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Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)

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Q1: Where do I buy dry ice?

A: Penguin Brand Dry Ice can be found at more than 4,500 locations nationwide, including grocery stores and gas stations. To find a location near you, use our Dry Ice Retail Location Finder.

Q2: What are the safety concerns with dry ice?

A: Dry ice evaporates into carbon dioxide (CO2), so be sure to store it in an insulated, but not tightly sealed, container or outdoors.  When using dry ice, always do so in a well-ventilated, open space.  Also, Penguin Brand Dry Ice encourages you to use gloves, tongs or a towel when handling dry ice as it can irritate skin if contact is made for more than several seconds.

Q3: How long does dry ice last?

A: Stored in a cooler, dry ice sublimates at a rate of five to seven pounds every 24 hours.

Q4: How much dry ice will I need?

  • For a standard cooler, use five to seven pounds per day
  • For beverages, use one 2×2 inch cube per drink
  • For fog effects, use five to ten pounds of dry ice for every four to eight gallons of hot water
  • For emergency uses such as during a power outage, use 1.5 lbs. of dry ice per cubic foot of refrigerator space

Q5: Is dry ice toxic?

A: No, it’s not. Dry ice is the solid state of carbon dioxide.

Q6: How do I dispose of any unneeded dry ice?

A: Place any unused dry ice in a open, well-ventilated area inside a cooler or paper bag or just set it outdoors away from children or pets. It will disappear in a short amount of time.

For more information, download our user guide.