# Pyro-like Fog Effects

#### DarSax

##### Active Member
So I'm looking into buying a couple cheap, high-output fog machines to simulate some pyro flame effects. I'm looking to replicate this:

Via some quick dissipating fog and a couple of fire-colored lights on the floor. NOTE: I realize the shape of the fog won't follow the vertical nature of the picture. That's not important to me; I'm just trying to give an idea of which pyro effect I'm looking for.

So I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions about which company to go for? I won't be using these all that much in every day use, so DMX capability isn't that important.

I know that companies have come out with fog machines which have vertically-angled outputs, but that seems like kind of pointless to me--why can't you just put some PVC in front of the output and get the same effect, and then you aren't stuck with an awkward fogger for most uses?

These things hopefully won't be taking much wear and tear. I'm looking to get two, though if need be I'll get one and use a PVC Y-tube to split the output. There's a good chance I'm going to do what someone (sorry! I forget who) suggested earlier on these boards, using computer fans to quicken the output of the fog in the PVC, adding to the "pyro" quality of the stream.

Right now I'm looking at these:

Chauvet Hurricane 1050

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#### SHARYNF

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I'd go with ebay or rent. these units are built like tanks and work well, the low end ones tend to be pretty cheaply built

Sharyn

#### DarSax

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EXTREMELY glad to hear they're durable; I'm looking to buy because we'd use the machine for maybe 4-5 of our shows every year.

Excellent, this is turning out great. Thanks for the feedback, are there any other suggestions? The setup seems fairly simple (and workable)...

#### SHARYNF

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As it comes there is a remote control that you can remove from the rear, and use standard xlr cable to extend the control, if you want DMX there is an optional module that plugs in there, instead, not very expensive if I recall.

I suggest you use Martins I fog, the unit holds 2.5 gallons, is heavy but has full support for a c clamp. I have found it very reliable. If you ever get a clog, you can just feed it distilled water.

Sharyn

#### TechiGoz

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Have you looked into the Antari Range of Foggers? They have a huge selection of Fog, Haze, Mist, Whatever all for pretty decent prices. From the experience I have had with them, they last and are pretty good value for money.

Just a thought.

#### soundlight

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Probably too late, but I found just the thing that you need.

Up-Fire Fogger

#### DarSax

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Naw, I had seen those before--but I want to be able to reuse the fog machine, so I figured in most applications I'd rather have a front-firing machine than an up-firing machine, so I'd opt for the front-fire + dryer hose rather than going out and buying an up-firing one

#### soundlight

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Well, the machine is advertised as being able to shoot sideways as well. Or at least that's what it says in the pic. And it shows pics of it sideways as well. Seems like it'd work both ways, and make a cooler upright effect. I'm actually thinking that a few of these would be a really good addition to our light show this next year at Bucknell...

#### DarSax

##### Active Member
Hmmm, that be a dilemmma.

The machine looks great, by the way. Perfect, exactly what I'd want. DMX controllable, durable, great prices, dayumn.

Buuutt

It would mean that I'd have to buy two.
And though you can shoot it horizontally, it looks like it'd still have the same "volcano" effect, which won't be called for in all of our productions.

Yikes. This is a dilemma

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