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I own both of these hazers and it states in the manual that it will take both the oil based and water based fluid. I have tried 4 dealers in Canada and they all say they can not get the water based haze fluid! We have been using the oil based fluid and have a oily residue covering our lights and our building air makeup units are saturated with oil in the filters!!! Someone please help me out.
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Well, you have two problems:

The biggest technical problem is you gotta clean out those hazers, and I'm not sure how to do that. There's got to be some sort of cleaning fluid that should do it. I cna't remove the tank from my HZ-300, otherwise I'd soak and scrub the hell out of it, dry it thoroughly and then replace it. Or maybe you can just replace the tank.

One of the problem is "once you go oil-based, you can never go back" sort of logic. My intentions was "I must use water-based as I don't want residue on my stuff" and the oil/mineral based solutions annoy me, so I would assume that with many of the cast on a show I work on wearing contacts, they'd appreciate the water-based solutions.

The other problem is why is it becoming so damn hard for Canadians to get the product they want so easily? I recall another Canadian not too long ago having a similar problem. Is there some sort of importation issue that prevents the fluids from being shipped over the borders? I mean, we're not talking hazardous materials here.

I work with a dealer in Southern California(I'm in northern California area), and if you want, you can contact me via my web site, or find him on my links page and maybe he can hook you up.

If you want, I can go down into my garage and get the fluid details. It's an Anatari fluid, and it's their water-based haze fluid.
Hi Jesse,

Forget what the user manuals says, I know it states water based fluid is compatible and technically it is, however using water based fluid in either of these machines is not recommended. Using water based haze fluid in these machines will dramatically reduce performance and output by up to 50%. That being said you can go back and forth between oil and water if you choose but not very easily. Each change of fluid types requires deep cleaning of the system by following the steps below;

1. First, drain the haze liquid inside the tank.

2. Add a small amount (about 50~100c.c.) of pure alcohol (not the kind in your bar!) into the tank, and run the hazer for 3~5 minutes or until all the alcohol has filtered through the system.

After running the hazer please drain the tank again and make sure there is no alcohol residue left inside the tank.

3. Open the upper and side cover of the hazer and use a clean cloth, dipped in alcohol as well, and wipe down and clean the fluid filter connected to the tank outlet.

4 Also, Remove the filter inside the air compressor, open it up and wash out the filter gauze with alcohol and let dry.See attached picture

5. Reassemble in reverse order when all components have dried.

By the cleaning steps involved you can see why most people choose to stick with one type of fluid.

Hazers are really designed for larger shows in arenas and outdoor venues. If you want to look at a good water based hazer look at the HZ-400:

But, my best suggestion would be to retire the HZ-100 and HZ-300 and move to a machine designed for water base fluid like the X-310:

or even better the new F-3 Fazer:

The F-3 uses the latest fog machine technology and works almost exactly like a haze machine with two exceptions; 1) It has a 3 minute warm up time and 2) It strictly uses water based fog fluid.

Hope this helps.


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