Okay, as a newbie to wood burning I hear alot of opinions... and you know what they say, opinions are like a******s... everyone's got one, and most of them stink! Anyways, Here is what my father in law keeps telling me about softwoods: -They create ALOT of creosote -They are smokey -They burn TOO hot -They burn too FAST On the property where we cut, is is ALOT of sugar maple, but there is also a great amount of white, grey and yellow birch, and this type of tree (not sure what it is), seems to grow REALLY fast and in all kinds of crazy directions. They grow BIG, too. Someone said Manitoba Maple? Anyways, I have my 7 cords for this year, ALL maple, cherry and a little bit of yellow birch. Can I hear some pro's and cons about uising the birch and this other unidentified tree?