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Portable Smoke Machines - The ROCKET

In off-power operation

Robust, high output, portable smoke machines

Specifically designed for:

  • air flow visualisation
  • leak testing
  • fire training
  • clean room tests
  • special effects
       We ship worldwide
  Made entirely in England under ISO:9001
5 year warranty
Pea Soup's ROCKET
is THE superior portable smoke generator for testing, training and effects


  • Compact size, robust construction
  • Hand portable, comfortable to hold
  • Off-power capable
  • Continuous output (on mains power)
  • Variable output (0 -> maximum)
  • Non-toxic, thick, dry, white smoke - leaves no residue
  • The most persistent smoke produced by any water-based smoke machine on the market
  • The finest smoke particle size meaning the safest smoke of any water-based machine available
  • 5 year parts warranty, lifetime guarantee on heater block
  • NATO codified version available.
    Stainless steel version available.


  • Precision, machined heat exchanger, guaranteed for life!
  • Utilises fluid aerosol canisters for safe, convenient operation
  • Available with or without remote control
  • Turbo version available - double smoke output
  • Light and portable, ergonomic handle
Code Description
PS23 ROCKET - 1.1kW persistent smoke machine
PS25 ROCKET TURBO - 2.2kW persistent smoke machine


  • Basic version & remote version (both on-board operation, off power, or remote)
  • Particle size 0.2 - 0.3 micron, mass median diameter - the smallest particle size of any smoke machine. ('Theatrical' systems' smoke particle size are usually 3 - 5 microns - a human hair is approx 100 microns). Fog produced by the heat exchanger in the Rocket has been subject to particle size analysis by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Available for 240v or 110v power
(please specify when ordering)

Smoke Hang Time (at 20C)
1.5 hours +

Two control options available:

Basic - no remote (button on handle)
Remote - with button on handle AND remote control on 5m cable

You can produce lots of smoke 'off power' allowing you to carry the generator around, making smoke as required, without a trailing electrical lead. After being on mains for at least 15 minutes, the smoke machine can generate large amounts of smoke at full output for up to 2 minutes within a 20 minute window after being unplugged.

The remote control version can be used with the handle-mounted button when off-power, but not with the remote control (which needs power).

When connected to mains power, the Rocket can operate
continuously at full 100% output

In service with numerous fire authorities world-wide, many military forces (including the USN for shipboard training), as well as analytical laboratories, clean rooms (stainless steel version available), spray booths, and HVAC contractors, the Rocket smoke machines have a reputation for simplicity of operation and reliability.

The smoke fluid is contained in convenient pre-pressurised canisters containing 100% naturally derived propellant (nitrogen gas). At full output, a single canister will provide a total of 15 minutes of smoke production in the 1.1kW Rocket, and around 8 minutes in the 2.2kW Rocket Turbo. There is no need to use the entire fluid canister up all at once - it reseals for use at a later date.

These units are ideal for when you require extremely dense concentrations of smoke, or when large volumes need to be filled with smoke. This is because the smoke produced by the Rocket is very persistent - a number of times more persistent than theatrical smoke machines - hanging in the air for an extended period of time unless vented. The ROCKET TURBO is a high power version and generates almost twice as much smoke volume per minute as the standard model - it's one of the most powerful hand held smoke generators available today.

General Specification (approx.)
Size (L x W x H)
37cm x 16.5cm x 19cm
(14.5 x 6.5 x 7.5 inches)
5.5kg (12.1lbs)
7kg (15.4lbs)
Heat exchanger wattage
Average power consumption, when idle
Power Supply
(specify when ordering)
208-240v, 50-450Hz*
(110v, 50-450Hz* optional)
Warm up time from cold
5 mins
4 mins
Total duration of smoke fluid canister at maximum output, approx.
15 mins
8 mins
Smoke output
0 - 180m3 / min.
(6,356 cu. ft)
0 - 340m3 / min.
(12,000 cu. ft.)
Particle size (mass median diameter)
0.2 - 0.3 micron
Operation off the mains power supply?
* Only basic versions of the Rocket can run up to 450Hz. Remote versions 50-60Hz only.

SFX / Theatre / TV
Air flow visualisation
Leak testing
Fire training
Portable Smoke Generator

PS23 Rocket unit making low volumes of smoke
   Particle size - explained
   Smoke hang time
   Ducting smoke
   Temperature resistance of smoke
   Smoke chemical types

Manufactured under
ISO 9001

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We ship worldwide

Rocket PDF Brochure

PS25 Rocket Turbo 2.2kW unit in use off-power

User comments:
"This is a cool machine. I used the machine in one of my outbuildings. Very impressive indeed. The room is 20' x 10' x 8'. You couldn't see 3' after a 30 second burst."

