I live in the pacific northwest and good hardwood is hard to come by. Mostly all we have is conifer softwoods like douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar. I have the opportunity to obtain ~1 cord of sweetgum for free. I hauled and split some of it tonight and WHOA!! It's tough stuff. I've read other posts saying that sweetgum isn't that great of a hardwood to burn. How much better would it be then douglas fir or cedar? Currently coniferous softwood is what I burn and it's gone in no time. Even if sweetgum is not that great for a hardwood, hopefully it'll last longer in my stove then all the doug fir and cedar I burn. Also, it is a given that the sweetgum will be properly seasoned before I burn it.