This model is equipped with two filters. The first one (the triple layer metal filter) is for large particles, and the second one (the HEPA filter) is for very fine dust.
The cord is somewhat short.
With the Shop-Vac ash vacuum, cleaning fireplaces and wood stoves is always simple and safe. This model has high suction power, reliable filtration system, and a good set of accessories to clean even the most hard-to-reach places.
Triple layer metal filter, HEPA filter
Metal intake nozzle, metal crevice tool, pellet store kit, HEPA cartridge filter (90329)
You won't need to wait until ash cools down because this vac allows for cleaning both cold and hot ash. Pretty convenient option, especially for those parts of a wood stove where ash cools off slowly.
The dust container could be more capacious.
The PowerSmith PAVC101 is a specially designed ash vacuum for collecting the finest particles of ash from fireplaces, chimneys, wood burning stoves, grills, etc. Plus, it has quite a long power cord and castors on its base for more convenient cleaning.
Warm and cold
Washable, replaceable and fire-resistant 2-layer filter system
Metal nozzle, 2 x straight extension wands, brush nozzle, turbo nozzle, filter
This ash collector features a capacious ash container and the lifting container lid so that you could collect all ash over one cleaning session and then empty the bin pressing a single button.
The power suction isn't that high.
The Snow Joe ASHJ201 is a wise purchase for cleaning a grill or a chimney. It is equipped with a reusable fine dust filter that ensures high dust-collection efficiency.
Pre-filter, reusable fine dust cartridge filter
Aluminum intake nozzle
Since this model has a very powerful motor with overheat protection, it is safe and effective in use. Plus, the vacuum has the filling level indicator that shows when the canister is full.
It is rather heavy.
The Bacoeng BA-ASH200L is an effective cleaner for ash, fine dust, and other debris. It is also easy to use thanks to a quite long hose and the bunch of accessories that come in the box.
Dacron type filter bag, HEPA filter
Aluminum suction tube, HEPA filter, filter bag, wheel holder with a wheel, extension wands, crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle, combi-attachment
This ash vacuum is designed for both wet and dry cleaning. It performs well in almost any conditions and has quite an extended warranty.
The hose inlet is poorly designed.
Cleaning ash with the Porter-Cable vacuum is almost a pleasure due to its maneuverable construction and powerful motor. And thanks to its wise hose storage design, this machine takes very little space.
Wet / dry
Pre-filter, cartridge filter
Aluminum extension wand, cartridge filter
3 years limited
4 Levels of Filtration
The Shop-Vac 4041300 is a high-power ash vacuum cleaner made to collect ash and very fine dust from pellet stoves, fireplaces, BBQ grills, chimneys, and any other ash-producing devices. With a users’ safety in mind, the manufacturer has made this machine of durable stainless steel with a vinyl covered flexible steel hose and metal intake nozzle. And to guarantee better thermal protection, it has equipped this model with an auto shut-off function. It activates once hot particles of ash find their way into the cleaner. Having a pretty capacious dust container and powerful motor with high suction power, this vac allows you to clean a large amount of ash at a time and do that quickly. The Shop-Vac has a 3-layer metal filter inside the tank and a HEPA cartridge filter inside the metal filter. With such a filtration system, you can be sure that the motor and the air you breathe are protected from the finest dust particles.
As for the design peculiarities, this machine has a carrying handle on the top and comes equipped with a pellet stove kit, metal crevice tool, and metal intake nozzle for versatile cleaning options. The cord length is probably the only flaw of this model - it might seem too short. Though, an extension cord can easily solve this trouble when an electric outlet is farther from the cleaner than 6 feet. Without a doubt, the Shop-Vac ash collector is a reliable powerful machine to help you keep your fireplace neat.
3 Tools in One
The PowerSmith PAVC101 is a well-thought-out, user-friendly ash cleaner designed for both warm and cold ash. It boasts a washable fire-resistant 2-layer filter installed inside the metal canister, which filters out ash and fine dust fairly well.
This cleaner is safe in use thanks to the auto shut-off function and has high suction power thanks to a quite powerful motor. By the way, this machine produces 10 Amp of suction power which is higher than some more expensive models offer. At the same time, this cleaner works quietly with a noise level of less than 79 dB. In addition to these features that make this model so effective in use, the PAVC101 is equipped with a 16 ft power cord that gives you freedom of movement while cleaning your wood stove, chimney, or fireplace. And the castors on the base of the vac add more mobility to the cleaning process.
What we like the most about this model is its multi-functionality. The thing is that you can use this machine not only as an ash vacuum cleaner but also as a blower and a utility vac. To turn it to a blower, you just need to switch the hose from the intake port to the exhaust outlet. With floor and carpet nozzles that come in the box, the PowerSmith easily turns into a normal vacuum cleaner.
