Are all your flue pipe joints sealed and door gaskets tight to keep any ash from floating around during the shake down process? I assume you are talking about ash powder rather than coal dust from loading?
I get very little coal dust from the buckets of coal I bring in since I am shoveling from the 5 gallon buckets directly into the stove and not dumping the bucket into a hopper. Also the coal I am bringing in is usually damp from being outside in the semi covered pile.
Mine is in an unfinished basement so maybe I don't notice the ash dust as much as some would in a living space, but still, I keep the dust down by being slow and careful when cleaning out the ash. I turn off the blower fan first and pull out the ash pan. In my Harman there is ash that misses the ash pan along the sides, I use a small flat ash shovel to get it out. Carefully place the ash on the shovel into the ash pan so it doesn't create a cloud of dust. I then set the pan to the side to cool off and replace it with a second ash pan. It takes less than 5 minutes, I usually do this at night and then take the full pan outside to be dumped the next day. We hang laundry in the basement and SWMBO has never complained about dust on the clothes hanging up (and believe me, it would have been pointed out to me if there had).
I did trip over a cat one time carrying the pan outside, that made quite a cloud and took a while to clean up!
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