Review of Hunter Herald 8 stove

Hunter Herald 8 multi-fuel stove in use.

Virgil Grey 3 years ago

I had the Hunter Herald 8CE installed 3 months ago by a Hetas engineer along with a new lining and an anti-downdraught chimney cowl.

I've found that the updraught is far too strong and even though I close the 3 air intakes + the tertiary air intake, the stove is still taking in air whereas on my old cast-iron stove with spinner-type air intakes, I could close them off and completely kill the fire If I wanted to.

Having researched this, it appears that the stove is designed like that to improve the emissions, so I'm going to fit a flue damper which should stop my winter supply of Ash and Beech literally going up in smoke, hopefully

Stove expert replied: The air controls should make a difference when operated and if not the top one can sometimes not be in the correct position. the deflector on the underside of the Top Air is removed and check that the slider is sitting over the top air plate with the gasket in place properly? The slider may not be aligning up with the holes properly causing a leakage of air even when the plates are supposed to be closed? Worth checking this perhaps.

Overall rating:

4.5 flames

Build Quality 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 5 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 5 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of use 5 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 5 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 2 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 5 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 3.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.5)