In this paper, we compare the methodology of different time-step models in the context of Monte Carlo burnup calculations for nuclear reactors. We discuss the differences between staircase step model, slope model, bridge scheme and stochastic implicit Euler method proposed in literature. We focus on the spatial stability of depletion procedure and put additional emphasis on the problem of normalization of neutron source strength. Considered methodology has been implemented in our continuous energy Monte Carlo burnup code (MCB5). The burnup simulations have been performed using the simplified high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) system with and without modeling of control rod withdrawal. Useful conclusions have been formulated on the basis of results.