Review of Hunter Herald 8 stove

hunter herald 8 with wrap round boiler.

7 years ago

We were told it would heat radiators, hot water and the lounge where it's fitted, it struggles to heat the lounge never mind hot water or radiators.

The engineer who installed has been back so many times it's unreal.

We burn good wood, Oak.

We cannot open the doors without choking to death, the smoke billows out, before anyone tries to tell me why, we've tried it all.

The chimney is so high I need a light on the top for aircraft.

It needs to be blazing to get any heat out of it at all but you are putting logs on the size of shoe boxes every 5 minutes.

Go for a fire like Villager with a boiler at the top.

This stove is going in the skip.

Stove expert replied: Was the stove sized correctly for the system that you are wishing to run? If the stove is too small then it will struggle to heat a large system. These stoves are tested so that the outputs stated are achievable providing it is installed and used as per the manufacturers instructions. It seems contradictory the have smoke coming back into the room when you open the door (down draught indicating a poor draw on the flue) and then to say that you are feeding the stove with fuel every 5 minutes (more likely to indicate an over drawing flue making the stove work very hard but not producing much heat). Have you an airbrick in the room? It does seem that the installation needs to be checked fully to ensure that all aspects are correct as indicated in the manufacturers installation manual.

Overall rating:

1.5 flames

Build Quality 2 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 2 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of use 1 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 1 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 3 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 1 flames (avg 3.6)
Controllability 1 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 1 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 1 flames (avg 3.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 1 flames (avg 3.5)