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.
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.