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by Jacob Coakley
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A Buyers Guide to foggers and hazers
A Buyers Guide to foggers and hazers

A Buyers Guide to Foggers and Hazers

From just a light haze to make your lighting pop to Natasha Katz’s ingenious use of fog in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, atmospherics continues to grow and do more than just offering billows of low-lying fog. (Though of course it does that, too, much to the delight of Phantom productions everywhere.) Here’s the latest of what’s on the market. 

ADJ Entourage
ADJ Entourage

ADJ Entourage
Website: adj.com
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Water based
Vaporization: Heating element
Propulsion: Variable fan driven
Control: DMX, onboard control
Wattage: 1500W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: None
Size: 21” x15.” x 9.75”
Weight: 47 lbs.
MSRP: $799.99
Comments: Housed in a built-in road case.

Antari M-8
Antari M-8

Antari M-8
Website: elationlighting.com
Type: Fogger
Fluid type: FLG water based
Vaporization: Heater
Propulsion: Internal pump
Control: Internal timer, DMX, manual
Wattage: 1800W
Built in Fan? No
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? Yes
Accessories: Optional wireless
Size: 26.25” x 12.5” x 6.75”
Weight: 51 lbs.
MSRP: $1,129.95
Comments: High-capacity 10-liter tank extends use between refills. 50,000 cu.ft/min. First Heat-up Time: 8 min. Fluid consumption: 9 min/liter on high.

AtmosFear Tour HZ
AtmosFear Tour HZ

AtmosFear Tour HZ
Website: www.blizzardlighting.com
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Water based
Vaporization: Fluid pumped into heating element
Propulsion: Electric pump
Control: Manual, DMX
Wattage: 1000W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: None
Size: 17.4” x 15.6” x 9.9”
Weight: 29.8 lbs.
MSRP: $799.99

Chauvet Professional Amhaze Whisper
Chauvet Professional Amhaze Whisper

Chauvet Professional Amhaze Whisper
Website: www.chauvetprofessional.com
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Water based Chauvet PHF or HFG
Vaporization: Heater
Propulsion: Fan
Control: DMX or Manual
Wattage: 700W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: None
Size: 17.75” x 15.82” x 10.78”
Weight: 34.4 lbs.
MSRP: $779.99
Comments: Amhaze Whisper an ideal haze machine for use in television studios and theatrical productions where quiet and discreet operation and rapid heat up time are key. The speed of the fan is controllable and the volume of haze fully adjustable up to a maximum of 7000 cfm

CITC AquaMax MP
CITC AquaMax MP

CITC AquaMax MP
Website: citcfx.com
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Water-based
Vaporization: Nozzle
Propulsion: Fan
Control: DMX, remote, manual
Wattage: 1600 W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: ???
Size: 20” x 13” x 12”
Weight: 34 lbs.

Hazebase base*hazer*pro
Hazebase base*hazer*pro

Hazebase base*hazer*pro
Website: icd-usa.com/hazebase
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: base*hazer*pro fluid
Vaporization: heater
Propulsion: Built-in variable fan
Control: DMX, timer, remote
Wattage: 1500W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: radio remote, wired remote, flying rack
Size: 23” x 21” x 7”
Weight: 48 lbs.
MSRP: $2,500
Comments: Water-based haze built into an Amptown road case. Continuous output, digital display sets. Haze output and fan speeds are micro adjustable. One minute warm-up time.

Le Maitre G300-Smart
Le Maitre G300-Smart

Le Maitre G300-Smart
Website: lemaitreusa.com
Type: Smoke machine
Fluid type: Le Maitre Standard, Global, Molecular, Quick Dissipating,
Vaporization: N/A
Propulsion: N/A
Control: Wi-Fi connectivity, DMX
Wattage: 2100W
Built in Fan? No
Built in LEDs? Yes
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? Yes
Accessories: Timer remote, ducting adaptor
Size: 10.5” x 11.5” x 24”
Weight: 55 lbs.
MSRP: contact for details
Comments: This is Le Maitre’s first smoke machine to feature Internet technology.

Look Solutions Cryo-Gate
Look Solutions Cryo-Gate

Look Solutions Cryo-Gate
Website: looksolutionsusa.com
Type: low fog converter
Fluid type: low fog or quick dissipating
Vaporization: NA
Propulsion: gated air flow
Control: Manual, Analog, DMX, sACN, Art-Net
Wattage: 65 w
Built in Fan? No
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? Yes
Wireless control capability? Yes
Accessories: Flightcase, insulated duct hose
Size: 23.5” x 8” x 7”
Weight: 23 lbs.
MSRP: $4,500
Comments: This product can be utilized with any fog machine to cause the fog to lay low. A high-pressure Co2 tank is required.