Well, if you are looking for the best ash vacuum for your home that will not only remove ash and dust from your pellet stove or BBQ grill but also blow away leaves on your backyard and clean the carpet in your living room, then this model should be right up your alley.
Snow Joe ASHJ201
Simple and Effective Tool
The Snow Joe ASHJ201 is a relatively small yet powerful ash collector that can clean a wood stove as well as a BBQ grill effortlessly. It has already become a popular tool among users, and let's check why.
For starters, it features a motor that produces 4 Amp suction power. And while comparing this figure with other models in our review you might think it is too low, in practice, 4 Amps is more than enough to capture ash and fine dust pretty well. As any other equipment made to deal with ash, this cleaner has a metal canister, a hose with the inner metal layer, and an aluminum tube, so you don’t have to worry if some hot ash finds its way to the hoover. This model features thermal protection just in case, even though it is designed for cold ash only. By the way, the aluminum tube that comes with this model has an angled tip, which makes it very convenient to clean in the corners. The filtration system consists of a pre-filter and reusable dust cartridge filters. Featuring good filtration capabilities these filters don’t let dust get into the room or the motor.
In conclusion, this model is a great solution for any owner of a wood stove, a fireplace, or a BBQ grill, because it is lightweight, powerful, and has a capacious dustbin. And while the Snow Joe ash collector has many common features with its competitors, it does have something different - the price which is nicely lower.
Are you looking for a good ash vacuum that is well-built, effective, and reasonably priced? If so, we’d like to introduce the Bacoeng BA-ASH200L to you. This model features high suction power, capacious dust canister, and good maneuverability compared to some other mini ash hoovers in this price range. Furthermore, it can save you some money by replacing a conventional vac.
In detail, the Bacoeng cleaner is equipped with a powerful 120V motor, capacious 5.3-gallon canister with a reusable HEPA and a Dacron type filter bag inside, a pretty long metal hose, and electric cable for more convenient cleaning. It has a filter indicator that notifies you when it’s time to empty the bin. When very fine dust covers the filter 100%, the indicator turns red. You can continue hoovering but the suction power will fall. Cleaning the filter regularly will solve this problem though.
Speaking about the opportunity to use this cleaner as a regular vac, the manufacturer has put some extras in the box. This model is available in standard and advanced versions. By selecting the latter option, you get 3 extension wands, 1 crevice and 1 upholstery nozzles, and 1 Combi-attachment for smooth floors and carpets in addition to the basic flexible metal suction hose and aluminum suction tube. The opportunity to store all the accessories on the vacuum’s caster feet or lid surface with built-in storage wells add even more convenience of use - the vac requires minimal storage space. What else to wish?
Heavy Machine for Versatile Cleaning
Cheaper than the rest, the Porter-Cable ash vacuum cleaner is no less popular. It is made compact and durable, and it is suitable for both wet and dry cleaning. As any other ash collector, this one has a metal canister that can hold up to 4 gallons of ash and fine dust. Also, it features thermal protection, though it is designed for cold ash only.
The heart of the machine is a cartridge filter, installed inside a pre-filter, that is very simple to clean (just shake it out a little). The metal hose is 4 ft long and can be attached to the aluminum extension wand for more convenient cleaning. There are also two hose holders on the lid of the machine with a strong flip-up handle and waterproof on/off switch. Take note that the switch, as well as the lid fixators, is made quite large so that it is more convenient to operate the machine wearing gloves.
It's worth pointing out that this vacuum might overheat if used extensively, which is why it's best to give it short breaks every few minutes and allow it to cool down. This will not only prevent the motor from overheating but also help prolong the service life of a device.
Overall, the Porter-Cable PCX18184 ash vacuum is a budget cleaner in the body of a more expensive machine. Great for occasional use.
What Is an Ash Vacuum?
An ash vacuum cleaner is a specially designed machine to clean cold or warm ash out of fireplaces. Some might say that we can use a conventional vacuum cleaner or its bagless alternative, however, conventional vacuums are simply not up for this job because they are not designed for cleaning hot materials. There are many other reasons for not hoovering ash with a vacuum, but the main thing is that while it seems that ash is cold outside, it may remain hot on the inside and hoovering it with a regular vac can cause fires. Besides, very fine pieces of ash can clog the motor up very quickly and wear it off.
The best ash vacuums are made of strong stainless steel or any other fire resistant metal, are equipped with a powerful motor that ensures high suction power, and have a multi-layer filtration system. Ideally, an ash collector also has an ergonomic and maneuverable design, comes with at least several cleaning accessories, and supports some handy extras such as filling level indicator to let you know when it's time to empty the container. That is to say, if you own a wood stove, fireplace, or BBQ, a well-made ash vacuum cleaner is the kind of equipment you need to clean ash and fine dust with minimal efforts and maximal efficiency.