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Inexpensive methods to get *almost* continous fog vs. purchasing pro unit

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In a pro audio / video / DJ products catalog--or perhaps the distributor catalog someone posted to the thread about the new Gemmy Lightshow Projection units thread--I saw a listing for a Continuous fog machine. Forget the price, but it was a shocker--can't justify the cost, as my show is a home yard haunt, one night per year. For all the actual laser units I have (like the separate red, green, and blue BlissLight spright / firefly weatherized "spread laser dot field" units), and possibly for a Green Laser Vortex emulation, etc. Everything seems to go better with fog. I had a mishap with a front yard fogger that interfered with my otherwise cool-to-me 2000 watt cheap lightning effect using two Morris Costume Perfect Storm units, some photo flash bulbs, etc. And I just lost the atmosphere of green flood lights shining through my graveyard--so much less interesting without semi-continuous fog.

What are my options for emulating a Continuous Fog machine? Doesn't have to be 100% Continuous; but a lot closer than what you get with a typical reheat cycle.

I see some options as:
1) Figure out how many cheap fog machines I'd need to purchase and run to achieve near-continuous fog on my lawn. Any ideas? And of what wattages? e.g. a bunch of 400 watt or 700 watt units? Just turn 'em all on and let chaos keep things moving more or less continuously--or close enough for my budget...

2) Discover some sort of timer-socket fogger hack which could then be controlled by a Raspberry Pi. I've never owned a RasPi, but hope to get one before the summer is over. A colleague at work just bought a CanaKit RaspBerry Pi from Amazon and actually didn't have any compelling ideas to do things with it. I'd have *plenty* of projects to keep him busy with--a Fogger Hack / Foggers controlled by a Raspberry Pi would be awesome. Here's the kit he bought:

3) Combine either technique 1 or 2 with a very high wattage fogger like the one Monoprice sold last season as a "fog base." I have a Monoprice still unboxed from last year; no timer socket I believe)

http://www.amazon.com/CanaKit-Raspberry-Ultimate-Starter-Components/dp/B00G1PNG54/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1435866673&sr=1-3&keywords=raspberry+pi

Any ideas would help on trying to simulate / emulate / get close to a continuous fogger without spending a lot of money
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A thought on the quality vs. quantity topic: the cheap-o machines are cheap for a reason.
Every year, there are dozens and dozens of threads on the topic of "Help! My fogger won't fog!"
Thankfully, there are just as many helpful people responding to them, but the point I bring up is: the cheap foggers will fail, and seem to know the worst time to do so. You'll be multiplying that exponentially with the number of cheap foggers you end up using.

For most of us, the cheap foggers are the best we can get, so we make do with prayer and bodging them together until we scrap them.

The higher quality foggers will run well, produce fog more regularly, and require far less maintenance and stress.
I can tell you from experience, that a quality fogger will do what you want, when you want, without having to offer up a blood sacrifice to the old gods as prayer for a fogger that will work.


(and yes, I do think cheap foggers are a "gift" from C'thulhu. For, while he may lie dreaming at R'lyeh, his return means madness for all. Since he can't be here right now, he's sent these cheap foggers ahead of his return, to drive us insane when we attempt to keep them working. Diabolical, to say the least.)
 
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