I will. Short form: it does burn hot but spruce vanishes up the chimney even faster. Today I loaded the stove 7 hours ago with a full but not crammed firebox (only two layers of split pine) and I’ve got only a thin bed of coals (we call that ‘down to sparks’) now. It’s -10c and I ran the fire accordingly. I could have added wood an hour or so ago but I wasn’t motivated, it being so warm outside. The 2000sq ft split level house is warm despite the snow on the roof getting thin but it’s obvious that the fire should have been built up earlier. I attached a poor pic of the ‘sparks’.
Accordingly some people still use home made stoves that take longer pieces of wood. They get longer burns. But you can’t buy those and, well, ‘insurance companies’. You know.
When it’s -30 or below reloads every 4-6 hours are the norm. In the shoulder seasons 5-7 hours. Sometimes 8. (At -50 it’s 3 unless you have another stove to bring on-line and then you are back to 5-6 hours). 3 hour burns with a full firebox are so harsh people can damage their stoves.
I CAN go 12 but creosote builds up - hence the hot fire once a day to clean the chimney (which can become a light (or worse) chimney fire if you go too long between burns). But regular hot, short, burns aren’t a danger just because they scrub out the pipe. You can hear the pipe expand and the creosote tinkle down like rain on to the baffle where it reburns.
But even burning hot once a day may leave you with a chimney that must be cleaned a few times every winter with a Grandma. Mind you, when I clean it’s just to remove ash from the elbow where our pipe turns to go out the wall. There is never creosote to clean. It’s burned away (the hot fire trick works). Though chimney cap screens will plug up sometimes.
We use a Grandma so we know how this goes. The baffle mod helps.
Neighbours who use Rsf energy or Pacific Energy stoves stay clean. They sweep their chimneys twice a year. Inside chimneys fare better than through the wall. You do get a bit of roller coaster heat rather than the long even burns of hardwood but we only have pine, spruce and poplar here so pine is forced upon us.
If you clean your own chimney you can burn pine. Or it can be used conveniently in the shoulder seasons I suppose. It so normal to burn pine here that here we don’t really know what to say about how it is different.
If you need long burns with hardwood then pine would annoy you. Out here most outfits have someone in the house all the time so reloading every 4 or 6 hours is not an issue.
Ash builds up quickly.
You must have a chimney damper. Sometimes, during periods of extreme cold, people can have so much draught their fires can get away from them. This is when a damper saves you - as does knowing to put one or two fewer pieces of wood in to the firebox when reloading during such conditions.
But all stoves are different, all chimneys are different and all burning habits are different. So, off the top of my head, all this is what comes immediately to mind.
Rambling words but does that do it for you?
Any specific questions?
Ps: ymmv. Other users may have more to say. I’ve been loading pine in stoves since 1967 but that doesn’t mean I do it ‘right’. If there is a ‘right’.