It’s been used for decades to create all sorts of practical effects. Phil Rhodes celebrates the Le Maitre Mini Mist fog machine.
Part of the purpose of considering gear we like is to celebrate the success of things that have stood the test of time. Our subject today is a well-known example because Le Maitre has been manufacturing variations on the Mini Mist for decades. It is not an embodiment of the very zenith of modern technology, but it does some unique things which should endear it to camera people seeking to represent fires, explosions or perhaps simply that slightly atmospheric interior that seems to be part of the current period-drama milieu.
Le Maitre Mini Mist operating off mains
Most fog machines (by the sheer count of disco foggers sold) work in essentially the same way. A fluid, usually a mixture of glycol or glycerin and water, moves under pressure