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What is dry ice?

Dry ice is the common name for solid carbon dioxide(CO2). It gets this name because it does not melt into a liquid when heated; instead, it changes directly into a gas (This process is known as sublimation).

How is dry ice made?

Our dry ice is made through a 3-step process:

  1. First, we compress and cool gaseous CO2 under high pressure to initially produce liquid CO2
  2. The liquid is then allowed to expand under a reduced pressure to produce CO2 snow
  3. This snow is then compressed by a hydraulic press into convenient dry ice blocks, slices or pellets.

How cold is dry ice?

Dry Ice sublimates at a temperature of -78ºC. At this temperature it can cause severe skin damage or frostbite, so always ensure to wear insulated protective clothing and gloves when handling dry ice.



What type of dry ice do I need?

Dry ice comes in three forms: blocks, slices and pellets. Each form is designed for specific needs.

Blocks (10kg) – Dry ice blocks are generally used for freeze branding, industrial usage, shipping or specialised smoke machines. – Due to their size, dry ice blocks will last longer than a similar amount of slices or pellets. This makes blocks ideal for long-lasting shipping or storage.

Slices (10 x 1kg) – Dry ice slices are often used in the storage and/or transportation of perishable goods such as food or medical supplies. Each slice is individually foil-wrapped for ease of use and to reduce sublimation levels.

Pellets (10kg of 9mm diameter) – This form of dry ice is ideal for smaller-scale needs, usually non-industrial. For example, universities often use dry ice pellets in experiments or for small scale storage. Dry ice pellets are also used to make fog effects for entertainment purposes.

Additionally, dry ice pellets are often used by commercial businesses for small-scale or one off storage or delivery purposes.

Drice (3mm pellets) – Drice is specially designed for use in clean blasting – not for domestic use.

Is there a minimum amount for an order?

The minimum amount for an order online is 3.5kg of dry ice pellets or 10kg of any other dry ice product i.e., 1 10kg block or 1 pack of 10 slices.

How long does it take to process an order?

We can have your order ready for next working-day collection or delivery. To ensure your dry ice is ready on time, make your order by 1pm on the day before. The cut-off point for orders is 3pm daily.

Does Polar Ice make deliveries?

Yes, we deliver to businesses and homes across Ireland every week. Orders are delivered either by Polar Ice or by DPD couriers.

  • Nationwide next-day delivery (Tue – Fri).
  • Same day delivery (Dublin area).
  • 24-hour emergency-only delivery service (any day).
  • Sat delivery on request.
  • Timed delivery service (can request specific time).

Can I collect my order in person?

Yes, you can collect your order from one of our four depots, located in Armagh, Dublin, Laois and Cork. Alternatively, you can collect from any of the 38 DPD depots in Ireland and Northern Ireland. However, this carries a delivery charge with it.

How much will my order cost?

Prices are clearly displayed in the shopping cart of and these prices apply only to dry ice that is ordered via this website.

For Paypal customers:

  • Dry Ice is sold in 10kg units at a cost of €55 per unit.
  • Chilli Sticks are sold in packs of 12 at a cost of €35 per pack.
  • If you wish to have your order delivered there is a €10 per delivery charge
  • Delivery is free of charge on online orders over €100


What precautions should I take when using dry ice?

  1. Do not use dry ice in a poorly ventilated area.
  2. Do not inhale the CO2 gas.
  3. Do not touch dry ice with bare skin.
  4. Do not ingest dry ice.
  5. Do not store in an airtight container.
  6. Do not leave dry ice unattended around children or animals.

How should I store my dry ice?

We have various models and sizes of specialised dry ice storage containers. These containers are highly insulated, protecting the dry ice from ambient temperature and reducing sublimation to as low as 2% in a 24 hour period. These containers are most suitable for storing quantities in excess of 100kg.We also have packaging suitable to store smaller quantities of 10kg and 20kg. These containers are the most practical solution for storing small quantities and will reduce sublimation rates to less than 30% a day.

Note: It is very important that you do not store dry ice in your refrigerator freezer. The extremely low temperature could cause the thermostat to turn off the freezer or damage the element.

How long does dry ice last?

10kgs of dry ice stored in the Polar ice carton will last for up to 72 hours from the time you receive it. However, for best results, you should use the dry ice within 48 hours of receiving it.

The more dry ice you have stored in the container, the longer it will last. This means it’s important to have a delivery as close as possible to the time you will need the dry ice. Refrain from opening and closing the insulated container as much as possible. When you remove product from the container fill the empty space with wadded newspaper or styrofoam sheets. Any “dead-air-space” will cause the dry ice to sublimate faster.

How should I dispose of dry ice?

When finished with your dry ice, unwrap it and leave it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area. It will sublimate from a solid to a gas. Due to the CO2 released by the sublimation process, ensure that the dry ice is kept clear of people and animals.


What services does Polar Ice provide?

Industrial Dry Ice

Polar Ice supply dry ice to a range of companies and institutions as an alternative to refrigeration for perishable goods.

Consumer Dry Ice

If you want to use dry ice for your Halloween party or gig, please find out more in our section for dry ice consumers. was specifically built to provide dry ice solutions for personal use, smaller quantities and once-off requirements.

Gel Packs

If you want to keep items chilled, at temperatures of between 2oC – 8oC, the gel packs may be the ideal solutions.  Gel Packs are frozen in a regular freezer overnight and stay frozen for up to 24 hours. Gel Packs can be purchased in bulk from Polar Ice Ltd., or purchased online at:

How do I Contact Polar Ice?

For customers in the Republic of Ireland, please direct all queries to Polar Ice main office:
Tel: +353 (0)57 8623860

Customers based in Northern Ireland can contact our office in Portadown:
Polar Ice NI
Tel: +44 (0)28 9031 3996

Transportation/Collection Depots

At present, Polar Ice has three depots in the Republic of Ireland and one depot in Northern Ireland.

Polar Ice Ltd. Locations

Polar Ice (HQ)

Unit 3 Portarlington Ind. Est.,
Co. Laois
Tel: +353 (0)57 8623860

Polar Ice (Dublin)

c/o Expert Air Ltd.
Unit 42 Airways Ind Est,
Dublin 9
Tel: +353 (0)1 8623730

Polar Ice (Cork)

Unit 624,
Harbour Point Business park,
Little Island,

Polar Ice (NI)

Unit 47 CIDO Business Complex,
BT63 5WH,
Northern Ireland
Tel: +44 (0)28 9031 3996