When it comes to cleaning your fireplace or your barbeque grills – ash vacuum cleaners are the best way to go.
They are portable and very simple to maintain, yet they still do the job efficiently and flawlessly.
I’ll recommend a couple of cleaners in a minute, but first, I want to tell you what to consider before buying.
What To Consider Before Purchasing
- Strength – You don’t want to buy a cleaner that won’t fit your needs. It isn’t the same as cleaning a pellet stove and a grill, so you need to carefully choose based on your needs.
- Large Capacity – The more ash it can hold on, the less you will need to clean it and refill it. In most cases, cleaners with larger capacities are stronger and can work for a couple more minutes without overheating the motor.
- Multi-use – Some cleaners can clean pellet stoves, electric fireplaces, cars, and much more, while some can clean only one specific area. I’d always recommend going for those that are fit for multi-use as you never know what situation can come your way.
- Durability – It’s frustrating when your cleaner can work only a couple of minutes before the motor gets overheated. You should carefully choose the ones that can work for 20 minutes without any problem.
- Maintenance – Filters should be reusable and washable because it saves you money, time, and energy. You don’t want to spend money every week to buy new filters.
Recommended Ash Vacuum Cleaners
1. Best overall – PowerSmith PAVC101
When it comes to power, maintenance, and performance – this ash vacuum cleaner is definitely a winner.
You can use it to clean the ash out of pellet stoves, grills, wood stoves, and wood fireplaces.
What I love about it is the 2-stage filtration system which allows you to capture the finest ash, and you can easily wash and reuse the filters over and over again.
Although it’s powerful, the noise levels don’t cross 79dB, so it’s more than quiet.
As with any other ash vacuum cleaner, you can’t use it for too long as the motor overheats. Once you leave it to cool down, you can use it again without problems.
It’s manufactured in the US, so I think it has an advantage in quality among other cleaners.
2. Premium – PowerSmith PAVC102
It’s great how this cleaner has a 4-gallon ash capacity, so you won’t need to clean the filters every hour while you’re cleaning.
The hose has a very good length compared to other PowerSmith models. You also get an additional filter, so you can replace it when you think it’s time for that.
The biggest downside is that the motor gets overheated after about 20 minutes of vacuuming – it’s enough in most cases to clean all the ash.
You also get an additional “cleaning kit” which makes your cleaning process even easier.
3. Budget – Armor All AA255
This cleaner comes with 2 bags for dry and wet vacuuming – both of them are reusable and washable.
Collection bucket can hold a good amount of ash. It’s perfect for cleaning cars, but you can use it for different types of carpets as well.
I would recommend it if you’re on a budget and you’re not looking to spend a lot on a vacuum cleaner. It has top-notch quality and mine still works flawlessly after more than 2 years.
4. Safest – BACOENG
This heater has an overheating prevention system which means when the motor reaches a certain heat level – it will automatically shut off your cleaner and you’ll need to wait for it to cool down.
Some people get frustrated by this, but don’t realize how safe it is to have this feature.
It comes with a dual filtration system working at a high speed to prevent damages from ash and dust. It has reusable HEPA filters.
It has an indicator that shows you ash coverage on the filter surface, and when it reaches 100% the indicator will turn fully red.
Note: It’s designed for dry application and cold ash pickups only.
5. Largest – ASHJ201 Snow Joe
This one has the largest canister that stores close to 5 gallons of ashes which is pretty impressive.
Like the other ones, you can use it for multi-use including pellet stoves, fireplaces, grills, and more.
However, I think it fits the best for pellet stoves.
What I don’t like about it is that it isn’t nearly as strong as the first two I mentioned. It’s very quiet, so if you don’t need a strong ash vacuum cleaner, I would go for it.
Once you get an ash vacuum cleaner, the next step is to know how to properly clean your brick fireplace. We have a whole article about that. And then you might want to clean the fireplace glass door as well.
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