NEVER use a household or shop vacuum for cleaning out your fireplace. Hot embers can stay alive for days, hidden under ash, which acts like an insulator. A hot ember sitting inside a paper filter bag, surrounded by flammable household debris, is a recipe for disaster. This situation can start a delayed fire, when you’re asleep or not at home. Very dangerous!
The other problem is that ash is made of extremely fine particles that a normal filter will not capture. The exhaust port of the vacuum will spew the smallest particles throughout your house, and if you don’t notice your house smelling like an ashtray, you will notice when it comes time to dust, and there’s a fine gray dust coating all your furniture.
The Cougar AshVac was designed for safe, clean and convenient cleaning of ash out of fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves and bio fuel (corn and wheat) stoves. It has been the best selling ash vacuum for more than 20 years.
Every component of the Cougar AshVac is designed for safety. The 3-gallon fireproof canister is made of rolled steel. The 5-foot hose and nozzle are made of metal. The primary filter is fire-resistant up to 1,000°F. Other components are fire-resistant thermoplastic. If the hose gets too hot to hold with bare hands, stop vacuuming because the ashes are too hot. Gloves are not the answer. Instead, wait until the ashes cool more, and/or be sure to rest the nozzle on the firebrick, or base, so you are removing fine ash from the bottom of the pile – not large chunks of hot embers.
The patented filtration system is designed for the cleanest possible removal of ash. The dual filters are specially engineered to capture the finest ash particles to keep your house clean and smelling fresh. You can even clean the filters without opening the canister so no ash has a chance to escape. All you do it jiggle the agitator rod on the lid to knock ash off the filters. The canister stays closed.
- Fire-resistant components
- Fire-proof 3 gallon canister made from steel
- Fire-retardant primary filter
- Patented dual filter system engineered to capture fine ash
- Clean filters without opening the lid
- For conventional stoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces, BBQ’S and bio fuel (corn and wheat) stoves.
Both the Cheetah II and Cougar have all the above features Love-Less AshVacs are famous for, but the Cougar has additional baffling for more quiet operation.