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Old 07-15-2013, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I'm looking for a place to buy a lot of dry ice, preferably cheaper than the $1+/ pound they charge at the grocery stores. Does anyone know of a place near chandler that sells it?
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Your pool to warm?
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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Your pool to warm?
moving east sooner than expected and we buy meat in bulk. I need enough dry ice to keep meat frozen for a few days.

When I was a kid my dad would get dry ice for camping trips. We had a cooler that was the "freezer" loaded with dry ice. I remember having ice cream on long trips, and having to let the ice cream warm up before it was soft enough to eat!!
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Haven't had a need to buy the stuff in quite some time (although thanks for the fond memories of the camping trips...I remember nearly getting knocked on my rear as a kid by dad freaking out when I went to grab a chunk of the stuff once )...just thinking maybe one of the places that specialize in ice and water sales, or maybe something like - Arizona's Premier Ice Delivery, Ice Sculpture and Snow Service
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:27 PM
 
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Years and years ago my brother got some from 31 Flavors. Perhaps check around at local ice cream stores.
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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How much meat are you trying to keep frozen? I used to drive from here to the midwest all the time and would buy about 11 pounds to last 48 hours in a 28 gallon ice chest.

You'll need to go to the ice house for that which isn't in Chandler. Check Reliant Ice at 602-455-9576. They are at 3837 E. Wier in Phoenix, near 40th Street and Broadway which isn't too far from you. There are other ice distributors on the westside of Phoenix.

Frys sells it for .99 a pound, and select Bashas for $1.19 per pound. Bashas was always less hassle for me as they many times didn't lock their case, and I would just grab a few plastic bags at the checkstand, quickly get what I need, pay and go. Fry's was more time consuming just to get someone to unlock the case.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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How much meat are you trying to keep frozen? I used to drive from here to the midwest all the time and would buy about 11 pounds to last 48 hours in a 28 gallon ice chest.

You'll need to go to the ice house for that which isn't in Chandler. Check Reliant Ice at 602-455-9576. They are at 3837 E. Wier in Phoenix, near 40th Street and Broadway which isn't too far from you. There are other ice distributors on the westside of Phoenix.

Frys sells it for .99 a pound, and select Bashas for $1.19 per pound. Bashas was always less hassle for me as they many times didn't lock their case, and I would just grab a few plastic bags at the checkstand, quickly get what I need, pay and go. Fry's was more time consuming just to get someone to unlock the case.
Probably about 20-25 pounds of chicken, 10 pounds of pork and about 10 pounds of beef.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: out standing in my field
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That doesn't sound like you need a ton of DI. We do summer raft trips on the San Juan River in Utah. We keep the perishable food divided into two coolers. One is for the second week of the trip. The frozen food is packed into a 120qt. boat cooler with a layer of newspaper on top and about 15 lbs of dry ice, then the top is sealed all the way around with duct tape. When opened after 5-7 days in the sun, the meat has thawed but is still frosty cold. Driving in a car with less intense temperatures and shorter time with that volume of meat I'd think you'd do fine with a similar setup.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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To keep it frozen with no thawing till you get to the East Coast, without having to look for dry ice on the road sounds like about 25-30 pounds of ice on a 4 day trip. And if you feel you need to top it off on the road, some of the small town Wal-Marts sell dry ice.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:47 AM
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Location: LEAVING CD
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My answer to you would be to run the freezer the whole way via an inverter hooked to a deep cycle battery.
If you're driving a pickup just put it in the back. If you're driving a moving truck put it on last and run it. The nice part is after you get where you're going you can use the inverter for power outages that may pop up.

You'd most likely only have to run it for an hour per day to keep things frozen and no worries about running out of dry ice.
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