Shop Vac 4041200 Ash Vacuum Cleaner Review

Shop Vac 4041200 Ash Vacuum Cleaner Review

There was a time when I had to bend over the fireplace with a dustpan and broom to clean up the ash and not as I write this Shop Vac 4041200 ash vacuum cleaner review, I wish I had known about this product then as it would have saved me many mornings of choking on ash and ending up with ash in my hair and a not so clean fireplace. If you are looking to survive such an experience, then this ash vacuum cleaner may be your savior.

Shop Vac 4041200 Ash Vacuum Cleaner

Who is it made for?

If you enjoy a nice warm fire at night but hate the idea of cleaning up the ash in the morning, or you like to barbecue and would like a less messy way to clean up the ash, then this is probably a product you will find useful. Its main purpose is to deal with fine dry particles.

Features & Benefits Of Shop Vac 4041200 Ash Vacuum

High-quality filter

If you are worried that ash is able to escape into the air as you vacuum, don’t be. The 4041200 is fitted with HEPA filters which are used in most air purifiers so the filter will trap fine particles to ensure nothing escapes into the air. HEPA filters are the best kind of filters to use for fine particles and if you deal with ash a lot you should know how small those particles are yet this vacuum will prevent them from escaping.


You are able to lift this vacuum using the top carry handle and it is not heavy or big which would prove beneficial as you carry it from the storage area to the area that you would like to vacuum. If you have more than one fireplace, then you may be concern about having to move the vacuum around but that should not be a problem as this vacuum has been designed for easy portability. I also find that this feature comes in handy when emptying the tank.

Steel tank

In my opinion, stainless steel looks much better than plastic so if you chose to keep the shop vac in the living room near the fireplace, it would add to the aesthetic appearance of the room. That aside, if you are interested in durability, chances are a stainless steel tank will last longer and can take more harsh treatment than plastic. Cleaning out the ash from the tank is much easier. A quick wipe would get rid of ash that did not pour out.

Automatic turn-off

If you are vacuuming and it happens that the ash is not all burnt out, this shop vac has a switch that will automatically turn off if hot coals are sucked in. this feature protects the vac from damage and you too since it is not safe to suck up hot pellets that may damage the motor or the filter system. With this feature, you do not have to check in the morning to see if there may be some fire still covered in the ash

Easy to use

When it comes to operating the shop vac 4041200, there is no rocket science involved. You should find that the buttons are self-explanatory and you can follow the instructions provided if anything seems unclear. I think the on switch is conveniently placed near the handle so that you can easily press with just one finger while you carry the vacuum with the same hand. Just make sure you take good care of the filter. Cleaning the filter after every use is highly recommended.


  • Does not allow ash to escape into the air while vacuuming
  • Sucks up ash quickly and efficiently
  • It is easy to use
  • It can be used for other dry waste
  • Stainless steel body with fire resistant property
  • It automatically turns off when hot debris is sucked up


  • It can only be used for dry vacuuming
  • It is loud

Highlighted Features

  • 5-gallon tank
  • HEPA filter
  • Thermal cut-off
  • Stainless steel tank with metallic tools
  • 6-foot cord
  • 7-foot hose
  • Only dry pickup
  • 2-year warranty

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.Can I use this shop vac for anything other than ash?

A.Yes this shop vac can be used for dry vacuuming especially fine dust since it has the filter for that

Q.Can I suck up ash while there are still some smoldering coals?

A.You should not do that but even if you did, the vacuum’s thermal cut off will automatically turn off the machine.

Q.How often does the filter need replacement?

A.This depends on how often you use it and how well you take care of it. It is recommended that you clean the filter every after use to prolong its lifespan


There should not be any reason for you to suffer cleaning up ash from the fireplace or BBQ, with the Shop Vac 4041200 ash vacuum cleaner the task is made a lot easier and faster. I would recommend this for anyone who has a fireplace or any kind of fireplace that will leave behind ash. For a less messy cleanup, you will want to consider this product.

Andy Evans

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Gerald Varner - February 11, 2022

It does a good job for cleaning a pellet stove but must be cleaned with a compressor after each use. Also, very difficult to find a replacement filter for.


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