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Witches Brew

Who doesn’t love a good witches brew on Halloween? And what is witches brew without a little dry ice fog?

Everyone has their own favorite recipes and one of our favorites is Martha Stewart’s. It is a root beer float witches brew and very simple to make.

What you will need:
• One Cauldron
• A small punch bowl
• Gloves or tong (to use while handling dry ice)
• Ice cream
• Water
• Dry Ice- located here

The first step in making our favorite witches brew is putting the small punch bowl into the cauldron. Next, you will place the ice cream and root beer into the punch bowl. Once you have all your ingredients in the punch bowl you are ready to create the fog effect. To do this you will need to add a small amount of water to the bottom of the cauldron then start placing dry ice into the water. As soon as the dry ice touches the water you will begin to see your fog. The hotter the water you use the more fog you create. On average creating the fog effect for 2-3 minutes takes 1 pound of dry ice.
As always, remember the safety guidelines when dealing with dry ice. Always wear gloves and keep the dry ice in a well ventilated area.

Fun With Halloween Fog

Halloween and “spooky” fog go hand in hand. Whether you are using it in your jack o’ lantern, haunted house or graveyard, dry ice fog is the perfect touch to any Halloween decoration. Creating the fog effect is simple and fun!
What you will need:

• Dry ice – located here
• Tongs or gloves (to safely handle the dry ice)
• Hot water
• A large container

The first step to making fog with dry ice is adding hot water into a large container. Using tongs or gloved hands begin adding dry ice into the hot water. Remember dry ice is extremely cold and can cause severe burns if it comes into contact with skin. The hotter the water the more fog you will create but you will also use more dry ice doing so. For this specific effect you will need approximately 1 pound of dry ice per 2-3 minutes of fog.

While it is fun to play in the fog created by the dry ice remember to keep it in a well ventilated area. As dry ice sublimates and gives off the fog effect it is releasing carbon dioxide gas in to the air and displacing the oxygen.

CCPI Expands Dry Ice Operations to West Coast Including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle

Since 1976, Continental Carbonic Products Inc. (CCPI) has been an industry leader in the manufacture and supply of dry ice in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. The company has met the needs of the dry ice consumer by providing high quality, fairly priced dry ice delivered on time.

In June 2017, CCPI expanded to the West Coast making CCPI a coast to coast dry ice provider. Continental Carbonic has branch distribution centers in Los Angeles and Martinez (San Francisco), California and Seattle, Washington. These locations were strategically selected to effectively service the entire West Coast including Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Reno, all of Los Angeles metro and San Diego.

CCPI provides its customers with all different forms of dry ice including whole block, cut block and multiple sizes of pellet and a wide selection of packaging options.

In addition, CCPI is a distributor of a full assortment of Cold Jet and IceTech dry ice blasting equipment. This equipment utilizes rice-sized pieces of dry ice as a blast media for cleaning equipment in multiple industries including printing, rubber and plastic molding, fire restoration, mold remediation, bakeries, foundries and aviation, amongst others. Dry ice blasting machines are available for purchase or rental.

CCPI is committed to providing the same level of quality service and fair pricing on the West Coast that their customers in the rest of the country have come to expect. Please contact us at 1-800-DRY-ICE2 to find out more about how we can service your dry ice needs.

Now serving dry ice needs in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Now serving dry ice needs in Seattle, Los Angeles & San Francisco

Dry Ice for a Power Outage

Use dry ice for a power outage

As we weather the storm in the south and it heads for the east coast, it is a good time to revisit how to keep food safe in the event of a power outage. Being prepared is important not only for comfort, but also in keeping the food already in the home safe for consumption.

Once the power goes out, if you leave the refrigerator and freezer doors shut they will remain cold for 24 – 48 hours depending on how full they are. However, the longer the power is out, the higher the temperature will rise raising the risk of food spoilage. At -109 degrees F, dry ice can replace the cooling power of a refrigerator or freezer. During a power outage, place dry ice on the top shelf of the freezer and the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. In a standard freezer, you will need 25-30 pounds of dry ice to keep food frozen for one day. If you have a larger freezer you can plan on needing around 3 pounds for each cubic foot of freezer space. Less dry ice will be needed for the refrigerator since the food will not have to be frozen.  For power outages that last more than a few days, the dry ice will need to be replenished due to sublimation (the dry ice turning from a solid to a gas).

