Dry Ice

Dry Ice

Big Bell Ice Cream Company is your premier destination for wholesale dry ice solutions in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, area. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction makes us the go-to supplier for a diverse range of industries, including ice cream trucks, shipping, storage, and the medical and scientific sectors.

For ice cream truck operators, we understand the importance of keeping your frozen treats perfectly chilled on the go. Our high-quality dry ice ensures that your ice cream stays frozen and ready to delight customers, no matter where your truck takes you. In the shipping and storage industry, maintaining the proper temperature is crucial for preserving the quality and integrity of perishable goods. Our reliable dry ice provides effective refrigeration solutions to ensure that your products arrive at their destination fresh and intact. We also cater to the unique needs of the medical and scientific industries, where precision and reliability are paramount. Whether for laboratory experiments, medical transport, or vaccine storage, our dry ice meets the stringent requirements for temperature control and safety. If you have any questions about dry ice or its applications, feel free to reach out to us at Big Bell Ice Cream Company. We’re here to help!

Dry Ice Safety

Dry ice is 110 degrees below zero. That’s cold! Here are some safety tips on handling dry ice:

  • Never handle dry ice with your bare hands; it will burn you as quickly as a flame. Always, always, always wear gloves!!!!
  • Be careful when breaking dry ice. Small pieces may fall to the ground, where they can be hazardous to children, adults, pets, and bare feet.
  • Do not breathe the fumes of dry ice; it’s pure carbon dioxide. Use plenty of ventilation when using dry ice.
  • Do not place dry ice in an airtight sealed container.
  • Do not use dry ice with food or drink to be served; it can shatter glass and freeze food, so it may stick to the lips of a person. Do not use dry ice with beverages.
  • Do not let children handle dry ice. Dry ice is not a toy; if mishandled or swallowed, it can cause serious injury.
  • Dry ice MUST stay on top of ice cream.



Are you curious about dry ice and its uses? Here are some commonly asked questions about this versatile substance:

Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide (CO2) at a temperature of around -78.5°C (-109.3°F). Unlike regular ice, it doesn’t melt into a liquid; instead, it sublimates directly into carbon dioxide gas, making it ideal for a variety of cooling applications.

Dry ice has numerous applications, including:

  • Cooling and preserving perishable goods during shipping and storage.
  • Creating special effects in the entertainment industry, such as fog or smoke effects.
  • Cleaning and blasting surfaces in industrial settings.
  • Keeping food and beverages cold at events and parties.
  • Medical and scientific uses, such as preserving biological samples or transporting vaccines.

While dry ice is generally safe when handled properly, it can be hazardous if not used correctly. Direct contact with dry ice can cause frostbite or burns, so it’s essential to wear protective gloves when handling it. Additionally, dry ice should only be used in well-ventilated areas to prevent the buildup of carbon dioxide gas, which can displace oxygen.

The longevity of dry ice depends on various factors, including the quantity used, the insulation of the container, and ambient temperature. In general, dry ice sublimates at a rate of about 5-10 pounds every 24 hours in a typical cooler. However, this rate can vary, so it’s essential to plan accordingly for your specific needs.

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Contact us today to discuss your wholesale dry ice needs and discover how Big Bell Ice Cream Company can support your business’s success with reliable refrigeration solutions.