Enviro The Mini

Product Type: Free Standing Pellet Stove
Brand: Enviro (Sherwood Industries Ltd.)
Description:

Tastefully designed pellet-burning stove provides heating for single family homes. Enviro's smallest unit features: 

  • Convection system
  • Quiet operation
  • 105 cfm variable speed fan
  • Heating capacity: 30,000 BTU
  • Large heat exchanger
  • Built-in hearth pad 
  • Easily accessible slider damper
  • Works with thermostat for temperature control 
  • Cast iron doors
  • Hopper holds up to 50 lbs.

Comments

  1. Anonymous Says:

    It would help to understand what could be causing some Mini's to run great and some not so great. I have 2 pellet stoves. One in the basement and the mini upstairs. The mini is basically direct vented through the wall and the pipe is 3 feet in length from the stove to where it terminates outside. No elbows to deal with. My mini burns perfectly. I installed it myself and set it to factory specs and the damper to 2 finger widths. I burn it 24/7 and have had zero issues. I clean it every 2 or 3 days. It could go longer but only takes a few minutes to clean it including the window. My pellet stove in the basement needs cleaning on a daily basis to keep it burning correctly. I attribute this to 1) vented to chimney which is 30' high and 2) Burns about twice as many pellets on high then the mini since the basement is a 56k unit and the mini is 30k. Now if the Mini was not direct vented straight out the wall maybe that could affect the burn etc.. I added the fresh air after I discovered that smoke would exit the unit inside the house if the power was cut off. I have not cut the power off to see if the fresh air eliminates the smoking inside. So, for those having issues, how about telling us what type of install you have?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I have now owned a mini for 3 years and the only reason I still have this white elephant is because the company won't take it back. I have a 650 sq ft shop in my back yard that is very well insulated as we live in a colder climate. In the last 3 years I have had to replace the igniter 6 times. The problem, according to the manufacture, is i have it hooked up to a thermostat and the unit is not designed for that. According to them, the unit cycles to often on a thermostat causing the igniter to wear out. I hace done everything the manufacture suggested including purchasing a very fancy 250$ thermostat. The fact is, if you are thinkin about purchasing the mini do not use a thermostat on it even though its designed for one. the unit will cycle to often and burn out the thermostat. Enviro is aware of the problem and has mad some changes to the unit, but the changes has done very little to fix the problem. BTW if they tell you to use the high to low fire setting, be prepared to replace the fan and auger motor often. Stay away from this unit.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I have a 56k btu Englander pellet stove in the basement for the past 4 years. We still get cold in our tv room when the temps go way down. I bought the Mini in January and just installed it. I have run 5 bags of pellets through it and I could not be happier. The burn pot never has any build up or ash in it. It was 41 degrees last night and I set it on high before going to bed at 11am. Got up and the house was at 74 degrees. Wife said it was too hot. No ask build up in the pot. I turned it down to the 2nd heat setting. I love this stove. I installed it myself. Direct vent horizontal through the wall with no fresh air vent. I almost think this is all I will need for the entire house but I need to see how it heats when the temps go into the teens.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    The Mini is just awesome. Temps go down to 20's and it heats my entire Cape Cod house. Only issue I have found is the fire will go out at times if on the lowest setting. I probably have to play with the air damper but it never goes out on any setting above 1. This unit burns so clean. I did install a fresh air vent since it was an easy thing to do. I think the unit will burn about 10-12 hours on a full load of pellets and set on high.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    We are in the market for a small pellet stove for supplemental heat so have done a bit of research on the enviro mini and the st croix element. From the research we've done and opinions we've read we're not sure which one to go with so are directing these questions to mini and element ownners. We would have either one professionally installed.
    1) We like the size of the mini but wonder how long it takes to actually warm up before beginnning to heat a space. We're a little worried about the customer service piece but since we're working with a dealer are thiking we can to them for help and partsK, right?
    2) Are also looking for an estimate on how long it takes the element to warm up and 2) if cleaning it is really easier than cleaning the mini.
    Thanks for any help can give us on these questions.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I would not recommend the Enviro Mini. It is a horrible stove that is made from cheap parts. The blower is only set to two settings, where the high setting hardly blows any air. I would recommend the St. Croix Element. St. Croix produces a good product

  7. Anonymous Says:

    We did a lot of research and deduced that the Enviro Mini was the right stove for the application we needed. Did a lot of shopping around and our retailer was fantastic. They did the initial burn at their shop and after we had it installed came to the house and tuned it.

