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Unread 08-19-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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I just picked up five 20-25# bags of wood. 1 each of Apple, Apricot, Nectarine, Pecan, and Plum.

My question is: Do I need to remove the bark before burning it?

I have read (on this fine forum) that you should remove the heavier bark such as Mesquite, oak, etc. but I'm not sure about the lighter barks.
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Unread 08-19-2010, 07:00 PM   #2
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I guess if you're a purist or worried of off flavors, remove the bark. Me, I never worry about it.
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Unread 08-19-2010, 07:01 PM   #3
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Every bbq joint's pile I see around her looks just like a load of firewood. So I would say no, it's not necessary.
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Unread 08-19-2010, 07:04 PM   #4
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I've always removed, but only because of what I had read about it-imparting bitter flavor and such. I trimmed my mulberry tree and I'm gonna try it with bark on.
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Unread 08-19-2010, 07:32 PM   #5
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I really appreciate the feed back.

I guess its like most things with BBQ, personal taste. I think I'll try it both ways and see it I can tell the difference.
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throw some with no bark on the fire. than later try a little with bark in the fire see .... no differance
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I never bother with removing the bark from any of the apple, cherry, and maple I get from the trees on the property.
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Never worry about it unless it's not clean or dry.
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Experiment and see what you like. However, Tuffy Stone won Grand Champion at a contest this past weekend against 58 other teams. His wood pile had oak and hickory piled up with bark and all.
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I been a stick burner for a long time . I always leave the bark on unless it falls off.
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I don't think it matters for bigger smokers,, smaller smokers---maybe! I don't even think about it anymore
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I'm a bark on person also. Tried both ways on several different cooks and couldn't find a distinct difference.
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