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    Default Fog Machine recommendations?

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good fog machine? I had (2) fog machines and both decided to die since storing them from last year. I ran white vingear through them, with no success.

    It will be used for our outdoor display for trick or treat, so a high volume would be nice, especially since there is almost always a breeze.

    Trick or treat is 2 hours long, so it'll need a decent sized tank. I would like to get a timer on it as well, so I don't have to worry about pressing the button.

    Tempted to spend the cash on a 1000W unit, but is it worth it?

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    This has come up every year....
    I've actually contacted Consumer Reports about reviewing the average retail fog machines. They thanked me for the suggestion but, as far as I know still not reviewed any. I suggest checking out the regular retail stores & comparing what each has to offer. The seasonal Halloween stores foggers are usually more expensive & have a no return policy, if there is a problem. As a rule of thumb... the higher the wattage fogger, the less time to recover/heat up & fog again. Definitely want a timer controller for more options, other then a single burst. Not all foggers are the same quality for the price. One year my nephew purchased a 400 watt fogger from Walgreens that kept up with my 1000 watt fogger. Building a fog chiller (to use with a fogger) will help to get the most out of your fog as well, for the chilled fog hugs the ground. Wish you well in your search!

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    i also used vinegar to clean as per some recommendations

    killed a couple foggers, got one working again

    now i store with the juice in the machine & have never had any problems

    amk

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    I stored them with the fog juice as well, I think they might have just worn out...not sure.

    I actually picked up all of the supplies to make my own chiller yesterday, then saw today my foggers are dead.

    Does 400W seem to work okay, or need to step up to a 1000W?

    Not sure what Walmart caries, and I'm cautious of buying from Spirit for the reasons mentioned...they are gone in a month

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    I have a VEI-3000 (referred to as Fire Chief). I decided on it last year, but was unable to find one till a few months ago at HauntedFog.com.

    It isnt cheap, but while expensive, it is unbelieveable how much fog it produces. By reading a few reviews about it, it made my decision pretty easily. This is the type of fogger that gives you the problem of how to control all the fog verses wondering if it will produce enough.



    Andretti

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    Who makes it? Google didn't turn up any results to purchase one??

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    http://hauntedfog.com/Fog%20Machines%203.htm

    Thats page 3 of fog machines, second row down, last one on the right....and listed IN STOCK

    I have it and cant rate this high enough, nor can I about www.hauntedfog.com

    If this is too expensive, I'd suggest contacting them and explaining what your trying to do and if they could recommend one for you.

    Andretti

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    More than I'd like to spend, I don't need the DMX functions. Thanks!

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    I purchased the 400w fogger from Walmart and hooked it up to a impromptu chiller and the cover was underwhelming. Needless to say I took it back to Walmart and ordered a 1000w Eliminator fogger from Amazon for $60 -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V5VE40 and absolutely love it.

    I built the chiller over the weekend using a cheap plastic storage container, some 3" PVC, aluminum dryer vent, and a dryer vent cover (http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...67856221lg.jpg) and it looks awesome and keeps the fog really low to the ground and spreads it out in a fan shape.

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    Thanks!

    If it had a control, where I could put it on continous, I'd buy it...I ususally don't have time to worry about pressing the button

 

 
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