Chauvet Nimbus Dry Ice Machine

The Chauvet Nimbus Dry Ice Machine is a professional dry ice machine which produces thick, white fog that hugs the floor and dissipates without rising. This powerful machine heats enough water to create fog from 10 lb of dry ice to provide 6 minutes of run time. Output and flow are easily controlled, thanks to an adjustable multi-level control arm. Dual heaters allow for faster heat-up and recycle times. A low water sensor increases safety.


Professional dry ice machine creates thick, low-lying clouds that hug the floor
Quickly heats water to its optimal operating temperature using simple, plug-n-play operation
Heat the water in a fraction of the time by utilizing the second heating element
Manipulate the output and flow with the adjustable, multi-level control handle
Increase safety with low-water and temperature sensors that automatically shut off heaters

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Dry Ice?

Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide (CO₂). It has the unusual property of ‘subliming’, that is going from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid phase and this is how it gets the name dry ice. The product can only exist at -79C and it maintains this temperature by sublimation.

In the UK the CO₂ in dry ice is from a recycled source and so is not  making a contribution to global warming.

How Do I Store Dry Ice?

Store dry ice in an insulated container – the better the insulation, the slower the rate of sublimation to CO₂ gas. The best container is the polystyrene box that the dry ice was shipped in. Do not store dry ice in an airtight or glass container.The sublimation of dry ice into CO₂ gas will cause an airtight container to expand, rupture or burst.

The CO₂ gas occupies about 800 times the volume that the dry ice did! CO₂ gas is heavier than air and will sink to low areas and displace air. At elevated concentrations CO₂ can be fatal as an asphyxiant.

For this reason always store dry ice in a well ventilated area – avoid unventilated rooms such as cellars, boat holds and walk-in freezers.

Note: you can store dry ice in domestic (non-walk-in) freezers provided the dry ice is kept in the polystyrene packaging. The dry ice will release CO₂ gas whilst in the freezer however there is no risk of asphyxiation. The freezer will reduce heat transfer into the box and prolong the life of the ice. However do not store dry ice in walk-in freezers as there is a risk of an accumulation of CO₂ which could cause an asphyxiation risk if the freezer is not used regularly.

Some surfaces left in direct contact with Dry Ice may be damaged by the extreme cold. Adhesives may become brittle and break. So please do not let dry ice into contact with kitchen tiles, or other surfaces which are susceptible to damage from the cold.

Is Dry Ice Safe?

Provided the safety guidelines are followed dry ice is safe – we ask that our customers follow the BCGA guidelines as a condition of sale. Please read our dry ice safety and guideline advice for further information.

What Is Dry Ice Fog?

When dry ice is added to warm water a dense white fog is immediately generated.The white fog is an aerosol of tiny water droplets just like fog created naturally. What’s happening is that the very cold dry ice is subliming from solid to the gaseous phase and bubbling through the water. In so doing the CO₂ gas leaves the water container which has a substantial amount of moist air above it. The cold CO₂ gas condenses water molecules in the air above the container leading to the formation of tiny water droplets which are so small they stay in suspension with the gas. The only difference between natural fog and dry ice fog is the presence of gaseous CO₂ interspersed with the water droplets. CO₂ gas is heavier than air and so tends to carry the white fog towards ground level creating cool effects! The fog will cover the ground, roll down stairs, and swirl when walked through. It will not rise into light beams like glycol type foggers and will not make a fine mist in the air like hazers. Dry ice fog has no odour, contains no chemicals, and leaves no oily residue.

Dry Ice How Long Does It Last?

It depends! 10kg can be consumed within minutes if added to sufficient hot water to create large scale effects. However, for smaller more subtle effects the dry ice can last for hours. We ship dry ice in thick polystyrene boxes and the ice will last for 3-4 days depending on how you store the ice. We recommend keeping the ice unopened in the packaging until it is required and to store the box in a safe cold place. Once ice has been used put the lid on the remaining product and place in a cold location. The individual boxes will typically lose around 2kg per day when stored.

How Much Dry Ice Do I Need?

For presenting small items such as cakes, food and beverages our small 4kg pack is ideal. Please note that if you are looking for a subtle effect to enhance a food/wine presentation less is definitely more! If you wish to create a couple of large smoke effects for your guests then you will need the 10kg pack, and if you have a large space and want to create something memorable multiples of this are worth considering. As a rough guide 20kg of dry ice will produce between eight to ten minutes of fog and create a thick fog carpet.

What Type Of Ice Do You Supply?

We provide food grade 9mm pellets.

Please read the safety guidelines for the safe use of dry ice. Open the dry ice box and cut the thick poly bag with scissors or knife. We recommend that you use gloves in handling dry ice. Using a scoop or glove remove a handful of dry ice and select one or two pellets which are 0.5cm or longer. If using gloves supplied with kit put both gloves on one hand – the air gap between layers will provide insulation.

Chauvet Nimbus Dry Ice Machine Hire

Hire Price: £60 + VAT. (per day – contact us for weekly rate)

Dry Ice Pellets – 10kg +- £89 incl. VAT.
(purchase only – needs to be ordered in advance)

Dry Ice Pellets – 15kg +- £109 incl. VAT.
(purchase only – needs to be ordered in advance)

Dry Ice Pellets – 20kg +- £129 incl. VAT.
(purchase only – needs to be ordered in advance)

*(Two forms of I.D to be provided)

Additional terms and conditions of hire available here

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