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Enviro Mini Pellet Stove Review

enviro mini wood pellet stoveThe Enviro Mini is a neat little pellet stove. It might not be big enough to heat your whole house, but its compact size and quiet operation make it fit in almost anywhere you need a shot of coziness. Enviro is a trade name for Sherwood Industries, located in Saanichten on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Enviro has a big product line of wood stoves, wood pellet stoves, natural gas stoves, and fireplace inserts.

Sherwood started making stoves in 1989. Their first offering was the Seefire wood stove. It had a large viewing window, which was something of a novelty at the time. Since then, they’ve expanded their production facilities and the sophistication of their products. The Enviro Mini is a great example of the evolution in biomass heaters in the last few decades. The Mini has a compact, European design that appeals to today’s modern consumer. It also has very sophisticated engineering that makes it efficient and easy to operate.

There are many manufacturers of freestanding pellet stoves in today’s marketplace, but the designs are basically either rustic-lodge-style or European appliance. Because wood stoves weren’t used for primary heat sources in regular homes, they stuck to a tradition of ski lodge looks and rugged construction. They also operate more like an appliance than an enclosed fireplace. That’s why the Enviro Mini is in high demand. It works well, and it looks nice in a modern home.

Enviro Mini Wood Pellet Facts

  • Automatic freestanding wood pellet stove
  • Produces up to 30,000 BTUs
  • Heats up to 1,200 square feet
  • 78 percent efficient
  • Optional thermostat available
  • Hold 48 pounds of wood pellets
  • Burns 36 hours on one load
  • Air wash glass
  • EPA-approved
  • Blower moves 130 CFM
  • Burns standard or premium pellets
  • Low draft shutdown
  • Comes in black or stainless steel
  • Flue vent size: 3 inches
  • Rear vent
  • Unit dimensions: 17-1/2″ x 19-1/2″ deep x 34-1/4″ high
  • Hearth pad is 19-3/4″ wide x 24-7/8″ deep
  • Weighs 202 pounds
  • Limited lifetime warranty on stove
  • Limited 3-year warranty on burn pot
  • Limited 2-year warranty on electronics and blowers
  • Limited 1-year warranty on surface finishes, materials, and workmanship

Enviro Mini Features and Benefits

The Enviro Mini is made for convenience. It’s easy to find a spot big enough to place the Mini. It’s approximately 18 inches square, and it’s less than 3 feet tall. Most pellet stoves load from the top, and some stoves are too tall to fill comfortably if you’re petite. The Mini is slightly lower than a kitchen counter, so almost anyone will have an easy time refilling the hopper.

The Mini doesn’t come with a thermostat, but you can purchase one from a dealer or the manufacturer. Small pellets stoves like the Mini can usually be set to maintain a steady temperature in a small area, but a thermostat can be handy to avoid having to fiddle with the unit at all.

Users of the Enviro Mini remark on how quiet the unit is during operation. Pellet stove manufacturers have to compromise between the power of the blowers and the amount of noise their units emit. The Mini produces 130 CFM while running, and the stove has the option to turn the fan off if you like. It can also be rigged so that the combustion fan is located on the exterior of the building which will make the unit half as noisy.

If you’re in a shoulder season, and just want a little bit of heat, the Mini can be dialed down to only 12,000 BTUs. That makes it possible to install the Mini in alcoves and nooks where a more powerful stove might be too hot.

The Enviro Mini has a big ash pan that only needs emptying once a week, and will run a day and a half on a load of pellets. Every two or three days, you should clean the burn pot, heat exchanger, and the viewing glass. You should check the fresh air inlet and clean fly ash from the exhaust system twice a year. Clean the flue every two tons of pellets. Here’s a video of the Enviro Mini in action, with advice on adjusting the flame:

Pros:

  • Sleek European design
  • Fits almost anywhere
  • Easy to operate and to clean
  • Hopper is easy to load
  • Long run time
  • Very quiet operation
  • Reasonably priced
  • Can heat one floor of a small, open house
  • Big viewing window to enjoy the flames
  • Adjustable feet makes leveling the unit easy
  • Built-in hearth pad

Cons:

  • Using a thermostat can cause the automatic igniter to wear out faster
  • Only has two blower settings

Final Word on the Enviro Mini

The Mini has been on the market for a long while, so it’s easy to find a lot of feedback from owners. The Mini gets glowing reviews from the vast majority of owners. Many mention how easy the unit is to operate and to clean. Users that have tried other brands that were too noisy rave about the Mini. It’s one of the quietest pellet stoves on the market. The optional exterior combustion air blower is a real winner with owners.

