Jan 15, 2015
Very handy! The only ash shovel we use now!
Aug 17, 2014
This needs to be at least twice the size it currently is and the openings need to be bigger so only larger coals are left in the stove. we light the stove in late October & keep it going until May going through about 7 cords. I cut some of the mesh out but the overall size is just too small. As for the handle, yes it is short but we use a pair of welding gloves anytime we work with the fire so that wasn't an issue. We found it FAR easier to just move the coals to one side, then back to the other (takes 15 seconds) and then use a large shovel we got from plow & hearth to remove the ashes, cleaning out the insert every 24-36 hrs. Our insert takes 20 logs & we've been burning for 3 winters.
Feb 7, 2014
Nice product and is easy to use. Restarting a new fire with the hot coals in the morning is a lot easier. I agree with one review, just don't try to scoop too much ash at a time.
Aug 21, 2013
My use is completely different. I had back surgery 2 weeks ago. I cannot bend but I need to clean out cat litter and this shovel will I think do the trick. I love the items Lehman's sells...
Jan 19, 2013
It works good and is easy to use. Restarting a new fire with the hot coals is a breeze. Just don't try to scoop too much ash at a time.
Dec 30, 2012
KoalKeeper users, we have heard your comments and appreciate your opinions. Unfortunately, a radical retooling of the KoalKeeper configuration, such as longer handle and/or larger scoop would force us to have it made in China and would drive up the price dramatically. You can cheaply lengthen the handle by adding a paint roller extension and as for the scoop size we recommend that you take your time and sift smaller amounts and only collect as many embers as you need to restart the fire. Thank you for your purchase and support. Paul Marley Inventor and Manufacturer or the KoalKeeper koalkeeper.com
Jan 31, 2012
Like how it lifts the hot coals and we can get rid of the cold ashes.The hot coals start the next fire for us without kindeling.
Dec 24, 2011
It's worth the money. It's more lightweight than I thought it would be. Works great if you clean your woodstove more often in small batches. It's very helpfull in that I don't have shovel everything out each morning just to start a fire from scratch. (tender, kindling, small wood etc.) The coals are right there ready to start my next fire for the day.
Nov 18, 2011
Great addition to your fireplace. Would be better with a longer handle and a deeper shovel, but a great tool none the less.
Apr 1, 2011
I agree with the other reviewers--deeper would be nicer. This is a bit labor intensive. On the other hand, I've been looking for an ember recovery tool for years, so this is better than what I had before, which was trying to move embers around with a regular shovel.
Mar 3, 2011
Great tool for continuous burning stoves. Other brands don't compare because they have holes instead of the more open grate. I would also agree though that a deeper/wider shovel would be helpful. I would also like a longer handle because I have a deep stove.
Jan 28, 2011
I love this tool - makes using my warm ash vac a lot easier. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the tool would be better if made deeper because when you shake it to allow the ash to fall through, some of the coals fall off into the ash pile I am trying to create which makes it take longer to use. But, I'll keep using it as it's better than shoveling everything into a bucket getting ash everywhere.
Jan 24, 2011
Veery handy tool. We keep one by each stove.
Jan 2, 2011
This is the handiest little shovel I have ever seen. It is pefect with our wood burning stove. Didn't even know anything like this was even available. Very ingenious idea, and best of all it is MADE IN THE USA!! Was also impressed with the way Lehman's handled my internet order, especially with all the bad snow up North, it still got here in a timely manner and was packed quite well inside the box.
Dec 13, 2010
This is a nice little tool, but it would be a lot more effective if it were much deeper. It takes a lot of time and shaking to go through a stove-full of ashes, and the coals fall over the edges of the scoop just as quickly as the ashes fall through. It's often more of a hassle to use than it's worth. If and when a 3-4 inch-deep model is available, I'll buy it.
Oct 28, 2010
This is the most useful fireplace tool that I own. Wish I had known about it (and Lehman's ) years ago.
Jan 17, 2010
I am very pleased with the tool. Each day I have at least 3 inch by 12 inch pile of coals that can be used again instead of thrown out. Over a full heating season I should see a difference in teh amount of wood used.