Enviro Mini Pellet Stove Review
The 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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!