Easy DIY Fogger, key points

CasqueAbove

Avid Member
I have seen many video on the DIY foggers, but they always seem to fall short of a usable item.

This is what I have put together, more specific to chameleons.

The first pic is the completed project, though your base will be different, as this was not a great choice.
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Now lets step through the components, as the right combination is what makes the difference.

The first component is the blower fan. This is where almost every video I see get it wrong. When we compare the two fans we see a clear difference with the Cooling/computer fan on the right, and the blower fan on the left. The cooling fan is meant to "scatter" the cool air, flooding the case with cool air.
The Blower fan on the other hand , as the name suggests, blows air creating a gentle air pressure that pushes the air. The blower fan is what the commercial products use, and the fan in the link is the replacement fan for the reptiBres Fogger.
Using the blower does a far better job of pushing the fog where it needs to go, and is smaller and easier to mount in place. Realize that all air blows through the open square, where as the circular fan part you can see is the intake.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JQJ93JD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Price $10 for a 4pack.

Second lets look at the fog unit it self. Though it can be difficult at first to decipher what they are selling you, I will try to help you pick.
Do not think you can use just the disks, or combine foggers on the same cord, unless they come that way. The reason for this is that there is actual kind of a small computer in the unit caled an "ESC" for Electronic speed control controller. At least this is what we call in in the rc world. The point is it has to "control" the current to the disk unit. The ESC and misting disks have to work together. Of course it can be done, but this is to be an "Anyone can do it" DIY.
The two key components you want to look at in these is the size and material of the disk. The disk is the small flat white disc. This is the work horse
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Ceramic is the best choice, and bigger disk = more fog.

Here are the ones I originally went with as I was trying to be cheap because I was not sure how well it would work, and I was trying different designs.
I would call them adequate, but I will go with larger next time.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TN5EUUE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

price $12

The next thing to consider is the container itself. I would suggest waiting till you get the fogging unit. The unit will dictate how deep the water should be. These units have an automatic shut off. It is the small silver thing on the edge of the unit. If water goes below this it shuts off automatically. Very handy. This is your min fill line. On the deep side, we need to allow for about 1 inch of water above this shut off. Note that the units do not function well much deeper than this. We also need to account for the exhaust tube. The tube will come down about an inch, and we need a gap between the bottom of the tube and the water so the air can flow.
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One of the limiting factors is this depth requirement. Depending on how long you will want it to run, You will look for more surface area vs depth.
The box I chose is poor for a couple reasons, the depth is not good, too shallow, and doesn't seal tight. The tighter the seal the more efficient it will be.
I got these at the Dollar store, so no real loss.

Cost $1-$5

The next secret is the clear tubing, though it does come in colors if you want. It is actually a fluorescent tube guard. They can be found at HomeDepo or other hardware stores, you just need to know what to call it.
So Why this tube and not the expandable tubing they all come with ? One simple answer, cleanliness. The expandable tubing has tons of small groves, perfect to stay dam and grow bacteria. The clear tube is very light weight, and will completely dry out within hours and can be cleaned or replaced easily. Buy taking a small section (right) and cutting it length wise you can make a coupler so you can add a fancy directional blower as I have here.

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Price $4-$6

I am including a link for reference, but the come it two sizes, the smaller size diameter fits well with 1 1/2in pvc corners if needed.
This tubing can also be used in place of the expandable tubing that come with most commercial units.
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Putting it all together.

So we have our parts, now what ?

Well first we will need to cut the holes in the lid of our container. Try to cut the holes just the right size, it will make gluing easier.
Next we need to splice some wires. I did not get pics of this, but you use scissors to expose the wires to the fogger, use a wire stripper to expose the wires and connect color to color, wrap with electrical tape.
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These are the components I have found to work best. The advantage of this is not only in price around $35-$40 depending on what supplies are needed, but also in super easy cleaning.
If a standard tuperware with removable lid is used the container can simply be place in the dish washer, while the other components are wiped and left to completely dry out, ready for a clean use the next day.

Some extras you will need are:

Electrical tape
Wire stripper
hot glue gun

These can all be found for cheap at the dollar store or walmart.


I hope I did a good job explaining, let me know if there are questions.
 

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nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
I have a dumb question. How do you clean descale the unit? It looks like with a bit of forethought you could rig it to be able to remove all electronics, and take the whole thing to the bathtub or garden hose to wash it out? And on that note, a "bucket" might be the best container since easiest to clean.

