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I second thisI have used this one for a few years now and it has worked fine.
i remember a story of a fire started 3 days later when an ember surrounded by ash lit up a house.I have a vacuum that I use for my fireplace insert and pellet stove and it has worked great. The hose is made of rubber with a steel sleeve insert so it's not very flexible but the whole set up is designed to work on coals that are sometimes still a little hot. I oftentimes find some smoldering ash in the wood stove after a long burning cycle and trying to wait for the ashes to burn out sucks when it's very cold out. Hence I have a vacuum that can handle it. I think I paid somewhere around $100 for it at my local fireplace shop.b