"I purchased your Rocket smoke machine for the testing of our spray booths and was amazed by the amount of smoke produced from such a compact unit. It is simple to use and with the smoke fluid in pre-filled cans, clean as well. These days it's not often you can say you're impressed with a product, but I am truly impressed! Thank you"

"Just filled up our workshop. Could hardly see the overhead lights. Our ‘professional’ fireman is well impressed as am I."

"The Pea Soup Rocket smoke machine is really good, we have been testing all the A/C ducting and have so many leaks!"

"The smoke from the Rocket was truly magnificent, very impressive indeed.  Really nice density and reach and it seems to be detectable using my laser scanner."

"I wanted to take the time and tell you that the Rocket is an incredible machine! It really helps us for our testing! Thank you for guiding me in this purchase!"

  Smoke particle size:
0.2 microns mmd - no residue, non-contaminating, suitable for use (and widely used) in clean rooms.
5 years on machine, lifetime on heater block.
Smoke persistency:
Water-based fluid hang time 1.5 hours + at 20C.
Fluid efficiency:
One 381g aerosol gives around 15 minutes at full smoke output in the 1.1kW Rocket, producing 180m3 of smoke per minute at full output.
Non-toxic smoke, very efficient fluid use, tiny particle size, no residue, inert gas in one-piece metal aerosols, safety cut-outs.

The world's most compact 2.2kW smoke generator in production
Refuse inferior look-a-likes with contempt as spurious imitations.

THE ROCKET - Persistent smoke generators
PS23 ROCKET 1.1kW, Basic (no remote) £820.00 $1040.00* €955.00*
PS23R ROCKET 1.1kW with Remote Control £975.00 $1235.00* €1135.00*
PS25 ROCKET TURBO 2.2kW, Basic (no remote) £995.00 $1260.00* €1160.00*
PS25R ROCKET TURBO 2.2kW with Remote Control £1080.00 $1365.00* €1255.00*
PS23SS Stainless Steel Rocket 1.1kW, Basic (no remote, dual voltage) £1075.00 $1360.00* €1250.00*

*US Dollar & Euro conversions above are approximate, updated 16 Jan 2024.
  More info on the Stainless Steel Cleanroom Rocket version for clean room air flow validation.



  We can ship worldwide - please contact us for shipping price first  


Smoke Fluid & Accessories
PSA10: Box of 10 Persistent smoke fluid aerosol canisters
for ROCKET units PS23 and PS25 above.
Pre-pressurised, convenient, disposable.
Made from one-piece aluminium (no side crimp) so they will not rust.
PSAS: Single Persistent smoke fluid aerosol canister for ROCKET
As above.



Smoke machine ducting adaptors
Ducting adaptors
(heavy duty 25mm adaptor shown second from left)

25mm silicon lined flexible ducting hose

25mm neoprene flexible ducting hose



Available in three diameters:

  • 25mm
  • 50mm
  • 75mm

A steel ducting adaptor (shown left) attaches to the front of the machine to secure the position of the ducting hose inlet allowing smoke to be positioned precisely, in hard to reach places, a distance away from the machine itself or inside containers, fume cupboards, spray booths, etc.

All our ducting hoses are internally lined to be smooth, thereby reducing frictional losses and smoke particle impaction.

When ducting smoke, you are restricting the smoke particles movement in a limited space and so deposition in the hose over time is inevitable with any machine. But by using a Pea Soup smoke machine and this type of hose, deposition is minimised.

25mm Ducting
25mm diameter heavy duty ducting adaptor
for older Rocket smoke generators (which have spouts around the smoke output nozzle)
Shown in ducting adaptors photo above, second from right
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25mm diameter ducting adaptor (simple)
for the newer Rocket smoke generators (which do not have a spout around the smoke output nozzle).
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25mm silicon lined flexible ducting x 2 metre length
Stays rigid - ideal for clearance and air flow tests use as a 'wand'. Silicon lined to resist heat from the smoke at this small diameter.

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25mm silicon lined flexible ducting x 4 metre length
As above, but a 4 metre length

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25mm neoprene lined flexible ducting x 2 metre length
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25mm neoprene lined flexible ducting x 4 metre length
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50mm and 75mm Reinforced Ducting

  • 100% PVC film wall with galvanised steel protective binding spiral.
  • -20C to +80C temperature range.
  • Compressible 1:6
  • 0.4 kg weight per metre (50mm), 0.5kg weight per metre (75mm)
  • Bend radius: 30mm for 50mm dia, 45mm for 75mm dia.
  • Each 50mm and 75mm hose comes complete with a stepped hose clip included allowing secure attachment to ducting adaptor.
    Spare clips are available.

NB Hose clips (shown below) included with 75mm and 50mm hoses keep the hose attached to the ducting adaptor which is ordered separately.