Also it would be nice if you go more in depth on the discs, ive seen some float etc, im not sure how yours work. Ive only had experience with the ones that float in ponds and that would be way too much for a bucket/tackle box.
 

CasqueAbove

Avid Member
I have a dumb question. How do you clean descale the unit? It looks like with a bit of forethought you could rig it to be able to remove all electronics, and take the whole thing to the bathtub or garden hose to wash it out? And on that note, a "bucket" might be the best container since easiest to clean.

Also it would be nice if you go more in depth on the discs, ive seen some float etc, im not sure how yours work. Ive only had experience with the ones that float in ponds and that would be way too much for a bucket/tackle box.
Well on the disks, I wish I knew more. I have been working on some ideas to make it float.

On how do you descale, you are right, the idea is that you can easily remove and soak as necessary. CDC recommends a vinegar bath once a week. This could easily be done on the fog unit only, the rest can be soaked in a bath or hand washed. I let mine dry every day, and hand wash as necessary. Not saying it is best, just what I do.

The key part of the container is size. The foggers work best at about a 1/2 inch or so under water, so we really only want the water level only about 1 inch at max above the fog unit. The next is the volume of space you need to fill with fog, so it can be moved.

So if we used say a 5gal bucket, it is now only a 1/4 full leaving a large volume to fill with fog before we pump it up the tube. with the single unit I showed it is two much space. So you want to find a container that allows for the 1 inch above the fogger, but no more than 1 to 2 in above that so we can fill the space.

Now the pond floating type. OH YEA that is where I am headed. One of those , 3 or six head, in a 5 gal bucket with the lid built with the components described on it. No joke You could fog half a room., I would add one more blower fan.
This is what I am doing next, as my collection grows it is going to be easier to have one large unit.

One of the main things is the clear tubing, it is cheap enough to replace, and you can see when it is bad, it drys faster, and does not allow all the little crevices for bacteria to grow.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
Very cool... not to trying to be a buzzkill here, but you can buy one for that price or cheaper. At least back when I bought mine they were all $40ish and less
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Well on the disks, I wish I knew more. I have been working on some ideas to make it float.

On how do you descale, you are right, the idea is that you can easily remove and soak as necessary. CDC recommends a vinegar bath once a week. This could easily be done on the fog unit only, the rest can be soaked in a bath or hand washed. I let mine dry every day, and hand wash as necessary. Not saying it is best, just what I do.

The key part of the container is size. The foggers work best at about a 1/2 inch or so under water, so we really only want the water level only about 1 inch at max above the fog unit. The next is the volume of space you need to fill with fog, so it can be moved.

So if we used say a 5gal bucket, it is now only a 1/4 full leaving a large volume to fill with fog before we pump it up the tube. with the single unit I showed it is two much space. So you want to find a container that allows for the 1 inch above the fogger, but no more than 1 to 2 in above that so we can fill the space.

Now the pond floating type. OH YEA that is where I am headed. One of those , 3 or six head, in a 5 gal bucket with the lid built with the components described on it. No joke You could fog half a room., I would add one more blower fan.
This is what I am doing next, as my collection grows it is going to be easier to have one large unit.

One of the main things is the clear tubing, it is cheap enough to replace, and you can see when it is bad, it drys faster, and does not allow all the little crevices for bacteria to grow.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/FLOAT-for-MIST-MAKER-FOGGER-Hydroponics-Aeroponics-Ponds-/223195725473

You can buy or make floaties for most heads. So making a 5 gallon bucket may still work.

And for others that are wondering what happens when you go off the fogger deep end...



It also looks like houseOfHydro is back up and running after the fire
https://www.thehouseofhydro.com/index.html

You give you a clue, a 25 watt ish model would fog 500ml per hour.
 
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CasqueAbove

Avid Member
Very cool... not to trying to be a buzzkill here, but you can buy one for that price or cheaper. At least back when I bought mine they were all $40ish and less
Not a buzz kill, You just hit another great point. Look on Marketplace for baby humidifiers or the like. I see then for $25 all the time.

You also hit a key point, is it really that much cheaper to diy? so so really. From what I have found most of the time the savings are so small they get lost in build time.

DIY is because you like it. @jamest0o0 has a great point. If you are a DIYer and enjoy it is fine. If you are NOT a DIYer you will often spend more and come up with less than if you just go buy a decent off the shelf product.
 
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