If you have ever tried to vacuum out your ashes with a vacuum cleaner only to turn around when you are done to see a cloud of ash hovering around your head then you have come to the right spot. The Cougar Model MU405 is the Cadillac of Ash Vacuums. With its quiet design and powerful motor, this is the vacuum of choice. This vacuum is "the quiet one".

What's inside makes all the difference...

These vacuums are specifically designed to remove warm to cold ash from wood stoves, pellet stoves, fireplaces and barbecues. There is a definite, simple technique to use for best results.

  • Patented double filter system
  • Comes complete with a FIRE RETARDANT PRIMARY FILTER.
  • Cleaning rod and pliable filters allow cleaning without removing the lid.
  • 5 ft. FLAME RETARDANT HOSE allows ash to pass through the hose to the canister without damage to the hose.
  • Designed for conventional stoves and fireplaces as well as pellet and corn burning stoves.
  • Powerful 6 amp motor
  • 3 Gallon ash capacity
  • US Warranty 1 year limited warranty on defects in materials and workmanship.
  • Extended US Warranty: Extended Warranty Available
  • Non-US Warranty: 30 days parts and labor
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just VACUUM out your stove and not have to worry about the fine ash all over the house? Every year we get call after call from people just like you who have a wood, pellet, corn, or wheat burning stove and are tired of dealing with the dirty mess of maintaining or cleaning their stove or fireplace.

Love-Less Ash Company has made the job of cleaning your stove or fireplace easy. For about 20 years now people have trusted the quality of the Love-Less Ash Vacuum for removing the ash from their wood stove.

Our American-made Warm Ash Vacuums make the job of cleaning ashes faster, safer, and neater. "No Mess" truly says it all. Clean your fireplace or wood stove in seconds. Forget about dirty hands, dirty ashes flying around the room and shoveling ashes. The ash vac is designed to remove warm to cold ashes from everything from wood stoves to barbecues.

A steel nozzle fits on the 5 foot flame-resistant hose to keep unburned coals from clogging the hose. The patented two stage, high density, fire resistant filter system traps the finest ash particles ensuring that no dust exits the vacuum to contaminate the room. The fireproof 3 gallon steel chamber holds ashes so you don’t need costly vacuum bags. The lid with motor removes for easy emptying when full, and the filter can be cleaned without removing lid.

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Love-less Ash Company History Out of the rural, coal-mining town of Price, Utah, Love-Less Ash Company was founded in July of 1988. Mike Loveless invented the original Ash Vacuum in 1983 because his wife, Colleen, had had it with the dust that was associated with their wood stove. The original ash vacuum was used for 5 years in their home while friends and family wanted one just like it. Finally, they ventured into the business of manufacturing ash vacuums for resale and did it in a one-car garage. Mike handled all research and development while Colleen handled the business end of things. Mike received his first patent in 1989, his second in 1993, his third in 1997 and his 4th in 1999. The first Ash Vacuums produced, were attachments to another vacuum source. They had a fire retardant filter and the customer’s home vacuum acted as the second filter. The original vacuums were well received but some stove owners needed time to get used to the concept of VACUUMING the ash from their stoves. It had not been successfully done before this time. In 1990, a motorized unit was introduced and was exactly what the public wanted. The Cheetah was introduced and has been modified to be the Cheetah II. It is now the standard size for ease and convenience in the market place. The Cougar was introduced in 1999 and is also a quiet version of the Cheetah II. In April of 1997, a second specialty vacuum was introduced to market. This was a 16 gallon "Dustless" Wet/Dry & Drywall Vacuum. It had been on the drawing board for 3-4 years. Wet/Dry & Drywall Vacuums will handle the very fine dust such as sheet rock and sanded concrete dust and the consumer can change from dry to wet and back to dry applications without changing the filters and still maintain great suction. The 16002 was introduced in 1998 and the "Quiet" 16004 QV hit the market in 1999. The Turbo Drywall Sander was introduced to market in November of 2000. It was 3 years in the making. This new tool is revolutionizing – sanding drywall. This sander is powered by the suction of our drywall vac. The head vibrates to do the sanding for you while the tube draws the dust right into the vacuum. The remodeling industry has been asking for a product like this for years and we are pleased to have it available. Now a totally "dust free" solution to a very messy job. The company has changed its manufacturing facility three times. It moved from a one-car garage to a new and larger shop, to the facility it is in presently.
The nozzle gets clogged up and I can’t take out the ash. Or - I have to use my fingers to get the ash off the nozzle. Why?

The customer needs to put the crimped end of the nozzle directly onto the firebrick of the conventional stove or fireplace and move it back and forth or in a circular motion. This cleans a small area and then the nozzle is moved from the cleaned area to the ash surrounding it. The nozzle is kept right on the brick.

The ash is actually removed from the bottom and not the top. This helps the ash to move quickly along the hose and keeps the nozzle opening free and clear of debris. As the ash is being taken into the vacuum, larger pieces of wood or charcoal, etc. can be moved out of the way and left in the stove and burned at a later time.

