To prevent fog from
leaking out around the connectors, you need to seal the two four inch double-female
connectors at both ends of the chest with some clear silicone caulk or sealant. Be sure to apply the sealant both
inside and outside of the cooler, and then let it dry thoroughly according to the sealant
directions before using the fog chiller.
To help camouflage the unit at night, you will want to paint the
exterior of the chest with flat black spray paint. Unfortunately,
paint does not stick to the plastic very well, so you will want to prime the ice-chest
first. Zinsser B-I-N Primer, available at the hardware store, is a Shellac based
Primer-Sealer that works well to prime the plastic ice-chest before painting, and it dries
pretty fast. Allow the paint and caulk to dry for 24 hours.
Since we cut the mid-section of
3 inch ABS pipe that runs between the two elbow joints extra long for final adjustment,
you will need to set your fog machine on top of the Fog Chiller and cut off any excess ABS
pipe until the fog machine's exit nozzle is aligned with the Fog Chillers intake
nozzle. Don't cut off to much or you will have to replace the pipe.
Your Fog Chilling unit is now
complete and ready to go. When you're ready to use it all you have to do is fill it up to the
top with ordinary ice cubes (ours took 35 pounds) and close the lid tightly.
Standard sized ice cubes work great. You
should try to avoid very small ice cubes as they might slip through the screen wire into
the cooling chamber and impede the flow of the fog. Using dry ice will
improve performance, but dry ice costs a lot more.
During use, align the the fog
machines exit nozzle to be centered with and about an inch away from the Fog Chillers
intake nozzle. This allows outside cool air to be drawn in during operation. The trick to getting the best low lying fog is to use
short bursts from your fog machine, separated by a few seconds to allow cold air to refill
the cooling chamber.
If you need to direct the exiting
fog, you can also attach a section of five inch diameter flexible tubing to the exit pipe
on the Fog Chiller to direct the fog where you want it. In general, you don't want to
attach more than six or eight feet of tubing, as the fog won't have enough power to travel
through its entire length.