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Does a clothing steamer work well as a fog machine? Answered

If I was to put fog juice in my clothes steamer would it work reasonably well for creating a slow stream of steady fog or just destroy my steamer?

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lemonie

Best Answer 8 years ago


No, foggers have different jets.

L

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jj37lemonie

Answer 8 years ago

Thanks L, I did not account for the pressure buildup in a fog machine vs free flowing in a steamer.

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RavingMadStudios

8 years ago

You should totally do it. I'll start taking up a collection for bail.

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RavingMadStudiosseandogue

Answer 8 years ago

Just the smoke. I figure I can watch the bust on COPS. Unless you're wearing a shirt, that is. They never arrest anybody on COPS who's wearing a shirt.

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seandogueRavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

oh darn, you got my number ;-)

(in actuality, I'm far to skinny to go shirtless except for when it's 90 degrees and 80% humidity. I'm wearing a tee shirt, a flannel, and an ugly, yet warm sweater my mom gave me for Christmas last year)

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RavingMadStudiosseandogue

Answer 8 years ago

Too skinny? Wish I had that problem....

Seriously though. That's a very nifty device.

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seandogueRavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

Thanks, and no, you really shouldn't. It makes the winter a real bear.

If I do ever get it running again, I'll fire it up and post the video here, if it's before my membership runs out that is.

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jj37

8 years ago

Do You know of a good way to clean out and care for a fog machine I am going to buy a nice one and dont want it ruined like the past 3 cheap ones that I have had

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RavingMadStudiosjj37

Answer 8 years ago

Just run a tank or two of distilled water through it before you store it. Also, never store it with the tank empty, as this can cause the pump to seize up.

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jj37RavingMadStudios

Answer 8 years ago

There is my problem I store it with the tank empty, I just figured a high power pump like that could handle a little air, silly me.

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jj37

8 years ago

Was that an oil BASED fog I did not think glycol had much of a buildup in anything but the heater?

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frollard

8 years ago

Fog machines work by vapourizing liquid (glycol etc) on a hot surface. The resulting vapour is what you see. Clothing steamers have a couple of options how they work, some just have a boiler and valve -- do not put fog juice in one of these. Some work similar to a fogger by spritzing water on a hot plate -- that might work, but as others say will gunk up.

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jj37frollard

Answer 8 years ago

Mine is just a boiler and thus would get clogged quickly thanks for your input.

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seandoguefrollard

Answer 8 years ago

good point f. I should have mentioned that they work by pushing "smoke fluid" through an annular (ring shaped) space between a pipe and a rod-like "immersion" heating element, then through a simple pinhole nozzle, little different than any other nozzle except sized depending on flow.

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RavingMadStudios

8 years ago

Now THAT'S a fogger I could learn to love. Probably not if I had to use it every day, but on special occasions that sucker would be the bomb.

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RavingMadStudios

8 years ago

Also, when it gets overheated, fog juice releases some nasty toxic fumes. I wouldn't risk it without knowing some more details about both the fog juice and the steamer.

Important Mostly Unrelated Safety Tip:
Never, under any circumstances, put tequila in a fog machine. No matter how funny you think it would be, just don't do it.