View Full Version : Fog Machines

09-23-2009, 10:05 AM
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good fog machine or brand? I keep seeing Antari, Chauvet, Martin, American DJ and VEI..

I've read a few things about Chauvet that make me leary. I know that Froggy's uses Martin.

I am looking for something for the long term as I need to acquire a couple machines this year and then maybe add on in the future.

I see that some of them have DMX that allows you to link and control the machines together. Is this useful or important?

I appreciate your feedback.

09-23-2009, 10:32 AM
I would reccommend Martin, although all of those brands make a pretty good machine. Make sure you maintain them right, and prepare them for storage correctly (here is a link to froggy's reccommendation on how to maintain them http://www.froggysfog.com/category/cleaning/. As far as the DMX connector, if you are currently using a lighting board or controller that supports DMX, then you could take advantage of this. However I have found that it is easier to just have a wired or wireless remote control that is on a timer or actor controlled. I have also found that for indoor use, the cheaper machines that you can find for $40 or $50 in the party stores will work pretty good, but for a short time. So if you dont mind buying a new one every year or 2, this will get you by as well. I wouldnt use them outdoors though, they dont seem to work well in the cold.

freak 'n' stein
09-23-2009, 01:20 PM
I've never tried any other brand aside from Gemmy's "The Fog Machine". It was the first brand I bought back in '99 and it still huffs and puffs to this day. It's always been great to me!