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    Joe727
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    Thank you for the responses! The mention of asbestos brings back the memories of school labs, we all handled the stuff, an amazingly durable material, too bad it has side effects.
    Will try different smoke fluid mixes once I get a unit built, it's on the list of projects ongoing. Joe
    captaindoug1
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    What I use in mine is baby oil and kerosen mixed 50/50 does have a little smell but works, you could use varsol instead of the kerosen like what they use in coal oil lamps
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    DodgyGeezer
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    The first time I ever made a smoke generator was in the 1960s at school - for flow visualisation in a wind tunnel I was building. There there was no shortage of power, so i used a 1/4" glass tube wrapped with asbestos and nichrome heating wire, and boiled paraffin in it - no wick. Loads of lovely white smoke once it was forced through a cooling fan - but it was oily and smelly, and not ideal for lab work....

    Later when I built a Revell Bluebell corvette, I made a shallow perspex dish with the glass-fibre wick, and used the smoke fluid from a disco smoke-maker. That's essentially a glycol/water mix - much less smelly. Unless they add perfume....

    I suspect that paraffin would be less smelly outdoors, though fire and an oily residue would be hazards. You should be able to get a bottle of glycol smoke/fog fluid for less than a fiver....
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    Joe727
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    Dogergeezer and Captaindoug, what did you gentlemen use for the fluid? Did you buy some or did you try different homemade recipes like mineral oil or glycerin?

    I am about to try building one soon as I can easily get all of the parts from things I already have. Thanks,
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    DodgyGeezer
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    I made a smoke generator back in the 1990s, and used some nichrome from a broken hairdryer wrapped around a wick made from glass fibre insulation. That withstood the heat very well...
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    Dick
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    Doug that sounds a simpler way,I'll try that.
    Thanks Dick
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    What you need is a box, your nichrome wire a wick from coal oil lamp a small fan from a computer, wrape the wire around the wick put in the oil and the fan will blow the smoke out the stack
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    Dick
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    Thanks Hammer, I will purchase one and play soon.
    Cheers Dick
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    What can’t be seen is the small motor & fan inside the large tube.
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    I must confess not my idea, another members work. Here is mine, it can be temperamental. May have to suck it myself, but once it starts no problems. Do not leave the liquid part connected when not in use, as this contact can be the problem. it sometimes this needs cleaning. The photo is worth a thousand words. Any questions just ask. Hammer
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