|Manufacturer||Emerson Tool Company|
|Item Weight||13 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.75 x 13 x 14 inches|
|Item model number||WS0500ASH|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Amperage Capacity||7 Amps|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||6|
|Hose Length||3 Feet|
|Cord Length||8 Feet|
|Included Components||Locking Hose with LED, Metal Extension Wand, Metal Crevice Tool, HEPA Media Filter, Filter Cage|
|Warranty||5-year Limited Warranty|
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WORKSHOP Wet/Dry Vacs Ash Vacuum Cleaner WS0500ASH, 5-Gallon Ash Vac For Fireplaces, Stoves, BBQ Pits; 3.0 Peak Horsepower Ash Vacuum, Black/Yellow
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|Brand||WORKSHOP Wet/Dry Vacs|
|Model Name||Ash Vacuum|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
About this item
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- The powerful performance in this compact ash vacuum cleaner makes quick work of cleaning ashes and fine dust under 122F
- LED light on the ash vac's hose end for better visibility into stoves, pits and fireplaces
- For dry use only. While ash vacs are powerful tools, they are not designed for wet pick up like most shop vacuum cleaners.
- HEPA media filter in this ash vacuum cleaner helps capture ashes, dust, and fine particles and is coated with a non-stick material to help reduce filter clogging.
- Large carry handle on the ash vacuum cleaner for easy transport to pellet stoves, fireplaces, or chimineas
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From the manufacturer
Reliable motors, construction and customer service.
- Backed by a 5 year limited warranty
- Durable 29-gauge steel drum
- Portable and easy to carry and store away
- On-board tool and power cord storage
Compact and Portable Ash Vacuum
This ash vac is ideal for collecting ashes under 122˚ F. Perfect for fireplace ashes, cleaning out BBQ grills or wood pellet grills, and cleaning outdoor fire pits or chimineas. The highly portable ash vacuum comes with a HEPA media filter that will collect ash and fine debris. It also comes with a metal wand and nozzle that store on-board, and a hose with a built in LED light to let you see what you are cleaning in the dark fireplace or fire pit.
Power Cord And Included Tools, Store On-Board
This vac features an 8-foot power cord that stores conveniently by wrapping it around the handle. The included metal nozzle and wand store away neatly in the integrated slots on vacuum’s caddy. The compact vacuum and accessories store conveniently and are ready for action.
Non-Stick Coated HEPA Media Filter
The 5-gallon ash vacuum has a non-stick HEPA media filter behind a metal mesh cage. The filter captures ash and fine media and PTFE coating helps reduce the clogging from fine debris on the face of the filter.
What's in the Box with the WS0500ASH ash vacuum?
1. Cartridge Filter: Non-stick coated HEPA media filter.
2. Metal mesh cage: Cage helps protect filter from large debris.
3. 1-1/4-inch Locking Hose (3-feet long) with LED light: Stays secure during use.
4. 1-1/4-inch Metal Crevice Tool: Cleans ashes from tight places.
5. 1-1/4-inch Metal Wand: Extends reach into fireplaces and pits.
Most Reliable Motors, Quality, and Customer Service
At WORKSHOP, we test our motors thoroughly and regularly to make sure they are among the longest lasting motors in the industry. This ash vac is a tool that will last. We are so confident that your vacuum will last for years and years, that we backed it with a 5-year limited warranty.
For detailed warranty information, visit the website.
What Size Vac Is Right For You?
Choose a gallon size that meets the requirements of the task being performed. Some jobs will require a larger capacity than others. The ash vac is ideal at 5-gallons, offering capacity required and is still small enough for storage and portability.
Gallons indicated reflect drum volume, not necessarily collection capacity. Actual capacity is dependent upon type of debris collected, condition of filter, and other factors.
Suck It Up. Get It Done with WORKSHOP Power.
The bigger the job the more power that job requires. Peak Horsepower represents a level at or below the maximum horsepower output of an electric motor tested in a laboratory using a dynamometer. The 3.0 Peak HP motor is more than enough power to collect the ashes in your pit or fireplace.
Because. .. Standards Matter To Us!
At WORKSHOP, we design our vacuums to measure up to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) testing methods, unlike some competitors who use lab methods. Airflow measures CFM (cubic feet per minute) or volume of air moved, which is important when picking up dry messes. Sealed Suction (inches) measures the raw strength of suction when picking up liquids. The measurement that captures both aspects of suction is Max Air Watts tested to ASTM standards.
Perfect for Fireplaces
It does not take long for your fireplace to fill up with ashes from those nights warming by the fire. Having too much ash can prematurely burn out your grate, and cleaning smaller fireboxes or combustion chambers can be messy unless you have the WORKSHOP WS0500ASH vacuum.
