- Category: Thermal fogger
- Type: Electric
- Manufacturer: Smith
- Weight: 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg)
- Dimensions: 8×12.5×11 in. (20.3×31.7×28 cm)
- Material: Plastic with a metal tank
- Tank Capacity: 96 oz. (2.8 L)
- Auto-Ignite Button: Yes
- Additional Info: One tank will last for approximately three hours
Review of the Smith FT982 Fogger
Smith FT982 is a universal electric fogger that functions as both a fogger and a mister. Since it comes with a heat assembly, the main use for this tool is as a thermal fogger. By removing the heat assembly, you can also use the fogger as a regular mister. This fogger is available as a 110V model.
As mentioned above, this is a multi-purpose tool, both a thermal fogger and a mister, so you can use it both indoors and outdoors. It can help you treat unpleasant odors, mold, unwanted pests, and bugs while also functioning as an outdoor insect fogger. The Smith FT982 electric fogger is made in the USA.
Here’s a quick breakdown of all the Smith FT982 mosquito fogger parts.
The body of the fogger is made of plastic, with a similar design to the popular Burgess propane fogger.
A metal tank, to hold the fogging solution, is under the body. There are large clamps to attach it to the body of the fogger. The large-capacity aluminum container can hold 96 oz. (2.8 L) of insecticide. This is a larger container than most propane foggers, which have an average solution tank that holds just 40 oz. (1.18 L). This large container provides over 3 hours of operation per tank.
There is a handle on top of the body for portability. As with many propane foggers, the fogging trigger can be found under the handle.
The flow adjustment knob is on the body of the fogger. This regulates the speed with which the fogging solution flows through the heat assembly.
The heat assembly is the barrel-shaped cylinder on the front of the fogger. This electric thermal fogger uses electricity to heat the barrel to a high temperature. When you press the fogging trigger, the fogger will pump the insecticide from the solution tank into the heat assembly. The high temperatures vaporize the insecticide before it exits the nozzle as a fog. The heat assembly is detachable, so, when removed, this tool will function as a mister.
The electric cable is on the back of the fogger is approx. 1-2 ft. (30-60 cm) in length. It has a plug at the end, so you can plug it into any socket if using it indoors. Because the cable is a bit on the short side, you’ll need to use an extension cord outdoors. Make sure that any extension cord you use with the fogger is marked for outdoor use.
With this electric fogger, the fogging process is very similar to that of propane foggers. The only difference is that this uses electricity instead of propane for heat.
- After you’ve plugged the fogger into an electric source and turned it on, let the machine heat up for a couple of minutes before starting to fog. Otherwise, it won’t be hot enough to vaporize the fogging solution and this will just drip out of the fogger’s nozzle.
- When fully heated, you can start to fog by pressing the fogging trigger, which you can find under the handle of the fogger.
- Wait for a couple of seconds after you press the fogging trigger before repeating. This will give the heat barrel time to reheat, so the fog produced is dry and no fogging liquid drips out of the nozzle.
- On average, this fogger outputs particles that are 15 microns in diameter. For a dry fog, the particles must be very small, from 5-20 microns. So, to make the fogger produce a dry fog, you’ll need to turn the flow valve clockwise.
As mentioned, with the Smith FT982 fogger you can choose between a thermal fogger and mist sprayer by simply removing the heat assembly. As a mister, the machine will spray the insecticide in the form of a mist, not a fog. With the heat barrel detached, the machine can’t vaporize the fogging liquid.
Misting can useful when fogging an indoor area, but for outdoor fogging, we suggest using the heating assembly. Thermal fogging with the Smith FT982 fogger is going to be much more effective at killing insects and mosquitoes.