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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kenstogie, Jan 5, 2013.
Don't want ash dust in the house created from a vacuum??? Get the PowerSmith ash vac. Case closed.
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I got that but the damn bag keeps coming off the inlet. The hepa filter catches the dust, but the bag is supposed to be there so the hepa filter doesn't get much ash.
You are right, ash vac is the only way to go. The Mrs. complained about the ash dust everywhere after I vacuumed with a small shop vac; hasn't said a word since I bought the ash vac a couple of years ago. Oh, not to mention that I vacuumed up a hot ash and set the shop vac bag on fire.
I bought a filter for my Craftsman shop vac that is made to be cleaned with water. I got it at Home Depot. It's been a few years, so I can't tell you the brand. I never get dust or ash coming out of the vacuum's outlet.
Forget the expensive HEPA filters. Just use old sheets. I cut about 16 inch circles, place over the "course" filter (for support), and then secure with the plastic ring snugged up tight. I use double circles but it would probably depend on the tightness of the weave and/or thread count. Works great and very little if any dust comes through. Poor man's solution on the cheap.
Old thread but still relevant! Never thought to use old sheets ... thanks.
A trick I used to use when we were doing drywall was to put water in the bottom of the shop vac. It would trap the dust real well...
Get a Cleanstream HEPA filter for your ShopVac, about $30, Can be easily cleaned with water, lasts a long time (mine is going on 3 years now), and NO ash exits the vac.
you can get a 35.00 HD 2 galllon lightweight puppy and just put a white sock/clamp on the exhaust end.
been using this for past couple years and Believe me, if any dust got by in the stove room, I would have heard about it long ago from' The Chief".
basically, I don't get enough ash to warrant lugging a 5 gallon jober around...
I bought a 30$ shop-vac on sale, with a hepa filter. I only use it for cleaning the stove and boiler.
Most importantly, I use the disposable shop vacuum bags, no mess at all, and I'll never have to change the hepa filter.
I use a Shop Vac brand vac w/ the yellow shop vac bags and a pleated filter in place in case bag leaks. I clean many stoves a week and this works great. Make sure bag is the correct size for the vac and lube the plastic so the vac slides on easier. I have never had a bag pop off. I run it until it quits sucking then turn off and shake vac and turn back on. I do this manyy times until bag is full.
I think ash vacs are worse to clean than the stove so I only use mine to finish what the leaf blower won't suck outside, usually just around the door seal and glass. My vac only needs to be emptied once a year.
We own two (2): one for the wood stove in the remote location (cold stove vacuuming after shovel out and cold debris clean up around the stove) and one for the pellet stove in town.
LOVE the Powersmith ash vacuum. One of the very best tips we've picked up from Hearth.com!
that is exactly what I do I got a 20' section of 1 1/4 hose for a water pump same as vac hose. all the dust comes out the exhaust on the top of the vacuum no matter what filter you have. I just connected the long hose to the 8' hose and out the sliding door. you can see the dust that comes out