The Cutter propane insect fogger review

Specifications

  • Category – Thermal fogger
  • Type – Propane
  • Manufacturer – Cutter
  • Weight – 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)
  • Dimensions – 17.5x6x9.5 inches (44x15x24 cm)
  • Material – Plastic
  • Capacity of container – 32 oz (0.95 l)
  • Auto ignite button – Yes
  • Propane gas cylinder – Not included
  • Additional info – Made in the USA

Review

Thermal foggers in combination with a powerful insecticide is one of the best ways to kill mosquitoes outdoors. This Cutter propane insect fogger is a tool that uses hot or thermal fogging techniques to vaporize insecticide formula into tiny particles that can penetrate even the smallest places outdoors. Insect fogger can provide hours of mosquito free time and the fogging process does not take a lot of time. The Cutter fogger works with a propane gas, so this is as a portable unit and there are no wires needed to power the tool. The fogger is intended for outdoor use only. Cutter thermal mosquito fogger is made in the USA.

Parts

The body of the fogging unit is made from a light but durable plastic material and the burner is made form a stainless steel. This fogger is a one peace unit, because the solution tank is built into the body of the fogger and cannot be detached as on most thermal and ULV foggers. On the top of unit there is a large handle for carrying the fogger around more easily. As the fogging unit is pretty light it does not come with a carrying strap, so you will need to hold it in hand when fogging. Under the handle you will find a large fogging trigger that, when pressed, pumps insecticide from the solution tank into the coil to vaporize the liquid and output it as a fog.

On the front of the fogger there is a burner which consists of a coil that is heated up with a propane gas and vaporizes the fogging solution, a basket around the coil that protects you from accidentally touching the hot coil, a nozzle at the end of the burning assembly where the insecticide is released into air as a cloud of fog. To light the fogger there is an auto ignite button on the side of the fogger, which lights a spark to the coil when pressed. This is why you don’t have to place a lighter or match to the coil to light it manually up as seen on other thermal foggers. However, if the auto ignite button does not work for some reason, you can still light it manually using a match or a lighter.

The solution container is built into the body of the fogger and has got a 32 oz (0.95 l) capacity. You can fill insecticide into the container trough a sealed opening at one side of the fogger. On the back of the unit a propane cylinder must be inserted for fogger to work. Cutter propane fogger does not include a propane cylinder when you purchase it, so you will need to purchase it separately. This fogger can be used with both tall 14.1 oz (0.41 l) and short 16.4 oz (0.48 l) propane cylinders. On the side of the fogger you will find a fuel control valve, which allows to increase or decrease the fuel supply to the fogger.

Fogging

Cutter propane fogger works at very high temperatures, so there are some safety concerns you need to be aware of when using the fogger. First, don’t use the fogger indoors or around easily flammable objects, because it might occasionally spit a small fire ball trough the nozzle that might cause a fire risk if used in indoor place. Also, the heat assembly of the fogger will get very hot when fogging, so don’t touch it with your hands or you can get burns to your skin.

The usage of the fogger is pretty easy and same as with other thermal foggers there are few things to note. Fill the insecticide solution into the container, but do not overfill it and make sure that there is enough liquid for pump to reach it. When the insecticide has been filled into the container you can attach a propane cylinder to the back of the fogger. Make sure there aren’t any dust on the end of the cylinder when you insert it into the fogger. Then open the fuel valve a bit until you hear the gas flow and press the auto ignite button that should light the burner of the fogger. Allow the unit to heat up for about a minute before starting to fog. To fog press the fogging trigger that is going to pump insecticide from the container to the coil, where it will get heated and released trough the nozzle forming a thick and dense cloud of fog in white color. If you see fog in brow or yellow colors or the insecticide is dripping trough the nozzle, stop fogging and check the usage instructions that came with the product. To turn the fogger off simply close the fuel valve and wait for couple of minutes until the fogger stops outputting fog. After successful fogging you should have couple of hours of mosquito free time. For longer effect you must repeat the fogging couple a days for few weeks depending on the insecticide used. For more information check the label of insecticide solution you are using.

