Kimberly Wood Stove Reviews 2020 - HVACify

Kimberly Wood Stove Reviews

In this article, we will look at the Kimberly Wood Stove, a double-combustion design that emphasizes efficient burning and heating while providing a reduced footprint, enabling the stove to fit into rooms and homes where a normal-sized wood stove would simply be too large.

We will look at some of the specific features the Kimberly Wood Stove offers, and we will compare the Kimberly to several similar products to see which one offers the consumer the best overall value.

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U.S. Stove Company US 2016EB King EPA Certified Wood Stove

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Pleasant Hearth WS-2417 1200 sq. ft. Wood Stove

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What Is a Kimberly Wood Stove?

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The Kimberly Wood Stove, manufactured by Unforgettable Fire, a Washington State company, approaches the problem of heating from a different perspective than most other wood stove companies. The Kimberly is designed to maximize the energy obtained from burning pieces of wood and to ensure this heat is efficiently utilized to warm a living space instead of being wasted as chimney smoke.

The Kimberly packs this efficient design into a very small vertical cylinder, which means this stove will fit where others would not. This means all kinds of living spaces, where formerly there would not have been enough space (especially safe space) for a wood stove, can now use one.

Here are some of the living spaces that benefit from the small footprint of the Kimberly Wood Stove:

  • Tiny houses
  • RVs
  • Boats/Yachts
  • Yurts

Yes, yurts.

As you might surmise from this list, the manufacturer of the Kimberly Wood Stove focuses a lot of marketing and sales to the “off-the-grid” market, which is to say folks with money who wish to be more independently oriented to the grid, if not completely removed from it.

Now, let’s take a look at the Kimberly Wood Stove in more detail.

Product Specs

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The Kimberly Wood Stove is designed to be a flexible heat source, and though it is mainly intended to heat smaller spaces, it can heat from 150 square feet to 1500 square feet, with burn times up to eight hours.

Because of the double-combustion design of the stove, which involves initially slow-burning or smoking the wood supply, and then in the second combustion element converting the smoke to flame (and thus more heat), the emissions from this stove are greatly diminished. This enables the Kimberly Wood Stove to meet or exceed both EPA and Washington State standards for emissions on stoves.

The stove is 10-inches in diameter and generally will sit on a 12-inch base, and it weighs about 56 pounds.

Of course, different installations in different living spaces will require specific construction related to ventilation, but because most of the heat energy from smoke is radiated into the room (after the second combustion of the smoke in the stove) and not in the flue, the vent pipe does not get as hot as most conventional stoves.

Pricing

While the Kimberly Wood Stove has a lot of useful features, it isn’t what you would call a survival stove for people just trying to get by. In order for those folks to obtain the Kimberly, they would have to cough up $4000 before installation!

Now, Unforgettable Fire, the manufacturer, argues that it is misleading to just look at the price of the stove. As we noted, there are additional costs when you install a wood-burning stove. Unforgettable Fire says that when you look at those costs, which can be much lower in the Kimberly stove, the costs are only a little more than purchasing a cheaper stove.

But it is worth noting that in Unforgettable Fire’s own data on pricing, they admit that competing stoves might cost half (or less) compared to the Kimberly Wood Stove. Again, this is before installation costs are considered. One other compact stove in our comparison below is about 1/8 the cost of the Kimberly.

So, there are a lot of variables any customer will encounter when purchasing and installing a wood-burning stove. Carefully assessing the needs for a particular space is going to help the consumer save money on what can be a major investment.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Vogelzang TR004 Colonial EPA Wood Stove
  • U.S. Stove Company US 2016EB King EPA Certified Wood Stove
  • Pleasant Hearth WS-2417 1200 sq. ft. Wood Stove
  • Unforgettable Fire™ - Kimberly™ Wood Stove

Ease of Use

The basic stove, once installed, is pretty easy to use. As with all wood-stove heating solutions, the user has to take care that they are following the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure the safe operation of the unit. For those using the Kimberly stove in smaller spaces, like a tiny house or an RV, the fuel consumption should be lower because the stove will easily warm a small space. And unlike other stoves, you can start the Kimberly and generate a proper fiere with the front cover closed. This is because air is usually supplied through a vent in the bottom of the stove which feeds air from outside.

Features

We have talked about the main features of this stove—that it is very small while still generating a lot of warmth, especially in the smaller spaces the stove is designed to heat. The stove is fuel efficient, and a person should be able to get through a season using much less wood. The stove’s double combustion system minimizes waste gasses and lost heat.

Design Quality

This stove features quality construction and design all the way through. That is one reason why the stove costs more than comparably sized or even larger stoves. The Kimberly has a five-year non-prorated warranty, which means the warranty holds the same value throughout the warranty period.

Installation

Installation with the Kimberly wood stove is basically straight-forward. The clearances for this stove allow for safely fitting into much smaller spaces than most stoves. For DIY installers the company provides a number of resources, including instructions and available technical assistance. Installation is supposed to be cheaper because the venting system enables the use of smaller, less-expensive kinds of vent pipes.

