I have been learning or better yet relearning alot about burning wood since joining this forum. I was always told that burning evergreens or elm is a no-no? I currently have some pine that is layed over in my back woods along w/ some elm and wouldn't mind using if it wont mess up my stove or build up too much creosote. Do you need to season evergreens or elm longer then other types of woods? Also after reading about seasoning wood properly it seems like alot of members of this forum have wood moisture meters...are they worth the $$? Any good cheap meters ones out there? I have also heard that splitting elm is no fun...is there a trick to make it any easier?