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Keep the Home Fires Burning Where They Should Be – Love-Less Ash Vacs and Fireplace Safety

Lady warm and relaxed by the fireplace.Tis the season! As the temperatures drop and your friendly neighborhood stores start filling their shelves with toys and gigantic blow-up snow globes, there is nothing like sitting in front of a cheery fire on a cold winter evening, snuggled in your favorite blanket, cradling a steaming mug of your favorite hot drink as your car-sized snow globe hums peacefully in the front yard. However, few of us envy the job of cleaning the fireplace the next morning.

Fireplaces and wood stoves are making a comeback, especially with the development of the modern high-efficiency pellet and wood burning stoves. These high-tech stoves use convection and forced air to ensure more efficient burning, resulting in less ash and soot. The problem is that what ash is left is very fine and will readily take flight as you try to scoop it out of your stove and will quickly clog or blow right through most conventional and shop vacuums.

Vacuum on fireHowever, while dust on your knick-knacks is an annoyance, and ash in your lungs is a health hazard, a much more immediate danger in using a conventional household or shop vacuum to clean your stove has to do with the stray sparks or embers hidden in, and which may stay alive for up to two weeks in that harmless-looking pile of ash.

As a Boy Scout, I remember cradling a spark in a bundle of shredded bark and blowing on it to get it to ignite. A vacuum’s airflow would have made my job much easier. Similarly, the inside of your vacuum is a veritable windstorm. Add unburned charcoal or wood pellets, sawdust from your last woodshop project, or even carpet fuzz stuck in your very flammable paper filter, and you have a recipe for disaster.

cleaning fireplace with shovelWe often hear people extol the virtues of their shop vacuums for cleaning out their stoves and grills. While they may be effective (assuming their filtration system actually does more than helping the ash take flight), the risk of fire cannot be understated. These vacuums are often not made from fire or heat-resistant materials and the filters are often made from paper or polyester, both of which are extremely flammable. Furthermore, even if your filter does not catch fire, a single spark can render even the best filter useless.

“My shovel and metal bucket work just fine,” you say. While a shovel and metal bucket are well adapted to handle hot coals, they are terrible at containing the fine ash. Mike Loveless, the founder of Love-Less Ash Company, was faced with this dilemma almost 30 years ago. His goal was to alleviate his wife’s consternation at his son’s soot-covered hands, feet, and clothes as he crawled through the ashes that spread throughout the house as he cleaned his stove. The result was the world’s first ash vacuum.

loveless ash vacsAs a mechanic at a coal-fired power plant, Mike knew the dangers of fire and dust well and understood how to prevent the risk of a stray spark igniting a serious fire. He built his ash vacuums from fire-resistant materials – steel canisters, metal hoses, fire resistant filters, and motor housings. He also understood the nature of ash and how it differs from normal dust. Armed with this knowledge, he built a vacuum that could stand up to the task of containing warm to cold ash, while not catching fire should a stray hot coal find its way inside the vacuum.

Love-Less Ash Company continues Mike’s tradition, using the same methods and quality materials in its current line of Love-Less Ash Vacs®. From the top-of-the-line American-made Cougar Plus, with its powerful and quiet bypass motor, which ensures that the heat from the ash in the canister does not go through the motor, which can cause it to overheat, to its economically-priced but powerful HEPA-filtered Lynx Ash Vac®, to its Dustless Technologies Pit Hawg Barbecue and Patio Ash Vac®, Love-Less Ash Company continues its tradition of helping you to safely and effectively remove and contain all the ash from your fireplace, wood stove, grill, smoker, coal stove, or any other place where warm to cold ash collects.

ash vac cleaning  fireplaceAdditionally, each Love-Less Ash Vac® is equipped with a filter cleaning system that allows you to restore suction without having to open the vacuum lid should the filters get clogged, preventing the ash you worked so hard to collect inside from floating freely into your household air.

Backed by its industry-leading 3 year warranty and world-class customer service, Love-Less Ash Company continues to be the leader in high-quality ash vacuums, beating the competition in almost every performance factor in head-to-head tests.

Visit our site at www.lovelessash.com or call us at 800-568-3949 to find where you can pick up your new Love-Less Ash Vac®.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 10 2016 » comments are closed

Easy Safety Reminders While Enjoying the Comfort and Ambiance of a Fireplace

Fireplaces are comforting!

Cool weather means warm times by the fireplace! By following a few simple steps, you can reduce your chance of a fire hazard from a fireplace.

With the cooler temperatures moving in, it is that time of year when one of the best comforts of the day is relaxing by a crackling, warm fireplace. The original purpose of a fireplace was for warmth and reducing heating costs, however over the years they have evolved to add overall value and design aesthetics to a home, as well as creating fun family memories. Whether using a gas or wood-burning style fireplace, there are certain pre-cautions that must be taken to avoid any serious burns or fires.

According to the US Fire Administration, 36% of home fires every year are caused by heating fires. A majority of the fires are caused by creosote buildup in the chimney, which can be prevented with proper care and maintenance. Here are a few simple tips to remember the next time you light the fireplace.

