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Hunter stoves review
By Liz Ransome-Croker
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Before you buy a Hunter stove – either multi-fuel stove or a log burner – take a look at what its customers think of its products.
Having asked more than 1,400 people, we've been able to rate Hunter stoves and pit them against rival brands, including Clearview, Charnwood, Morso and Stovax.
The brands range in score from a respectable 70% to an incredible 94%. Seven brands fell within a 70% to 80% window, while the rest impressed customers more, getting upwards of 80%.
But there were two brands that made it over the 90% line, showing that excellence is possible.
Hunter Group sells stoves under number of stove brands, including Parkray, Herald and Di Lusso, so our review includes people with stoves from within the Hunter Group.
Hunter multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves ratings
We also asked people to rate individual elements of their Hunter stove, such as value for money, quality and finish, durability and ease of using and controlling and ease of cleaning.
For a full round-up of the scores for all of the brands we've rated, visit our page on the best wood-burning stove brands.
Hunter log burners and multi-fuel stoves
You can flick through the image gallery below to see a selection of the wood-burning stoves (also called log burners and wood burners) and multi-fuel stoves that Hunter sells.
Hunter wood burner and multi-fuel stoves
The Hunter Group sells stoves under a number of different names, including Parkray, Herald and Di Lusso, all offering a slightly different style to each other and range of choice. Our ratings will include a mix of stoves sold under the Hunter brand.
A few of the stove names, including Jetmaster, Di Lusso and Cleanburn, are ultra modern, with inset models (where the stove is built into a wall or closed fireplace) making up the majority of the collections.
The rest are more traditional in style, with its Herald stoves being the most old-fashioned – the range includes models with an optional canopy for a truly country inglenook fireplace.
Log burner and multi-fuel stoves: With so many different stoves on offer, it sells a both dedicated log burners and multi-fuel stoves that can also burn other types of solid fuel, such as smokeless anthracite. Some can also be transformed from a wood burner to a multi-fuel with a changeable grate.
Because fuels burn differently, if you're planning on only burning wood, we'd suggest choosing a dedicated log burner as opposed to a multi-fuel stove that can also burn other fuels, such as coal. You can find out more on our wood-burning vs multi-fuel stoves page.
Other types of stove: Hunter has a few boiler stoves, or stoves that allow you to connect to a boiler, often called a 'back boiler'. Both types enable you to heat your entire home, not just one room.
You can find out more about heating your whole house using a stove by visiting our page on biomass heating systems.
It also has a number of gas and LPG stoves available, mainly under the Parkray name. Our reviews are only for multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves. If you're unsure whether a traditional stove or a gas model would be better, visit our full guide to gas and electric stoves to help you decide.
Stove wattages: As Hunter sells a variety of stoves, its wattages range widely too – from around 4kW to 20kW for some double-sided models.
Efficiency, Ecodesign and Defra-exempt stoves: Most of the stoves in the Hunter group are Defra-approved, except for its boiler stoves, its double-sided model and the Herald 8 and 14.
If you live in a smoke-controlled area (you can check this on the Defra website) you will need to either only burn smokeless fuel or, if you want to burn wood, buy a Defra-exempt stove.
As of 2022, EU regulations will stipulate that all newly manufactured stoves must meet higher efficiency levels. Some stoves are being made to these specifications now. These are called Ecodesign Ready.
All of Hunter's Di Lusso stovess and those in its Parkray Aspect and Herald Allure ranges are Ecodesign approved, with the latter two being available in September.
Practically all of the models sold through the Hunter Group also include a cleanburn system and its Tripleburn technology, to enhance efficiency, lighting and reignition.
These essentially direct the three different airflows within the stove (often referred to as primary, secondary and tertiary air), some of which is additionally brought into the stove, to help burn off more of the smoke and gases.
Its Di Lusso stoves use Hunter's Exact Air Delivery Flame Technology system. This only uses two streams of air, but it says these provide just the right ratios of airflow, so the fuel can still burn of gases, even at lower temperatures.
Find out more about Defra-exempt and Ecodesign Ready stoves, as well as the effects of stoves on pollution and what you can do to minimise them, by visiting our page on stoves and pollution.
Stove features: Features on Hunter stoves include:
- built-in log store
- cool-touch handles
- different handle options
- single or double door options
- riddling tool to help remove ash
- an airwash system to help keep the glass clean
- Tripleburn technology for efficiency (mentioned above).
You can find out from stove owners what features they really value and are worth spending out on by visiting our page on how to buy a wood-burning stove.
Stove accessories, fuel storage and fuel: Hunter only sells stoves as opposed to accessories.
Where to buy Hunter stoves: Hunter sells its stoves through authorised dealers across the UK.
After purchase care and spares: You can buy spares for all the stoves under the Hunter Group umbrella on its website. If you buy through one of its authorised dealers, you'll get a two year warranty, which can be extended to 10 years if you register your stove with Hunter.
Registering any safety appliance with the manufacturer is also useful if there is ever a recall or issue identified with the model. You may need to service the appliance yearly for the warranty to be valid, which is something we would recommend doing anyway. Our page on using a stove has more information.
Before you buy a stove, it's important to remember that a stove isn't something you can install yourself. It needs to meet regulations and be installed safely.
Make sure you visit our page on installing a log burner or multi-fuel stove for everything you need to know.