View Full Version : BEST FOG MACHINE CURRENTLY OUT THERE ($200 dollar price range) max....

chuck weber
10-22-2011, 11:05 PM
need a ground hugging fog machine without using dry ice. I see FROGGY'S FOG has a special fluid for low lying fog. Any feedback or recommendations on a quality machine would be helpful. Thank You !!!

chuck weber
10-23-2011, 07:16 PM
really need some help here. tired of even LOOKING at these cheap, $25 dollar, garbage 400 watt, throw away every year fog machines from walmart and target. american DJ has unit that is 1,000 watts, but I hear the quality is not so good. if you view this, please just give me something to go on, please. thanks very much !!!!!

10-23-2011, 07:36 PM

If you want LOW LYING FOG you WILL need to chill it.

Froggys fog is GOOD STUFF.. but what I have found is that IT STILL needs to be chilled.

If you want good vfoggers ifg found Chauvet to be the most reliable.

HOWEVER .. even the cheap(20$ or so ones) WILL last you, for YEARS if you maintain them correctly .. I have multiple foggers of multiple ages(some upwards of 6 years) and "pedigrees"(Weal-Mart to Chauavet) and as long as I have taken care of them as far as.. off season storage, and when geting ready for the season, they have worked like a charm so far.

Take care of your equipment (cheap or expeensive) and it will do alright for ya.

Good luck.

10-23-2011, 09:06 PM
I have both American DJ Fog Storm 1200 and 1700 models and have never had a problem with either. Ive had them over 6 years now and they still work like the day I bought them. And I never do anything other than empty them out at the end of the season.

I owned one Chavet (1300) and will NEVER buy one again. The unit lasted me one season and then bit the dust.

10-23-2011, 09:09 PM
One nice things about American DJ: All the parts on their machines are replaceable....:) When I called Chavet about their machine I had that died, they told me there was no way to service the unit I had....

chuck weber
10-24-2011, 02:58 PM
probably gonna play it safe and go with a high- power unit (over 1,000 watts at least) thanks for the tips on the low lying fog. I once had a fog machine that was a drum (with a giant heater core) with a basket which held dry ice (50 pounds) and had a fan and a hose. worked great for about 5 minutes. that's it !!!! then, refill and heat the water all over again. good for one shot. loved the floor hugging fog effect. it was the best ever. just not practical and cost effective.

10-25-2011, 06:51 AM
The Chauvet Hurricane series are fantastic. I love the lighted tank so you can tell at a glance when they need filling. Of course, Froggy's juice... worth every penny.

chuck weber
10-25-2011, 10:11 AM
others here have listed that parts are hard to get and shotty performance is the rule....Resulting in poor overall, hard working quality. please advise me on YOUR experiences with CHAUVET products, if you would. thanks!!! I just want to TRY to make the BEST choice in this price range. ($200.00-$300.00)

10-25-2011, 10:58 AM
Id love to hear about Brett's experience with Chavet as well...

10-25-2011, 12:45 PM
I've worked with professional DJ and club lighting and fx for YEARS and I am a big fan of Eliminator and American DJ, Chauvet is ok But their lights are much better than their foggers.

If I was you, invest in a couple 1000watt Eliminator Lighting foggers, SpencersOnline had a sale at the beginning of the summer buy one get one half off, and for $90 I got 2 1000watt Eliminator Foggers with timers, and they're both being used right now in our haunt and I piped it so we have one machine filling an entire 18,000sq ft warehouse with Swamp Juice, and the other machine is being used in our smaller building where our satanic cult and graveyard is, right before our redneck area that then leads into the main warehouse. We don't use fog in building 3, it's an old insane asylum in an old office building, so there's really no need for fog.

As far as chilling goes, just use a trash can and pex tubing that you can wind around inside the rash can, fill it with ice and you should last all night, I'd still use swamp juice with a chiller, because it lasts longer and allows us to go through less juice (more cost effective) than if we used the low lying juice because it dissipates quicker, swamp juice can still be chilled and last fairly long and slowly rises making a really great haze to accent lighting. :)

That's my two cents, hope I was useful!

10-25-2011, 12:48 PM
Oh, and shipping was free ;) lol

chuck weber
10-25-2011, 02:49 PM
ELIMINATOR is that a "BRAND" or manufacturer ? I have some of Larry's Old haunted house tapes from years ago (maybe even "How To Create Your Own Haunted House parts 2&3", and he mentions a certain BRAND he would put up against ANYBODY (fog machine-wise).... I'll have to try to dig out those old tapes and view them once again. Larry and JIM only bought good stuff. Thank you for YOUR suggestions as well. I'll check them all out. thank you again for the opinions and information, Bobby. Much appreciated !!!!

chuck weber
11-05-2011, 01:43 PM
please, let me know..... need it for next year. thanks for all the input. chuck

11-06-2011, 10:13 AM
Spencer's online doesn't seem to offer ANY fog machines anymore... just the juice. I wonder if they sold out or just got out of that biz.

chuck weber
11-06-2011, 02:57 PM
They need to clear the shelves for holiday stuff. Shelf space is a premium..... Out the door quick with all the halloween stuff. Thank for the info !!!! Appreciate it.......

11-06-2011, 03:22 PM
I find the target foggers just don't do a good enough job making fog. The ones I like for the buck are the $20 ones from Guitar Center / Musicians friend. They work nearly as good as a name brand and if one dies, who cares? :)

11-06-2011, 03:48 PM
Don't waste your time with the Target Juice, it's disgusting, as is any Wal Mart or other chain brand juice, it isn't worth the damage it can do to your machine with it's cheaply made impurities. I will never use anything other than Froggy's. And yes, it is a brand name (lol sorry, didn't see your reply until just now).

chuck weber
11-06-2011, 03:57 PM
will go with the FROGGY's fog juice when I get a new unit. thanks for all the input and help. great sounding board here. great advice from all of you. thank you!!!

Sean Coleman
11-06-2011, 04:03 PM
Hey Chuck,

The Fogger that Larry was talking about was an F-100 fog machine, it is WAY more than $200 but it is very impressive. http://www.highend.com/products/effects/f100foggenerator.asp

11-07-2011, 06:42 AM
Chavuet Hurricane 1300 from Musicians Friend with free shipping, $149

Here's the link

11-07-2011, 02:53 PM
I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I read that storing a fog machine (off season) with fog juice in it is the best way to go. Opinions?? Thanks!


chuck weber
11-07-2011, 03:43 PM
looked like a giant bug sprayer. (1980-81 era) and always kept it filled to the maximum fill line. never had a problem with it. I worked alot back then, (year round DJ biz) so it was always in use. not sitting in storage for months at a time or anything.........