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    Has anyone every tried making a DIY artificial snow making machine? Any thoughts?

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    I have the parts stripped from my 'Not So Amazing Snowman' plus the blower from a kids bounce house that I'll be trying to parlay into a working machine.

    There is not much to one:

    An air blower (think output side of fan from a vacuum), a small fountain pump to move the fluid, a small needle to disburse the fluid into the air stream, and a fabric 'sock' (think jeans material but thinner) that catches the fluid as the air blows through (to generate the foam).

    The airflow is diverted to both go through the sock and around the outside of the sock to blast it off and into the air as 'flakes'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcqr View Post
    I have the parts stripped from my 'Not So Amazing Snowman' plus the blower from a kids bounce house that I'll be trying to parlay into a working machine.

    There is not much to one:

    An air blower (think output side of fan from a vacuum), a small fountain pump to move the fluid, a small needle to disburse the fluid into the air stream, and a fabric 'sock' (think jeans material but thinner) that catches the fluid as the air blows through (to generate the foam).

    The airflow is diverted to both go through the sock and around the outside of the sock to blast it off and into the air as 'flakes'.

    Yup, discovered the same thing, just wondering what folks might be using as a blower motor. I have a $400.00 commercial machine(True North) that we got a few years back and it works fine, but there is really nothing to it. I would like to have a few more but cant really afford/justify the purchase of the commercial machines.

    I have 2 amazing snowmen that work fine so I dont want to tear them apart yet. I have fixed a couple of broken hoses, air and fluid, over the years.

    I have made my own fluid for the past 3 years with no effect on any of the machines. (1 cup dish soap or bubble fluid, 1 cup alcohol, 1 gallon distilled water).

    Not really sure why one needs to use distilled water. Any comments on the use of regular household water?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmulvenna View Post
    Yup, discovered the same thing, just wondering what folks might be using as a blower motor. I have a $400.00 commercial machine(True North) that we got a few years back and it works fine, but there is really nothing to it. I would like to have a few more but cant really afford/justify the purchase of the commercial machines.

    I have 2 amazing snowmen that work fine so I dont want to tear them apart yet. I have fixed a couple of broken hoses, air and fluid, over the years.

    I have made my own fluid for the past 3 years with no effect on any of the machines. (1 cup dish soap or bubble fluid, 1 cup alcohol, 1 gallon distilled water).

    Not really sure why one needs to use distilled water. Any comments on the use of regular household water?
    The distilled water thing boils (heh!) down to really where you live... Here in FL our water is SUPER HARD with a ton of Calcium Carbonate disolved. Running that water through a snow machine will quickly plug-up the fine needle with minerals. The sock would quickly become crusted too.

    Granted you could soak the thing in some vinegar to clean it up, like I have to do with all my shower heads/faucets, but why bother....
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcqr View Post
    The distilled water thing boils (heh!) down to really where you live... Here in FL our water is SUPER HARD with a ton of Calcium Carbonate disolved. Running that water through a snow machine will quickly plug-up the fine needle with minerals. The sock would quickly become crusted too.

    Granted you could soak the thing in some vinegar to clean it up, like I have to do with all my shower heads/faucets, but why bother....

    Boil, boil, toil and trouble....wait that's the other holiday.:p:p

    Thanks that makes total sense. Think I might give our tap water a try here in Phoenix.
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    We have 36" of snow on the ground right now and are expecting another 4-5" tonight.

    I will be happy to Fedex you some snow, how much would you like????

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanp View Post
    We have 36" of snow on the ground right now and are expecting another 4-5" tonight.

    I will be happy to Fedex you some snow, how much would you like????

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    Thanks, but if we want the real stuff we just drive a few hours look at it and then return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanp View Post
    We have 36" of snow on the ground right now and are expecting another 4-5" tonight.

    I will be happy to Fedex you some snow, how much would you like????

    IMG_0013.JPG
    Oh I want in on this....
    How much can you get me by the weekend?

    We are expecting 36-38oC (96-100oF) for the next 3 days.. I could do with some snow to lay in... even for a couple of hours...

    What do you think Fedex'd charge for shipping to Melbourne, Australia - next flight?
    It all sounds like too good a deal to me to pass up!
    I'm pretty certain we could quickly get a coop together with wjohn and a few other Melbournians!!

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    Just watch out for the yellow Snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Just watch out for the yellow Snow.
    From Frank Zappa

    Dreamed I was an eskimo
    Frozen wind began to blow
    Under my boots and around my toes
    The frost that bit the ground below
    It was a hundred degrees below zero...

    And my mama cried
    And my mama cried
    Nanook, a-no-no
    Nanook, a-no-no
    Don't be a naughty eskimo
    Save your money, don't go to the show

    Well I turned around and I said oh, oh oh
    Well I turned around and I said oh, oh oh
    Well I turned around and I said ho, ho
    And the northern lights commenced to glow
    And she said, with a tear in her eye
    Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow
    Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow
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