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

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Q: 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.

Q: What are the safety concerns with dry ice?

A: Dry ice evaporates into carbon dioxide (CO2) so be sure to store 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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

Q: Is dry ice toxic?

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

Q: 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.