Cheap Snow Machine Fluid
We did a Test at the Adelaide Mini 2013 with shop brought an 2 different home mix's.
We came to the conclusion the differances with the shop stuff v's home made stuff
1. The 'snow' looks no different, blows just as high, sticks together as much.
2. The only slight difference We could detect is that the snow is a little bit more 'wet'.
|Steve's Mix||Rob's Mix||My Mix|
|Water||4850ml||4 Liters||8 Liters|
The best type of Bubble Bath liquid, is one that makes alot of bubbles(Ask your kids to try out the different types, 'funtime' is the one i use)
If you want bigger fluffier flakes, use More Bubble and LESS ISO to water (also turn your machine DOWN)
If you want a higher quantity of smaller flakes use more water an ISO to Bubble and turn the machine UP)
1. Pour 4 Liters of distilled water into a large clean bucket.
2. Add the Bubble Bath and mix.
3. Add the Isopropyl and mix again.Note: Add the Iso to the water and not the other way around,
Since Isopropyl and Water react creating heat.
4. Pour The Mix back into your distilled water bottleBut be Careful when pouring the mix back into the bottle.
Even using a funnel will introduce air into the mix and cause it to foam.
If you are not watching, you'll have bubble foam EVERYWHERE
(I speak from experience on THAT one!)
5. Re-Label the bottle to read Snow Fluid
|4Liters of Distilled Water||$3.50|
Snow machines work by blowing air through what looks like cheese cloth (in a cone shape) which is saturated by fluid.
The fluid is a bubble/iso solution and it creates very tiny bubbles that look like snow
The air pump then forces air throw an to the sides of the cone cheese cloth, causing it to snow.
If you have ever owned a Snow Machine
Despite all those dire warnings about voiding your warranty
the following recipe works great and won't damage your machine.
I personally think the warnings about using 'other than approved' fluids is bullsh-t
Typically the manufactures all claim that using other fluids will damage the delicate 'pump' in the machine.Take a look at this picture of 3 pumps:
These pumps are all from around my house:
One is from my tile wet saw, another from a garden fountain, and the 3'rd from my snow machine.
Can you tell which is which?If you look closely, 2 pumps are identical.
-Those 2 pumps are from the wet saw and the snow machine.
If you have ever worked with a tile saw, you know that the water becomes saturated with very abrasive tile dust.
If this slurry doesn't kill a pump, my snow fluid recipe has NO chance!
At one time, someone tried to tell me that the longer this home made fluid sat around