Ever since I saw Mr. Wizard dump some in his Mr. Wizard sink, I’ve loved dry ice. But besides creating Halloween creepiness, there are a zillions of industrial uses for the stuff, from freezing water in valveless pipes before repairs to serving as abrasive for blast cleaning — no cleanup required! But despite dry ice’s usefulness, I can’t think of a legitimate reason for me to want a $270 dollar Frigimat Cub-Dry dry ice maker other than the fact that it’s just cool.
The Frigimat Cub-Dry is produced by Bel-Art products for on demand dry ice production — primarily for lab and industrial uses. Sublimated gas from liquid CO2 tanks fills the Frigimat’s chamber, and the decrease in pressure lowers the temperature, thus solidifying the remaining gas into a 250 to 350 gram dry ice slug in about five minutes. A 50 pound tank makes 10 to 15 slugs.
Sure, you don’t need one of these. But you know you want one.