Fire Pits and Chimineas
WORKSHOP is taking ash vacuums to a new levels. The ash vac has a powder-coated metal drum for durability, and includes metal wands that store neatly in the vacuum's caddy. The ash vacuum cleaner also comes with a specially designed hose with LED light is ideal for dark fireplaces, BBQ pits, or fire pit ash cleanup. The ash vacuum and HEPA media filter will pick up and collect ash and fine debris under 122˚ F.
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1. At the selling price at time the review was written of just over one hundred dollars, it is overpriced. There is a PowerSmith ash vac that is virtually identical selling for about $30 less that comes with more accessories and has over 1200 reviews. This product is not worth the asking price which is the main reason it only earns 4-stars.
2. The hose is only 3’ … that is a problem for a product designed to clean ashes. If I place it on the floor in front of my fireplace the hose has to reach over the hearth and all the way to the rear of the firepit. That distance is between 4-5’. And to clean the ash from my kettle barbecue the distance from the ground to the bottom of the kettle bowl is over 5’. I would have to lift the entire vacuum and hold it in the air to reach inside my barbecue.
3. It only comes with ONE tool (a crevice tool with a very large open end). There is no reason this should not be a multi-purpose vacuum but the seller has targeted as something designed for ashes only. That’s a lot of money to spend for a dedicated ash vac that offers no other special features over a standard shop vac
4. The “LED hose” is fluff. If you expected it to be powered from the vacuum you would be wrong, it gets its power from tiny hearing-aid batteries inside the wand. The light is located where the hose connects to the wand extensions and any light that gets thrown onto the work is insignificant and useless; the LED feature is nothing more than a gimmick.
THE PLUS SIDE
This vac is not without its virtues though. For one, the tank is all metal and the ashes are deposited directly into the tank, not a bag or any kind of removable container. That does require that the entire vac be lifted and dumped into the trash (which may be a bit of a challenge for some people because it can get quite heavy once full of ashes) but I would say it is relatively easy to clean. After dumping the ashes the container can be brushed out with a soft duster-type wand. I also like that the nozzle and its extension are made of aluminum so if they do come in contact with ashes that are still warm they won’t melt.
The hose has a non-crush spiral spring inside, another plus feature. And the hose twist-locks into the canister so it won’t pull out during use. These are all reasons this product was rated generally positively (Amazon defines “I like it” as a 4-star product)
The replaceable filter appears to be a different size than other models used by the same company and does not appear to be readily available. Based on the price of other filters sold by this company though you could buy a whole new vacuum at the hardware store for about the same price. Compare that to the PowerSmith which uses a washable filter, keeping the overall cost of ownership down.
All things considered the biggest concern about this product (other than being overpriced) is the too-short hose which can’t be extended. That plus the metal canister can get quite heavy and must be lifted and turned upside down to empty it. There are no handles to grab it or hold it so you end up having to wrap your arms around the whole canister or grab the plastic wheels which can pull out of their sockets.
Armed with these points to consider I hope this evaluation has been helpful. A dedicated ash vac as a nice (but not mandatory) accessory to own but I would put its real-life value closer to about $50-60 rather than over $100.
Let's start with the good: it's metal, so it won't catch on fire. It rolls around on wheels so it's very portable, and it's the right size to leave tucked away and out of sight near your fireplace. The vac is bagless, but that's by necessity (the whole not-catching-on-fire thing). Also, there's a little LED light that's super bright on the end of the hose that's very useful for sucking up ash in a dark fireplace.
The problems with the vac become apparent as soon as you use it. For one, the hose isn't long enough. Most fireplaces are raised and a little cramped to get into, so an extra-large hose would make a huge difference. Not a major problem really as I'm sure WORKSHOP would be happy to charge you for a longer hose.
The deal breaker however is that there's a little cup inside the vac on the receiving end of the hose. It's presumably meant to keep debris from flying into the vacuum. Well guess what's in a fireplace? Bits of charcoal, wood, and all kinds of ashy debris. Debris that gets stuck in a vacuum. I want to emphasize this: this is a vacuum specifically made for a fireplace (or heaven forbid, a firepit) that's not equipped to vacuum up stuff in a fireplace.
On the first round of cleaning out my fireplace, the vac gradually lost suction. I thought it was blocked, so I tried to clear out the hose. This is not as simple as it sounds. The entire length of the hose clogged because of that cup inside the vac. When I tried to clear it I ended up spraying ash everywhere.
I took the vac outside, attempted to dump most of it out, made a huge mess but at least cleared the tube, and returned to my living room to resume clearing out the fireplace. The second time it happened again (so that's two tries with a fireplace that's still not emptied out) with suction gradually diminishing...and then the vacuum overhead and just shut off. And yes, it was cold ash.
To clean up the mess the vac made, I had to use another vacuum. I can't emphasize the absurdity of this other than to restate the obvious: if a competitor's product has to clean up after your product, it's time to rethink your marketing strategy.
Two stars, and that's me being generous because conceptually it's a great idea and the flashlight is helpful.