I got one last winter based on recommendations from a lot of good folks here...love the stove...just quick question.... I usually try to empty the ashes every few days...before it gets overfilled....but if you wait too long and empty ash falls below...I used a wet dry vac to get rid of that ash...it was out but figured I should try to be safer in future...since the wet dry vac is plastic...should i just get a metal one? or what is the best way to clean the ash out of this area once and a while....also are there any threads on best way to get the stove lit? and add to it...always think i do a pretty good job but i'm sure there are better ways...thanks...i will post a pic of the beauty sometime soon! hope everyone had a nice thanksgiving!