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  1. Stevew2867

    Stevew2867 New Member

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    Hello, I have a new Harman XXV which is a fantastic stove. It sits in a room 20x20 and is heating my entire single level ranch. However the white woodwork in the room has what looks like a black soot on it when we clean it. I have been vacuuming with a shop vac with a hepa filter. I recently purchased an ash vac which I will now be using. Do you think the soot could have been from vacuuming with the shop vac or could it be another issue with the out put on the stove?

    Thx Steve

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  2. RCCARPS

    RCCARPS New Member

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    Since its a new stove I am going to bet its your shop vac. You need a drywall filter or filter bag on it, not HEPA. If you bought a designated "Ash Vac" then you should be all set from now on.

    Do you smell smoke while its running? If so you may have an exhaust leak. If not, I am putting my money on ash making it through the shopvac filter during your cleanings.
  3. rickwai

    rickwai Feeling the Heat

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    Shop vac with filter and drywall bag works great.
  4. Stevew2867

    Stevew2867 New Member

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    Really appreciate your feedback. We have no smell at all, I am waiting today for the arrival of the ash vac today and i will update in a week or 2. Thank you
  5. Stevew2867

    Stevew2867 New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback. I am getting the ash vac delivered today and I will update with the results. Thanks again, Steve
  6. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    When you clean your stove, turn the feed rate dial to TEST to turn the exhaust blower on. All the ash and soot you stir up will be exhausted instead of finding it's way into the house.
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  7. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Container bag AND HEPA filter
  8. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    I recommend the LBT.:cool:
  9. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    You need a drywall filter bag, but the HEPA is just as important. Both in tandem will leave ZERO particulates in the air.

    If you use just a filter, your gonna have bad results. Just a bag, bad results. You need a quality filter (HEPA) and a Good Fine filtration bag.
  10. Jm15

    Jm15 New Member

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    I agree. I have used both the drywall bag and HEPA filter this year and have had zero problems. And I burned GS, which provides plenty of ash to test the setup with.

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