Then, once the power returns it will be important to evaluate the safety of the food in the refrigerator or freezer. The following is a good rule of thumb by foodsafety.gov:

“Thawed or partially thawed food in the freezer may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees or below. Partial thawing and refreezing may affect the quality of some food, but the food will be safe to eat.”

For additional information, click here for the United States Department of Agriculture webpage on, “Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency.” Also, find the Continental Carbonic location nearest you by clicking here as our branches may be able to assist consumers in keeping food, pharmaceuticals and other perishable items fresh in the event of a power outage.

 

Teaching Kids to be Safe using Dry Ice at Halloween

CC-11Around Halloween we spend a lot of time talking about safety; trick-or-treating, checking Halloween candy, and even stranger danger. However, Halloween is also a very good time to speak to your children about things used to make some of those ‘cool’ Halloween special effects such as dry ice.

Dry ice is extremely cold at -109o F (-78.5o C) but that can be a hard concept for children to understand. When you think about it, water freezes at 32o F and many times school will get canceled if the temperature drops to 0o with a wind chill up to negative -25o. What this means is that dry ice, in its natural state, is another 80 degrees colder than the negative wind chill used as the yard stick for closing schools.

When children see the “smoke” from dry ice sublimating in a bubbling cauldron or out of the mouth of a spooky pumpkin, many times their first inclination is to touch the smoke. The smoke is ok to touch, but please warn then from touching dry ice directly. Avoid direct contact with the mouth, eyes, and skin as dry ice will cause severe burns similar to fire.

Dry ice is harmful if eaten or swallowed. We do not recommend placing dry ice directly in drinks or cocktails simply because if the dry ice is not completely sublimated (completely gone) and someone ingests the dry ice it will cause significant internal injuries. Better to be safe and not include dry ice in drinks.

Never let children play with dry ice unsupervised. Dry ice should ALWAYS be handled with gloves and never placed in airtight containers. If dry ice is placed into an airtight container, such as a soda bottle, the internal pressure will cause the bottle to explode, propelling plastic or glass shrapnel through the air. This is extremely dangerous!

And finally, always use dry ice in well ventilated areas. As the dry ice sublimes, or changes to CO2 gas, it displaces the oxygen in the air. Without the oxygen, you will not be able to breathe and suffocation can occur.

Even with all of these cautions, dry ice can add excitement to your Halloween decorations or entertain children with fun science experiments. Bubbling cauldrons, a smoking Halloween punch or an oozing pumpkin can add that special effect to your Halloween parties you are looking for. Or, you can take the opportunity to teach children about the properties of sublimation and the changes in states of matter with the Ghost Bubbles or making a spoon sing. Whatever you decide to do this Halloween season, please handle dry ice safely. Our Halloween safety tips can be found here. And, If you are having trouble finding dry ice, please use our dry ice locator to find our closest distribution branch.

 

Where can I find dry ice at Halloween?

Our dry ice locator makes finding dry ice easy! Click here for the dry ice locator, then using either your city and state or zip code, pressHalloween Safety Poster 9-2015

“Locate” and the closest Continental Carbonic location nearest you will come up.

Click here for a map of our 40 locations across the eastern two-thirds of the United States and Ontario, Canada. All of our locations will have special Halloween hours on Saturday, October 31st, 20145 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Don’t have a cooler to transport dry ice in? No problem! Each of our locations carry foam coolers and gloves for purchase. In addition, each location will have printed safety tips for dry ice handling available as well. Branch managers will be able to recommend how much dry ice you will need for your Halloween festivities. The rule of thumb is that one pound of dry ice will create 2 – 3 minutes of fog effect, and the hotter the water, the more fog , but the quicker dissipation of dry ice.

Please click here to review Continental Carbonic’s safety brochure or read our “Handling Dry Ice Safely this Halloween” blog post for extra tips. Wearing gloves, storing dry ice properly and using dry ice in ventilated areas will keep you safe this Halloween.

From Continental Carbonic, have a safe and fun-filled Halloween holiday!

Halloween FAQ’s

Can anyone walk in to Continental Carbonic locations to purchase dry ice?

Sure! Anyone over the age of 18 can walk in to any of our locations to get the dry ice they need for Halloween fun. Our locations are open daily and have special Halloween hours on Saturday, October 31st from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Are there safety precautions to consider before purchasing dry ice.

Absolutely! Dry ice is extremely cold (-109o F/ -78.5o C) and can be dangerous if handled improperly. Please see our Halloween safety considerations here. Remember to always use dry ice in a well-ventilated area and always handle wearing gloves.

Can I use dry ice in my Halloween cocktails?

