Whats everyone using for an Ash vacuum?


Jan 21, 2018
Iam looking for a new ash Vacuum, I have 2 Power smiths and they just don't seem to have a lot of suction power and what ever power it does have falls off fast once you start using it, I am lucky if I get one cleaning out of it before it is full. I was wondering what others are using. This is for a pellet stove. Thanks

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
I use a dust deputy. Works great. Maybe a light sprinkle of ash in the shopvac, the rest is in the dust deputy bucket.


Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
central pa
For most homeowner needs any shop vac with a filter bag put in it will work fine.


Burning Hunk
May 27, 2017
I second bholler. I use a shovel for the big stuff and follow up with a standard shop vac. Works fine. I never heard of a dust deputy. Got a link to your model, Isaac?

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
I just have a plastic one foe a 5 gallon pail. I want to make a copy on steel and put it on a 55 gal drum


Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
As mentioned, I use a fine dust filter on my garage shop vacuum. The Rigid one lists (gets it from garage): drywall dust, cement dust, cold ashes, and fine powders.

Next up is a HEPA filter: pet dander, pollens, allergens, dust mites, and mold spores.

I also bought the muffler that goes on the vacuum outlet to make it quieter in the house.