Review of hunter Herald 5 slimline stove

Warm but not the best quality

2 years ago

Initially did nothing but make wood disappear, after fitting a damper it works fairly well to warm our small living room.

Quality-wise they're not great - the paint on our doors peeled after our first real fire and then a couple of weeks after getting them back we've found that despite taking great care there's now lots of paint missing already.

Note that the body is made from sheet steel so ours clangs and bangs very loudly when warming up and cooling down although is fine once up to temperature.

The size looks great in most fireplaces but is annoying when it comes to log size, most that we've bought were too large to fit two in at a time... Not necessarily the stove's fault but as it is a slimline keep this in mind.

For the money they're a nice looking stove but next time I'd spend more and get something with cast body and more than a single spray coat of paint.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 4.1)
Quality of finish 3 flames (avg 4.2)
Value for money 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4.4)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.7)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 4.4)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 4.1)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.9)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 3.7)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 3.8)