If you’re living off the grid–or depending on it as little as possible–it would be ideal to have a stove that was energy efficient, didn’t send up a lot of smoke, took up less space, and even made it possible to generate electricity.
There is such a stove. It’s the Kimberly Gasifying wood stove. And I spoke with its inventor, Roger Lehet, yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio. If you’re like me and you don’t have a wood heat stove, this is a show you’ll want to hear because Roger is knowledgeable and well spoken. He’s passionate about what he does and knows how to make things practical.
How the Kimberly came about
He decided to try his hand at building his own heat stove. The right people came along at the right time, and a series of miracles happened over five years for making the Kimberly stove a reality. Roger says it’s a story of hope and of following your belief and passion.
Why the Kimberly stove?
- It only weighs 56 pounds, not 300-400 pounds.
- It’s a little over two feet tall and 10 inches in diameter, so it has a much smaller footprint.
- It’s made mostly of stainless steel.
- It burns less wood and is designed with two fire zones to burn what other stoves release as smoke.
- The Kimberly isn’t limited to home use only. It can be used on boats and motor homes.
- It can heat up to 1500 square feet if a home is well insulated.
- It’s portable and can be installed in 15-20 minutes.
- Heat is projected out from the front and top. The stove is well insulated enough that the sides stay cool.
- Cook and heat water on the stove top.
- And it’s made in the USA.
Care and feeding of your wood stove
He says a favorite fuel is compressed logs made from recycled wood and sawdust. One log burns for eight hours or more in the Kimberly.
When starting the stove, Roger avoids using a lot of paper. Don’t over feed the fire at first.
Power from a wood stove?
We don’t need all the electricity we use. But in an off grid situation, having at least some electricity would be helpful. The Kimberly stove can help provide that coveted power.
Roger has a passion to help others both here and overseas by providing them with the means to have clean burning heat. He feels he’s been chosen by God as a steward. Kimberly was a gift, but it comes with responsibilities. He wants to make a difference in the lives of others in need.
You can expect to hear more about the Kimberly stove in the future. Roger has been invited to attend a couple of notable industry conferences this year. And the company and stove have received honorable mention from the Green Heat Alliance, which you can view here. There’s the promise of further attention by a big name magazine. Things are looking up.
After hearing Roger talk, I’d say things are happening for him and his company because they’re meant to.
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