I was reminded of Ben’s excellent post on vacuuming the ash in your fireplace when I was cleaning mine out a few days ago. I’ve always just waited till the ash was cold, then I bust out a brush and dustpan. With a price tag of over a hundred bucks, are ash vacuums really worth it?
I know that the regular old unmodified shop-vac will turn your living room into an ashen fallout zone, but can the specialized fireplace vac be used for other things? That’s an awful lot of space taken up to just clean the fireplace.
Is the powered way just that much better, or does your name need to be Casanova before you actually run that many fires through your fireplace for this to become worthwhile? Let us know in comments.