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Posted By chico,
Sep 6, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Awesome. Come back to this thread of yours and tell us if you like it.
I just pick up the shop-vac Ash-vac. The hose is a little short but the suction was pretty impressive. It came with a Heppa filter, and the overall quality seems pretty good. Comes with a 2 year warranty.
For a $100 I'm happy with my purchase.
Just got my power smith in today
Haven't been able to try it with ash just yet but man it has good suction .....this thing could suck a potato threw a straw
I just use my old Ridgid Wet Dry Shop Vac with an upgraded filter for ashes. Just make darn sure the fire and ambers are completely out. After I use mine, I put it outside away from the house for a day or so, just to be sure. The suction is awesome!!
I just use a standard small shop vac with a cloth filter on it. Works perfect
Who leaves the ash in the ash vac after cleaning?
We empty ours right away into the metal ash can outside.
I used a Powersmith ash vac all last winter. Works great and I use it every day when I clean the stove. I shut down for about an hour everyday before cleaning and most of the time it's cool enough not to be an issue. I have rushed it a bit and had embers come back from the suction (in the burnpot), at which point I stop and let it cool a bit longer...or take a different approach and dump the burnpot in the snow or firepit.
I leave the ashes in the vac until it needs to be emptied and the vac close to the stove for convenience. I think it's fine if you are careful and plan to be home. I hardly ever leave the house so for me it's not much of an issue (work from home).
I've had mine for a year with no regrets. As Subsailor said, the only thing I vacuum is the burn pot and the ash around the viewing window and spillage from the ash pan. I also leave the unit on with the nozzle in the firebox area as I brush the heat exchangers and the firebox itself. Helps prevent ash flying out into the living room and up my nose!
I just use the shop vac with hepa filter. It works well. Im really careful to let the stove cool a long time first, then i move the ashes around to look for lit embers. then i'll vac it up. After that i empty the ashes immediately, most of the time into water if theres any outside that isnt frozen. I'll leave the vac in the driveway overnight where it wont matter much even if it does have a meltdown.
The Dr reminds me that i also leave my VAX outside away from house as well
There's the trouble. Many of us only let the stove cool down once... in the spring.