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    Default Fog Machine cleaning necessary?

    I have been looking at some posts here about cleaning your fog machines, others clean them and say the next year they have failed or they worked fine if not cleaned and just store it, Im so

    Is it really necessary to clean them up till next season? i have a working 400 watt "Heshan Lide" fogger and planning to get a 700 watt Spencer's fog machine as i heard good reviews for it and includes a timer.

    actually i have 2 others one both have shuttered pumps 1 700 watt, 1 400 trying to see if i can fix the 700 watt one.

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    I've always wondered the same thing. In the past I had never cleaned them. Then one season, the fogger wasn't working. I tried to clean it using vinegar/distilled water, but it didn't help. I ended up taking it apart by following one of those fog cleaning tutorials, and then it began working again.

    I use them only once a year, during Halloween. So yeah, they sit there all year in my garage with fog juice in them. Unless a fog machine expert with a PhD in "fogging" tells me otherwise, I'm going to continue doing it this way.

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    I've always left them with fluid in them, and never had a problem. My oldest one is 6 year old and still running.

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    We left ours one year and found mold in the fog juice and the machine. Never again.

    Stacy
    See my Halloween 2011 videos of our haunted hospital and vortex tunnel at http://s36.photobucket.com/albums/e1...loween%202011/

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    hmm i'll try to do that and HHP can you link me to the tutorial you have used so if i can see if it'll work on the foggers that need some repair as they have similar problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frighthaunt195 View Post
    hmm i'll try to do that and HHP can you link me to the tutorial you have used so if i can see if it'll work on the foggers that need some repair as they have similar problems
    http://www.modd3d.com/articles/item/...er-pump-repair

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    I always clean mine with a solution of water ( distilled ) and vinegar. I have a Radio Shack one that is really nice and have had it now since 1993 ( they dont make it anymore ) and have never had a problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frighthaunt195 View Post
    I have been looking at some posts here about cleaning your fog machines, others clean them and say the next year they have failed or they worked fine if not cleaned and just store it, Im so

    Is it really necessary to clean them up till next season? i have a working 400 watt "Heshan Lide" fogger and planning to get a 700 watt Spencer's fog machine as i heard good reviews for it and includes a timer.

    actually i have 2 others one both have shuttered pumps 1 700 watt, 1 400 trying to see if i can fix the 700 watt one.
    Hello,
    I was in the DJ business for a long time in the early 90's to about 2002. I used foggers all the time. I worked for a DJ supply outlet too and we rented foggers.

    Long story short, YOU MUST CLEAN THEM! You can't wait until you have a problem either. A fogger is a maintenance item and you must flush it out with a vinegar/water mix AFTER EVERY USE.

    Again the short procedure:

    1) Only fill the fogger with enough fog juice that you need.
    2) When the end of the event is near, pour the remaining fog fluid out.
    3) Run the fog machine out, until it starts to sputter then immediatly stop.
    4) Pour a vinigar/water mix into the fogger and let it run continously for 30mins to an hour.
    5) After an hour, run the fog machine dry, let it cool down, and store it for the next event / season.

    It is step 4 that most people fail to do because it will take an hour out of your time to properly clean the machine.

    Once you start to get in the bad habit of only sporadically cleaning the machine, you risk the fog fluid caking up inside the fogger. Slowly over time this will become like a hardening artery and it will close up.

    Following the procedure above, our rental fog machines usually lasted about 3 to 4 years before needing replacement. I personally only owned one fog machine through my more than 7 years as a DJ. It was still working beautifully when I sold it. Keep in mind though, this was back in the day when fog machines were $300. So they WERE better made back then.

    I don't know how these cheaper $40 machines will last, but if you spend close to $100 on a good machine AND take care of it, chances are you will have it for a long time.

    If you don't want to deal with the maintenance, then my suggestion is to rent a fogger rather than buy one.

    Hope that helps!

    Geo

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    interesting Geo coming from a DJ i believe to clean it more vigorously than before

    I thought of cleaning foggers that way too when i was at an amusement park and saw a employee cleaning the large expensive foggers they use for halloween. He only used distilled water to get it cleaned no vinegar.

    that's what i did with my 700 watt Lite f/x my first fog machine, it ran from 2005 to 08 then stopped. i still have it hidden somewhere if i get the time i'll follow that tutorial.

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    Haha. This topic has been debated since foggers were invented.
    I have had an American DJ fogger since the mid 90's. I never cleaned it. Last season it didn't seem to work, so I tried cleaning it using the vinegar/distilled water mix. I think it made it worse. So I took it apart following the modd3d.com website and got it working again.

    Quote Originally Posted by jukingeo View Post
    5) After an hour, run the fog machine dry, let it cool down, and store it for the next event / season.
    Geo
    Unless I interpreted this wrong, this is stupid advice.
    Running a fog machine with no fluid can permanently damage the unit.

 

 
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