Modern smoke machines are highly effective and efficient and, many are also now available as portable devices; adapted to produce smoke effects using some form of aerosol unit.
For example, the MicroFog takes all the technology of the Genesis range of smoke machines and then adapts it to produce over 6 minutes of smoke per canister. Due to being part of a well-respected range, all parts are easily replaced and are relatively cheap. On top of being able to produce a smoke output of 160 cubic metres per minute, the MicroFog can be used away from a power supply for up to 20 minutes, making it great for location shoots and making it highly portable. Or maybe try the Mini Mist; a robust smoke machine that uses water based smoke fluid and is ideal for film and TV.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a more professional smoke machine setup then you need look no further than the Freezefog Pro. The Freezefog Pro creates a dramatic, controllable low-lying fog effect when used in conjunction with either a G300, GForce 2, or GForce 3 smoke machine and specially formulated Le Maitre smoke fluid. This effect is created when the low smoke fluid is pumped from the smoke machine into the Freezefog where it combines with either high or low pressure liquid CO2 from a remote cylinder. The smoke effect is very long lasting and has the added benefit of being residue free as it remains low lying and very cold. It is often the system of choice for stages, showrooms, TV studios, clubs and parks as it creates a huge impact.
The Freezefog Pro smoke machine has the following features:
• A smoke output of 41000 cbm/hr
• A Modular, quick disconnect fitting for LCO2
• CW and CCW sockets for powercon tether from smoke machine
• The ability to Accommodate both low and high pressure liquid CO2 in a single unit
• Made in the UK
So whether you are looking for a small, compact machine for on-location shoots or a powerful smoke machine that comes with the sensation of real smoke, then there are plenty of options out there for you. Just keep in mind the location in which you are looking to use your machine as this will dictate the type of effect you will ultimately receive.