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Review of Hunter Herald 8 stove

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Sean Starkie 2 years ago

We bought this fire 12 months ago having previously had a gas stove. It has taken me 12 months to really get the balance right in terms of burning wood and getting the most heat out of it. It really is trial and error until you manage to get it right. Now we have mastered it the heat output is unbelievable. To the point where we are opening windows! We spend the first 30 mins burning with the main air control open with kindling and then some intermediary wood like broken pallets or hard wood blocks from a local furniture maker. Then we add our first logs at the 40 minute mark and turn the main air control down so it is only open about 10% of the way and the flames dance around rather than burn ferociously. We then add 2-3 logs every 60-90 mins as required. To be honest if we light the fire at 5pm 5-6 logs sees us through until about 11pm as the heat remains for an hour or 2 after the last logs stop flaming.

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 4 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 5 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 4 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 4 flames (avg 3.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 4 flames (avg 3.5)