooking and construction as a cleaner, an insecticide, a way to create fog or smoke as a theater special effect, and an element in school science experiments. It is usually sold in block form, but can also be purchased in pellets from grocery stores and other types of retailers. Here are a few important terms to know when shopping for dry ice.

  • CO2 – The chemical formula for carbon dioxide. In its solid form CO2 is called dry ice.
  • Liquid Nitrogen – A liquefied gas with a temperature of -321 Fahrenheit. It is used in many of the same applications as dry ice, but has a different chemical composition.
  • Liquid Hydrogen – Dry ice can be used to generate the fuel source liquid hydrogen from coal. As a fuel it is also cleaner than coal.
  • Sublimation – The process of going from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid form. Sublimating a solid block of CO2 into CO2 gas by raising its temperature creates dry ice.
  • Dry Ice Blasting – A cleaning method in which dry ice is projected at high speeds to clean surfaces. Blasting is used to clean boats, construction materials, and buildings that have been damaged by fire.
  • Pelletizer – A pelletizer makes small nuggets, or pellets of dry ice that are used for blasting.
  • Block Press – A machine that creates blocks of dry ice weighing 50 pounds or more.
  • Reforming Press – A machine that takes scrap pieces of dry ice and reforms them into pellets.
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    Wakinyan Industries Dry Ice
    2683 S.r. 534, Rock Creek, OH 44084
    We produce various types of high-density ice with cutting edge technology. We strive to help mankind with advances in packaging, CO2 recovery, and cryogenic safety equipment and piping.
    (440) 998-2653
    T J Ice
    227 N Lake St, South Amherst, OH 44001
    (440) 986-2002
    Olmsted Ice Inc
    8134 Bronson Rd, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
    (440) 235-8411
    Praxair Distribution
    925 S Main St, Akron, OH 44311
    (330) 376-2242
    Sandusky Ice
    1215 Filmore St, Sandusky, OH 44870
    (419) 627-0479
    Gehm & Sons Co
    802 S Arlington St, Akron, OH 44306
    (330) 724-8423
    Gehm & Sons
    825 S Arlington St, Akron, OH 44306
    (330) 773-6176
    Continental Carbonic Products, Inc.
    6908 Engle Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130
    (440) 243-6555
    R & B Dry Ice
    982 Lawnview Ave, Newark, OH 43055
    (740) 344-3269
    Checker Bar Ice Cream & Dry Ice
    1435 Saint Clair Ave Ne, Cleveland, OH 44114
    (216) 241-3616
    Knight's Ice Cream
    596 S Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
    (614) 890-2353
    Chocolate Emporium Candy Company
    14486 Cedar Rd, Cleveland, OH 44121
    (216) 382-2661
    Praxair Distribution
    1140 Lloyd Rd, Wickliffe, OH 44092
    (440) 944-8844
    Capital City Ice
    3100 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, OH 43204
    (614) 272-8404
    Airgas Gas Operations
    4110 Lockbourne Rd, Columbus, OH 43207
    (614) 497-0223

    Dry ice is an important substance used by many businesses. It is important to understand the difference between dry ice and standard ice. Anyone can make typical ice blocks. All you need to do is freeze water to 32 degrees Fahrenheit in a mold, and you will have cubes to use for a drink or to keep food cold. The dry form on the other hand is created in a completely different way. Dry ice is not actually ice but rather CO2. When CO2 reaches a temperature of -109.3 Fahrenheit, it becomes dry ice. Science professionals create this substance, and it is not something you make at home. Although standard cubes melt, dry ice will evaporate in a sublime process and turn into a gas. It has some temperature similarities to liquid nitrogen, but is easier to work with. Dry ice has many uses. Commercial cleaners blast the substance to clean bricks. Blasting is one of the most efficient ways to clean the outside of a brick home. Do not try this yourself, professionals have the correct tools to get the right amount of pressure to do the blasting correctly. In a solid form, dry ice comes in pellets or blocks. Although it is not recommended to make your own, if you take careful safety precautions you can do your own experiments at a party with it. You will see a fog and smoke form from dry ice projects. Be sure to wear goggles. Always store your supply of dry ice in an insulated box, and it should also be shipped in this type of cooling container. Be careful when handling dry ice, it can feel as hot as coal, and to avoid coal like burns, use special gloves, tongs and protective gear.
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