    We tried a few brands of pellets and ended up w/ Lignetics. Burned great, low ash, minimal clinkers and the stove was easy to clean. We clean the stove on a weekly basis and empty the ash at the same time.

    The little stove astectically looks good, is well made (I haven't had any of the issues the other posters have had so far) and does its job. In concert w/ a programmable thermostat our old Victorian stays pretty comfortable.

    We'll keep a better eye on pellet usage vs. oil usage to determine ROI, but right now we know our oil usage is down.

    I would recommend the Enviro Mini to anyone who wants supplemental heat for a limited area.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I almost didn't buy the Mini after reading the negative posts here.
    But I also read somewhere else that the Mini is the most reliable small pellet stove available. I bought the Enviro Mini from a local dealer along with a ton of pellets who delivered both free of charge and had it installed by a local professional stove and chimney man. He installed it in the corner of my living room with a 45 degree elbow straight out the wall.
    Let me tell you I am so glad that I bought this stove. I have had none of the problems that some of the other posters here have had.
    I have used wood stoves and coal stoves before and the cleaning and maintainance of the Enviro stove is nothing compared to those. The dealer and installer both explained how to operate the stove; I follow thier instructions and have had great results. I clean the stove every three days as the manual says but I wonder if that is really neccessary because there is very little ash build up. The flame burns perfect and the burn pot has very little ash in it; the ash flies out as the pellets burn down. The glass does get a little hazy after three days but the haze is caused by fly ash which cleans off easy with a damp paper towel. If I am understanding what I was told by the installer those who are having ash or pellet build up do not have the air damper opened enough and the one who has his liner burned up has too much air. (it was set at installation to be pulled out the width of two fingers) I have been burning on three most of the time and on very cold nights I turn it up to four I am using this stove in my mobile home and it keeps us cozy warm in Connecticut.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    I'd never buy another Enviro product. The Mini is my third pellet stove and I've installed each of them and know how to operate a pellet stove. The mini has been barely adequate since I installed it. I burn Golden Fire pellets, I don't mind maintenance and I used to heat with wood so think pellet stoves are a big step up. Still, it's an erratic performer, and I often smell smoke.

    My issues with Mini are the following: 1. The cleaning instructions are cryptic at best. When you follow them, and remove that little door behind the ash holder and the 2 round doors on either side of the ash holder, there is no way to clean out the considerable ash that accumulates there. This is a terrible design, and one I've never encountered before. 2. There are screws missing all over my unit, the most important ones are those that hold the glass in place. 3. After 2 years, there is not a single internal part that isn't rusting. I've used pellet stoves for 20 years and this is a first. 4. Adjusting the fuel to air mix is absurdly fussy. 5. The thermostat can't be used to turn the stove on and off because of the need for constant cleaning of the tiny firepot. If you are a friend of Enviro, which is where I suspect the glowing reviews come from, it's all well and good to blame those of us who are stuck with a defective product from a company who refuses to help. But someday you will need a replacement part, and you will be in the same boat.

    My issues with Enviro are the following: 1. They have no customer service and seem intent on keeping both customers and repairers in the dark. Their website is remarkable for its lack of information, and there seems to be very little on the web about them as well. I'd love to know where the secret tech website is, because the material I have is not helpful.

    In summary, it's a real crapshoot what you'll get if you buy one of their products. It may work well, it may work sporadically and either way, you will someday have to deal with one of the least responsive companies I have ever encountered.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Fantastic pellet stove providing dependable heat through the cold Maine winters.

    Any product requires the owner to learn how it works. Overflowing burn pot in the Mini was easily resolved understanding proper settings. In my case going from a really great wood stove. (Woodstock soapstone) to pellet heat also came with a learning curve. As others here state 1x weekly maint is a best practice as is cleaning the bathroom :-). The ease of use, simplicity of carrying plastic bags filled with pellets vs. backbreaking firewood stacking and carrying makes pellet heat a joy, coupled with the Mini even better.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    I don't understand why people are having burn issues with their Mini. I got it home, installed it myself, set air damper at 2 finger width and the thing burns clean. I only clean the burn pot when I turn it off when the weather outside gets warm in the afternoons. I have gone 3 days without turning it off and cleaning it. No ash in the burn pot and no clinkers. I have a 56k btu pellet stove in the basement that always has a dirty burn pot and clinkers. I have not had to turn that on since I got the Mini. I love the Mini and I have no skin in the game as far as Enviro is concerned.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    This is our second winter using the Enviro Mini. This has been an excellent stove as far as heat & usability. Yes, you do have to do maintenance every week. We also have a Pellet Pro in our garage & you have to do maintenance on that stove also. We did have wood heating prior to these stoves so I have absolutely NO Problem with doing weekely maintenance. I suspect the BAD comments from people on this site are either from being installed wrong or not understanding how these stoves work. We cleaned our exhaust last spring to find so little buildup in the exhaust it was hardly worth the effort. Of course, we installed our own stoves so know what & where things have been done.
    There is a problem with the ashpan lock. However, we took it out & fixed the problem ourselves & it works good enough now. We knew there was no point in getting a new one as it would have the same problem.
    Anyone dealing Enviro around us is still doing so & I don't believe there is any MAJOR faults with this stove.
    WE LOVE IT!!!!

