I would like to know if it is OK to use pine and/or cedar firewood as a good source of heating for a fireplace? Do you have any ideas as to how to cut down on the smokey firewood smell when burning seasoned firewood in my fireplace?
I usually slightly open one of the windows in the room with the fireplace to allow circulation and fresh air in to keep it from being so dry and stuffy. It this a good thing to do? - Rene
Although not the most efficient wood to use in a stove, pine is ok. Its even better when you can get it free. The problem with pine is creosote buildup in a new stove or an existing creosote fire in a used stove. Pine burns hot and a flue fire can result so have your flue cleaned.
Cedar is a flash fuel, burns rapidly and has many other values you need to consider before burning. Cedar is a poor firewood of choice. I would not use cedar and don't know anyone that does.
All stoves have some smell which many people like, especially when using aromatic woods. A cloying smell that becomes obnoxious is probably due to a leaky system. Check you stove's condition and pipes for leaks. Opening windows, in some cases, can make the problem worse. Have a wood stove expert check your unit.