  • Smoke Alarm – Proper smoke alarms should be a fundamental part of each room in every home. Smoke alarms should be tested a couple times a year to make sure it is in proper working condition. First Alert makes two models for smoke alarms, with easy wall or ceiling access for replacing the battery. Their products are available at most retail locations across the globe. Click here for more info: http://www.firstalert.com/detectors/battery.
  • Cleaning/Maintenance – Proper cleaning procedures must be followed to reduce the chance of creosote buildup. Depending on fireplace usage, it is important to clean the ashes out regularly. NEVER use a household vacuum or shop vacuum to clean out your fireplace. The only company that allows you to remove both warm and cold ash is Love-Less Ash Company. Their American-made and designed ash vacuums make the job faster and much cleaner than traditional ash vacuums. For more information visit http://www.lovelessash.com.
  • Glass Door Caution – Many fireplaces have glass doors with mesh screens protecting from the logs rolling and hot embers that could come from the fireplace. These glass doors can get hot very quickly. It’s a good idea to leave the mesh screen closed, and open the glass doors while burning a fire. This will aid in reducing the heat level of the glass doors, while protecting from the hot embers. It is especially important to make sure children and the elderly do not get close to a fireplace. A company that makes high quality glass door and mesh sparks is Stoll Fireplace. For more information visit http://www.stollfireplace.com/general/home.
  • Chimney Inspection – It is important to annually have your chimney inspected by a certified professional. These specialists know what to look for to prevent danger, so it is important to use someone officially certified. One of the main organizations is the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). To find a CSIA certified professional in your area, go to their website here http://www.csia.org/.

No one wants to come home to a house fire due to improper care and maintenance of a fireplace. By using these simple reminders, you can safely rest easy in your armchair by the fireplace.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 20 2012 » 0 comments

NEW BobCat™ Ash Separator from Love-Less Ash Company

Check Out the NEW BobCat™ Ash Separator from the Love-Less Ash Company

NEW - BobCat Ash Separator from Love-Less Ash Company!

If you haven’t already seen the newest product from Love-Less Ash Company, then you need to check it out! Love-Less Ash Company has designed the new BobCat™ ash separator specifically for warm and cold ash. With high demand from the recent product launch at the HPB Expo in Atlanta, GA, the product will begin shipping soon!

Most ash separators and vacuums are only approved for cold ash, while the new BobCat allows for removal of warm ash. The canister, hose and nozzle are constructed of metal. The heat resistant lid can withstand high temperatures, and features brackets on the top of the unit for storing accessories.

Metal mesh spark arrestors of other systems trap the ash between the screen and filter, defeating the purpose and clogging the unit. The BobCat filter has a unique conical design that prevents this buildup by allowing the ash to fall straight down into the metal canister. The filter can be cleaned without opening the metal canister by simply lifting and releasing the spring loaded handle.

The Bobcat is the only ash separator designed and proudly made in the USA. It is designed to work with most household vacuums. You can get as much power as you need by your choice of household vacuum to connect to the BobCat. This unit comes standard with several accessories including a 5 foot metal hose, steel nozzle, crevice tool, horse hair brush, and pellet stove cleaning hose.

Visit our web site for more information or to find a dealer near you!

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on March 14 2012 » 0 comments

New BobCat™ Ash Separator to Launch at HPB Expo

New BobCat™ Ash Separator to Launch at HPB Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia

BobCat Ash Vacuum Separator From Loveless Ash

BobCat Ash Vacuum Separator From Love-Less Ash

Love-Less Ash Company introduces a patent pending ash separator to compliment its line of best selling ash vacuums. The new BobCat will be released and demonstrated at the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. We will be located in Booth#922, so stop by and check out the new BobCat.

The BobCat is the first of its kind to be able to collect cold and warm ash. Most ash separators and vacuums are only approved for cold ash, while the new BobCat allows for removal of warm ash, too. The canister, hose and nozzle are constructed of metal. The heat resistant lid can withstand high temperatures and features brackets on the top of the unit for storing accessories.

Metal mesh spark arrestors of other systems trap the ash between the screen and filter, defeating the purpose of it and clogging the unit. The BobCat filter has a unique conical design that prevents this buildup by allowing the ash to fall straight down into the metal canister. The filter can be cleaned without opening the metal canister by simply lifting and releasing the spring loaded handle.

The BobCat is the only ash separator designed and proudly made in the USA. It is designed to work with most household vacuums. You can get as much power as you need by your choice of household vacuum to connect to the BobCat. This unit comes standard with several accessories including a 5 foot metal hose, steel nozzle, crevice tool, horse hair brush and pellet stove cleaning hose.

