Roger Lehet, Inventor
From The Desk of Roger Lehet
About His Kimberly™ Wood Stove…
I write this in September 2012, while visiting the heartland of America, my country ’tis of thee. I sit in a multimillion-dollar Arnold Palmer golf course equipped resort enjoying my first vacation since I started developing the Kimberly™ wood stove four long years ago.
Kimberly™ is a small wood stove which came to be only by Divine intervention into my life after I had lost my wood stove shop of 25 years in the down-turned economy. Along with my business, my wife and I lost our home, cars, retirement savings, and nearly our minds. We took refuge on a boat in the middle of the Puget Sound with its cold and damp weather, often bringing 80 mph wind storms… Life was bleak; we had lost our dreams.
Yesterday, my mother and I drove the historic Route 66 from Miami, Oklahoma through a part of Kansas and up to Joplin Missouri. We saw the area where two years earlier a tornado removed a good portion of the town from the face of the planet leaving behind only pain, suffering, and loss. We also saw first hand the result of a devastated economy directly related to the outsourcing of jobs. Empty buildings gave way to empty blocks and empty towns. Those people lost their dreams like we did.
Another spot along the way was a federal Superfund cleanup site where a lead and zinc mine and smelter established in approximately 1912, and operated until the late 70’s, had rendered a chunk of Native American land too polluted to live on. The corporation responsible had long since vanished leaving the American taxpayer to foot the bill for clean up.
The Kimberly™ wood stove, I believe, is a testament to the will of the American people, and the Power of God. Even in the worst of economic times, our wood stove project has prospered. I believe that this is due to an ability to feel what people need and find simple ways to solve problems. Sometimes I think that we are accustomed to believe that if something is not complicated and or expensive that it must not have much value. I am here to argue the opposite.
The Kimberly™ wood stove is manufactured in Southern Oregon, using only domestic feedstock, and Windex is our only chemical used. The Kimberly™ wood stove has the ability to get more heat and less smoke than any stove I have ever seen and produces hot water, electricity, can cook, bake, and even dry one’s laundry. The Kimberly™ wood stove is 25.5 inches tall, has a 10-inch diameter and weighs only 56 pounds, so she is fully portable. The Kimberly™ stove is truly an on-grid, off-grid energy solution which can be fueled by properly managing our forests as a sustainable fuel source.
In summation, the Kimberly™ stove success story is a story about hope and the power of what America once was, and must come back to. It is about taking pride in the words “Made in America” and about caring for our planet and natural resources. It is about caring for one another.
Inventor, Founder, Chief Executive Pyromaniac, CEO