Earl Welcome to BGH, you will find an interesting mix of folks here.
Never have used them. The lions share of my bear hunting is done in a state where baiting is against the law and always figgured that a honey burn or smoke stick would be kind of like baiting? Still a review of your experience using them would be great. I might be tempted to take some next time I head up to Onterio or Quebec.
I'm hunting in the CDA area of Idaho. Bait & Hounds are still legal there, (they've been pretty successful at keeping the tree hugging hippy liberals out).
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.