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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Is it considered taboo to leave the bark on wood that will be used in a smoker? If so, why?
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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My neighbour cut down some cherry trees, I "helped" him by disposing of the trees for him for free, sucker. Any way I just cut it into chunks bark and all and cook with it. Works great, tastes great.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:35 PM   #3
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I don't use wood with the bark on it just don't want to take a chance of it adding a funny flavor or something
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I use wood with bark everytime and it's hasn't been an issue for me.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 12:39 PM   #5
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I leave the bark on and it doesn't seem to be a problem. If I'm handling a split and it seems any of the bark will just kinda peel off easily, I do that, but otherwise it stays.
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Sitnfat, how do you debark your wood? seems like a lot of effort to me. So far I have only used store bought chunks, but I have 2 chainsaws and lots of oak around. Interested in the general concensus is regarding tjack's question?
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Never had any issues with bark.
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When I use birch I make sure all of the bark is off. (Creates a black oily smoke)

Any other wood, if it comes off, it comes off. I don't go out of my way to remove it.
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I leave the bark on and it doesn't seem to be a problem. If I'm handling a split and it seems any of the bark will just kinda peel off easily, I do that, but otherwise it stays.
X2. If it comes off easy I take it off, otherwise leave it on.
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I tend to notice I get alot of the funky smoke when I use a piece wood with bark still left on it. At least that's my experience with my kegs, other cookers dunno, maybe it's a non issue.
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I am good with bark on. I usually preheat and that runs the bugs and critters out.
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I've had no problem with keeing the bark on.
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I use wood with the bark on, unless the bark has obvious mold or fungus growing on it.
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I have no problem with bark. I can't tell any difference with or without.
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I use wood with the bark on, unless the bark has obvious mold or fungus growing on it.
Same here.
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