REVIEW – When it’s chilly, there’s nothing like a wooden fireplace to take the coolness off the air and cheer me up. I’ve not too long ago purchased a home with a wood-burning hearth, and am actually excited to have one once more, apart from the irritation and mess of getting to take care of the ashes. When this Yibintc Ash Vacuum got here up for assessment, I used to be excited to get the prospect to strive it out. A wet late January chilly snap supplied the proper alternative to present it a go!
The Yibintc Ash Vacuum is a conventional store vac with a fire-resistant nice mesh filter inside.
What’s within the field?
- Steel bucket with hose receptor riveted in
- Motor lid with inputs for blowing or vacuuming
- Corrugated versatile hose
- Brush attachment
- Angled concentrator with a flip-down element brush
- Steel deal with extension
- High-quality-mesh fire-resistant filter insert
- Three detachable casters for bucket
- Three-part extension for hose
Design and options
A store vac is a reasonably acquainted merchandise in lots of US houses. Particularly in case you’re somebody who does messy issues like woodworking, stained glass, or basic house repairs that will contain greater than average mess-making, you’ve both gotten one or your common vacuum has wished you had. The standard design is a (normally) metallic 5-ish gallon bucket with a two-way motor mounted within the lid. Some deal with liquids in addition to solids. Most deal with pretty nice particles, like sawdust or plaster mud from sanding drywall mud, and so forth. This one from Yibintc features a fold-up deal with that permits you to carry your complete unit, hose and all, with one hand.
The Yibintc Ash Vacuum riffs on a number of of those normal setup gadgets. The lid clamps on as common, and the motor is mounted in it, however the hose attaches on to the bucket. Contained in the attachment level, there’s a plastic diverter to level the incoming waste supplies downwards into the bucket, somewhat than simply straight in. This becoming is secured with three pop rivets.
Along with the same old spherical sponge-type filter that surrounds the air consumption a part of the motor, there’s a second metal-ringed fire-resistant detachable filter insert. The within filter will be eliminated and cleaned simply, or the vacuum can be utilized with out it.
The casters that permit the Yibintc Ash Vacuum to be pulled round whereas in use are simply hooked up as a part of the setup, however they can be eliminated if want be. I discovered them very free-floating when used as a daily vacuum, however not troublesome when sitting in a single place cleansing ashes from the fireside. The unit could be very secure, although it’s gentle and, when empty, top-heavy.
Apart from attaching the casters and inserting the hose, cowl, and filter, there isn’t a lot setup required for the Yibintc Ash Vacuum. The three extensions are equivalent and tapered, so their friction match will not be troublesome to attain, however since there’s no “this-end-up” indication of which method they’re aligned, it takes a minute if one’s rotated.
The Yibintc Ash Vacuum is loud (particularly in my empty home!), however that’s true of most store vacs. I had an electrician wandering round making notes for a citation, so I simply popped in some sponge earplugs, and it was tolerable.
The hose extension items have kinda iffy connections. I didn’t have any points with them really coming aside throughout use, however they don’t seem to be tight, and as soon as I used the vac on precise ashes, they began to leak barely. I’d prefer to see one thing tighter, or with a gasket in place to stop leakage. Undecided that’s potential at this worth level, however having to wipe down the tube after use is irritating. Between the nice powder of ash and the static generated by that powder flying up the tube, the joints have a coating of soot after use.
The suction was OK, however the crevice software concentrator improved it bit.
I burned a number of logs and allowed them to sit down in a single day with a purpose to cool absolutely. (This proved attention-grabbing for an air filter system that I’m additionally testing. I’ve referred to as a chimney sweep to take a look at the problem earlier than my subsequent fireplace!) The ash vacuum made brief work of the ashes and allowed me to hold them on to the surface trash can with out having to fret that they’d spill. I made a time-lapse video, nevertheless it ended up being just a few seconds lengthy. I assumed it could be longer!
What I like
- Tightly manufactured (apart from extension tube items)
- The nice filter could be very efficient – and washable
What I’d change
- Higher joints on extension tubes
Wooden-burning fireplaces, for all their romance, are all the time chilly and soiled the following day. Even after we had one in a earlier home that we stored going actually all winter, sooner or later, we needed to let it exit and shovel out the ashes. Whereas the Yibintc Ash Vacuum makes shorter work of clearing out the residue, and the ash filter retains it out of the motor and the principle filter, the leakage by means of the extension tube casts a pall over the entire affair. I’ll strive with some further sealing (most likely begin with duct tape and transfer on from there. Perhaps a little bit of spongy climate seal?) as soon as I get my chimney/flue checked out. Watch this area for future updates. In the meantime, it’s higher than shoveling, however not as clear as not having a hearth.
The place to purchase: Amazon
Supply: The pattern of this product was supplied by Yibintc.