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Old 07-15-2018, 08:22 AM   #1
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Anyone use an ash vacuum??
If so what brand and is it worth the trouble?
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:27 AM   #2
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What are you trying to vacuum ashes out of? I use a Shop Vac with a dust bag and it works just fine, but it's very important all the ashes are out with no hidden embers inside (which can be there a lot longer than youd think) otherwise the suction from the vacuum supercharges them back to life and you wind up melting your vacuum. Ask me how I know.

I only use the vacuum for detailed cleanup work the following day. I have a metal ash bin that I use to scoop out as much of the hot coal bed as I can once I'm finished cooking. That really cuts down on the amount of ash I have to vacuum and helps the cooker to cool down much quicker.
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:39 AM   #3
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I use this

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Old 07-15-2018, 09:30 AM   #4
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I have a L BGE and if it has an achilles heel its the ash bin. If that ash bin starts collecting all the flotsam and jetsam of several cooks, it tends not to draw very well and won't hit the temps like I like it.


Hence, the shop vac for the ash bin. I have a small cheap shop vac and that is what I use it for. It cleans out the ash bin in just a few moments and its easy as pie. Voila. The egg draws a deep breath with no sweat and everything is right with the world again.
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:46 AM   #5
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If you are vacuuming COLD ash then any old shop vac will do; if you plan to vac anything with lurking embers etc then safety wise worth jumping to loveless ash vac (lynx) or dustless pit hawg- much more $$$$ but totally safe to suck up some coals without ruining the system (I do it all the time cleaning up offset when coals still have a little life to them). Dustless and loveless are actually same maker just rebranded.


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https://www.amazon.com/Love-less-Ash...BSL&ref=plSrch
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I was just going to ask this same question. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:56 AM   #7
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I have a small shop vac I tried but obviously I didn’t have a very good filter. Blew ash dust everywhere. Maybe I will look for some micro filter for the one I have.
Got an Ironside cabinet smoker and cleaning the ash tray out after a long overnight charcoal cook is a major pain
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Old 07-15-2018, 12:41 PM   #8
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Silly question -If you have an "ash tray"- why not just pull it and dump it? If your ashes just fall from the basket to the floor of the firebox, that just sounds like a bad design decision.
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Old 07-15-2018, 12:47 PM   #9
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I have the PowerSmith. Works very well. I have ash pans in my cookers so there's not a lot of ash to vacuum.

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Old 07-15-2018, 02:12 PM   #10
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Silly question -If you have an "ash tray"- why not just pull it and dump it? If your ashes just fall from the basket to the floor of the firebox, that just sounds like a bad design decision.

Ash pans can't catch every ember that goes astray.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:13 PM   #11
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Ridgid makes a shop vac especially for ash, they came out with it a couple of years ago so knowing ridgid it's probably discontinued.

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"Ash pans can't catch every ember that goes astray."

/shrug. Then that only leaves minimal clean up. Sounds like time for a whisk broom and dust pan- if that. Whipping out a special bought vac to clean that little last bit seems sort of excessive- but play on. We all about excess these days.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:33 PM   #13
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"Ash pans can't catch every ember that goes astray."

/shrug. Then that only leaves minimal clean up. Sounds like time for a whisk broom and dust pan- if that. Whipping out a special bought vac to clean that little last bit seems sort of excessive- but play on. We all about excess these days.

Ha.. have you ever seen those Swiffer commercials? Broom and dust pan still leaves ash. My firebox door has a lip that prevents me from getting everything out. I am currently sweeping and then using a wet rag to mop everything up. Quick but dirty and I waste a lot of shop towelettes.
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I have the PowerSmith. I use it with my wood burner in the house and with the cookers (pellet, and charcoal). It does the job. I buy a new filter every year.
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