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Hello again all. It's great to have another Halloween sneaking up on us again.

I found this site last year while making my first and failed attempt at creating a foggy front yard. I got a late start, yet still tried about 5 different machines ranging from 400 to 900 watts that all fell short of my desired effect. So I am getting an earlier start this year and think I have things reasonably lined up, but wanted some final suggestions.

1. With much research and attempts last year, I have settled on getting a Chauvet Hurricane 1301 fog machine. While it seems there are those less then impressed with Chauvet and there are comparable other brands, my research seems to regularly include this model. Any last minute arguments that may sway my opinion?

2. It seems there is no comparison to using Froggy's Fog juice. My question is which one? My intention is to use a chiller for a low lying fog from the sidewalk to the front steps, about 20 feet. I made a cheap chiller last year that seemed to work OK or so-so with a cheap fogger and juice and I can certainly modify it or start over if necessary. I guess my first 2 part question is if the Freezing Fog is only for use in ground fog machines and if not, is it a necessity or more a choice for quality of effect in a normal fog machine with a chiller? Also, is there a major difference between Bog Fog and Swamp Juice with or without a chiller?

(Just before hitting submit, another question popped into my mind......is there any advantage to having the machine and chiller elevated rather then on a level plain so gravity helps the flow?)

Going on my own interpretation of the descriptions, it sounds like the Bog Fog is the choice, but the comments about "visual obscurity" and "fog-out/white-out conditions" give me pause that with the machine I am getting I may have the cops wanting me to shut it down.

Thanks for any and all advice and I am looking forward to following the board this year, even though it means more ideas and cost for next year.
 

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I was at Scare LA today and discussed this same senario with the Froggy's Rep. I have the Hurricane 1800, (which I love!). I use a diy vortex style chiller and I like a thick fog that will stay near the ground so people can still see the props. He recommended cryofreze for that particular effect. He said bog fog will hang around very thick and reduce visibility
 

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The biggest challenge to fog like you are trying to achieve is wind. ANY wind...AT ALL...will wreck it. So it's a crap shoot really. If you can't get a low lying fog, turn down the frequency and shoot for a mist effect. Both work but for the mist, too much is a bad thing.
 

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I was at Scare LA today and discussed this same senario with the Froggy's Rep. I have the Hurricane 1800, (which I love!). I use a diy vortex style chiller and I like a thick fog that will stay near the ground so people can still see the props. He recommended cryofreze for that particular effect. He said bog fog will hang around very thick and reduce visibility
Most of my "stuff" is on or in front of a large porch, no yard or graveyard "stuff" yet anyway, so not overly concerned with obscuring things. And can't that be controlled to some degree with the fogger timer? I had passed over the Cryo Freeze since their write-up highlighted indoor use and "fog does not need to linger". Barring any wind or breeze, I would like it to linger a while reducing frequency and length of blasts. But if the Freezing Fog Juice which they state is "best low lying fog for Halloween Graveyard type effects" is only to be used in specially designed "low lying" fog machines, the Cryo may be the only choice. May be best to give them a call.

The biggest challenge to fog like you are trying to achieve is wind. ANY wind...AT ALL...will wreck it. So it's a crap shoot really. If you can't get a low lying fog, turn down the frequency and shoot for a mist effect. Both work but for the mist, too much is a bad thing.
I found that out last year. Here in rural Nebraska, if we have wind, forget it altogether. If we get a gentle breeze, hopefully a low lying fog will stay a little bitt even if gently flowing. My intent was if there is no wind/breeze at all, a low lying fog effect. With a slight breeze, try low lying and if it fails, remove the chiller for a drifting fog. If it is windy, box it up and put it away for next year. A bit painful spending the money and time for one use a year with that risk, but with the right night it is a great effect that gets a nice response. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to come up with another use during the year.
 

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LOL, I used ours for a photo shoot of my girls baking cookies for a Christmas card. Stuck the fogger in the oven and left the door open and simulated a fire and smoke.
My DH is the crazy fog guy, so I'm reading this post so I can share it with him, but I *had* to comment about the awesome way you used your fogger for a photo, Tarpleyg! That's so great and it will get my DH all interested in trying to find other ways to use his foggers indoors! :cool: Thanks for sharing!
 
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