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  1. twiddler

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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

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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.
     
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    I've been using the Stinger vac from Home Depot and am very pleased.
     
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    Kilarney, what filter do you use in your stinger vac?
     
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    ebay :)
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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    A vac equipped with a hepa filter will indeed filter the finest particles.
     
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    Save your cash for the pellets. Use a shop vac.

    Eric
     
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