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tjack
09-20-2011, 12:18 PM
Is it considered taboo to leave the bark on wood that will be used in a smoker? If so, why?

Nosmo King
09-20-2011, 12:33 PM
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.

sitnfat
09-20-2011, 12:35 PM
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

nucornhusker
09-20-2011, 12:37 PM
I use wood with bark everytime and it's hasn't been an issue for me.

gtr
09-20-2011, 12:39 PM
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.

Goldflinger
09-20-2011, 12:42 PM
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?

JMSetzler
09-20-2011, 12:47 PM
Never had any issues with bark.

Harbormaster
09-20-2011, 01:37 PM
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.

markdtn
09-20-2011, 01:50 PM
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.

JS-TX
09-20-2011, 01:52 PM
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.

Will32Rod
09-20-2011, 01:53 PM
I am good with bark on. I usually preheat and that runs the bugs and critters out.

ColretBBQer
09-20-2011, 01:56 PM
I've had no problem with keeing the bark on.:-D

1FUNVET
09-20-2011, 01:58 PM
I use wood with the bark on, unless the bark has obvious mold or fungus growing on it.:thumb:

smokeyw
09-20-2011, 02:01 PM
I have no problem with bark. I can't tell any difference with or without.

Pappy
09-20-2011, 02:08 PM
I use wood with the bark on, unless the bark has obvious mold or fungus growing on it.:thumb:

Same here.

MG_NorCal
09-20-2011, 02:20 PM
I often get white smoke and strong, dirty, off smells if I leave bark on in the egg.
In an offset, that smoke may last only a few minutes, but in an egg, especially at smoking temps, it may last up to an hour.
You can pre-burn any undesirable parts before adding it to your firebox if the bark doesn't strip easily.
Or add he bark-on pieces to your firebox at the end of a cook to let them burn a bit before shutting the fire down. Then they'll be ready for next time.

It's not a bit deal to me, but some of the people I cook for are awful sensitive to bad smoke flavors so I make an effort to avoid it when I can.

Dave Russell
09-20-2011, 02:54 PM
I suspect bark is blamed many times when the problem is simply a dirty fire. Get sweet thin blue with sufficient air to the fire and preheat seasoned splits so they'll ignite quickly and not smolder... bark on or barkless if it'll make you feel better.

wnkt
09-20-2011, 03:25 PM
One more on the "if it comes off, I dont use it, but other wise I dont have any problems that I can tell"

stephan
09-20-2011, 03:37 PM
I leave the bark on with no ill effects. I go through a lot of wood and it just seems like a lot of work to remove

lazy butt
09-20-2011, 03:51 PM
I leave the bark on unless it wants to jump off on its own, I dont fight it. Never noticed and difference in the flavor of the bbq.

MG_NorCal
09-20-2011, 04:17 PM
I suspect bark is blamed many times when the problem is simply a dirty fire. Get sweet thin blue with sufficient air to the fire and preheat seasoned splits so they'll ignite quickly and not smolder... bark on or barkless if it'll make you feel better.

Of course it is an easy enough thing to test.

Anybody who really wants to find out can burn a pile of bark and judge the quality of the smoke.

Puppyboy
09-20-2011, 04:49 PM
I leave the bark on.

Dave Russell
09-20-2011, 04:55 PM
Of course it is an easy enough thing to test.

Anybody who really wants to find out can burn a pile of bark and judge the quality of the smoke.

Seems to make sense, but then again it's all about the smoke and what it tastes like. As long as the fire is hot and burning clean, as so many others have attested to, evidently the bark burns clean enough to not have any negative effects. Don't know that we could do that with nothing BUT bark.

As for charcoal smokers like my wsm, which doesn't burn wood cleanly but rather slowly smolders it, I'll take thick bark (nutwood) off but not mess with thin fruitwood bark. Like I said though, I do it more to make me feel better, not really noticing a big difference between cooks.

hankll
09-20-2011, 05:49 PM
Bark free for me!

DirtyDirty00
09-20-2011, 08:17 PM
I use wood with the bark on, unless the bark has obvious mold or fungus growing on it.:thumb:

:shocked:WHAT!!! fungus and mold make all the flavor! ever eaten any bleau cheese???

DirtyDirty00
09-20-2011, 08:19 PM
and i also never take off the bark. if the piece doesnt have bark or the bark falls off while im carrying it to the smoker, then the bark doesnt go in... otherwise whatever is in my hand or in the wood gets burned... hopefully that last pack of ants learned their lesson!!!

Boshizzle
09-20-2011, 08:23 PM
I leave the bark on when cooking with all wood in my Jambo and have never noticed a problem. Tuffy Stone, Johnny Trigg, Rod Gray, and so many others don't remove the bark either.

NorthwestBBQ
09-20-2011, 08:44 PM
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Chucktown
09-20-2011, 09:16 PM
We keep the bark on with no problems. We also preheat the logs.

webby
09-20-2011, 09:39 PM
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.

I always leave the bark on. Or if it is loose and easy to remove I do so and that is just so it does not fall off later and make a mess I have to clean up. I have not noticed any differnce bark on or off just my opinion.:clap2:

brewerjamie15
09-20-2011, 10:00 PM
Bark on. I'm too lazy to pull it off.
Preheating is not something I can do with the UDS, but I did preheat with the stick burner.

Never used birch before. How's that work for ya Harbormaster?

Coldholler
09-21-2011, 07:23 AM
I'd say take it off, just for the extra fun and for the purity of it, not because you have to. Get a bark spud (http://coldholler.blogspot.com/2010/04/quality-steel-sharp-things.html) and peel the logs while they're green, after bucking but before you cut them up into rounds or chunks. Here's what one looks like, and here's how it works (http://coldholler.blogspot.com/2010/06/cabin-chapter-22-walking-baby.html):
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gator320
09-21-2011, 02:46 PM
In my stick birner i never take the bark off in theWSM i use chunks with the bark off never noticed any difference

jestridge
09-21-2011, 03:12 PM
Maybe it the charcoal briguetts that giving it a bad flavor

tjack
09-22-2011, 04:30 PM
I just see all the fungus and other plant life on it and I wasn't sure that by burning it that it covered the wood in burnt fungus, spores, ect. ect.

But if the vast majority have no adverse effects by leaving the bark on, then I will burn it with bark on.................

BigBobBQ
09-22-2011, 06:24 PM
It is totally a personal option I know some people that remove the bark and some do not. For me it depends on the wood and where it came from. The outside can host a variety of moss, mold, fungi, and chemicals if it was in an orchard or area that has been sprayed with chemicals, removal of the bark removes the bad stuff and you get down to good clean burning wood.