Well it's probably well past due, but I wanted to just mention that after having run the AshVac that I won in a contest I am pretty darned pleased with how well it worked. It was a bit noisy and is pricey to purchase, but worked really well in helping my weekly to bi-weekly clean up of the hearth and stove . . . clean up time was greatly reduced and having the added safety of an actual ash vac was certainly nice. An added bonus I noticed was that typically ash gets into the air control doghouse of the Oslo and jams up the air control lever. In the past I would disassemble the doghouse two, maybe three times, each year and lubricate the lever with powdered graphite which worked very well. However, with regular cleaning of the ash vac I never ran into the problem of the air control jamming up. In any case . . . I guess I would sum up by saying that if this ash vac died there is a pretty good chance I would pony up the extra money for another one.