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A major benefit of the Tundra® and Roadie® Hard Coolers, or YETI TANK® Ice Bucket is its dry ice compatibility. When used in your YETI Hard Cooler, dry ice can keep food and drinks cold and frozen longer than regular ice. There are a few hints and tricks to using dry ice safely and effectively in a cooler.
Instead of jumping into how to use dry ice, it’s best to understand exactly what dry ice is. Simply put, dry ice is the frozen form of carbon dioxide and its -109° F temperature makes it perfect for freezing quickly and keeping items frozen. Dry ice gives off almost three times the cooling power per pound than regular ice, and this added benefit provides dramatic weight savings when packing your YETI hard cooler or ice bucket.
Using dry ice alone or combining with regular ice is completely safe, but there are handling precautions to keep in mind. Because dry ice is so cold, handle it with protective leather or cloth gloves (oven mitts or hand towels also work) to prevent freezer burn. It is also wise to keep dry ice away from small children.
One other safety item to keep in mind is ventilation. Because dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide, when it melts, or sublimates, it transitions directly from being a solid to becoming carbon dioxide gas. It is not harmful, but without proper ventilation (example: riding in a closed vehicle), it can cause shortness of breath, and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness because the carbon dioxide will displace oxygen. The simple solution: store your cooler with dry ice in well-ventilated areas and make sure there is proper ventilation during transportation.
Use one 10-inch/10-pound block of dry ice per 15-inch length section of your Tundra and Roadie Hard Coolers and YETI TANK Ice Bucket. This will ensure everything is kept frozen, including regular ice, for at least 24–48 hours.
The short answer is no. Dry ice is only recommended in the Tundra and Roadie Hard Coolers, as well as, the YETI TANK Ice Buckets. It is not suitable for use in Rambler Drinkware, the YETI V-Series, or the Hopper Soft Cooler Family
This means that if you're planning your next trek with a Tundra or Roadie Hard Cooler, or a TANK Ice Bucket, don't shy away from packing some dry ice inside. Just remember to follow the guide for handling and using dry ice, tips for how much dry ice you’ll need, and which YETI coolers you can put dry ice in. YETI coolers offer simple, safe, super-convenient dry ice accommodation for all of your adventures, whether they take you to the edge of the map or the edge of your backyard.