Originally Posted by caseydog
If the bark is falling off, go ahead and remove it, as it is somewhat rotten at that point.
If the bark is still firmly attached to the wood, leave it.
What CD (and the others) said!
Some recent reading for you on same subject:
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), and the legendary "StudeDera".
Now cooking with a FEC100, a Traeger Lil' Tex, and a Fast Eddy PG500
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.