Updated: November 2017

Ash Vacuum Reviews:

Owning a wood burning stove, fireplace, or pellet stove comes in handy during the cold months of winter. The worst part about them is the cleanup. Who wants to try and get all the ash and dust out of the fireplace or stove? Sure you get most of it, but some of the fine ash always seems to fly around the room long after you are done cleaning. I have typically waited about 2 days (minimum) before I would clean out our fireplace of the ashes. You never want to take out warm/hot ashes and put them into your trash bin. Why? They could still be warm enough to melt the plastic. When I was living in a rental house in college one of my roommates tried to be helpful and take out the ashes one morning only to have us all return to a 15 gallon trash container turned into a melted mess 10 hours later. Lucky it didn't start a house fire. Ash vacuums have come a long way and now they are more affordable than ever. Hot ash vacuums will allow you to clean out your wood stove, pellet stove, or fireplace without having to wait for the ashes to comletely cool off. Priced at about $100, you'll be able to purchase the easiest way to cleanup the fireplace. Ash vacuums are convenient, easy to use, and safe.
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Choosing an Ash Vacuum - The first thing that you want is a vacuum that delivers on the promise of cleaning up fine ash particles and debris from your fireplace or stove. We looked at 5 models and rated them based on owner reviews and expert feedback in articles and comments posted to websites online. The 6 ash vacuums that we compared were the Vacmaster from Cleva $100, PowerSmith PAVC101 $100, Shop-Vac 4041100 $80, US Stove Ash Vacuum $110, Dustless Technologies MU405 Cougar ($250) and the Hearth Country Ash Vacuum ($100). The MU405 and PAVC101 were mentioned more often than any other models we found online. The positive comments mostly came from pellet stove users. Both ash vacuums did an excellent job of picking up ash (even warm ash) and cleaning the space up quickly and efficiently. The Vacmaster (offered at Home Depot) didn't have the sucking power that the others have and it clogs too often say owners. The Shop Vac was given above average praise overall but negative comments included 'too short of hose' and 'lacked suction'. The Hearth Country model gets similar feedback with consumers noting things like 'clogs in seconds' and 'this thing lacks power'. The US Stove vacuum is the only other one that even makes the conversation with the Cougar and PowerSmith. We are not sure why the MU405 is priced so high compared to the PAVC101 since they do virtually the same thing. Sucking power is a must! Metal components that withstand warm ash are a necessity and both top rated models deliver when it comes to this feature. A 3 gallon capacity canister for the ash is probably plenty. Even if you have multiple fireplaces or wood stoves in your home, you can always empty the container before vacuuming up the next one. You can browse the best selling ash vacuums here.

Best Ash Vacuum:

RECOMMENDED - The # seller on several websites is the PowerSmith PAVC101 10 Amp Ash Vacuum for about $110. Why choose the PowerSmith? This vacuum was designed just for the purpose of cleaning up warm or cold ashes and leaving you with no mess. Other vacuums claim to do this, but end up blowing ash particles all over. After reading reviews on Hearth Country, Amazon.com, and Costco, we found the PowerSmith to be the only vacuum in this price range that consistently beat out the competition. Sure you can spend an additional $100 to $300 to get the Love-Less ash vacuum (we have it listed below), but in our finding, it may not be necessary. The PAVC101 features a washable and replaceable fire-resistant filter system that will filter out the finest dush and ash. The heat resistant metal hose and metal canister provide the piece of mind that the warm ashes will not start a fire once in the vacuum housing. The ash vacuum is both quiet and powerful (10 amp motor). Owners like the 16 foot cord and casters which allow the vacuum to be taken almost anywhere and still get the job done. Many consumers mention using the vacuum to clean up small dust and fine particles in repair shops. The canister holds up to 3 gallons of ashes and a new filter is $10. We suggest emptying out the canister long before it gets full. Several owners note that the suction capability of the vacuum goes down the more ash you have in the canister. Beyond fireplaces and wood stove, the PowerSmith ash vacuum works wonders on smokers and grills. Charcoal dust and ash are no longer a problem.

Love-Less Ash Vacuum:

RECOMMENDED - Ok, you want an American made product that has a great reputation. Consider the Dustless Technologies MU405 Cougar Ash Vacuum for $250. The MU405 is just one of several models offered by Dustless Technologies and this one is available in 4 different colors. The patented filter system for fine ash particles is what sets this unit apart from some of the less expensive competition. Metal construction with fire resistant components allow this ash vacuum to function just fine even with warmer embers. The new and improved flame resistant hose is a nice addition when cleaning out pellet stove, BBQ's, fireplaces, or wood stoves. The Cougar has a double filter system so you know that no ash will escape when vacuuming. You can also clean the filters without removing them from the unit. It's recommended that after about 60 to 80 gallons of ash have been vacuumed up, you clean the filters. We will say that earlier reviews for this product were less than average (say 5 years ago), but recent feedback posted online shows near perfect comments and opinions from owners. From our findings, the Cougar has improved parts and technology that make it a real winner in this category. Our only complaint is the price ($250 vs $110 for the PowerSmith), but experts and owners alike call this the 'Cadillac' of ash vacuums. We'll let you choose which brand and model is best for your needs.