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Top 10 Fog Machines 2016

Need to make your next Halloween celebration a chunk more creepy? Or add some environment for your subsequent gig? Then take a look at out our list of fog machines. With a bit of respectable choreography, you may quickly be staging your own version of Michael Jackson's "thriller" video.

ADJ Products FOG FURY JETT High Velocity Vertical Fog MachineCHAUVET Hurricane H1301 Fog/Smoke Machine + FC-W Wireless Remote + FJU Fog FluidChauvet Lighting Hurricane 1301 Fog Machine1byone Halloween Fog Machine with Wired Remote Control, 400-Watt FoggerNEW! CHAUVET H1100 Fog/Smoke Machine + Wireless Remote!American Dj Mister Kool Graveyard Low Lying FoggerMARQ Haze 700 Fog MachineChauvet Hurricane 700 Fog MachineEliminator Lighting Fog Machines EF-1000 Fog MachineAmerican Dj Fog Storm 1200 Hd Fog Machine

There's Something In The Fog!

If you recognize that headline from John Carpenter's 1980 horror classic, The Fog, then we can be friends. There's a good chance that no other film in the history of cinema created quite as much fog as this one, except, perhaps, the redux of Apocalypse Now.

Fog is associated with a lot of scary stuff. You see it floating ominously around cemeteries and churchyards, hovering over seemingly haunted ponds and forests. In Los Angeles, they have smog, which is more scientifically frightening than culturally scary.

That said, fog can also create a great atmosphere for light shows and dances. The waves from bulbs and lasers alike reflect off the fog's particles and let you see the beam as it transverses the space. This is thanks to a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering, which is the same reason that the sky looks blue and that the sun looks redder as it sets, as our atmosphere scatters certain wavelengths of light from the sun.

While most fog in nature consists of the same water vapor that condenses to the clouds in the sky, fog out of a fog machine is a mixture of water and another element, usually glycerin or a mineral oil. The added material keeps the fog from rising too quickly or dissipating too effectively. In other words, it makes the fog hang around longer.

A fog machine pumps that water mixture through a heat exchanger, which vaporizes the mixture and releases it all in one fell swoop. That exchanger needs to reach a certain temperature to be effective, and pushing the mixture through it causes it to cool down, requiring a kind of recharging process between lengthy emissions.

Operating Above The Ideal


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The units on our list are all pump-based, a heat exchanging fog machines, a category into which most fog machines on the market fall. They create a fog that will likely rise in any room temperature environment. If the dance hall is particularly hot from all the popping and locking on the dance floor, the fog might hang around longer and lower.

That's because fog obeys the same thermodynamic laws as air does–though this time applied to ideal gasses, and if the fog is hotter than the air in the room, it will rise. Some fog machines work with dry ice and other materials to create a low-lying fog, but they tend to be prohibitively expensive, especially when you can make a simple fog chiller to compliment your fog machine with a box, some ice, and a fan.

Looking at this great selection of foggers, there some variables that will help guide you toward the perfect choice for your purposes. If you're using the fogger for its most traditional purpose, to enhance the spookiness or mystery of a given space, knowledge of the space is paramount. Take note of each fog machine's capacity and recharge times. If the space is too big and the fog machine too small, or too slow to recharge, you could lose precious fog density when you need it most.

For a live music venue, this is even more important, and you'll likely want to invest in multiple machines, in which case price could considerably become an obstacle. Fortunately, there are some very well-performing budget-friendly options on our list in addition to the higher-end models.

Either way, make sure you also take a look at the wattage of each unit. If you're running multiple machines at once, you're going to want to run them on separate circuits so that they don't blow a fuse.

Controlling The Weather


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It isn't easy for man to have a fast and specific effect on his local weather, although the Beijing Weather Modification Office does its best.

I once stayed in a pair of adjoined hotel rooms in Florida with some friends. We had one of those inner sets of doors connecting the two rooms that usually remain locked. We turned the air conditioning all the way up in one of the rooms and the heat all the way up in the other. In the hot room, we also ran the shower on hot until a thick mist filled the space.

When the one room was sufficiently dry and frozen, filled with low-pressure air, and the other was steaming hot like a sauna of high-pressure air, we violently swung the connecting doors open, hoping to create a small thunderstorm where the pressure systems met. Nothing happened.

Reaching back at least to Elizabethan England, the players at the Globe Theater, where Shakespeare's plays debuted, reportedly used smoke from small controlled fires to create a spooky effect in appropriate scenes like those of the three sisters in Macbeth or Hamlet's visitations from his father.