Martin JEM ZR35
Martin JEM ZR35

Martin JEM ZR35
Website: martin.com
Type: Fog Machine
Fluid type: Water-based
Vaporization: Heat exchanger
Propulsion: High pressure piston pump
Control: Integrated digital remote control, DMX/RDM, PLC
Wattage: 1,500W
Built in Fan? No
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: Ducting Kit, PLC interface
Size: 23.5” x 16” x 10.5”
Weight: 42 lbs.
MSRP: $1,100
Comments: cETLus compliance, hanging bracket included.

Mega Systems FX H5 Hazer
Mega Systems FX H5 Hazer

Mega Systems FX H5 Hazer
Website: megasystemsinc.com
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Water-based
Vaporization: Heater
Propulsion: Pump & fan
Control: Manual, DMX
Wattage: 1600W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? Yes
Accessories: Wireless remote
Size: 25” x 14.5” x 10.25”
Weight: 46 lbs.
MSRP: $559
Comments: New water based hazer packs 1600W haze. Can fill a room in a hurry.

MDG the ONE
MDG the ONE

MDG the ONE
Website: mdgfog.com
Type: Haze + Fog Generator
Fluid type: MDG Neutral fluid
Vaporization: Heating module
Propulsion: CO2 or N2 gas
Control: DMX/RDM connector or RJ45 node, ACN, ART-Net, ETCNet 2 & 3 and SHOWNet protocols
Wattage: 1100 - 1480 W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: Flight case and protective housing
Size: 24” x 30” x 42”
Weight: 265 lbs.
MSRP: Contact dealer
Comments: Dual mode haze/fog digital atmospheric generator in its touring cradle. APS, ARS for purging/refill; networking capabilities. 100-250 VAC, 50/60 Hz, CE certified, CSA, UL.

Reel EFX DF-50 Diffusion Hazer
Reel EFX DF-50 Diffusion Hazer

Reel EFX DF-50 Diffusion Hazer
Website: reelefx.com
Type: Original diffusion fluid / non-oil diffusion fluid
Fluid type: Original diffusion fluid / non-oil diffusion fluid
Vaporization: Atomized
Propulsion: Fan
Control: Local, remote, DMX, timer, road case
Wattage: 500W
Built in Fan? No
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: Road case, remote case
Size: 14” x 15” x 8”
Weight: 35 lbs.
MSRP: $3,095
Comments: Enhanced show lighting. Safe, economical, no heat. 3+ hour hang time. No warm-up period. 35 hours of use on 2 liters.

Rosco Vapour Plus
Rosco Vapour Plus

Rosco Vapour Plus
Website: rosco.com
Type: Fogger
Fluid type: Water based
Vaporization: Heater
Propulsion: Heater & pump
Control: DMX, remote, relay, 0-10V DC, multi-link
Wattage: 1500W
Built in Fan? No
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? Yes
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: Vapour series industrial card
Size: 19.7” x 10.9” x 9.8”
Weight: 31 lbs.
MSRP: $1,199
Comments: ETL & Actors Equity Listed.

SHS Global Smoke Factory Tour Hazer II
SHS Global Smoke Factory Tour Hazer II

SHS Global Smoke Factory Tour Hazer II
Website: shsglobal.org
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Vapor
Vaporization: Heater
Propulsion: Pump
Control: DMX, WDMX, stand alone, analog 0-10V DC
Wattage: 1500W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? Yes
Accessories: 3 styles of road case, W-DMX receiver
Size: 21.6” x 10.4” x 16”
Weight: 36 lbs.
MSRP: $2,495
Comments: Smoke emitted in 1% intervals at 0-100%. 60 second heat up time. Can run on timer too.

Ultratec Radiance Haze Machine
Ultratec Radiance Haze Machine

Ultratec Radiance Haze Machine
Website: ultratecfx.com
Type: Hazer
Fluid type: Ultratec Luminous 7 haze fluid, water based
Vaporization: 4-port rapid clean vaporizer
Propulsion: Fluid pump & air pump
Control: DMX, stand alone, remote w/ timer
Wattage: 500W
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: Remote controller, touring road case, multiple use bracket
Size: 16” x 13” x 7”
Weight: 28 lbs.
MSRP: $1,325
Comments: New 4-port rapid clean vaporizer. It can be cleaned and returned to service in less than 15 minutes.

Ultratec Special Effects Radiance Touring System
Ultratec Special Effects Radiance Touring System

Ultratec Special Effects Radiance Touring System
Website: ultratecfx.com
Type: Radiance Hazer, including Versa Fan, in a Road Case
Fluid type: 2L/Half Gallon Ultratec Luminous 7 haze fluid, water based
Vaporization: 4-port rapid clean vaporizer
Propulsion: Fluid pump & air pump & external versa fan propulsion
Control: DMX, stand alone, remote w/ timer
Wattage: 500W heater block
Built in Fan? Yes
Built in LEDs? No
Cryo Effect? No
Low lying fog effect? No
Wireless control capability? No
Accessories: Analog Remote
Size: 19” x 15” x 25”
Weight: 95 lbs.
MSRP: $3360 USD
Comments: Radiance manufactured with 4-port rapid clean vaporizer. It can be cleaned and returned to service in less than 15 minutes.