Since Spring seems to be here finally, didn't want to buy a ton of Heartlands that would require storage through the summer (Single bag cost is $3 more per bag - insane). Have been limping along with Indecks from Menards. With a longer period of use than my initial try, I've decided I'll only use the hardwoods under duress. I am consistently getting more carbon build-up in the firepot that is more difficult to remove than with the Heartlands (adjusted draft to compensate for hardwood) . Tried Somersets and Marth pellets also - Somersets not as bad but still not a fan. Since the ash seems denser also, do smoke pathways become clogged quicker? Likely still have a little while left with night time burning to remove the "chill"