Pros

  • Compact footprint for smaller spaces
  • Energy-efficient design
  • Low emissions

Cons

  • Cost will be challenging for many
  • Depending on space, installation may be challenging


Vogelzang TR004 Colonial EPA Wood Stove

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The Vogelzang Colonial is a fireplace insert, meaning the stove is designed to fit inside and to cover an existing fireplace. Because of this, it is designed to warm a larger space than the Kimberly.

Ease of Use

This stove is pretty standard in terms of operation and includes a large viewing window to watch the fire. The impression given by the large metal face of this stove is pretty industrial and does not make one think of a hearth so much as an incinerator. So, the ease of use on the eyes might be deficient for some. The firebox is generous in size, so loading and cleaning the stove is simplified.

Features

The Vogelzang holds up to 18 pounds of wood and uses a blower to circulate warmed air, promising to heat up to an 1800 square-foot space.

Design Quality

This well-made stove is constructed of 3/16in. reinforced plate steel. The cast-iron feed door includes a large ceramic glass window that enables viewing of the fire. The stove is not made to be particularly energy efficient and will use much more wood than the Kimberly to heat a similar space. That is another reason for the blower.

Installation

As with any wood-burning stove, DIY installation may be a challenge, but most users report it is not too difficult or time-consuming. However, because this is a fireplace insert, there will be specific safety requirements for the installation to ensure it is done properly for the intended space.

Pros

  • Good way to revitalize existing fireplace
  • Heats a fairly large space

Cons

  • Not fuel efficient
  • Not particularly attractive

U.S. Stove Company US 2016EB King EPA Certified Wood Stove

This is a modestly priced wood-burning stove with a blower that claims to be able to heat a 2000-square foot space.

Ease of Use

This unit is free-standing, so unlike the fireplace insert stove, some considerations can be made to where exactly the US Stove will be placed. Operation of the stove is pretty straightforward, with the large brick-lined firebox providing large amounts of radiant heat.

Features

Unlike a number of free-standing wood stoves, including the Kimberly, the US Stove does not provide a cooktop or any cook space. It does accept 22-inch logs. The stove should heat a 2000-square-foot space, again with a required blower (but see note on this under Design Quality).

Design Quality

This stove is constructed in heavy-gauge plate steel and should be durable. The manufacturer’s warranty is lifetime for the firebox but only one year on all the other parts. While the stove heats pretty well, it is not as efficient as some other stoves in terms of combustion. Therefore wood use and costs may be more with this stove. Finally, some users report the necessity of including an additional fan to distribute the heat as the blower is not so useful for its intended purpose.

Installation

Standard installation with this stove. Where you choose to put the stove in conjunction with the ventilation and safety requirements of the chimney will determine the overall complexity and length of time of the installation. The company provides detailed installation instructions. Note some installation materials including the chimney connector will be extra.

Pros

  • Modestly priced
  • Large heating area

Cons

  • Some installation materials are extra
  • Not as efficient in combustion

Pleasant Hearth WS-2417 1200 sq. ft. Wood Stove

This small, inexpensive, wood stove heats up to 1,200 square feet, requires basic care and maintenance, and delivers adequate heating to a smaller space.

Ease of Use

This is a very basic, easy to use and maintain wood stove. There are no fancy features. The stove is small but not compact enough to fit into really tight spaces like the Kimberly. On the other hand, the price of this stove makes it much more affordable.

Features

The Pleasant Hearth stove features a compact 1.2 cubic foot firebox, capable of holding up to 18-inch logs. The 81% efficiency EPA rated stove can, along with the blower (not included), heat up to a 1200 square foot space.

Design Quality

This small, inexpensive stove delivers what it claims to. The only real complaint about it is that people often go for cheaper stoves (for obvious reasons) only to discover they just don’t deliver what is really needed. When the company says the heating size of this product is 1200 square feet, for example, there are a lot of variables—did you buy the blower which is extra?—that can impact whether people at the edges of that space are actually going to be warm. The company offers a 5-year limited warranty.

Installation

Installation of this stove is pretty basic for a wood-burning stove. Clearances are much smaller than for other stoves and that means the Pleasant Hearth stove can fit into spaces that the US Stove Company product could not safely occupy. As always, there are time-consuming elements of any wood-burning stove installation. In particular, the placement of the floor protection—perhaps even a permanent floor protection like concrete—and the chimney can be a chore. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Fits into smaller spaces

Cons

  • Not top-grade construction/materials
  • Some necessary extras not included

Conclusion

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All of the stoves we reviewed will warm a space and do it far more efficiently and safely than stoves of previous generations. None of them are particularly bad buys. However, we needed to examine what a buyer was really attempting to do in heating the space. Many people just want a cheap option, but “cheap” can end up being misleading when an inefficient design leads to heat loss and the necessity of using more fuel for the season.

While the Kimberly Wood Stove is very expensive compared to the other stoves in this review, its flexibility as a heating source, its ability to adapt to so many different sizes of dwelling, its construction quality, and its generous heat production for such a compact stove contributed to our winning rating with an average of 4.625-Stars.

  • Updated September 13, 2019
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