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shop vac - making it less dusty ??

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kenstogie, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    I have a shop vac (pics to follow) and what can i do to make this spit out less dust? it is an actual 10 gallon Shop Vac brand that has a ring holding a piece of cloth(?) around everything. the pics will show it dirty but I have cleaned it pretty thoroughly but still it kicks dust..... thanks :)

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  2. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    Lowes & hd have a universal filter 30 bucks or so, one of its ratings is cold ash..

    I'm happy with it, 2 yrs
  3. MommyOf4

    MommyOf4 Feeling the Heat

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    I use a shop vac and have a hepa filter bag (the one used for dry wall dust, etc). It doesn't seem to kick out any dust whatsoever.
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  4. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    30 bux...thats how much thevacuum costs but if it works poolguy. momo4 do umhave a link??
  5. MommyOf4

    MommyOf4 Feeling the Heat

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  6. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    Go to lowes.com search for shop vacs, and the filters and bags will come up
  7. SwineFlue

    SwineFlue Minister of Fire

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    Lowe's has them listed as "Shop-Vac drywall collection bags"
  8. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    thanx!!
  9. Dgopetactical

    Dgopetactical Feeling the Heat

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    I have no luck with the bag type vacs, they blow crap all over. I have a rigid shop vac that takes a real filter not a bag and never had a dust issue in the house
  10. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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  11. becasunshine

    becasunshine Feeling the Heat

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    We have the wet/dry $30 filter in our Shop Vac as well. The good thing about that filter is that it's a wet/dry filter- meaning that you can rinse it off. That's great- it will last a long, long time if you can rinse it off after every few uses.

    We also use a regular bag in the Shop Vac. We have some drywall bags here as well but we haven't yet gotten around to using them. The $30 wet/dry filter plus a regular bag has meant no dust that I can see coming out of the Shop Vac. Plus, a regular bag keeps a good part of the ash out of the expensive filter.

    I "reuse" the bag in the Shop Vac until it develops a tear. I know, I know, shouldn't reuse vacuum cleaner bags blah blah blah. The way I see it, the better quality wet/dry filter protects the Shop Vac motor. After all, *it's a Shop Vac*. People use them all the time with NO bag. A reused bag and a good filter work for me. When it feels like the Shop Vac is getting heavy when I pick it up, I take the bag out of it, dump the bag in a safe place (on bare dirt in my wintertime garden) in the back yard, and rinse off the filter.

    I just retrieved a spare filter that we have, still in the box. It's a "Clean Stream" filter and the box says that it is a "Real HEPA Filter."
  12. PoolGuyinCT

    PoolGuyinCT Feeling the Heat

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    I forgot this one, I clean a lot of oil fired pool heaters, when indoors a a big girls panty hose goes over the cartridge in vac...

    Supply your own big girl...
  13. bill3rail

    bill3rail Minister of Fire

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    Newer Shop Vac comes with a filter. The older one I had was just the cloth cover.
    Lowes had 12 Gallon vacs on sale for Black Friday, and that was the only shopping I did that day.
    I bought two of them, one for the Pellet vac contraption and one for the basement. My older one will stay in the garage.

    Bill
  14. johnny1720

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    I use a any old filter, then i connect a section of hose from the old shop vac to the exhaust and put it out the window. Then it just blows all the dust outside while i clean the stove. I never get any dust in my house.
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    The Cleanforce ash vac I got came with a good filter, nothing blows into the house.
    (I do not know why the pic only posts sideways)
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  16. kenstogie

    kenstogie Feeling the Heat

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    So I after looking at all the suggestion of y'all. I did some searching on amazon and ebay and found the following

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008ERVR2G/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3IZHOEADOGAP0
    [​IMG]

    which is very similiar in design to PoolguyinCT's link but about half the price delivered. I will report back (if I remember :p) how it works so others may try it. Hey it comes with a free coaster with a picture of an Osprey, washable and reusable (or so it claims), PP compound filter is H12 filtration class and retains 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 micron ( I only know some of what all that jargon means but it had cool numbers and letters in it :) )

    Of course YMMV and I have not used this product yet nor am I representitive of this company (but they can send me freebies if they like ;) ) etc, etc, disclaimer, disclaimer, caveat emptor, disclaimer, etc.
  17. moey

    moey Minister of Fire

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    I gave up on the filters I still use a drywall filter, but I started to vent the exhaust out the window.
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    Our local shop Paris Farmers Union sometimes has this model on sale for 69.95 Ive had good luck with my little sears5HP so until it blows Im keeping it !
  20. SteveB

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    Kenstogie,

    I use a filter in my shop vac (looks like the filter you posted in your picture) with a drywall bag (Type H, I think). Absolutely no dust comes out of the vac. Been using this setup a few seasons and really like it. Usually clean the filter once a season. Just tap it and maybe blow a little compessed air on it. Probably use 4 bags or so in my 5 gallon vac.

    Steve
  21. Ejectr

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    I have a Craftsman Shop Vac w/ a hepa filter and use the dry wall bags with it as well. Only problem is the inlet to the dry wall bag keeps popping off the vac inlet and if I force it over the rings to keep it on better, the bag tears by the inlet hole. So I get ash all over the hepa filter and have to shake it and knock it out.
  22. SteveB

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    Ejectr,
    Mine popped off once when I filled the bag to overfull. The filter then plugged but still no ashes came out the exhaust. just no suction anymore. I was able to tap the filter and blow it with compressed air. Good as new now!
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    I'd be happy if it got to that point. It doesn't get anywhere near full before it pops off. The hep filter catches it, but it's a PIA to clean. I don't have compressed air. I end up knocking it against my hand and cleaning out the pleats with an old tooth brush.
  24. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    If it is the one I'm thinking of check shop vac filter #90304. I have a "Bucket head" vac that had a filter bag that was junk. this filter fits right on.
  25. DexterDay

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    A HEPA filter AND a Dry wall bag...

    Add those to the vac and NO ASH OR DUST at all....

    EVER.....

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