Smoke machine clogging
Posted 02 March 2004 - 09:17 AM
Last year I fitted a new heat exchanger / block to a Magnum Pro 2000 smoke machine. Almost a year later it's become blocked again.(Machine is used in a club so really gets hammered ).
Anyone got suggestions as to
a). Unblock a smoke machine
b). Keep it working for longer than 12 months!
Posted 02 March 2004 - 05:16 PM
keeping it running:
never run for long periods with the flow ratew turned to minimum
run a couple of litres of distilled water (ie battery water from halfords) through the machine once a month instead of smoke fluid
Posted 03 March 2004 - 08:43 AM
I've also come across adding vinegar to the distilled water and passing it through
the heat exchanger, I've always assumed it to be 50/50 mix. Anyone else use
this or has anyone tried the kettle descalers which I think is Citric Acid based??
Posted 03 March 2004 - 12:43 PM
Stuart Basson, on 3 Mar 2004, 12:21 PM, said:
The clear stuff is distilled vinegar whilst the brown stuff is malt vinegar (and very nice on yer chips) both are available from Tescos or other supermarket of your choice
Posted 03 March 2004 - 11:16 PM
Edit - Doh! Didn't see the BOTH part in your last message Peter - sorry for repeating what you've just said!
Posted 04 March 2004 - 12:43 PM
JohnMac, on 3 Mar 2004, 08:43 AM, said:
Kettle descalers use various acids, including Oxalic acid (found in rhubarb leaves). Oxalic acid is an irritant.
I would be very wary about putting anything with an orange warning symbol through a smoke machine because I would end up inhaling anything that came out!
Posted 05 March 2004 - 06:43 PM
To prolong the life of the new or cleaned heat exchanger use purified water often to wash out stubborn remains
Posted 05 March 2004 - 07:47 PM
I ended up unblocking it using fizzy water. I wouldn't suggest doing this unless you really cant do it any other way as I can't see it doing the heat exchanger any good at all. It did however get ours to last another 6 months or so before I left.
Posted 10 March 2004 - 06:38 PM
Working and servicing smoke machines another trick to try is a paperclip pushed down the nozzle, to clean the muck out. If the nozzle is really blocked a 1/8" drill bit works. On some machines the nozzle assembly unscrews so that you can see daylight through it.