At Continental Carbonic, we DO NOT recommend using dry ice in any drinks. If the dry ice does not sublimate (or disappear) completely then you are at risk of burning your mouth and throat. We do have a fun Witches Punch recipe you can find here that shows you how to get the same fun effect without putting the dry ice directly in your drink.

Do you have a list of fun things to do with dry ice at Halloween?

Click here for a list of fun things to do with dry ice at Halloween including ghost bubbles, Halloween laser & fog fun, spooky crawling bubbles and making witches brew dry ice punch.

How much dry ice is needed to create a fog effect?

As a rule of thumb, 1 pound of dry ice will create 2 – 3 minutes of fog effect. And, the hotter the water the more fog, but the quicker dissipation of dry ice.

Do you deliver dry ice?

Typically, we do not deliver dry ice for our retail customers. Many times we are asked if we will deliver 1 pound of dry ice at a time and unfortunately, that is not feasible due to sublimation. However, you are welcome to pick up dry ice at any of our 40 distribution locations – click here for a list of our locations.

When should I buy dry ice for my Halloween party?

We recommend purchasing dry ice as close to the time of your party as possible. We have special Halloween hours on Saturday, October 31st so you can get dry ice all the way up to the night of Halloween. Our branches will be open from 9 AM – 2 PM on Halloween day.

If I pick up dry ice at your location can I bring my own cooler?

Yes! You may bring your own regular cooler to transport the dry ice. Styrofoam coolers work well too. However, if you don’t have one, we have Styrofoam coolers for sale in all of our locations.

Halloween Experiments

 

Happy National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

NTDAW2014_logo_4c_EDITAs we roll into National Truck Driver Appreciation week, we spent some time with our recruiting department asking the hard questions about OTR driving positions at Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. (CCPI)

What are the minimum requirements for driving at Continental Carbonic Products, Inc.?

The basic qualifications include having a current CDL-A and Medical Certificate, at least one year of tractor/trailer driving experience, a safe driving history and a strong commitment to driving in a safe and compliant manner.

Will Continental Carbonic hire solo or team drivers? 

We hire both solo drivers and team drivers as well as part-time drivers. If a driver wants to be a team driver, but doesn’t have a partner, we will assist in finding them a partner.

What does CCPI do? Why do we need OTR truck drivers?

CCPI is an industry leader in the manufacture and distribution of dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) and liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2), along with sales and rental of dry ice blasting equipment. CCPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Matheson Tri-Gas.

Our length of haul averages 600 miles per round trip with some routes exceeding 1,700 miles. The trip distance requires that we have OTR solo and team drivers.

Do I have to live close to a Continental Carbonic plant or branch to drive for you?

Not necessarily. If a driver doesn’t live close to one of our manufacturing locations, a driver could be based out of one of our branch locations. If a driver is outside of our plant and branch locations, but willing to be away from home for two – three weeks at a time they can run the entire CCPI network and return home for their breaks. For a list of Continental Carbonic locations, click here.

What kind of equipment do your drivers get to drive?

CCPI leases and rents all our tractors from Penske or Ryder. Our drivers are supplied with 2013 or newer Freightliner Cascadia trucks that are equipped with top of the line safety features including: DriveCam event recording system, OnGuard collision avoidance/lane departure/blind spot detection system, and Hindsight 20/20 backing camera/sonar system.

Will dry ice be the only thing I will be hauling?

In addition to hauling dry ice containers to the customers and branch warehouses and retuning the empty dry ice containers to the plants, we have a small portion of drivers who are qualified to haul liquid carbon dioxide which is a hazmat material and is transported in a special tanker trailers.

Does Continental Carbonic offer any benefits to their over-the-road drivers?

Yes, in addition to competitive mileage based pay, we offer a PPO medical plan, dental and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, 401K with company match, vacation, sick leave and bereavement. We have a very strong commitment to safety, and therefore, offer a monthly safety performance bonus to reward safe driving.

What will a typical week look like for an over-the-road truck driver for Continental Carbonic?

Becoming an over-the-road truck driver requires time away from home. Driving for Continental Carbonic means you spend some or all of your ten hour breaks on the road. We offer flexible schedules for 34 hour restarts with up to two full days of time at home. We offer additional days for drivers that are on the road for greater than one week. And, we offer a weekly average of 2,500 miles to solo drivers or 5.500 miles to teams.

Do you have any tips for applying as an over-the-road truck driver at Continental Carbonic?

