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Favorite ash vac for pellet stoves?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by dwizum, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. Melissa220

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    Redbarn, what kind do you use?

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  2. Redbarn

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    Dustless Technologies MU405R Cougar Ash Vacuum, Red
  3. dwizum

    dwizum New Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback. The powersmith looks like the clear winner among cheap units meant for ashes but it's not in stock ANYWHERE. :( If I can't find it in the next few days I suppose I'll go the route of a cheap shop vac with a HEPA filter and drywall bag.
  4. SteveB

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    I don't think you'll go wrong going that route. Mine works great for a price no more than the powersmith. Awesome suction and the hepa filter only needs cleaned once a year if you use the drywall bags. And you can take out the bag and filter and put the foam sleeve in to suck up liquids so its dual-purpose. Whatever you get, they do make it nice for stove cleaning. Enjoy your clean stove!
  5. dwizum

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    I found the powersmith in stock at Blain's Farm and Fleet's web store! The site claims an odd sounding "Limited availability" status so I called their 800 number and confirmed it was actuall there and ready to be shipped before placing my order.
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    Hope you enjoy it!
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    Shop vac with the 14$ attachment kit. Works great.
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    I bought a Love Less Ash Vac about a year and half or two years ago and it has worked wonders for me. There is some sort of a dual system on the filter process that makes for a clean home afterward, and none of that ashy smell you sometimes get from stoves. Well worth the money!
  9. dwizum

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    The vac arrived last night, I took it out and played with it. It seems well put together and well thought out, there's storage for the tools, a really cool crevice tool that has an angled folding tip, the hose locks positively to the motor unit, and the suction is amazing. I vacuumed part of my garage floor with my "normal" shop vac (a giant Craftsman) and this Powersmith was picking up dust out of cracks that the big vac left behind.
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    Yeah, I was pretty surprised. It was in stock and cheap. I should thank you as well. Reading your post is why I went to look for it. Hope it works well!
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    Used a home dept shop vac for 2 years with a hepa filter. Bought a Love Less ash vac from a local dealer. it's a coin toss which one does a better job.
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    Son of a gun. That's where I got mine. It wasn't on sale when I ordered. :(
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    Watch out for those vacuum fires!!!! :p Seriously, make darn sure you are just sucking completely dead ash and then put the vacuum outside on the 'ground', not the wooden deck. I remember one fire last winter that started a deck on fire. I invested in the Loveless and don't regret it except for the noise, but I just turn off my hearing aid and all is well.
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    No problem. Glad I could help!
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    I saw $129 list price.
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    I use a regular shop vac. Truth is, with the way pellets burn, you aren't getting "embers" - so I feel like an ash vac is overkill - especially since i have to let the stove cool down before I can go in and remove the air exchange panels to clean and scrape. By that time, the ash is the coolest thing in the stove.
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    I have the same one..it's been used a lot...I bought it last year..it does a great job with my Thelin Parlour...It is noisy but I got use to it...I also picked up an extra filter for it..the price was $79.00..
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    20 year old Shop vac with regular filter utilizing another hose on the exhaust (blow outlet) out the back door . No worries about dust as it shoots anything that gets past the filter outside.:) No Mess ;) NO Hepa needed . Business end gets a heater hose reduction with duct tape seal on an OEM nozzle after shut down.

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