Ducting hose clips for 50mm and 75mm ducting only
50mm Ducting
50mm diameter ducting adaptor
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50mm diameter reinforced flexible ducting x 10 metre length, with hose clip (ducting adaptor required)
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75mm Ducting
75mm diameter ducting adaptor
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75mm diameter reinforced flexible ducting x 10 metre length, with hose clip (ducting adaptor required)
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PS801: Transport Case for ROCKET smoke machine.
Will fit machine, power & remote lead plus 2 aerosols. IP67 certified for military, broadcast, marine, photography, industrial use. Air tight, corrosion proof, water tight, sand and dust proof. Built-in pressure valve. Can be padlocked. Photo for illustration.
Colour of case is black.

Rocket Transport Case PDF


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PS23SS: Rocket 1.1kW Basic with Stainless Steel Construction
Designed specifically for use in pharmacutical clean rooms for air flow visualisation and LEV work. The Basic Rocket model only available in stainless (ie no remote option or Turbo version). Internal components and performance are the same as Rocket unit specs described above.
This model is a 240V / 110V dual voltage unit, so can run from either voltage.
For more information see our page for the Stainless Steel Cleanroom Rocket
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The ROCKET QD - Quick Dispersing Smoke Generator

Rocket QD PDF Brochure

The ROCKET QD which looks and works in the same way as the ROCKET machines above, produces an even thicker, whiter smoke but which dissipates within a couple of minutes. This machine is mainly used for special effects for smoke that needs to disperse quickly and not smoke log a location (e.g. theatre, steam effects, TV). It's also ideal for photo shoots. By using it with a fan, a superb steam / CO2 blast effect can be created (increasing air movement increases rate of smoke dissipation). It is also used by some hospitals for their fire safety evacuation training where they need a thick smoke effect, but when the smoke must disperse after the test without ventilation being available. Higher ambient temperatures also make the smoke disappear faster (at 30C the smoke is gone within 30 seconds), as does fast moving air.
Note: You cannot use persistent Rocket Fuel aerosols (above) in a Rocket QD machine because the machines operate at different temperatures.

Rocket QD quick dispersing smoke generator
PS21 - Basic (no remote) £820.00
PS21R - Remote control version £975.00
PS22 - Turbo Basic (no remote) £995.00
PS22R - Turbo with Remote control £1080.00

This unit can also be hired

SFX / Theatre / TV
Air flow direction visualisation
Leak testing
Fire training

PS21 : Rocket QD - Quick dispersing portable smoke generator


  We can ship worldwide - please contact us for shipping price first  
NB The Rocket QD is made to order and can take around 5 days to build.
Smoke Fluid & Accessories
Quick Dispersing smoke fluid aerosols
for the Rocket QD PS21 models.
(Supplied in boxes of 10)
Refillable canister (supplied singly)
Fill with fluid (below) and pressurise with a hand pump (below), airline (e.g. in a garage forecourt) or inert gas supply to 75 PSI. Can be used ~25 times, or more with care.
Overseas shipping costs are reduced by ordering refillable canister(s) and containers of smoke fluid instead of pre-pressurised aerosols.
5 litres quick dispersing smoke fluid for use with refillable canister (above).
Will fill the refillable aerosol approx. 14 times.
High pressure double action shock pump - with gauge, used to pressurise the refillable canister (above) to 75 PSI. Small and portable, requires approx. 100 actions to pressurise canister.
Photo below shows pump next to refillable canister.
High pressure stirrup pump - with gauge, used to pressurise the refillable canister (above) to 75 PSI. Larger than shock pump above, but only requires around 5 actions to pressurise the canister.
Photo at left shows pump next to refillable canister.
High Pressure Foot Pump
- with gauge, used to pressurise the refillable canister (above) to 75 PSI. Smaller than stirrup pump above, but only requires around 20 actions to pressurise the canister but using your leg instead of your arm.
Photo at left shows refillable canister next to pump.
Please see section above for transport cases suitable for both the Rocket QD and the Rocket.

Generate continuous output for a longer period between fluid refills at over 4 times smoke volume than the standard Rocket with the Pea Soup DRAGON.


Micro Rocket - Battery powered Smoke Machine -
Highly portable battery powered machine for air flow tracing, photographers, theatrical and cinematic purposes. Quick dispersing smoke.
Mini Rocket - 400W Battery powered Smoke Machine -
Higher output battery powered machine for photographers and film makers as well as training or air flow applications where no power is available.
DRAGON 2.2kW High Output Smoke Generator -
High spec, high power, continuous 100% high output 2.2kW smoke machine suitable for fire safety training, leak & air flow testing. Water based. Ships worldwide.
Industrial quality - 5 year parts warranty, lifetime guarantee on heat exchanger.

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2.2kW High Output Smoke Machine The Dragon is our highest quality water-based smoke generator offering continuous 100% high output and uncompromising component reliability.
Oil Based Smoke Generators The ultimate choice for larger applications whose super dense smoke has a very high temperature tolerance and persistence.

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