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  1. twiddler

    twiddler New Member

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    Has anyone purchased an Ash Vacuum? Whats the cheapest I can get one and could I just use a small shop vac instead. I seen prices for these vacs online for over $200! I just want something cheap to clean my stove once a week.

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  2. Fire It Up

    Fire It Up New Member

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    I have been using a shop vac for years. What is the harm in using it? I don't have any dust or ash enter the house when I use it.
  3. kilarney

    kilarney New Member

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    I've been using the Stinger vac from Home Depot and am very pleased.
  4. RedNeck Wrangler

    RedNeck Wrangler New Member

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    Kilarney, what filter do you use in your stinger vac?
  5. BignBeefy

    BignBeefy Member

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  6. kilarney

    kilarney New Member

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    It's a paper filter that is designed for the vac. I've never had any problems with ash coming out of the vacuum. However, it is definitely not meant to handle warm ashes.
  7. Fire It Up

    Fire It Up New Member

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    I use the 20 minute rule on my castile. When the fire is on high, with a full feed, I knock down the thermostat and wait 20 minutes. That is just about 5 minutes after the blower stops running. Never had an issue.
  8. twiddler

    twiddler New Member

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    I've heard of people's vacs catching on fire when using it to vacuum ashes. I guess I would have to wait some time before vacuuming. I wonder how long the filters last though.
  9. orangecrushcj7

    orangecrushcj7 Feeling the Heat

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    I have a craftsman 16 gal wet/dry vac. I have used the pleated cartridge filter it came with for vacuuming drywall dust many times, and have never had any dust blow back into the room. I think it may be a HEPA filter. I have never vacuumed ash - is ash any finer than drywall dust? Or am I all set with what I have? Obviously, I would be vacuuming cool ashes only.
  10. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    16 gallon shop vac here. Use with drywall bags to vac out stove
    when cooled down. I do a complete vac job once a month on the stove.
    I let it cool down for a couple hours then have at it.
    The majority of the ash I dump from the ash pan into my garden so
    only have to vac what's in the ash traps and little nooks in the stove.

    My stove runs 24/7 when the heating season begins and in 3 years
    I've never had to vacuum the stove weekly and it runs A+ with the
    maintenance I do. The ash pan on this stove is huge though so I can
    see not being able to go as long with a smaller pan but even then, weekly for a
    full cleanout seems like more work than needed to keep most quality stoves
    running well.
  11. twiddler

    twiddler New Member

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    My stove doesn't have an ash pan. I have to keep it cleaned weekly, thats why I'm concerned about which vacuum to use. I might try using a small shop vac, but will need to make sure there are no hot ashes in the stove.
  12. latichever

    latichever Member

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    What? No love for the Loveless? Pricey but it does the job it's designed for, and I use the ash in my garden.
  13. MCPO

    MCPO Minister of Fire

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    A vac equipped with a hepa filter will indeed filter the finest particles.
  14. kinsmanstoves

    kinsmanstoves Minister of Fire

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    Save your cash for the pellets. Use a shop vac.

    Eric
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