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Review of Hunter Herald 8 stove

GRATE NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

Stuart Mowle 2 years ago

I have had to replace the grate on my stove twice now, the last one warped and the rung broke through after just 2 seasons use. Hunter said that I must be burning the wood at too high a temperature? I just put logs on the grate and the vents are closed as soon as the wood starts burning so its not roaring. Hunter would not even offer a discount on a new grate. Disappointed

Stove expert replied: When you close the vents down do the flames die down or stay busy? If they stay busy please check the door seals of the stove and the flue draw to insure that the draw is not excessive. If it is greater than recommended by the manufacturer the stove will be exposed to higher than normal working temperatures and internal parts will fail prematurely. As you have a grate this is a multifuel stove and the ash will be harder to build up which is what you need for efficient woodburning. This may not be a failure with the stove but an installation problem that needs further investigation.

Overall rating:

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