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I am completely new to this area, and I saw a cheap fog machine at Lowes so I decided to look into one.

Lowes had a 400w fog machine for $29.99. It seemed like a good deal to me, but I don't know the quality. How many watts should I look for in a good fog machine? How often do you usually have to replace the fog fluid? How much fog would a 400w machine produce?

Thanks for the help!

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I have several of those "cheap foggers", actually got them at Wal-Mart for $19.99-$24.99 several years ago, I use a one quart bottle in one fogger and that can last me many hours, if I only use the fogger(s) on Halloween night and fill them full and use the automated timer with them spewing fog out about once every 2-3 minutes at a 30 second spurt interval, and I start the fogger heating up around 5:30-5:45pm so it'll be good and hot by 6pm, the fog juice outlasts the time it's needed!

At Midnight, my fogger(s) are still going strong, I usually either have to run the fogger until the juice is all used up or try to recycle what's left in the tank. If I run it dry so I can clean it up later, it usually won't be dry until around 1am-1:30am, so depending on how much you use it, how you set the time interval up for spewing the fog, really all depends on how long it will go for. Just know I can get a good 7+ hours out of 1 quart of Fog juice in one fogger.

This year, I don't believe I will be running any of my foggers. The fog itself leaves a nasty, sticky residue all over everything. So I'm seriously doubting I'll be using mine this year, just because of the sticky mess left behind on all the decorations.

Actually been considering the possibility of selling them off.

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I use 400w foggers in my Halloween display and I think they work great. One of the things I do is make a chiller for each one so the fog sit's more on the ground.

Here is a link on some questions about foggers if it may help. http://www.halloweenforum.com/search.php?searchid=909364

One of mine is a "low lying fogger", says use regular ice in it to "chill the fog", but regualr ice doesn't last very long in these machines, not at all, after a few bursts and you're replacing the ice, the chiller section really isn't big enough for regular ice cubes, so I tried an experiment and use DRY ICE in mine, that worked out much better, still had to replace the dry ice about 4m naybe 5 times last year when I used the low lying fogger. And that was from around 5:30pmuntil around midnight-1am or so. Plus the dry ice gave it another plus, the fog was actually colder than just the HOT fog you get out of most fog machines.

I really should build a few chillers and use those instead, but even if I used chillers, I think I may still opt to use the more expensive Dry Ice in the chiller unit, just think from my experience with the low lying fog unit, that dry ice in a chiller would give even better results than basic ice cubes, which was marginal at best in the low lying fog unit. Just my thoughts on using chillers and basic "bagged" ice vs dry ice.

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I use the 400W fog machines and they add another dimension to the display. It's like adding the icing to the cake. You'll love it! I haven't been so precise like LOR-CF in monitoring the usage of the juice but I have never run dry on my machines - I used 2 last year and this year I plan on using 3.

I just checked the Walmart.com site and they have a 400W machine for $20 - here's the link http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ref=+125874&search_query=fogger&ic=6_0&clicked_tab_value=All&search_constraint=0 They also have higher wattage fog machines - do the search on "fog machine" to see those.

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I had no idea that those machines use so much fog! I knew they wouldn't last all of October, but I was hoping to put them out at least the last week of October and not have to keep buying fog juice. I'm sure they would look cool, but they may have to wait a year.

Thanks for the help everyone!

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Hate to say it, but commercial fog juice IS actually a lot cheaper than this home brewed method, plus glycerin is extremely sticky and can clog a fog machines nozzles, which could coause an overheating issue and even fire. I would definitely not recommend this glycerin home brewed concoction! Stick with commercial fog juice and be safe, not sorry!

I usually buy my Fog Juice at Wal-Mart for around $5-$6/quart and if any is left over after Halloween, get it on clearnance fromr $2.50-$3.00, and at times, I've gotten even luckier and got it for even less than that!

This home brew only makes 4-5 cups of juice, this in the long run is going to cost you 3 or 4 times the price of a quart or even a gallon (around $19.95 or less) of commercial fog jucie.

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I usually get my fog juice from either Target or WalMart after season when it's clearanced out. Just can't beat getting it for 75% off. Anyone know how long it will keep???

Rita it CAN KEEP WELL for YEARS! I have used juice that was over 5 years old and still functioned 100%. I have yet to ever have any go "bad". But I do SHAKE IT UP after it's been sitting before I use it to get the mixture at its peak performance.

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Clay, it's good to know that there's someone else out there who has a stock pile of fog juice - LOL. I didn't want to admit that I've got some in my garage that's probably as old as yours. Heck, it might even be older. I'll take your advice and SHAKE WELL before using. I didn't do that last year and didn't have any issues, but then it sure can't hurt, right?!?!

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Clay, it's good to know that there's someone else out there who has a stock pile of fog juice - LOL. I didn't want to admit that I've got some in my garage that's probably as old as yours. Heck, it might even be older. I'll take your advice and SHAKE WELL before using. I didn't do that last year and didn't have any issues, but then it sure can't hurt, right?!?!

I've always shaken the containers, even the new ones I've bought and used when I had packed my juice for a move and couldn't find it one year. LOL So had to go and buy some that year. I probably have juice around here that's probably a good 7-8+ years old. Guess I should start taking a Sharpie and marking dates on my bottles so I know which ones I should probably try to use first, huh? LOL

But I've had no problems with any of my "outdated" fog fluids. I just make sure I shake it up a bit to remix anything that might have settled, since some things tend to seperate over time and I want to get the best results I can!

So yea, I'm a fog juice hoarder too. ROFL

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