Dustless Technologies Cougar Ash Vacuum, Black, Made in USA
- Patented filter system for fine ash particles
- Metal construction with fire resistant components
- Clean filters without opening the unit
- New and improved flame resistant hose
- Ideal for wood stoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces & BBQ'S
- 110/120V Required
- Made in the U.S.A.!
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The fire keeps you warm, but if cleaning up the ashes leaves you cold, the Cougar Ash Vacuum is just the thing. The Cougar is made by the Love-Less Ash Company right here in the USA. It features a patented dual filtration system that captures the smallest of ash particles found in wood stoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces, corn stoves, barbecues and pizza ovens. Designed to remove fine ash, this vacuum is capable of removing cool to warm fine ash, not hot ash or coals. Attempting to suck up large pieces of ash or coal will result in a clogged hose or damaging the unit. Simply use the metal nozzle to break down any larger pieces of ash before vacuuming them up. The filters and hose are flame resistant, so don't fret if you suck up a hot ember or two. An external agitator rod allows the user to clean the filters without opening the unit. The Cougar has a thicker motor housing than its predecessor, the Cheetah II Ash Vacuum, making it quieter during use. It has a 3 gallon capacity. Included with this ash vacuum is (1) outer filter, (1) inner filter, (1) 5' 1M50 metal flex hose, and (1) metal nozzle.
From the manufacturer
No Ash Exhausted
Patented Dual-Layer Filtration Sytem
Our entire goal at Love-Less is to give you a reliable vacuum that won't spit out ash. Two fiberglass coated filters made right here in the USA protect the motor and keep ash from being sent out into your home.
Most vacuums spit ash back out into the air. Here at Love-Less, our six gallon canisters are sealed using metal clamps and an o-ring. You won't have ash on your furniture, and you won't have ash particles in your lungs.
- Pellet Stoves
- Wood Stoves
- Fire Pits
- Outdoor Ovens
- Pizza Ovens
- Corn Stoves
- Wheat Stoves
- Biofuel Stoves
Warm Ash Safe
The Cougar is designed to suck up cold to warm fine ash. Ash takes seven days to reach a true 'cold' state - we don't want you to wait that long.
While this vacuum should not be used with hot ash or coals, should you accidentally suck up too hot of ash or a live coal, this vacuum will not catch fire. The flame-resistant filters will protect up to 1000 degrees F, while the thermal plastic components will never catch fire.
10 Year Limited Warranty
We are so confident that this vacuum will last that we have a 10 year limited warranty for the Cougar outside of normal wear and tear. If you experience motor issues, manufacturers defects, or damage, give us a call and we will repair or replace the failing parts.
Includes Tool Kit
For all the nooks, crannies, glass fireplace panes, and other specialized cleaning needs, we've included a 10 piece tool kit, complete with a kit bag that easily ties to the top of the vacuum.
Clean Filters Without Opening The Vacuum
On the outside of the vacuum is a small agitator rod. Just give the rod a little shake and it will knock ash off the filters to restore your suction.
Quieter, Powerful Motor
This ash vacuum has a powerful motor capable of pulling 124 cubic feet of air per minute - the same amount as a larger wet dry vacuum.
Convenient Carry Handle
The Cougar has a metal carry handle that attaches right to the six gallon canister. This makes moving the ash vacuum and dumping it out quick and convenient.
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I am mystified as to why in an age we can land men in the Moon and rovers on Mars we cannot design a vacuum that will safely and efficiently handle HOT ash. Come on Dustless Technology, it's not rocket science (pun intended) get your engineers working on something more advanced. How about micro perforated stainless steel filters, or something far better than coated cloth!
I would recommend this unit with reservations
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If, however, you have a large wood stove or other fuel type, you may be less satisfied.
The vacuum tends to clog frequently and the motor got very very hot on my unit.
Note: Embers can stay hot for a long time so, knowing this, I made sure before starting that everything was cold. I also took the time to remove the large leftover pieces first and pushed aside any middle sized ones, focusing on the ash as much as possible.
