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HOW THEY WORK
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BUYING GUIDE
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Basic ideas and tips for using a fog machine for Halloween.

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HOW DO FOG MACHINES MAKE FOG?
Water based fog machines generally use a mixture of very pure glycol and water as the fog fluid. This fluid is pumped by the machine into a temperature controlled heat exchanger that vaporizes the fluid into thick clouds of fog, projecting it out through a nozzle located at the front of the machine. Read our "How they work" section for detailed information.

DO FOG MACHINES MAKE FOG CONTINUOUSLY?
While all fog machines need an initial warm up period, usually around five minutes, the basic difference between consumer and high-end professional models is that consumer and semi-professional models usually cannot sustain a continuous output of fog. They will usually generate fog for a short period, then need to pause to reheat before they can make fog again. This is a continual cycle during it's operation.

More expensive models can generate fog continuously without the reheat cycle in between, but they cost much more than consumer or even semi-professional models.

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE WATTAGE OF A FOG MACHINE?
The wattage of the heating element can be a good indicator of how well a fog machine will perform. Most consumer fog machines generally range from 400 to 1300 watts. With a higher wattage rating, the fog machine can not only produce more fog, but equally as important it will not have to go into a re-heat cycle as often because the heat exchanger has more power available.

WHAT IS A TIMER REMOTE CONTROL AND DO I NEED ONE?
All fog machines come with some type of activation device, usually in the form of a simple "single button" remote control connected to the fog machine via a cable. When you want the fog machine to generate fog, you hold down the button on the remote control. When you let up on the button it will stop making fog or it will stop automatically when the fog machine needs to re-cycle. The problem with this type of remote is that it requires a user to operate it every time you want more fog.

But there is a solution. Most fog machine manufacturers have a special remote control available as an optional accessory. The Remote Timer Controller has a build in timer/volume control (like the one pictured) which eliminates the need for you to spend precious Halloween time manually operating a fog machine.

fog machinesThese remotes allow you to set the intervals at which the fog machine will come on, how long that interval will last and the volume of fog to produce. As an example, the Timer Remote for the Visual Effects brand of fog machines allows you to set the duration anywhere between 1 and 10 seconds, and the interval between 10 seconds and 5 minutes. So, you could set the timer to activate the fog machine every three minutes, with a burst duration of 10 seconds.

fog machine remote timerWhen operated in an enclosed area, such as an indoor Halloween party or haunted garage, you don't need the fog machine to generate fog as often as you would using it outdoors where the fog will disperse and dissipate quicker and you have more area to cover. Needless to say, we consider Timer Remote Controls an absolute must for your fog machines unless you want you be glued to a remote control all Halloween night!

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