1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Ecoteck Ravelli Fransesca or Enviro Mini-A?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by bollyRZ500, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Pelleting In NJ

    Pelleting In NJ Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2011
    Messages:
    270
    Loc:
    Central NJ
    Price up the stove adapter, thimble, elbows, clean-out-T, straight-pipe, termination cap, and wall brackets from dynamitebuys.com. I think I spent about $700 for my 4-inch PelletPro get-up.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    thanks again Pelleting in NJ!!

    seems people around here don't want money!! francesca guy won't return my calls!! was gonna use him as an independant installer but can't find a decent used unit within 100miles anyways!!
  3. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    pulled the trigger today and bought the Enviro Mini-A!! :cool:

    ... won't be able to pick it up for a few days and then the chimney guy is booked til next week so looks like it's baseboard heating for now....

    can anyone confirm if the Mini-A needs a hearth pad or is the base that comes with it acceptable? our flooring is laminate...
  4. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    well here she is!! sorry for the poor pic!!

    she'll sit there till next week when the install guy does his magic then off to the store to buy me some pellets!! :)

    Attached Files:

  5. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Congrats on the new stove. As for the hearth pad/stove base issue, I'd use the supplied base if the owners manual doesn't have any "exclusions" as to what of floor it can go on.

    If you're still concerned, then get a hearth or replace some of the laminate with tile.
  6. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    thanks imacman!! I printed off the "ultimate pellet chart" and the "big box chart" now to locate them pellets!!

    ... also found out the supplied base is good enough
  7. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    picked up a couple bags of the fol;

    Ambience - $5.75/bg M&R Feeds
    Satisfaction - $ 4.97/bg Home Depot (softies)
    Curran - $5.49/bg Home Hardware
    found out my Mini-A was made May 2012

    ... can't wait to start burnin some pellets!! :cool:
  8. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    canawick - $5.99 Cdn Tire (no discounts on a pallet!!)

    ... bought only 1 bag of these, big price!!

    install booked either Wed or Thur this week!!
  9. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    551
    Loc:
    Southern NH
    I placed my Mini on a pad, no issues and better safe than sorry. It's not that expensive to build a pad from starch. Tile, cement board, plywood, floor cement, screws, trim for the border, grout and grout sealer all for less than a hundred bucks.


  10. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    thanks hoverfly,I was thinking something similar but I'm running out of time, install guy should be here within the next 2 days!!
  11. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    551
    Loc:
    Southern NH
    You can build a pad in an hour.
  12. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    ok install scheduled for tomorrow!! w00t!!

    thinkin of a skytech 5301P, just hook the receiver wires up to the two terminals on the stove board that says thermostat?

    Attached Files:

  13. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    551
    Loc:
    Southern NH

    There should be two 6 inch long, red wires, with female crimps coming out of the control board. You can cut the crimps off and use wire nuts or use a small flat screw driver like those for using on glasses, remove the two red wires and insert the T stat wire.
  14. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    thanks much hoverfly!!

    enviro dealer and skytech both confirmed the 5301P works with Mini-A!!

    now to submit my "best offer" heheh

    BTW, install guy should be here within the hour!! can't friggin wait!! :)
  15. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    SOB!!

    the correct decoritive ceiling piece won't be available til Monday.... he's tryin to find one semi-locally but not holding our breath <>

    Attached Files:

  16. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    5301P for $150 is in the mail!!

    ... confirmed install won't be finished until Monday, can't buy one of them supports for twice the price locally!! :(

    gonna look for some kind of pellet container we can set beside the stove today...
  17. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    last pic before final install, LOL!!

    Attached Files:

  18. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    wooohooo!! burnin pellets baby burnin pellets!! :)

    Attached Files:

  19. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    first night couldnt be happier!!

    very quiet!!

    lotsa heat with blower on 4, heat on 3 and feed on 2!!

    glass a little smokey at the bottom 1/3rd but we're still playin..... what a nice little machine!!
  20. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    551
    Loc:
    Southern NH
    Nice! Glad you like it!
  21. bollyRZ500

    bollyRZ500 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    101
    Loc:
    Chalk River, Ontario
    in my limited experience with the pellets, seems Ambience work ok, Satisfaction burn abit faster, Canawick burn much slower and this first bag of Curran I just opened I had to hand sift em!! couple pounds of sawdust!! SOB!!

    ...may have to build a vacuum sifter!!
  22. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    551
    Loc:
    Southern NH

    Yep the Mini does not like fines, the auger does not move the fines to the pot. It just pools at the bottoms of the bin causing feed issues after a while. If you sift it you would not have to clean the bin every week. Just at the end of the seasoned, maybe once have way, that's about it.
  23. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2009
    Messages:
    3,888
    Loc:
    Southcoast, MA
    Rip the hopper screen out too...then you can actually vacuum out the hopper, stupid design.
  24. Pelleting In NJ

    Pelleting In NJ Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2011
    Messages:
    270
    Loc:
    Central NJ
    My Ecoteck has no problems with fines : I have burned over 2 tons and have never vacuumed out thr fines in the hopper.
  25. hoverfly

    hoverfly Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    551
    Loc:
    Southern NH
    LOL I forgot about that! That was my first modification during the first seasoned.

Share This Page