Dry Ice

Dry Ice

Dry Ice with Crystal Ice in Los Angeles

Not all of your ice needs can be satisfied with a quick run to the gas station—certainly not your dry ice needs. To ensure you always have the right ice for your event, call us at Crystal Ice. We offer you all the services you need, covering everything from 24/7 emergency ice delivery to elaborate ice sculptures.

Our average delivery time is 60-90 minutes from the time your order is placed, which means you never need to wait long. With commercial and wholesale options, as well as the ability to deliver up to 40,000 pounds of ice at a time, we can fulfill any order you send our way. Crystal Ice is family owned and operated, and has been a part of the community for more than 60 years. If you are in Los Angeles County, turn to us for your ice service needs.

A History of Excellence

Crytsal Ice has a History of Excellence with Dry Ice in Los Angeles

Crystal Ice has been serving the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1956, establishing itself as an industry leader. Over the years, we have built up our services and product line, allowing us to be your one-stop-shop for all your ice delivery needs. Commercial, wholesale, dry ice, ice blocks, ice sculptures—if you need it, we offer it. And while we have the ability to produce on a massive scale, every client receives the one-on-one attention they deserve. For more than 60 years, we have been the ice service that Los Angeles County residents turn to.

What is Dry Ice?

What is Dry Ice?

Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide. It was given its name due to the fact that it does not melt wet; rather than turning into liquid as it melts, it turns into gas. Dry ice can maintain a temperature of -78 degrees for extended periods of time, which gives it a wide variety of applications.

Consumer Uses of Dry Ice

Consumer uses of Dry Ice with Crystal Ice in Los Angeles

Are there really that many reasons your average consumer would need dry ice? You might be surprised. Yes, there is your typical, Halloween witches brew and other special effects, but consumer uses do go beyond that.

When hosting an outdoor event, dry ice can help your regular ice last longer, keeping drinks cold and food at a safe temperature. This is ideal for picnics, family reunions, block parties, and more. You can even keep it in the bottom of a large cooler when camping, boating, fishing, or hunting, keeping everything nice and cold for 3-4 days. And if you need to freeze items, just place the dry ice above them. Just make sure it never comes into direct contact with the food.

There are also trips to get special foods that you simply cannot find close to home. We frequently have consumers come to us for dry ice so they can buy their favorite ice cream from hours away and still get it home frozen solid. You can also use it to safety transport meat from nearby farms and other food items.

Finally, most of us in the area have experienced a few power outages in our time. Dry ice works as emergency refrigeration. All you need to do is tell us the size of your refrigerator, cooler, or freezer and we will determine the amount of dry ice you need to keep your food at the right temperature. No need to worry about spoiled food.

Commercial Uses of Dry Ice

Commercial uses of Dry Ice with Crystal Ice in Los Angeles

The primary commercial use of dry ice is to preserve food or biological samples without relying on refrigeration. It can also be used to flash-freeze items, carbonate beverages, or even create certain foods, such as ice cream. Some food producers even use it to reduce or eliminate insect activity without the use of pesticides.

Those in the entertainment industry often use dry ice for special effects. It can be used to create fog for dramatic effect in live productions. Some movie studios will also utilize it when avoiding costlier effects.

Dry ice is also used in the medical industry, sometimes being used to freeze and remove warts and other skin growths. Plumbers sometimes use it to help unclog pipes. Finally, exterminators use it as bait to trap certain types of insects that are attracted to carbon dioxide.

Sizes of Dry Ice

Sizes of Dry Ice in Los Angeles with Crystal Ice

Crystal Ice is able to offer you dry ice in a wide variety of sizes, from those small enough to fit inside of a cooler to those large enough to be used for industrial applications. You can inform us of the size you need, or we can help you to determine which size is best for you. We are always happy to help.

Cautions with Dry Ice

Dry Ice Cautions with Crystal Ice in Los Angeles

Part of what makes dry ice incredibly useful is its extremely low temperature. However, that is also part of what makes it dangerous. You should never directly handle dry ice; instead, use thick, insulated gloves and tools to move and manipulate it.

Another aspect of dry ice you should be cautious of is that it turns into breathable carbon dioxide as it melts. In most cases, this is not toxic, but a large piece of dry ice in a confined space can be problematic. Make sure you use dry ice in open or well-ventilated spaces.

Dry ice can be placed inside of refrigerators and freezers, but it should never come into direct contact with glass shelves or other glass items. Doing so will cause the glass to break, making it a hazard. It should also never be stored in an air-tight container, as the gas released can cause the container to burst.

Choose Crystal Ice

Choose Crystal Ice in Los Angeles

When it comes to dry ice, or any of our ice products and services, you cannot choose better than Crystal Ice. With over six decades of experience, we can deliver the quality you deserve. With exceptional products, top-notch services, fast delivery, and professional results, Crystal Ice is the service for you.