Favorite ash vac for pellet stoves?

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dwizum

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Oct 15, 2012
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As per my recent newbie threads I'm gearing up for my first winter burning pellets. Just placed the order for the stove itself (55-trpah from timber ridge). Will be ordering pellets on Monday and picking up the materials for the install by the weekend.

Last thing I need (that I'm aware of!) is to find an ash vacuum. I'd like to stay under $100 if possible - looks like there are a handful around that price range, so - anyone have feedback?
 

Melissa220

Feeling the Heat
Aug 10, 2012
361
central ME
I recently purchased a PowerSmith ash vacuum that so far I am happy with. Has a metal lined hose and a metal canister with a high temp filter so that warm ash can be sucked up. Also has decent suction. I found it on line for about $89
 

dwizum

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Oct 15, 2012
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Melissa, where did you find the powersmith online? I see it at amazon for that price but it's out of stock. Can't seem to find it anywhere else...
 

Melissa220

Feeling the Heat
Aug 10, 2012
361
central ME
Melissa, where did you find the powersmith online? I see it at amazon for that price but it's out of stock. Can't seem to find it anywhere else...
I too just did a search to see if the seller name popped out at me but it didn't. My receipt says AG Warehouse but I dont see that online either. I know when I purchased it there were very few in stock. :( I wonder if Amazon could give you an estimate, or tell u how long it has been out of stock.
 

nailed_nailer

Minister of Fire
Oct 29, 2007
938
Cape Cod, Ma
Another vote for a Shop Vac and HEPA filter.

I got mine at the Big Orange store about 4 years ago
Was an open box floor model.
Cost was <$25
The HEPA filter was around $30.

Works great for me.
Good Luck,
---Nailer---
 

SteveB

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Feb 9, 2012
175
South Central PA.
Another vote for a Shop Vac and HEPA filter.

I got mine at the Big Orange store about 4 years ago
Was an open box floor model.
Cost was <$25
The HEPA filter was around $30.

Works great for me.
Good Luck,
---Nailer---
Me too, shop vac with a hepa filter and I buy the drywall bags. Great suction and I get no dust blown into the room.
 
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DexterDay

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Shop vac, HEPA filter and Drywall bags here.


Even ash vacs are not rated to suck hot coals. Let the stove cool properly amd either will work. You can spend $60 or $260. Up to you.
 
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jgrz0610

Burning Hunk
Dec 13, 2011
158
Eastern CT, Andover
Shop Vac here too. Make sure you use a hepa filter or every time the wifey dusts you're going to hear about it. I wonder when someone will chime in and warn me about a vacuum fire? Should be soon...
 

aburress1223

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Jan 10, 2011
108
Virginia
I use shop-vac with HEPA filters.
 

Harvey Schneider

Minister of Fire
Oct 9, 2012
1,321
Southbury, CT
I have been using this
http://www.amazon.com/Cleva-EAT605SP-Ash-Vacuum/dp/B005Q6BWOG/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1350820366&sr=8-6&keywords=fireplace+vacuum
for about a year. It is loud and not very powerful, but it gets the job done. It won't
do heavy lifting, but it will pick up an occasional pellet or clinker. As i said, it gets the job done. It is small, but i only emptied it once last heating season and it was far from full.
The hose is lined with spiral cut aluminum for fire resistance and the three filters are fiberglass, perforated metal and hepa.
 

Melissa220

Feeling the Heat
Aug 10, 2012
361
central ME
Dwizum, not having used a shop vac form this purpose, I cannot speak to it. There was a previous post in another thread where someone inadvertently sucked up a hot coal and suddenly his shop vac was blowing flames. As stated above, you just have to have a cold stove and ash with the shop vac. The PowerSmith I use is rated to hold ash with a temp of 140.
 

richkorn

Minister of Fire
Jul 28, 2008
640
SE CT
I used to use a small Ridgid shop-vac type with a Hepa filter but i found it was too messy cleaning the filter. I bought the PowerSmith Ash vac and it is awesome. Super suction, fairly quiet, light and compact. Can vacuum warm ashes with it. I paid around ~$85 on Amazon free shipping.

http://powersmithtools.com/portfolios/ash-vacuum/
 

kcellwood

Member
Nov 2, 2011
100
Central Maine
shop vac, hepa filter and drywall bags. I generally clean my stove every Sat morning. I leave the shop vac outside for the day just to be on the safe side.
 
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smoke show

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I won a Cougar ash vac in a contest, been used twice. Shop vac gets the call.
 

Bioburner

Moderator
Aug 4, 2012
7,317
West central Mn
Shop vac with drywall bag. Minimum stove cool down of an hour. Vac stuck outside after for the rest of day. Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure.
Stainless five gallon vac $30, 3 pak of drywall bags less than $10 and bag lasts the season.
 

bill3rail

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2012
769
LI, NY
I use a Cleva Ash Vacuum and it works fine.
Thanks for reminding me, I need to empty it.

Bill

PS: Lowes now sells them for $79.99, a lot less than I paid a year ago.
 
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The Village Idiot

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I purchased this one made by Hearth Country out of Vermont, but it's actually manufactured in China. It's the only one I could find in this part of the World that was on the shelf. It gets the job done, but for the $159 Canadian that I paid for it, it's like.....meh. I've got my fingers crossed that it will take me through the season and I might look into swapping it for late 2013. I hate buying stuff that doesn't impress.
http://www.amazon.com/Meeco-Mfg-Co-Inc-Vacuum/dp/B003FX9ROO/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1350840089&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=hearth+country+ash+vacuum
 

Salty

Minister of Fire
Cheetah ash vac. It's great for every other day really cleans it down.

I think pelletsdirect has them for $119 or something like that?
 

MacP

Member
Dec 10, 2011
148
Southeastern MA
Cougar Ash Vac works great for me. It gets used a couple of times a week.
 

DMZX

Member
Aug 30, 2010
211
NE. Oregon
I use an old Hoover upright with allergen Z Bags. Works like a charm.
 

Northwoodneil

Feeling the Heat
Feb 10, 2012
341
Land of Cheese
Shop vac with a drywall filter. A cover bag on the filter keeps it cleaner longer. Had an ash vac but also had a hot spark, my bad, no more ash vac;em
 

mithesaint

Minister of Fire
Nov 1, 2011
512
NW Ohio
I purchased this one made by Hearth Country out of Vermont, but it's actually manufactured in China. It's the only one I could find in this part of the World that was on the shelf. It gets the job done, but for the $159 Canadian that I paid for it, it's like.....meh. I've got my fingers crossed that it will take me through the season and I might look into swapping it for late 2013. I hate buying stuff that doesn't impress.
http://www.amazon.com/Meeco-Mfg-Co-Inc-Vacuum/dp/B003FX9ROO/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1350840089&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=hearth country ash vacuum
I have that one too. Fortunately I only paid $69 for it. Not very impressed. The filter is waaaaaay too small and clogs quickly. My shop vac with a Hepa filter works better.
 

Redbarn

Burning Hunk
Jul 30, 2012
242
SE PA
Ash Vac.
Use it for our pellet stove and our wood burning insert.
Works great. Had it for 2 seasons now and no complaints.
You get what you pay for in this case.
 
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