What Is The Expected Burn Time In Katydid & Kimberly™?

Unforgettable Fire, LLC approximates burn time as being up to 10 hours for Katydid™ and up to 8 hours for Kimberly™, from coal bed to coal bed. Based on our own experience with both stoves, we feel that Unforgettable Fire’s estimated burn time is accurate.

In other words:

  • Will you wake up to active live flames in the morning? {No}
  • Will you wake up to a warm stove and chimney and live coals, making it easy to get your fire going again? {Likely yes, depending on fuel}

The species of wood and the moisture content in your cordwood will play a large role in the expected burn time and heat output from any wood stove; this is not unique to the Kimberly™ and Katydid™ wood stoves.

For example, while Douglas Fir and pine will produce a hot fire, these species will burn to ash far quicker than hard woods such as oak, hickory or maple. Likewise, a high moisture content in your cordwood will produce less heat and more creosote than a low moisture content. For maximum heat output, always burn wood that is 20% moisture or less as verified by a moisture meter.

If you choose to burn extruded sawdust logs, your results will vary by brand, as the size, shape, and amount of pressure that the logs are formed under varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

The temperature in your home when you wake up in the morning will be determined by your home’s ability to retain heat, which can be affected by one or more variables below:

  • Local climate and weather conditions (temperature, wind speed, humidity, etc.).
  • Square footage and ceiling height of your space.
  • Insulation in your walls and attic.
  • Window quality and number of windows.
  • Location of your wood stove within your space.
  • Air movement & humidity levels within your space.
  • Wood species and wood moisture content of your fuel.

Because dry, seasoned wood will produce more heat, burn longer, and produce less creosote than wood containing greater than 20% moisture content, your investment in a moisture meter with an accuracy of +/- 1% can be made for less than $50 and it will help to ensure you are getting the most heat from the least amount of wood.