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shop vac ash vacume ? any good ?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by chico, Sep 6, 2013.

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  2. The Grintch

    The Grintch Member

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    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.
  3. chico

    chico Member

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    Just got my power smith in today:)==c
    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 :eek:
  4. Tenn Dave

    Tenn Dave Feeling the Heat

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    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!!
  5. StormPanic

    StormPanic Member

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    I just use a standard small shop vac with a cloth filter on it. Works perfect
  6. bbfarm

    bbfarm Minister of Fire

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    Who leaves the ash in the ash vac after cleaning?

    We empty ours right away into the metal ash can outside.
  7. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Me.
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  8. dlehneman

    dlehneman Member

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    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).
  9. joescho

    joescho Feeling the Heat

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  10. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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  11. Melissa220

    Melissa220 Feeling the Heat

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    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!
  12. nayslayer

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    me too
  13. Dr.Faustus

    Dr.Faustus Burning Hunk

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    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.
  14. nayslayer

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    The Dr reminds me that i also leave my VAX outside away from house as well
  15. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    There's the trouble. Many of us only let the stove cool down once... in the spring.
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