Customers should never have to use their hands or fingers to remove particles stuck on the end of the nozzle. If you come across this situation - the customer is holding the nozzle above the ash and it is balling up on the end of the nozzle because all the ash is trying to go through at the same time.

This vacuum will only allow fine ash to travel through the nozzle and hose. Larger particles or materials are not meant to be removed with this vacuum.

Why can’t I take out large pieces?

The vacuum is designed to remove only ash. The larger pieces should be left in the stove or fireplace and burned at a later time.

Why is the hose so stiff?

The hose is a bit unwieldy because it is made to handle the possibility of warm coals and embers. It is flame retardant. It should be positioned so that the hose has a natural curve from the vacuum to the nozzle that is put inside of the stove or fireplace. The customer should not position the vacuum so that a kink forms in the hose or else it will cut off the suction. The motor is cooled by external air so if the nozzle does become clogged, it will not damage the motor.

I don’t have any suction.

Usually, the reason for poor suction is that the vacuum has been used and a crust of ash has formed on the outside of the primary filter and it cannot breathe properly. The customer assumes that the vacuum is then not working.

Cleaning procedure for filters - Remove the brass nipple and cap from the top of the lid and then raise the metal rod or "NOGGLE" approximately 1/2 inch and rock it from side to side so that the ash that has collected on the outside of the primary filter can be shaken off and suction will resume as before.

The nipple and cap must be screwed back into place, just finger tight. The vacuum needs to be maintained so the nipple and cap must be in place, when in operation.

If the customer has used the vacuum extensively and loses suction, the reason is usually that the secondary filter has become coated with very fine ash, to the point that it needs to be cleaned. This will usually happen after 60-80 gallons of ash has been collected by the vacuum.

To clean the secondary filter, the primary filter needs to be taken off and the secondary filter needs to be vacuumed off by another vacuum source, usually a home vacuum. If there is any residual ash caught inside the two filters, this is a good time to take that out as well. The filters are held on by hose clamps that only require a flat blade screwdriver.

The Cheetah II is designed with the small cage part of the lid mounted on snap springs so when the vacuum is turned on the basket will rest against the cage and compress the springs. When the vacuum is turned off the springs snap back and clean the secondary filter without the customer ever being aware of it. This is why the customer can use it for such a great length of time without even needing to look at the secondary filter. This new design is extremely user friendly.

Can I wash the filters?

No. Both filters are specially coated and if they are washed, the finish will be removed and they will not operate properly.

There are holes in my primary filter, what are they from?

The customer has vacuumed up HOT COALS and/or LIVE EMBERS. This usually happens with pellet stoves. If pellets are not totally dead, the forced air from the vacuum will re-ignite them and they could come to rest against the side of the primary filter and scorch a hole through it. If unburned fines are removed from a pellet stove and they coat the primary filter and then a live pellet is pulled through the vacuum and it happens to come to rest against the filter, it will set the fines on fire and a large area of the filter will be scorched. In a conventional stove this same thing can happen if the embers are still burning and too many embers are removed without the insulation of dead ash.

Can I use this vacuum for other things?

No. This vacuum is only designed for ash. If it is used as a regular shop vacuum for materials that could be flammable and then used in a stove and live embers are removed, a fire could result.

How often should I change the filters?

Changing of the filters is determined by the use and care the are given. We recommend that the filters be changed after about 100 gallons of ash have gone through the vacuum.

How full can I fill the vacuum?

We recommend emptying the vacuum when the ash level is as high as the port on the side of the canister. When the ash gets this high, the customer will usually notice a slight reduction in suction because of the reduced area for depositing the ash in the canister.

Can I take out HOT COALS?

No. We recommend cool ash removal as a safety factor to the customer. The word HOT usually lends the customer to believe that the vacuum is indestructible and it does have limitations as to how much heat, and especially the amount of burning materials, that can be taken out of a stove. The customer needs to exercise good common sense in this decision.
Chulick, Auburn CA
"I was using my shop vac to clean out the pellet stove and the filter was constantly clogging up (along with ash blowing out the top and into my house). I have used the Love-less ash vac several times now and it is very efficient."

Sami & Madi's Mom,
"You know I read and yes, re-read those other reviews prior to going out and purchasing mine. I on one hand was using my own personal vacuum (wind tunnel Hoover) to pick up the ash that my fireplace insert pellet stove was producing and I clean mine everyday. Using a ordinary vacuum is insane to say the least and messy so I finally went out and looked at the vacuums and came to this one online but I went to my local fireplace center and purchased it there – to avoid shipping cost. Well I LOVE IT – no mess not too loud – (the dog barks at my regular vacuum) no dog barking at this one. The flexible tube I have no issue with – it moves with ease and no cracking – no problems, no mess. Because I have a pellet stove, I need the tools, so I purchased them. This vacuum is intended to pick up ash – not the hard stuff that looks like volcanic stuff that sits in the pan – just the ash and for us, no problem it does the job that my vacuum was dying over."

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