We are looking for drivers who are flexible, safe and comfortable with the idea of being away from home for a week at a time. In addition, to ensure we receive your online application, please use a computer to apply.

Who do I contact if I want to apply?

Please click here to apply or call 1-855-ICE-DRIV (1-855-423-3748) to speak with a recruiter. You can also click here to join our Talent Network to get email alerts for open positions.   

We appreciate everything our drivers do for us. Have a great National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

 

Dry Ice and Hunting Season

Hunting-resizedGuns, bows and camo! Hunting season is right around the corner. Whether you hunt small or large game, the way you field dress, handle and store the game meat makes the difference between spoiled and fresh.

Harvesting meat properly after a kill will help make it safe to cook and eat once you get it home.  Salmonella and E. coli are types of bacteria that can cause severe illness. They both occur naturally in the gut of animals, therefore, can be found in or on wild game in the field. If possible, avoid puncturing the intestines of wild game to lessen the infection risk. Also, by wearing gloves, using clean water and soap to clean knives and cooling wild game properly in the field can go a long way to protecting the harvested meat.

Placing wild game in a cooler with traditional wet ice will help keep it cold for a while but that ice will melt and leave the meat in jeopardy of warming and possibly sitting in dirty water. A better alternative is dry ice. Because dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) is -109o F it will rapidly freeze the meat in the field. The dry ice will sublimate, or turn from a solid directly into a gas. Because it skips the liquid phase, it will leave the wild game meat frozen and dry. You can buy dry ice in solid block, cut block or pellets allowing you to cover the wild game completely. For a list of Continental Carbonic locations where dry ice can be purchased, please click here.

How do you use dry ice in the field?

The easiest way to use dry ice to keep your wild game at a safe temperature while hunting is to bring a cooler filled with the type of dry ice you prefer and some large plastic bags with a secure zip on them. When choosing whether to use solid block, cut block or pellet, consider the sublimation rate (the rate in which the dry ice changes from a solid to a gas). Forms of dry ice with more surface area like pellet can be spread over a wider area and tend to cool more quickly than a solid block. Solid block, however, last longer since there is less surface area per pound exposed to air. If you need longer staying power, the block form of dry ice is recommended.

After your kill, proceed to skin and clean the wild game as you normally would. Again, using gloves and using clean water and soap available will help keep minimize the risk of contamination. Place the wild game in the large plastic bags, then place them into the cooler of dry ice.

When using dry ice in the field it is important to know all the safety precautions. Be sure to always wear gloves while handling dry ice and be sure it never touches your bare skin as it can cause burns. Be aware that dry ice is constantly sublimating, turning from a solid to a gas. Therefore, do not place dry ice in airtight containers. For additional safety considerations, please see our Safety Precautions that can be found here.

Evolution Line of Dry Ice Blasting Machines are here!

IceTech has launched the new Evolution line dry ice blasting machines; the Elite 20 and Xtreme 40. These machines are revolutionary because they are the first multi-power dry ice blasting machines on the market. The powerful 24 V DC motors will automatically switch, without interruption, the input electricity into consistent, clean energy needed to run the Evolution line of dry ice blasting machines. This means that these machines will run efficiently on anything from 100 V up to 240 V and can be used with generators.

The stainless steel frames and modern design make these dry ice blasting machines extremely versatile in the field. The collapsible handles and full rubber wheels allow for flexible maneuverability and ease of storage. The user friendly control panel with LED notifications make operation a breeze and the lid that opens sideways to the insulated dry ice hopper allows for easy access to fill the hopper with blasting dry ice. The quick change dosing disc will reduce maintenance and downtime while the hinged doors on both sides of the machine allow for easy access.

The Elite 20 is available in both a ½” and ¾” version perfect for light to medium industrial applications. The larger, Xtreme 40 is available in both a ¾” and 1” version and also include an empty hopper operation and a reverse disc dosing function. The empty hopper operation allows the operator to drain any unused dry ice out of an exit port at the bottom of the machine. The reverse dosing disc function backs up the dosing disc by one inch to allow the operator to free any foreign objects without complete disassembly.

The new IceGun is manufactured with heavier plastic and a deadman switch on the trigger for additional safety. The lighted version has a large LED light above and below the nozzle eliminating shadowing for ultimate visibility.

Contact us today for more information about the new Evolution line of dry ice blasting equipment. With the lowest operating costs on the market combined with excellent cleaning performance for all industrial applications the Evolution Line of dry ice blasting machines present a dramatic improvement in dry ice blasting performance.

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