Stop by booth#922 at the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Exposition to see the latest and greatest new product from Love-Less Ash Company. For more information and availability on the new BobCat from Love-Less Ash Company, visit our web site or give us a call, toll-free 800-568-3949.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on March 04 2012 » 0 comments

Fire Prevention Tips from LoveLess Ash Company

Recent Breaking News – Connecticut Fire Kills Five Family Members – Prevention Tips

The Christmas morning fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and their grandparents was started by fireplace embers, according to news reports. Due to the improper removal of ember and ash from the fireplace combined with the speed of the flames caused fatality in the home. By taking a few simple steps, these accidents can be prevented.

Smoke Detectors – It has been proven that smoke detectors prevent injuries and deaths from fires. They detect the fine particles of smoke long before the fire has a chance to spread. They must be properly installed and properly maintained to provide the protection they are designed for. Smoke alarms are very inexpensive and save thousands of lives every year. Never catch yourself in a home, especially at night, without a fire alarm.

Ash Vacuums from LoveLess Ash CompanyAsh Vacuum – Besides using a smoke detector, another vital product to any home with a fireplace is an ash vacuum. An ash vacuum is very useful at removing the very thing that started this particular house fire – embers. The LoveLess Ash Vacuum system is designed to remove ashes and cool to warm embers from fireplaces and wood stoves. They are not designed to remove hot ashes but can safely remove cool to warm ashes quick and in a much cleaner fashion than a shovel and bucket.

The entire LoveLess Ash Vacuum is made of fire-resistant components including a fire-proof three-gallon metal canister. This product features a fire-retardant primary filter and a secondary filter that helps keep the fine particles of ash inside the container. Another great feature is the built in agitator rod which will clean the patented dual filter system without having to open the vacuum.

Fireplaces and wood stoves are a wonderful accent to any home but there are dangers of using this type of heat. A smoke alarm and an ash vacuum are great items to compliment any fireplace or wood stove while keeping your family safe. By using the above mentioned products, you can save your life or the life of someone you love.

For more safety tips on preventing fires or to purchase an approved fire-resistant ash vacuum, visit LoveLessAsh.com.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on January 06 2012 » comments are closed

FREE Love-Less Ash Vacuum Giveaway – Contest Closed

Thank you for your interest in our ash vacuum giveaway from LoveLess Ash Company.

The free Ash Vacuum giveaway has closed. You can locate a dealer near you to purchase a LoveLess Ash Vacuum from our website: LoveLessAsh.com.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 28 2011 » comments are closed

Congrats to Our Winner

Congrats to our Week 4 Finale Winner – Eric Perrault – in the LoveLess Ash Vac Giveaway!

Congrats to Eric Perrault of Pulaski,WI on being the Week 4 Winner in the final week of our LoveLess Ash Vac Giveaway! He will be sent a LoveLess Ash Vacuum, valued at $250.00!

LoveLess Ash Company manufactures the world’s most popular ash vacuum and accessories. From the fire-resistant vacuums to every sort of attachment accessory needed. Enter today to win your answer to a cleaner solution for cleaning fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, corn stoves and many more. Visit the web site today: LoveLessAsh.com.

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 28 2011 » comments are closed

Congrats to this weeks winner – Douwe Bruinsma – in our Weekly Ash Vac Giveaway!

Congrats to our Week 3 winner – Douwe Bruinsma of Louisville, Colorado – in our weekly $250 valued Love-Less Ash Vacuum Giveaway! You can be a winner too; all you have to do is enter the contest by clicking here! There are still several to be given away over the next couple weeks, so be sure to enter the contest each week and check back to see if you are the next winner!

Love-Less Ash Company manufactures the worlds most popular ash vacuum and accessories. From the fire-resistant vacuums to every sort of attachment accessory needed. Enter today to win your answer to a cleaner solution for cleaning fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, corn stoves and many more!

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 22 2011 » comments are closed

Week 2 Winner; Dan Gagne of Whitman, MA is receiving the worlds most popular Ash Vacuum – FREE!

Congrats to Dan Gagne, of Whitman, MA on being the Week 2 Winner in our weekly Love-Less Ash Vac Give-away!!! All you have to do is enter to win, click here and you could be the next winner of the world’s most popular ash vaccums! The ash vacuums being given away are a $250 value, so they would make a very nice gift for any hearth owner! Enter today and you could be the next weeks winner!

Love-Less Ash Company manufactures the worlds most popular ash vacuums and accessories. From the fire-resistant vacuums to every sort of attachment accessory needed. Enter today to win your answer to a simpler solution for cleaning fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, corn stoves and many more!

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 13 2011 » comments are closed

Congrats to Jason Johnson – Our Week 1 Winner for the Ash Vacuum Giveaway!

Congrats to Jason Johnson on being the Week 1 Winner in our weekly Love-Less Ash Vac Give-away!!!We still have several more ash vacuum’s to give away over the next several weeks, so be sure to click hereto enter!Love-Less Ash Company manufactures the worlds most popular ash vacuum and accessories. From the fire-resistant vacuums to every sort of attachment accessory needed. Enter today to win your answer to a cleaner solution for cleaning fireplaces, wood stoves, pellet stoves, corn stoves and many more!

DTadmin in LoveLess Ash Vacuum on December 05 2011 » comments are closed
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