  13. Anonymous Says:

    We have the same problem with the lock. How did you fix it? The company denies that there is a problem.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    I ever remove the pan. When I clean the burn pot I just vac out the ash from above. Why remove the pan when vacuuming out is so easy?

  15. Anonymous Says:

    We bought our Enviro mini about 2 1/2 months ago, and still can't get it to burn right. We have had to make at least 5 service calls because the fire either goes out, or the burn pot fills and then overflows with unburnt pellets. We have been told that they are so efficient that I have to keep "tinkering" around with it to get the feed rate to balance out the combustion air. The fire very seldom burns like you see the photos the way it is supposed to look like when it burns efficiently. It also has a continuous buzzing sound that can be heard on the floor above where the stove is. Can't say I'd recommend it.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    I am having the same problems with my Enviro Mini. The burn pot overflows with pellets after the fire goes out. Or the ash builds up while the stove is burning and then the burning pellets fall down into the ash pot and burn down there, separate little fires. That scared me. It's happened twice. The air/fuel ratio is, indeed, fussy. I've used the Mini all winter long, and no matter what I do with the airflow, it's unpredictable. The damper as set by the service man (had it serviced twice and it's still not working) was almost all the way in. I've been taking it out by two millimeter increments. It doesn't matter what I set it at; it just doesn't keep burning. And yes, the buzzing is irritating.

    The service people tell me I'm not maintaining it. But I am; I do a thourough cleaning once a week, cleaning out from behind the doors in the ash pot, scraping the burn pot liner, sweeping and vacuuming the whole thing. I operate the little pull-out handle to clean out the pipes (which by the way is rather hard to do, as it sticks badly) several times a week. If there is more to maintenance than that, I do wish somebody had told me so before I bought it, because I wouldn't have. I have no idea what I'm supposed to be doing that I'm not.

    Also, when the stove is not burning, moisture builds up between the burn pot and the burn pot liner. Even the service people at the shop admit (though reluctantly) that that's not normal.

    I would not recommend this stove. Some people seem to be getting good use out of theirs, and I'm glad they are, but I think this is an unreliable product. Maybe you'll get a good one. Maybe you won't. It's too much money to gamble with, and those little fires burning down in the ash pot are just frightening.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    We have the same problem. Not only that, the lock on the ash pot will not operate after the stove has been used. The dealer replaced the lock but the same thing happens so that you have to bend it or break it to get into the ash pot to empty it. The stove is no longer usable. I would NEVER recommend this stove or the dealer that we used, Courtland Hearth & Home in White Marsh Maryland.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    I installed my own. Direct vent to outside and I did put in a fresh air vent. Only have 3 feet of horizontal pipe from stove to outside end cap. I have burned wood for 15 years, have a pellet furnance in the basement and now the Mini upstairs. The Mini is by far the best stove I ever had. Almost zero maintenance, burns clean and pumps enough heat out to heat my entire Cape Cod house. After I installed the unit I set the air damper at 2 finger widths, feed trim on 4 and combustion blower on 2 per the manual. It just burns perfectly. I could not be happier and I have nothing to do with Enviro. I am a retired home owner.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    We have had our Enviro Mini for almost 1 year, in a temperate climate, we have burned about 1.5 tons of pellets. The cleaning is reasonable -- just a few minutes a couple times a week, plus the larger cleaning, twice so far.

    But the BIG problem we have is with the burn-pot liner. The burn-pot liner is made with many small holes to let the ash fall into the burn-pot. After burning about 1 ton, we noticed the holes near the blower were warped, and soon the steel between the holes fell away, and so the holes blended. We now have a nickle sized hole near the blower. Our dealer has tried to replace the liner, but twice, so far, the company has sent the wrong part. Hopefully we will get the right sized liner tomorrow, because the pellets are now burning directly on the burn pot. The hole grows daily -- it looks rusty and warped. We've only burned high-quality pellets we buy directly from our dealer.

