Best vac for cleaning stove

JAHlove Posted By JAHlove, Sep 12, 2008 at 3:46 PM

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  1. JAHlove

    New Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Western Mass
    What's the best vacuum for cleaning my pellet stove?

    I've been using our house vac and just cleaning out the bag frequently.

    But wondering if it make sense to use a dedicated shop vac with filters, etc. or spend the $200+ for a metal, stove ash vac?

    What say you all?
  2. rap69ri

    Minister of Fire

    Feb 23, 2008
    Middle of RI
    I've been using a small 6 gal Shop Vac with a fine dust filter to clean my stove. It works great, and no dust gets blown around. I usually go through 2 filters for the season mainly because my wife uses the vac for other things.
  3. imacman


    IMO, not worth the extra $$. Just use what you've been using.....I can think of a lot better uses for $200. Even the expense for a cheap shop vac & HEPA filter (minimum of $50 to buy both) seems excessive. I'm doing what you did, use house vac and clean bag often.

    My 2 cents.
  4. Xena

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 30, 2005
    South Shore MA
    Guys I'd use a shop vac with a drywall bag.
    Just make sure you let the stove cool down enough
    so there are no hot ashes that can start a fire inside
    the vac.

    You WILL kill your regular house vac regardless
    of how often you change the bag. The fine dust
    jams up the small passages and the motor...
    I learned the hard way - after my house vac got trashed.
    Might not happen right away but it will get farked up.
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