Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 43
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MontanaDan Average Vacuum
There aren't very many products that fall into this category and this vacuum seemed like it was in the top 50% when compared against similar products. Upon receiving the vacuum I noticed that the motor and canister are solidly constructed (probably a good thing if you're going to risk picking up hot ashes) but that other parts of the vacuum could use improvement. It does do an exceptional job of catching all of the ash and preventing it from getting out into the room.
I do think that the hose is a tad on the cheap side. I've only had it several weeks and the foam gasket on the canister end is already coming out. I also had trouble getting good suction even after a single use. I suspected that this was because I was vacuuming cottonwood ash up, but cleaning the filter didn't alleviate the problem. Finally I noticed that the hose was the issue and that it was clogging up. If you keep the hose clean it performs well but having to knock the hose out doesn't seem to benefit the foam gasket mentioned above.
The dual filters on this vacuum are easy to clean and do a great job of preventing any ash particles from getting into the air. I've also sucked up hot ashes accidentally on a few occasions and the filters don't seem to be harmed by this either.
Overall, I anticipate that this vacuum is going to last a long time and is going to be able to do what it is designed for. I was un-impressed by the amount of cleaning/maintenance that is required to keep this vacuum working on a day to day basis.
November 7, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by twotall great product
Everything seems to work as intended, bought as a present for my father to use with his wood furnace and mom has said it is kept the house much cleaner by limiting the amount of loose ash throughout the house
January 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hispayne Great Product!
We have had a wood burning insert in our hearth for over 10 years. Cleaning the ash and other by products of a fireplace have been difficult to say the least. When I found this product I thought why not give it a try. I have been very happy with that decision. The vacuum handles the ashes very well without blowing dust etc throughout the house. Even if there is still some cinders in the ash the product is made of metal so I don't have to worry. I wish I had found this years ago.
December 23, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by redjohn Works barely
I use this for a woodstove, I was trying to avoid shoveling the ashes at all because of the cloud of dust that this makes in the house. The vacuum works fair for what it is basically a 5 gallon bucket with a very fine filter to keep the ash out of the motor (and the room) and some protection in case any hot embers are sucked in.
My reason for the less than stellar rating is that the filter loads up and then it loses suction with only about 1-2 inches of ash in the bottom of the can. I have to take it out and dump it knock the ash off the fabric filter and then take it back in the house to try to get another inch or 2 of ash.
Note:*** this vacuum does a great job of NOT recirculating any ash into the room, it is really good at that.*****
I can see where it might be great for pellet stoves as they don't make as much debris.
December 23, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Once First time buyer
The vacuum has minimal suction power. For ashes and fallen pellets I just expected something with a lot more power. There is ash remaining in the hose even when the can is not full. This should not be. Maybe look for a different one. But does have good filtration.
February 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ork2786 Excellent product
I bought this vacuum to safely clean my pellet stove and so far I have been very impressed with it. The vacuum has excellent suction and the filter prevents any dust from being released into the air. Its a little smaller than I expected, but it turned out to a good thing as its nice and compact and easy to move around. I would recommend this to anyone
December 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MD2002 Works great
This is a great vac! I can see how some people would complain that it doesn't pick up large pieces of ash. This probably would not work too well for a fireplace because of the way it is built. I bought it for my Pellet stove and I couldn't be happier! It suck all the ash and unburnt pellets right up with ease. I clean my stove just about every day and I can use this for 3 weeks straight without emptying it or cleaning the filter, the suction is still fine. It's not loud either, about the same as a household vacuum. I was on the verge of spending $240 for the "top of the line" ash vac and I'm glad I saved my money and bought this one.
The only complaint about the vac is I wish it had more accessories, or the option to buy a pellet stove accessory kit. Although what I did was go to the local Home Depot and got parts out of the plumbing dept. and made myself a rubber hose accessory and a brush accessory and now I can get into every nook and cranny of my pellet stove. The storage is great too, I just wrap it up and tuck it away in the corner.
January 29, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lisdiver Ash vacuum
So far so good. Picks up the ash from my pellet stove easily. I haven't emptyed it yet since I just started using the stove 2 weeks ago. The vacuum is a bit noisy but works well
December 10, 2014