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Dry Ice from
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Donato Flowers now offers convenient local delivery of dry ice! 

Dry Ice - that useful stuff that can make Halloween more fun, keep frozen things frozen, fresh things fresh, and keep you in a fog! Here are some of the things people do with dry ice:

  • Camping and Traveling: Dry ice can keep your food and ice frozen for extended periods of time.
    Dry Ice can be used to freeze your game and eliminate spoilage due to heat and improper transport. Meats and seafood will stay fresher and safer for your family and friends. To prevent freezer burn make sure the fry ice does not come in direct contact with the food.


  • Keeping items frozen while shipping: A proper container and safety comes first, but nothing does the job better.
    Transport and store ice cream and frozen foods during long shopping trips in summer and spring. Enjoy ice cream at the beach, on vacation, on a picnic, at a community block party, a pool party or school events.


  • Picnics: Dry ice can provide opportunities for your outing that you may not even have considered!
    Prolong the life of your wet ice. Place dry ice in the bottom of your cooler, cover completely with wet ice and pack your cooler as normal. The cooler will keep items cold for appoximately 3 or 4 days.

    To freeze products, place dry ice on top of the items to be frozen. to cool products, place dry ice on bottom of cooler, cover with insulation material or wet ice, then place food and beverages on top. Products should never come in contact with dry ice!


  • Bed Bugs: Take those little buggers out with dry ice!
    To remove a small population of bed bugs or test to see if any are present, you can build an inexpensive trap, using 2-3 pounds of dry ice, a plastic pet food bowl, an insulated jug, tape, fabric, and talcum powder. This is best done at night when you can douse the lights in the room, as bed bugs prefer the dark.


Halloween Uses for Dry Ice! 


  • Fog Effect: Fill a metal or plastic container 1/2 full with hot water, add a few pieces of dry ice every 5 to 10 minutes. (As water cools it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect).


  • Witches Brew: Place a smaller metal or plastic container 1/2 full with hot water and a few pieces of dry ice into a larger punch bowl, then add punch to the punch bowl., making sure that the dry ice does not come into contact with the punch. (Again, as the water cools it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect.


  • Jack O' Lantern: Choose a pumpkin large enough to hold a large candle inside. Clean out the pumpkin and carve a friendly or frightening face. Fill the can about half-full of hot water and mix in a cup of salt. Place the can inside the pumpkin. Wearing gloves, drop two or three large pieces of dry ice into the can of water. (Again, as the water cools it will be necessary to start over with hot water to maintain the fog effect.


    As a rule of thumb, 1 pound of dry ice will create 2-3 minutes of fog effect. (The hotter the water, the more fog, but the quicker dissipation of the dry ice occurs).

Caution!! Dry Ice (Solid Carbon Dioxide)


  • Dry ice is extremely cold (-109 F) (-78.5 C)

  • Avoid contact with skin, eyes, mouth and clothing. May cause cold burns.

  • Asphyxiant - liberates heavy gas which may cause suffocation.

  • Keep out of reach of children.

  • Do not eat or put into drinks.

  • Do not seal in glass or other closed containers.

  • Do not enter areas where used or stored until properly ventilated.

  • Use heavy gloves when handling.


Q. What is dry ice?

A. Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). It is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas found in our atmosphere.

Q. How is dry ice stored?

A. Dry ice should be stored in an insulated container. the thicker the insulation, the slower it will sublimate. Depending on the climate and thickness of the container, typical dry ice sublimation is approximately 2% to 10% a day.

Q. What are some applications for dry ice?


  • Special fog effects

  • Science experiments

  • Keep things frozen during a power outage

  • Temperature sensitive product distribution

  • Chocolate candy & specialty products

  • Mail order/internet shipments

  • Home delivery

  • Ice cream - dairy

  • Cold storage

  • Seafood, meat & poultry processing

  • Street vending & concessionaires

  • Protect sport fish and game

  • Remove floor tile

  • Plant growth

  • Mosquitoes