It wouldn't be until the early 20th century, as air conditioning became a more common application, that the technology of refrigeration would lead to the harnessing of flash-evaporated gasses.

The exact inventor of the fog machine is a disputed fact, but I think if he or she were to make themselves known, we'd have a lot of gratitude to send them.


#10.American Dj Fog Storm 1200 Hd Fog Machine


I love this fog machine! I have had it for several years now. I usually only use it around Halloween time so it has had a light use but with a high-quality fog juice, I have had no clogging problems and no noticeable loss in output. This machine creates quite a bit of fog and quite a long duration with a quick heat up time. It is however like all fog machines noise.


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#9.Eliminator Lighting Fog Machines EF-1000 Fog Machine


The Eliminator Lighting Ef-1000 Is A Large Application Fog Machine With A 1000 Watt Heating Element. Covers 4500 Cubic Feet Per Minute and Comes With A Wired Remote With Power Indicator.


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#8.Chauvet Hurricane 700 Fog Machine


This little fog machine was awesome! I purchased it for Halloween and it was a hit. The kids said my house was the coolest one they had been to that night. Also, I let my 5 year old mash the remote switch as much as what he wanted all night and we never used up all of the fog juice. We called it quits around 9 pm and the reservoir was still half full of fog juice. You can buy a gallon of fog juice (like I did), but you'll probably not even use it. The little bottle of fog juice that came with the unit is more than enough for one night of use.


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#7.MARQ Haze 700 Fog Machine


Good choice for a simple haze machine. Kids use this for haze effects for their band. It provides very good fog cover, considering its size. The cord on the wired remote is about 10 feet long and includes an output level control, ready/power lights, and an on/off switch. The measurements of the haze machine is 10"h x12"l x 6"w. AT full blast, a fun tank of haze liquid lasted just over about two and a half hours (1.5 L tank capacity). At more than $20/gallon, that can make it expensive to run. The unit runs quietly and provides a nice, even haze.


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#6.American Dj Mister Kool Graveyard Low Lying Fogger


Creating a spooky low-lying fog effect is easy with the Mister Kool Fog Machine from ADJ. Using standard fog juice, ice cubes, and a 400W heater, the Mister Kool creates an effect similar to dry ice in water and is easy to clean afterward.


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#5.NEW! CHAUVET H1100 Fog/Smoke Machine + Wireless Remote!


This sale is for 1 Brand New CHAUVET Hurricane 1100 (H1100) + 1 Brand New CHAUVET Wireless Remote (FC-W). The Hurricane™ Series Foggers provide the quality, performance, and innovation for which CHAUVET® is known. All come with generous-capacity tanks and quick heat up of water-based fog to fill a venue within minutes. The FC-W is a wireless remote control designed to activate up to four CHAUVET® fog machines independently (separate receivers for additional foggers are required). Two LED indicators display whether the machine is ready or heating.


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#4.1byone Halloween Fog Machine with Wired Remote Control, 400-Watt Fogger


If you want to decorate your yard with all manners of creepy pieces, the best way to really showcase them is to have your fog machine surround them with its ghostly mist. Hide the machine in a place where it can't be seen and then click the remote to send out a blast of fog when visitors get close.

Is this the fog machine you have been looking for? We have several different kinds of fog machines, timer remote control & new Wireless Remote Controllers, just feel free to choose!


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#3.Chauvet Lighting Hurricane 1301 Fog Machine


By far, the BEST fog machine I've owned!!! I should have gotten this one at first. I will only ever get Chauvet from now on. The fog output is incredible! Much better than I expected. WORTH EVERY PENNY! The remote cord is long and with the timer, it works great. Good cycle/recovery time. I have used this for my Halloween Party, Halloween camping setup/display, Airsoft war, etc. If you are teetering on getting this...buy it. You won't be disappointed!


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#2.CHAUVET Hurricane H1301 Fog/Smoke Machine + FC-W Wireless Remote + FJU Fog Fluid


Excellent machine works very well as a training aid for my fire department. Easy to set up and use, the remote keeps my instructors out of the smoke so that we can produce a very thick haze. I will buy another one in the near future as budget allows.


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#1.ADJ Products FOG FURY JETT High Velocity Vertical Fog Machine


Great effect. Shoots fog more than 15 feet. Remote works from at least 50 feet away in our theater. We bought this to replace flash pots. While it is not the same effect as a flash pot it still got a great reaction from the audience. We have used it several times now for various shows.


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