After five minutes the unit choked on the ash and stopped working well. It took a long time to get the ash vacuumed up and the hot motor forced me to turn it off before the stove was really clean. I realized at that point that it was not for me. Prepping the stove for clean-out and vacuuming (not to mention cleaning the unit afterward) actually took way longer than using the good old ash pail and scoop.
I think the only thing this vacuum might be good for are end of year clean outs to get the fine ash from the corners. But for my money - I want something I can use for daily clean outs, not once a year.
A good feature is that if the vacuum suction decreases then you can shake on the external rod that cleans the filters inside the canister without making a mess. What I do not like about the rod is that it is enclosed by a long threaded cap that you remove to get access to the rod. The threads are too fine so threading the cap back on can be difficult. This could have been solved with the use of deep threads instead of fine threads. The filter system works very well so there is no worries about the vacuum filling your room up with a fine dust.
The vacuum is quite loud but to me that does not rate it any lower. The larger the motor the more suction hence the more noise. Wear ear plugs if it bothers you that much but I agree with others here that the noise is overstated and not as bad as most say. The vacuum as a whole seems to be well built and it is Made in USA and that makes a difference to me.
You will need to buy the accessories separately and these do come in handy for tight spots and or cleaning finished surfaces with the horse hair brush attachment.
What I don't like is that there is no place to store the accessories on the vacuum itself like a little racking system. I will probably build something to keep everything contained.
Some others review say that the filter is cloth and that is true although it is fire resistant. This filter is made out of the same fabric that we use in the construction trade for fire blankets to cover flammable materials when welding. Shop vacs use paper filters and are a lot more susceptible to catching on fire.
This tool works very, very good for pellet stoves and is decent for use on wood stoves.
If you read the companies description, all of the information you need is there and I can vouch for its accuracy. There is even a video put out by the company showing exactly how to use this vac. Why am taking time to mention this? Before I purchased my Vac, I read many reviews on this one from many different sites. The biggest complaint was a seemingly how weak the suction is, and that the hose plugged frequently. There were a few other complaints, but I'll get to that in a moment. So even though all of this information is available up front, I wanted to lay out exactly what you can expect from this vac, and what you can not expect in plain terms.
This IS NOT a shop vac. It is an ASH VAC. Designed specifically to pick up FINE ASH. And the manufacturer, several videos, and others who have rated this vac favorably all say just that. To that end, this Vac works flawlessly. But most importantly, it does it without putting even one micron of ash into the air. That's what you are buying this vac for. Absolutely NO ash is exhausted out. And after having used a shop vac with special filters and even some home made filtration adaptations, the difference is night and day. If you need to pick up fine ash, and you need to do it without exhausting any ash into the air, there is no other vac on the market that I know of that does it any better then this one. And that is what you are paying the premium price for.
The Jiggler rod to knock off the ash on the pre-filter is brilliant and brings back a substantial amount of suction when used. As far as noise, it's on par with any shop vac. Not quiet, but not outrageous.
As you would hope of any "Ash Vac", this one is quite comfortable sucking up the stray red ember. You would not of course want to suck up red hot coals, that would be stupid in any case. But a stray red hot ember here or there is safe with this vac. What this means is, once the pellet stove has cooled enough where it wont melt the flesh off your hands, you are free to start cleaning up the ash. I can clean out my pellet stove and have it back in operation before the room temp has lost more then a degree or two.
Used with a pellet stove, this vac is indispensible. It makes the task of cleaning my Pellet stove, if not pleasant, at least easy, fast and efficient. No other Vac that I have owned, or heard about from others works for cleaning fine ash out of pellet stoves better then this. A+++++++++++ for pellet stoves.
The suction, compared to a "Shop Vac" is substantially less. And to be certain, the opening at the business end is only about 1/2"-5/8" wide. So, for use as a "Shop Vac", this Vac is pretty much useless. This covers the majority of complaints I have read,
Although you can get away, (With much effort), with removing the fine ash from a fire place, or from a wood burning stove, anything that is larger then say the size of a pea will start to give this vac an issue. Which you would expect, because pea sized and larger bits are not exactly "Ash", and the company specifically says this vac is not meant for such work. So with that said, this vacs primary use is with Pellet Stoves, regardless of what the company demonstrates in the video or what YOU may wish for it to do. I can not stress this enough. If you buy this for a fire place, wood burning stove or coal stove, even though the company demonstrates how it can be used for these applications, in reality this vac is just not very practical.