Size and weight

The size of Cutter propane insect fogger is 17.5x6x9.5 inches (44x15x24 cm) and the weight of the unit is approx. 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg).

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11 comments

  1. Propane fogger not only has the ablitily to kill mosquitoes for about 5 hours, it can kill all your fireflies butterflies moths and other pollinators in addition to all the beneficial insects in your yard and possibly the creatures that prey on the insects. Such as frogs and hummingbirds. My neighbor fogged my yard while I was gone, thinking he was doing me a favor. Where I had thousands of fireflies every night before, there is virtually none now. He fogged my fish pond where I had hundreds of frogs for years, now you don’t hear a croak. Think very seriously before using toxic chemicals on your yard around your pets pollinators and other living creatures.. I suspect the two dead hummingbirds in my yard fell prey to this chemical fogger. Hummingbirds are voracious Eaters of gnats, mosquitoes and other small flying pests.

    1. Chuck,

      I am sorry that happened to you, however, the killing ability of foggers comes from the insecticide that is used in the fogger, not the fogger itself, so here the insecticide is to blame for the devastation in your yard.
      Mosquito foggers are highly efficient devices at fighting mosquitoes, but you also need to pay close attention as to what insecticide you are using and what insects and other creatures it is meant for. In this case your neighbor probably didn’t think to check if the insecticide he was using will harm birds, fireflies and others. So I would suggest to tell your neighbor to closely read the label of the insecticide, and follow the instructions that are written there. This will help your neighbor and you to avoid the heartache of killing beneficial insects and birds, while still reaping the benefits of mosquito fogger.
      P.S. Yes, hummingbirds do eat some mosquitoes, however their diet is not limited to mosquitoes and they actually prefer to eat spiders, since spiders compile up to 80% of their diet.

      Best of luck to you,
      Karen.

  2. I have a new cutter propane fogger…hand held..Question ..is this there any clean-up to the cutter to be done after each fogging? Does the bug spray need to be removed and cleaned out? And.. what about storage,, I read the clips on youtube but did not get a good answer for the small fogger I have..

    1. Great question, Larry!
      No, you don’t have to remove the insecticide, you can even store the fogger for longer periods of time with the insecticide still inside, just make sure that you do change up the insecticide solution before using the fogger again after longer storage period.
      You should store the fogger upright in a cool and well ventilated area that is out of the reach of children. And don’t forget to turn off the propane valve after you are done fogging.
      Best,
      Karen

  3. It seems to work fine by pulling the trigger but I get short, light spurts of fog. When I turn the unit off, I get very large, prolonged bursts of very dense fog. Nothing like what I see when the unit is turned on. Why is this and how long do you think it will continue to vaporize the insecticide when propane is turned off?

    1. Dale,
      I would let the fogger sit for about 10 minutes after you are done fogging, so all of the insecticide has a chance to vaporize.
      As for the prolonged bursts of dense fog after you turn off the unit, it could be related to the fact that the fogger is still hot for a few minutes after you turn it of and, since you are not pulling the trigger, the fog accumulates and comes out thicker and denser. But I can’t be completely sure, so I would suggest you contact The Fountainhead Group, who manufactures the Cutter foggers, and ask them about this.
      Best,
      Karen

  4. Hello
    We love our fogger but it keeps getting clogged and at one point it was like a flame thrower very scary
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks

    1. I would suggest you to contact the manufacturer immediately, because it sounds like your fogger might have become dangerous to use.
      Other than that, often the fogger gets easily clogged if you don’t let it pre-heat for about 2 minutes before you use it. If this is the case, then you should remove any obstructions from the nozzle before each use and it might work better. But I would still suggest you to get in touch with the manufacturer and not continue to use the fogger, especially if it is becoming flame-thrower like.

  5. Am I under fogging? I’ve fogged and still have mosquitoes eating us. How long should I fog the same area for this product to be effective?

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