LOW LYING DRY ICE MACHINE HIRE
WEDDING 1ST DANCE PRODUCT LAUNCH ETC DRY ICE SMOKE CLOUD MACHINE HIRE SCOTLAND
Our Dry Ice Machine hire has to be one of the most special effects on the planet. Ideal for Product Launches, Weddings and any type of event where a dramatic impact is or low lying fog effect is required.
The most common use for our dry ice machine (solid CO2 as its often referred to) is for use during the first dance at a wedding, where the bride and groom dance on a cloud of fresh pure which low lying fog effect. This effect is often known as dancing on clouds.
Our Dry Ice Smoke machine uses a solid form of Co2 (carbon dioxide) which is odourless, non toxic, non slip, none staining and evaporates into the air after dissipation, These machines will not set a smoke alarm off either or rise above knee height for more than a few seconds until it settles making it ideal for any venue. Even venues with the strictest of regulations will accept a dry ice machine on site.
The effect creates a floor hugging cloud that will not rise before it disperses to give that extra special WoW factor.
The original low smoke technology Le Maitre Pea Soupers are an industry standard for dry ice powered low smoke effect.
With straight forward operation and variable dry ice output, the Pea Souper is convenient and capable of giving 5 minutes of fog production using nothing more than dry ice, so no smoke fluid required here.
Dry ice, is solid carbon dioxide and heavier than air which creates a low lying blanket of fog which is odourless for that atmospheric ‘walking on clouds’ effect. We have not known it to ever set off smoke detectors.
Our Hire Packages are as below, but all can be customised to suit event. all includes Delivery, Operation and travel within 30mins of Glasgow
Wedding / Product launch
5 mins of Low Lying Dry Ice / Smoke Effect £250
5 mins of Low Lying Dry Ice / Smoke Effect with 4 Battery LED Coloured Lighting £300
5 mins of Low Lying Dry Ice / Smoke Effect with 4 Battery LED Coloured Lighting and 4 x Sparkular Cold Spark Fountains £600
5 mins of Low Lying Dry Ice / Smoke Effect with 4 Battery LED Coloured Lighting and 4 x Sparkular Cold Spark Fountains and 8 x Xlites * £1000 ( 6 hours* )
Will Dry Ice Set Off Smoke Alarms
Will dry ice set off smoke alarms? This is the most common question we hear from venues and clients when it comes to our dry ice machines. This opinion or acute scepticism is because many venues have been caught out before when it comes to fluid based machines. It comes from a history of venues being told by inexperienced or over confident dj’s telling venues that their smoke machine won’t set off a smoke alarm, or they individually believe, that they have the innate power to control the output to a level where it will essentially fly under the radar of recordable levels for a smoke alarm. In the end it is the venue that gets the bad reputation of a disrupted event and a hefty call out bill from the fire department which is a good reason to be sceptical.
The main thing to remember is that it really comes down the difference between smoke fluid or Dry Ice CO2 based machines.
Smoke fluid based machines use a concentrated liquid made of glycols and water. When heated and expelled by a fog (smoke) machine they produce particles that float in the air which reflect the light to create beams. So in essence what we see are not actually beams of light but millions of particles being lit. It is these particles which get into smoke alarms and set off a smoke alarm. This is because the smoke alarm is looking for particles of ash and fire remnants in the air. Some advanced fire alarms (like those used in nightclubs, theatres and casinos) will look for heat instead of particles thus reducing the risk of false alarms in use with fog machines. Without the use of smoke isolation units and monitoring we DO NOT recommend the use of fluid based machines in any venue with an active fire alarm or smoke detector.
Dry Ice is Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which has been frozen and sits at approximately minus -78.5 degrees. CO2 is a naturally occurring gas which is expelled by humans when we exhale. It is a natural gas that forms part of the air we breathe in every day life and is consumed by plant life to turn it back into oxygen via osmosis.
When heated Dry ice sublimates from a solid directly to a gas missing the fluid stage. This means that it does not pick up particles along the way. In a somewhat similar way to distilling water for purity. This means that when CO2 Dry Ice is used in a dry ice machine and heated with water the gas released comes out cold and stays low but as it warms to room temperature it is absorbed into the natural breathing air of the room. It does not rise hot nor will it add particles to the air which can be detected or measured by a smoke alarm.
So when checking whether your suppliers machine will set off your smoke or fire alarms you must ask the ever important question. What do you put in your machine, Dry Ice or a Fluid?
Dry Ice Safety
The biggest concern venues and users of dry ice should have is in relation to correct handling of dry ice and its use in confined spaces. Being that dry ice is -78.5 degrees centigrade, there is a high chance of severe burns or frost bite if handled incorrectly or swallowed. It is important that all dry ice is labelled and handled correctly. Ask your provider for a Safety Data Sheet (SDS / MSDS) and for relevant events a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) should be completed by your supplier. These documents will provide the necessary safety information and required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on your event. Simple personal protective equipment can include thermal gloves, enclosed leather shoes, long sleeve shirts and safety glasses.
When it comes to dry ice safety Confined Spaces cause the highest possible risk. It is a risk that is very much over looked with dry ice and can cause the most serious and tragic consequences. Death by asphyxiation can be caused when the amount of dry ice gas (CO2) outweighs the available room space. This depletes the air of oxygen and can cause head aches, nausea or in the most extreme circumstances, death. All of these result from the lack of breathable oxygen left in a confined space after dry ice is used in excess within a small area.