Good morning all, Last Thursday, they installed our new wood burning fireplace insert (a Lennox/Country Performer C210). We're planning to start using it to supplement heat in the house, with the intent of avoiding use of the furnace for all but the coldest nights. My in-laws have quite a bit of land near Bellingham, WA, mostly covered with broadleaf Maple and Alder trees. I enjoy splitting wood by hand. The in-laws have enough seasoned wood for us to use this year (they don't heat with wood), and about 2 cords worth of cut rounds waiting to be split for next year. Questions for the experts: 1. What should our target temperature (of the stove) be? I gather we shouldn't go above 800 degrees to avoid overheating the stove, but is there an ideal temperature for efficiency? How hot should we fire it up before turning down the damper for the evening? 2. I'm assuming that the broadleaf maple is going to be the best heating wood, with the alder coming in second... Is there any point to harvesting apple wood? I have a friend who owns 80 acres of dead apple orchards, but the wood looks pretty small, and I doubt i'll run out of wood from the inlaws any time soon. Then again, I know that Apple is a highly sought after firewood... 3. How good is the Fiskars Super Splitter? Will it replace my 8 pound maul and wedges? What's the largest round (or thickness of half round) you'd recommend splitting with it? 4. Anything else I should know?