Hunter Herald 8 stove

Overall Rating:

3.5 flames

based on 36 reviews    (View rating breakdown)
Hunter Herald 8 stove

The Hunter Herald 8 stove is available with a high canopy, low canopy or with a flat top.
The Herald 8 comes as a wood burning model or as a multi fuel and can be fitted with a backboiler.

There is a double sided version of the Herald 8 available as well.

Technical Data
  • Height: 624mm
  • Width: 635mm
  • Depth: 434mm
  • Flue Diameter: 150mm
  • Fuel: Multi fuel
  • Nominal Heat Output: 7.5kW
  • Efficiency: 78.9%

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Review Ratings Breakdown

Build Quality 3.5 flames
Quality of finish 4 flames
Value for money 3.5 flames
Ease of use 4 flames
Ease of lighting 4 flames
Firebox size 4 flames
How well does the airwash work 3.5 flames
Controllability 3.5 flames
Handle operation 3 flames
How likely are you to buy it again? 3.5 flames
What is your overall satisfaction? 3.5 flames

Most Recent Review

  • No heat

    Karen Mucklin 2 years ago

    We have had our original 5kw stove replaced with the herald slimline 8 and although the fire burns well with either seasons logs or smokeless fuel, there is hardly any heat. Our old stove belted... []

    Stove expert replied: The average output of this stove is 5kW with a maximum of 8kW, you will need to work the stove harder than your previous one to feel the benefit of the larger model. Are you operating this on wood or smokeless fuel? Smokeless fuel provides a solid core of heat and compared to wood will sustain the output for longer periods so may be worth trying. If using wood do make sure that it is dry, seasoned with a moisture content of less than 20%, if you have a great system set to wood and close bottom vents and open the top fully to give to over draught required for efficient wood burning. Do leave the ash to build up on the base which also helps with the amount of heat generated.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

Most Popular Review

  • Hunter 8

    V. Webb 8 years ago

    We bought our Hunter multifuel stove 5 months ago and we wouldn't buy another. We were told it would heat our entire downstairs, 2 large reception rooms, a large hall and kitchen. Whilst our... []

    Stove expert replied: A room heater is what it says and if there is only a door way between spaces then the radiant heat to this space may not be that great. It will obviously raise the temperature but may not be man enough for full heating. Open plan spaces are much easier to heat from one appliance.

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

More reviews for Hunter Herald 8 stove (page 1 of 4)

  • Shocking !!

    Colin Glaister 2 years ago

    Our fire glows red constantly we got the installer to come back and he said I have heard the phrase that fire was red hot but never seen anything like that. After contacting the supplier they... []

    Stove expert replied: There would appear to be a high draw on this flue system that is not allowing control on the stove. A damper or stabilizer would be recommended, but initially check the doors are sealing ( put a piece of paper between the doors and body of the stove, close the doors, if you can pull the paper out the doors need adjustment. A stove operating at such high temperatures will lead to distortion of the body and this may have already occurred. The stove and flue should have been checked on installation that they were operating within the manufacturers parameters. A great shame that this seems to have been occurring for a long period.

    Overall rating:

    2.5 flames

  • Hot number

    Linda Hughes 2 years ago

    I have had my Hunter Herald 8 ce for 7 years, it took me a while to get the temperature right but I can truly say that once it's going it warms my through room 28ft long and also my 10ft conservatory... []

    Overall rating:

    5 flames


    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... []

    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

  • 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... []

    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

  • HOT!

    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... []

    Overall rating:

    4.5 flames

  • hunter herald 8 with wrap round boiler.

    3 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


    4 years ago

    Bought my Herald 8 slimline in December 2015 after 2 months the door seals began to disintegrate. After contacting Hunter stoves and getting into a long email conversation with a lady I was... []

    Stove expert replied: Any warranty issues that occur during the warranty period should be dealt with by the stove supplier in the first instance, as this is who you have your contract with. They will then deal with the manufacturer to get this rectified on your behalf. It is not clear why this procedure was not followed from the above. It is a shame that you have had to wait for the replacement parts and found that the brackets were not originally supplied, quality control is taken seriously by stove manufacturers and I am sure that following this being bought to Hunters attention, improvements will be made to prevent similar from occurring in the future.

    Overall rating:

    1.5 flames

  • Heating my radiators

    4 years ago

    Hi I have a hunter 8 that's connected to a boiler to heat my radiators but it seems to take forever to heat the house and the radiators don't seem to get very hot Is this normal ?

    Stove expert replied: Boiler stoves can work well and effectively but the installation is key, second is the fuel that you are using. You will only get out of a stove what you put in so the fuel needs to be of good quality - if wood with a moisture content of less than 20%. Smokeless fuels will provide a good heat source and a prolonged heat due to their construction. Make sure the fire box is well stocked, just putting the fuel in the middle will not get a heat transfer to the water jacket. The output of the stove is also paramount as it needs to match the requirement of the system as if not sized correctly it may not be big enough to drive the system effectively, was this checked before installation by a qualified heating engineer?

    Overall rating:

    3.5 flames

  • Hunter Herald 8 multi-fuel stove in use.

    Virgil Grey 4 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... []

    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

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