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J.S.llusionDesigns
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What is a good fog machine to buy? My old one I got for $450 and it recntly broke. What is a good one to buy for $500 and bellow so I can stay in buget.
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Make your own with dry ice.
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Look up my posts on this. It is relatively easy to make a dry ice fog machine.
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If you want a fog machine you can control thoughout the show, then the suggestions using dry ice will not benefit you.
Also what are you wanting to accomplish with fog. Do you want ground fog?..then yes dry ice will work there. Do you want fog that is in the air? Do you need to pick up beams of light in the air?...then you need a hazer not fogger.

It really all depends on what your needs are and how much control over the unit you desire.
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On 2004-06-19 09:38, Living Illusions wrote:
If you want a fog machine you can control thoughout the show, then the suggestions using dry ice will not benefit you.
Also what are you wanting to accomplish with fog. Do you want ground fog?..then yes dry ice will work there. Do you want fog that is in the air? Do you need to pick up beams of light in the air?...then you need a hazer not fogger.

It really all depends on what your needs are and how much control over the unit you desire.

This is absolutely correct. It is all what you want it to do.

But for a rolling ground cover, dry ice works very well.

One other important factor with fog machines or hazers, is the use of fans to move the fog around on stage. This is an important factor that a lot of people overlook. The fog machines and hazers just do not move the fog around very well; especially on large stage.
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Very true Richard on the fan. It is good to have a fan..and it is always best to have two decent machines versus one great machine.

We exclusively use Look machines from Germany. We use both their foogers as well as hazers. They have DMX built on...they are real workhorses. Plus their Viper II fog machine can shoot straight up or down...don't try that with any other machine out there. They shoot 25 feet straight up and look very similar to CO2 blasts when used with quick disipating fluid. The hazer has no warm up time and has 99 steps of control for both pump and fan.

Thanks Richard for another great tip on using fans. Like you said most people don't think about that...also you can help fog be more of a haze by pushing the fog right thru a fan.
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Thanks for all your help.
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If you are looking for an inexpensive one, you can generally find them cheap at the Membership warehouses (such as Costco or BJ's) around halloween time...
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Hi

Don't buy cheep they will not last.

Get a quote to repair your machine - they are very simple inside bacically a pump and a heat exchanger.

Martin is a name to look for.

Paula


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Fog machines can set off fire alarm systems. Best to get a hazer nowadays if you can afford one.

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A hazer will still set an alarm off, it's happened a number of times on shows I've worked on.

Before you ask no it wasn't my fault Smile I was working as an SM at the time/s .

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This has helped me, too. I use a fogger for my flash apearance but I also use a low-lying fogger for another part of my act. The trouble is, very seldom does the low-lying go where I want it (around my feet). I will try using a fan and see if that helps.

Aslo, did anyone catch Jason Lattimer's stage performance at IBM. WOW, was that beautiful. Not just his routine, but also his use of fog. I'm guessing he had several foggers and hazers going along with fans. Very beautiful effect.

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Cheap equipaments = headache. Buy a good equipment or don´t buy anything.
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Just a personal preference here: I've worked with dry ice when the budget screamed "Cheap!" but I hate it. I hate finding it, transporting it, storing it, fiddling with it, finding some more, worrying about running out in the middle of a show and worrying about techs playing with it. So now I don't worry anymore; I use hazers and foggers and have a good rapport with the local fire marshalls and custodial staffs to zone out the alarm systems. And I sleep well. Smile
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Here is an interesting link to Halloween related decorating.. There are quite a few ideas on building fog chillers. http://markbutler.8m.com/monsterlist.htm
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