Do you own an ash vac? Ash vacs are vacuums designed specifically to help with pellet stove and fireplace clean-up and maintenance. They do a wonderful job and make clean-up a snap. Ash vacuums are powerful and can pick up even the finest of ash and soot. They are also designed and manufactured for this specific purpose, and when used properly they provide the safest option available.
However, with summer here and projects around the home abundant, it may be tempting to use your ash vac for things for which it’s not intended. Make it your rule to resist using your ash vacuum for anything other than your fireplace or stove. This special vacuum has a dedicated purpose and is not intended to be used as a shop vac. Doing so can cause damage to its special make up and internal dust chamber bag, as well as make it unsafe for its intended purpose next fall when you need it.
By all means clean your house, vacuum out your vehicles, and tidy your garage. Just use or borrow other vacuums to assist with your projects. Give your ash vac the summer off.