You could call a chimney sweep of course, but that’s expensive, and it seems like something you should be able to take care of for yourself, given the right tools, and it is. Provided you have an ash vac of course.
fireplace. Can you imagine the mess it would make? Your entire home would be covered with a layer of fine ash from the clouds of it you kicked up while making the attempt. You’d get high marks for determination, but not much else. That’s definitely not the right approach.
machinery that keeps it functioning. Of course, the risk of hot ash applies in the first scenario I asked you to envision, except if your straw bristled broom encounters hot ash, then you suddenly find yourself holding a lit torch in the house. Never a good thing.
As you can imagine, the bad ends that many perfectly good brooms and traditional vacuum cleaners came to was the catalyst that prompted the invention of the ash vac. It’s a fairly specialized piece of equipment, and given the grimy nature of its job, they’re ruggedly engineered and built to stand up to the special challenges that ash can present.
That’s a good thing, because the last thing you want to have happen is for you to be wheezing and coughing the whole time you’re trying to use it.