A steady-state flame spread model has been used to study the effect of side-edge burning on flame spread over thin solid fuel strips of finite width. Simulations have been carried out for fuel strips with both inhibited (by metallic strips) and uninhibited side edges. The effect inhibition on both normal- and microgravity flame spread along with several intermediate gravity levels has been investigated. Such a study is important for understanding the physiochemical processes controlling the flame spread in low gravity where human experience is limited. Although simulations have shown an overall increase in spread rate for uninhibited cases for both normal- and microgravity flames, some effects such as flame spread variation with external imposed velocity and flame extinction limits show different behavior for microgravity and normal gravity flames. The heat and mass transport processes in the flame have been discussed in detail to explain the observed trends. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.