C-------- for wood stoves and fire places, F--------------- for anything else. All of which is information that the company gives you UP FRONT, and you are reading again here.
As much as I love this vac, there are some flaws that keep it from being five stars. The attachment point at the can is a plastic nub. Seems sturdy enough at first glance, but, moving the hose around, which you do a lot, will work the house off the plastic nub. Not to mention after I have put the hose on and taken it off the nub a number of times, I feel like the connection is going to quickly succumb to wear and tear. This connection between can and hose is just... not very good frankly considering the cost of the vac.
At the other end of the hose, you have a metal tube that fits into the rubber/plastic fitting on the hose. Again, with moving the hose around, the metal tube wants to work itself lose. Not a big deal to keep the thing put together, but still, a very poor design.
Moving on, the company sells an "Accessory Kit" separately from the vac that includes a crevice tool, a horse hair suction brush (Indispensible), and a clear plastic hose with a rubber fitting on one end for getting into those otherwise impossible to reach crevasses. I don't know about your Pellet stove, but this too is an indispensible aid. I want to say the kit was like $30 off the top of my head. For the price of the vac, these "Accessories" should be included. No question. I thought I could simply use the existing tools off one of the three shop vacs I own. No dice though as the diameters of the Ash Vac fittings are not "Standard" with other shop vacs, small or large. To add insult to injury, the accessories that you pay extra for, although they work and you would be lost without them, do not fit on the hose well. The metal tube that comes with the vac fits inside the plastic/rubber fitting on the end of the house. But the other attachments fit around the outside of the plastic/rubber fitting. Once the metal tube has been in the hose for a while, the orifice is stretched out some making the other accessories difficult at first to fit over it. Once the other accessories have been on the hose for a while, the orifice is contracted, making getting the metal tube back in a pain. I tend to switch between attachments frequently during the cleaning process and I have found it to be an unpleasant task. Again, it's all functional, but it's just a lousy design especially considering the price you have paid. The rubber/plastic fitting on the end of the hose is taking wear that most certainly will ruin it within a few years, and then I'll be buying a new hose no doubt. I can't express enough just how terrible this aspect of the engineering is. It's like they spent all of the R&D money on figuring out how to keep Ash out of the air and didn't have enough left over to "Finish" the product.
The last major flaw with this vac is the lack of any onboard storage. You have but two options. Either store the vac and accessories in a heap on the floor in a closet, or, remove the hose from the vac every single time you're done using it and store it along with the accessories in a bag, leavening the vac with the cord coiled around it.
For cleaning a pellet stove of the fine ash while keeping all of it in the bucket and out of your home, there is simply no better vac on the market. If this is the only goal that the company set out to realize, mission accomplished.
The real problem is that for the price, the hose, fittings, ease of use and lack of onboard storage is abysmal. Why they can't take a queue from like EVERY OTHER SHOP VAC on the market is quite beyond me. If they were to fix the flaws on the outside of the Vac, this would be not only brilliant, but worth every penny of the asking price. It's a real shame that they won't correct the flaws that are keeping this vac from being absolutely perfect.
Why they make the slightly cheaper version of this Vac is also beyond me. From what I have read, it's considerably louder and compared to this one, you would not want it any louder. As well, they say it has less suction. This one is not exactly a power house, it has just enough suction. It works well and I have no complaints. But I certainly would not want less suction. You are saving nothing by going with the cheaper version.
If your primary goal using this vac is to keep ash out of your home while cleaning your pellet stove, this vac is the hands down best on the market. If you are planning on doing ANYTHING else, this vac will be a substantial waste of money for you. This is an expensive purpose built tool that excels at what it was designed for, and only what it was designed for.