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I have had good success with the Hurricane Haze 2 from Chauvet. And contrary to what some may say, it does not go through gallons of haze quickly. February will make 2 years since I purchased my unit. I am just about to crack open the third gallon of fluid. We played 67 shows last year; used haze probably 25 to 30 of those shows. Two other local bands have purchased the hazer based upon seeing it at our shows. It works perfect in DMX mode. My only issue has been the couple of times I used it with the manual controller I could not get the timer function to propertly work. Not a big deal to me since it's almost always in DMX mode.
If mine broke at the next show I would immediately purchase another one.
I am in the same position as the op. I would greatly appreciate it someone with more knowledge of hazers would chime in. After a week of searching the net i'm still unclear as to what even constitutes a "real" hazer. I would loke to spend under 500 and get the best bang for the buck, while leaving the least residue, making the least visible haze, and making the least odor or irritant. Looking at ADJ hazer, chauvet hurricane, and antari 300. Please help
Well here is what going up to a Radiance gets you. Back lights are MX-4 scanners and the rest were cheap ADJ LED cans, before I went to Q12a's. You don't see any haze except where the beams are, and beams even come from anemic LEDs. Can do about 100 shows on a gallon jug of fluid.
I'm only offering this for FYI purposes, if you have the money and expect to use the hazer often, please go by the above recommendations.
A cheap DIY alternative is to buy an Ultrasonic humidifier. You can create your own glycerine/distilled water mix. The glycerine can leave a slimy feel on surfaces.
Again, this is not a very professional, and probably not very durable solution. In my case it works because most places we play do not allow fog or haze. I couldn't justify a hazer purchase for use maybe twice a year. When it is used, it's hidden on stage.
I can't speak for all hazers, but I can tell you mine is pretty loud. I have a bunch of Blizzard Qs (6's and 12's) in my rig. You cannot hear them over the hazer. It doesn't matter for my application (can't be heard over a Marshall!) but if you are wanting to use one in a quiet environment, you will want to pipe the haze in. Remember, these work off of a compressor. Compressors are not known for their quietness.
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