Snow Machine Fluid

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If you have an artificial snow machine, you know how expensive fluid can be. Despite all those dire warnings about voiding your warranty, the following recipes work great and should not do any damage your machine, as in reality your machine is a small pump, big fan and a sock, thats all.

Almost all the manufacturers of brand name machines warn you not to use anything other than approved fluids, but they are simply there to make you purchase their high priced fluids. I have doubts that there is anything in a home made fluid that could 'damage' your snow machine, provided you use decent quality water and other fluids.

  1. Snow machines are NOT 'precision' instruments. The fluid handling part of many are a small table-top fountain pump, some plastic tubing, and a fabric 'sock'.
  2. Snow Fluids (including those you purchase) are mostly WATER, but the added additional items are designed to be safe enough to be used around people.
  3. Machine makers say you can only use THEIR fluid. Fluid makers also say their solution is safe for ALL other machines. There is a little irregularity there.

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:

Pumps

These pumps are all from around a typical house: One is from a tile wet saw, another from a garden fountain, and the 3rd from a 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, snow fluid recipe has NO chance!

At one time, someone tried to say that the longer this home made fluid sat around, the more harmful it would become to the snow machine. I don't believe this to be true either. The following picture shows the fluid which sat for over 4 months and is still as clear as the day it was made.

Fluid

Recipe 1: (Steve)

  • 60ml "Fun Time" "Space Bubbles" available from Coles and Woolwoths stores.
  • 90ml of Alcohol.
  • 4850ml Distilled Water.

Recipe 2: (Rob)

  • 120ml "Fun Time" "Space Bubbles" available from Coles and Woolwoths stores.
  • 240ml of Alcohol.
  • 4000ml Distilled Water.

Recipe 3: (My best mix so far for my machines)

  • 120ml "Fun Time" "Space Bubbles" available from Coles and Woolwoths stores.
  • 120ml of Alcohol.
  • 3700ml Distilled Water.

The amount of water is variable. If you want bigger fluffier flakes and a fair volume of individual and small groups of bubbles, use LESS water and turn your machine DOWN (think flurries). If you want a higher quantity of smaller flakes (Depending on your machine this may cause a lot of small clumps) use more water and turn the machine UP (think ice storm).

Directions:

Pour the distilled water into a large clean bucket. Add the bubble bath and mix. Add the alcohol and mix again. Note: Add the alcohol to the water and not the other way around since alcohol and water react creating heat. At this point you can test the fluid in your machine and add more water as desired.