Author Topic: Bark on Fruita Wood  (Read 325 times)

Jimeo

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 49
    • View Profile
Bark on Fruita Wood
« on: September 04, 2017, 03:59:12 PM »
Did a couple of smokes over the holiday weekend which gave me the chance to really dig through the box of wood I had ordered from them.  I hadn't noticed before but many of the chunks, cherry and post oak, have bark on them.

What's the general opinion on the use of wood with bark?  Guess I'm wondering if I should clean up the pieces before use.

Thoughts and opinions appreciated!
Jim in Marietta Georgia
SI#2
Weber Genesis E-310

old sarge

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1957
    • View Profile
Re: Bark on Fruita Wood
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2017, 10:09:53 PM »
I strip bark off all my wood if present.  Years ago I read where it can produce a bitter taste.  Whether it does or doesn't I cannot say, but I am happy with the results I get from naked wood.
David from Arizona
SI 3D
CS 066 (retired to my son's home)
Lodge Sportsman Grill
Weber kettle
Ducane Meridian 42 inch Grill
LEM MaxVac 1088A
US Army 70 - 95

dcbt

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 16
    • View Profile
Re: Bark on Fruita Wood
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 06:48:01 AM »
FWIW I've read the same thing about it causing bitterness.  But I did mix a tiny amount of barked wood in the wood box this weekend and I didn't pick up any bitterness.  All bark might have caused bitterness, but maybe mingling it in small amounts is ok.
Bryce in DFW, TX
SI #1

Pork Belly

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1512
    • View Profile
Re: Bark on Fruita Wood
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 08:16:07 AM »
You worry too much, it's a tree trees have bark burn the tree eat the food.

I do know that in Alaska the strip the bark from green alder wood prior to smoking salmon.
Brian - Michigan-NRA Life Member
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
- Sigmund Freud

SuperDave

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2661
  • Officially Retired
    • View Profile
Re: Bark on Fruita Wood
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 09:04:51 AM »
I think the bark issue is all about ratio of bark to wood.  I almost exclusively use wood from yard trees that have been pruned or removed from friends' yards and don't remove the bark.  I just make sure that the pieces aren't so small that the bark to wood ratio is too great. 

Model 4, Harrisville, Utah