Originally Posted by Jolly1
I bought a Lidl ash vacuum cleaner this morning and have just tried it out. The problem that I encountered immediately was that the filter clogged up with briquette ash. However, it cleaned the grate fairly thoroughly. Cleaning the filter is awkward but achievable with a hand brush. Read the instructions carefully, empty and clean the thing outside. A garden is essential. Wear old clothes. It may work better with wood or coal ash.
God, that seems an awful amount of bother.
I'd like to get my hands on one of those metal boxes with a lid, that you place your ashpan into, close the lid and take it outside, without fear of ashes blowing around the place. Still need to deal with the loose ash around the fireplace though... meh.