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    Default Lite F/X Witch's Fogging Cauldron

    My man took me on a whirlwind shopping spree to Party City, got me some nifty things, including a 48" tall standing bar blacklight for $20, and the Lite F/X Fogging Cauldron on sale, it looks like this one, check on the "more info" link to see it in more detail:

    http://www.hauntedfog.com/fog_machines.htm

    Has anyone had one of these? We tested it and results are very disappointing, just a few puffs of fog every few seconds, nothing like what we were expecting. The fog isnt' even enough to obscure the light bulb and controls. Thought Lite F/X was supposed to be a pretty good company. We're thinking about returning it to the store (it was the last one so we can't exchange). I can't find anything on the web about it, seen one that looks like it but it's a gemmy. Any help is appreciated.

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    I posted a couple days ago about the small submersible foggers with LED lights. In watching them work at Spirit and Spencers in various applications, it seems they are pretty weak in terms of the overall effect and the slightest air movement disperses the fog. Spirit is selling a fogging cauldron as well, that looks good but again, has limited effectiveness. I was asking about the possible use of one outdoors but pretty much scrapped that idea. They are good for very small applications like punchbowls and small cauldrons. I think to get the desired effect you're looking at a DYI project.

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    Looks like I'm stuck with the cauldron, spilled fog juice on the reciept and wiped out all the printing.. I'm thinking it may have been a display once, now the question: To clean or not to clean? Does anyone clean their foggers, and with what? This cauldron says it's 465 watts but it only holds 10 oz of fluid. Any advice is appreciated..

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    Catmean, it does use misters right?? You could always pipe in more fog or in a pinch go with dry ice.


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    The cauldron is a self contained unit with a built-in round fog machine, the fog simply seeps out of the center. It acts like it's clogged, output is very low. It's not good for much else since the fog unit is attatched to the cauldron base itself, and the fog machine inside goes almost all the way up to the rim.

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    Does it have greenlights in it?
    I just brought on with green lights,hope its not the same one.

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    I have one of these cauldron foggers. I doesn't put out as much as a typical fog machine but it does put out a good amount of fog for an indoor application. Your fogger may just be clogged. Also, until it heats up completely, it will put out less fog. After about 20 minutes, it will put out the typical amount. It has a built-in timer which is nice.

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    My fogging cauldron has 1 green light bulb in the very center. Anyone have any advice on cleaning foggers?

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    All,
    It may be too late to post for this, but I figured I'd do it since I figured out the fix to the woe of this "Witch's Fogging Cauldron" problem. First off, it isn't clogged (kind of). The problem is in the min/max knob on top.
    I bought the effect at a $5 dollar store and expected noting more than $5 worth of effect. When I got it home and plugged it in with the juice I saw the same thing the rest of you have seen - NOTHING.
    Well, two hours later and 80 screws pulled out, I found the problem. On top of the unit is a min/max knob. This knob controls a small up-and-down plunger that regulates how much fog fluid falls into the heating chamber. The plunger rides up and down on a plastic guide as you turn the knob. THE PROBLEM! Even when the knob is turned to MAX it doesn't lift the plunger high enough to let the fog liquid through!!!
    How I fixed it. Yes, when I fixed it I had it completely apart and found teh fix to be rather simple. But, I "think" you can fix it without taking it completely apart.
    #1 - take off the min/max knob.
    #2 - look in the dead center of the white plastic gizmo and notice that it has a small white circle piece with arms that extend out to the sides. This is the plunger! this is the iece that is not going high enough to let the fog juice through.
    #3 Figure out how to pull up on that piece and turn it so that it rests on top of the outter white plastic guide. This will be tough to do at best. under that white plastic guide is a fairly thick spring. Good luck!
    #4 If you made it to this step you are home free!
    #5 find something thin and plastic to make a small shim. To get an idea of how thick the plastic should be, jiggle the outter rim of white plastic. You can see that it now has a "little" play in it. You want to shim it underneath so that it has no play in it at all. I used an old "cuttable" plastic CD case. Once you have this, cut out a square about 1in by 1in. Then, cut a "V" into one side of the square so that it makes a notch in it. THe notch should go about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the square.
    #6 - push the shim up under the outer white plastic ring. This will raise it up and make the guide higher for the plunger - i.e. the fog juice can now drop into the chamber!!
    #7 - I turned my shim and wedged it between the inner fog chamber and the knob so that when I turn the knob the shim doesn't come out.

    THAT'S IT. My fogger now works very well (for a $5 fogger)

    Hope yours works after this too!!

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    Mine did that.... then a friend suggested trying these two things.

    1. There should be a plastic cover over the lights (mine had this). On this plastic cover there should be two lines... red and green. Make sure you fill it up enough with water to cover the unit. Make sure it's above the green line and below the red line.

    2. Try using distilled water. Hard water doesn not work very well in these units. (note: someone told me once that a dehumidifier produces distilled water. Anyone one if this is true?)

 

 
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