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Review of Hunter Herald 8 stove

Hunter

B. Linnane 2 years ago

Bought the Hunter Herald 8 some seven years ago to heat a large conservatory. It is very effective and has a strong updraught, until the door is opened to refuel.Then it sends puffs of smoke into the room til the door is closed. Also, condensation buildup in the interior on the rear hatch blank has caused rust to build up over the years, seizing the rear baffle screw and requiring treatment every spring when the firebricks, grate, and top plate are removed for the off season. All in all, a very effective stove for a big room in a stormy salt water blasted ( possibly a big contributor to the rust) part of the world, but with construction maybe suited to interior rooms in more clement climes

Stove expert replied: If this is a single height flue system then this can possibly contribute to the smoke coming back into the room when the door is opened on the stove, is there an air brick in the room? If there is any single flue pipe on the system this can lead to condensation in the flue due to the fast cooling of the gases. A salty environment will also not be good for any stove and flue system.

Overall rating:

3.5 flames

Build Quality 3 flames (avg 3.6)
Quality of finish 4 flames (avg 3.9)
Value for money 3 flames (avg 3.6)
Ease of use 4 flames (avg 4)
Ease of lighting 5 flames (avg 4)
Firebox size 5 flames (avg 3.9)
How well does the airwash work 4 flames (avg 3.5)
Controllability 4 flames (avg 3.4)
Handle operation 3 flames (avg 3.1)
How likely are you to buy it again? 2 flames (avg 3.3)
What is your overall satisfaction? 3 flames (avg 3.5)