An introduction to Got Fog? and how it can help you with
your Halloween Celebration.
HOW THEY WORK
Take a trip into the inner workings of a fog machine to see
how they work.
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TIPS & TRICKS
Basic ideas and tips for using a fog machine for Halloween.
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night air with menacing fog, which your trick-or-treaters must venture through and wonder
what could be lurking within it, a fog machine is an absolute must for a truly creepy
Halloween haunt or party.
are times when you might want the fog to hung the ground rather than disperse through out
the air. A perfect example would be for a graveyard scene in your front yard. Instead of
filling the air, you want the fog to slowly drift over the ground, around tombstones and
over burial mounds, or maybe you'd like it to flow out from under your porch or even over
Unfortunately, the very nature of how these
machines produce fog makes this difficult, as the fog fluid is heated to generate fog
which comes out hot and rises in the air. To discourage the fog from rising it has to be
cooled down before it is released into the air.
The general idea is to build a device that
the hot fog enters and is cooled down as it passes through. A Fog Chiller.
We designed our Fog Chiller to be easy to
build, relatively inexpensive and be a completely self-contained unit that could be moved
around as needed.
Fog straight from the machine
Fog through the chiller without ice
Fog through the chiller with ice
AND MATERIALS LIST
1 - 48 quart ice-chest (cooler)
2 - Feet of 3" diameter ABS plastic pipe
2 - 3" ABS plastic 90 degree elbow joints (NIBCO 5807-V)
2 - 3" ABS plastic coupling hubs (NIBCO C5801)
1 - 3"x2" ABS plastic reducer coupling hub (NIBCO 5801)
1 - 2'x3' piece of 1/2" square hole wire mesh
2 - 5" expandable clamps
1 - Tube of clear drying silicone caulk
1 - Can of flat black spray paint
1 - Fog machine (Visual Effects Party Fogger shown)
The ice-chest is the
standard type found in most department stores and only costs around $15.00, but be sure to
keep an eye out at garage sales for a used (and cheaper) one. The ABS plastic pipe and
connectors are simple to work with, can be found in the plumbing department at all major
hardware stores, and the pieces slip together easily.
The first step is to cut a hole
through each end of the ice-chest. We used a 4" bi-metal hole saw attached to an
electric drill to easily cut perfectly round holes through the center of each end. These
unique saw blades (Vermont American Tool Company) can be found at most hardware stores.
The bits are a little expensive at around $25.00, so an alternative would be to use a
compass to the mark the circle for the hole and then use a jig-saw to cut it out.
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