    The other problem we've had is the handle on the ash-door is jammed -- it won't turn. So we had to order a new latch last year.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    The inferior steel used in the Enviro grill on my Mini has discinigrated on both sides of the firepot in less than 2 years of use. I use the system on the lowest or second lowest settings 90% of the time so the problem is the steel and not the use of the maximum heat setting. I also use humidifiers and dehumidifiers as required throughout the year. After reviewing photos, Sherwood refused to replace the welded-in part and blamed me for the problem (poor maintenance is a subjective and debatable statement). To limp through the next 2 seasons, I had to buy steel rods from CTire and cut then in 3 inch strips to make an artificial grill to keep the burning fuel from falling through to the ash can below which is not a smoke-capturing device. In spite of the bandaid solution, the house is full of soot from the leaking ash can. The grill is at the point after 4 seasons that the steel rods have nothing left to lie on. I have covered one huge hole with a higher quality steel pulley. Even hardwood pellets rarely burn down to ash. The mass that accumulates needs to be removed manually every 2 days or it will stop the fuel supply from the auger. The air intake to the burn chamber is through the door glass and the channel regularly plugs up with soot. The hidden tech support website I found tells the tech not to let the customer see what you're doing when you blow the air intake channel clean. The glass door quickly coats with thick black residue - it is totally pointless to have a glass door. The Mini I have can no longer run without stopping on the lowest heat setting. This inefficient poor quality product needs to be shutdown and cleaned every 2 days. The 4 inch stovepipe needs to be cleaned of cresote once a week. I use about 6 tons of hardwood pellets per winter 75 bags x 4 pallets x 40lbs a bag. Cost is $413 a pallet as of March 2010. Storing that much fuel (if you can find it) will be a challenge for most. At $2200 per unit (pipes and installation are and extra $2000) all I have bought is a piece of junk. The store I bought it from has stopped selling Enviro. The next store I found selling them provided a Sherwood point of contact and nothing else. I have heard from a pellet fuel supplier that the best Harmon products still require as much maintenance. My question is - are they made from inferior steel as well? The answer might be propane.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    The Enviro Mini is a great stove.

    Our experience has not been as the other commenter describes at all, our Enviro Mini has worked great since purchased (this is our third winter using it), it looks more or less the same as when new and we don't have complaints about the quality or the maintenance required. We run it on all levels from low to high. The glass door always stays clean and the heater lights up day after day whether we clean it out or not (which we do for good maintenance but it does not have a build up). Enviro is constantly improving on their stoves and we are about to purchase a second Mini for the other floor of our house.

    We have never smelled smoke, don't see any damage, the glass stays clean and we have not had to do any maintenance over the scheduled stuff and think it is a great and reliable little stove.

    Pellet quality makes a big difference and if I had to guess would say that was the first commenter's issue. We do not get build up and the ash catcher is virtually empty when we clean it. The tee on the exhaust hardly gets any build up either, so little that we forgot to clean it out since last year and when I just did yesterday the cup/cap on the tee was not near full (after close to a year).

    Something is not right either with the way the other poster is using their stove, maintaining, or the pellets they are burning. Don't pass up on this stove based on their review, it is a great stove.

    Propane?? Really? Propane can hardly be compared to Pellet. We save about $200/month using Pellet over propane and would NEVER go back.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    I appreciate the heads up. When you mentioned maintenance I assumed this meant cleaning once or twice a month. Then I read more about the Enviro Mini and it states the folowing:
    Maintenance

    Every Two Three Days:

    Inspect burn pot, clean the burn pot liner, clean out air holes, operate the heat exchanger cleaning rod.
    Check the door latch, making sure it closes securely.
    Clean the window glass as needed.

    There is no way in bleep I am going to do maintenance every 2 or 3 days. I assume this was your issue too. I was set on buying the Mini but am now going to search for a pellet stove which requires less regular maintenance. Thanks again.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    If you are going to buy a pellet stove you have to expect to do some regular maintenance no matter what brand you buy otherwise you should use natural gas or propane.Pellets are far cheaper than propane and a lot less maintenance than wood stoves with all the mess,splitting stacking etc. checking the burn pot, swiping the heat exchangers and wiping the glass once in a while is not very time consuming or difficult.