The Enviro Mini has a retail price around $2,500. You’ll also need an exhaust flue, and installation costs. That means you can have the Mini installed for under $3,000, which is quite affordable. There are many coupons and specials available for the unit. It’s possible to find a Mini priced under $2,000 if you hunt around. With so much to recommend it, the Enviro Mini should be considered a best buy.

Do you own an Enviro Mini pellet stove? Let us know how you like it in the comments!

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12 Comments

  • We’ve owned our Mini A for four years. If cleaned on regular intervals it will perform flawlessly. The past winter (2015-2016) we burnt 4 tons of pellets. I burn Hamers Hot Ones, and they seem to produce extreme heat with low ash. I’ve tried three other brands, some worked good, some were just ok. Find a pellet that works in your stove and stick with it. Using the Hamers, my cleaning has become the easiest yet. I don’t get 36 hrs on a load of pellets, but I can go a week with out cleaning the burn pot and dumping the ash pan.
    Would I purchase another Mini A…………….without a thought!

  • Hello Kenny- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for offering our readers the benefit of your experience with the Enviro Mini A.

    We’ve also found that certain brands of pellets seem to work best with a particular pellet stove. With a little experimentation, you can find the right brand at the right price, and then stick with it.

    I think the amount of cleaning a pellet stove requires doesn’t get enough attention when rating pellets stoves. A pellet stove like yours, that only requires weekly maintenance, is a big plus.

  • This is heating season 3 and I think the Enviro Mini A is a great buy. Make sure you clean all the places as per manual. Also make sure that the rake that cleans the heat exchanger tubes is pushed in all the way to “lock” in position or the stove will buzz at certain feed and fan blower rates. It took me until this fall to figure that out. (much to my annoyance). Overall I am very happy with the stove but it will sometimes go out if I have it on the lowest heating number 1.I use pellets from the Okanagan Pellets or from Pinnacle Natural Pellets, both SPF pellets.

  • Hello Elmer- Thank you for visiting Wood Pellet Facts, and for offering our readers the benefit of your experience with the Enviro Mini A.

    We find that small details like your advice on locking the cleaning rake to avoid buzzing noises have a big effect on users’ level of satisfaction with their stove.

    We have recently tested Okanagan Pellets and will be posting out review soon.

  • Hello Pat- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    We have not had a chance to properly test the Green Supreme pellets from Lowe’s yet. They get very mixed reviews in many places. Many users report a lot of ash, and low burn temps. We suggest that you try three bags of these pellets in your pellet stove before you commit to purchasing a ton or more. That way, you’ll see how the pellet performs in your particular stove.

    The Enviro Mini has a nice, big viewing window, so it pays to use pellets that burn a little hotter and produce less soot. That keeps the glass clear. I believe Green Supreme is 90% hardwood, 10% softwood. You might have better luck with a pellet with at least 50% softwood.

  • I was told there is an air adjustment on the Mini stove to increase or decrease the temperature of the burn.

  • Hello R Fry- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment about your problems with Enviro Mini pellet stove.

    It can be especially frustrating for pellet stove owners when their stoves don’t work shortly after installation. After you’ve owned it for a while, you have a store of experience for dealing with problems like you’ve described.

    Whenever a stove won’t light, I immediately suspect a problem with the ignitor. Some Enviro Mini users report a problem when their burn pot isn’t pushed all the way back against the igniter tube. In any case, the igniter should glow red during startup. If it doesn’t, it probably needs to be replaced.

  • Hello Tom- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

    It is possible, but it’s not recommended to light your Enviro Mini using a propane torch. The combustion chamber must be closed for the stove to work normally. The stove is equipped with a vacuum switch that senses that the door is open and automatically turns off the stove.

    I have seen videos of pellet stove owners who dumped a handful of pellets into the burn pot, hit the on button, and then lit the pellets with a torch. The pellet stove would turn off after several seconds, so they needed to keep restarting it while holding the torch on the pellets. Eventually it kept burning and he closed the door, but it took maybe ten pushes on the startup button to accomplish it. I might chance it in an emergency, but I wouldn’t try it otherwise.

    One other thing: there are a lot of videos on YouTube that show people using firestarting gel on the pellets to start a pellet stove without an ignitor. I’d never try anything like that under any circumstances.

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