Does bark cause acrid smoke?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by prudentsmoker, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. prudentsmoker

    prudentsmoker Fire Starter

    I have read in a couple of places that bark causes acrid smoke. I would appreciate your comments. I have removed it, as best I can, on oak and hickory, but apple is really tough.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. That has been the subject of many a discussion over the years and one that I really can't give a definitive answer to other than to say "you can't prove it by me."  :)

    In over 45 years of cooking with fire I've used practically every wood that grows around TN and South MS and I can't tell the difference.

    The only way to be sure is to cook with some of each - with and without bark - and see if you can tell the difference.

    I've also heard to not use wood with lichens growing on it. Well, I have...a bunch, and it doesn't make a whit of difference that I can tell (as long as it's dry).

    At any rate I wouldn't worry about your apple, cherry and peach woods for sure.

    I hope this helps.

  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I like how some maple barks will just pop off with a bit of drying time.
  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Which couple of places? A lot of internet sites regurgitate info from other sources without doing any practical research into the subject.

    I do not remove bark from my BBQ wood and have never had any problems.
  5. prudentsmoker

    prudentsmoker Fire Starter

    It is mentioned in the Oklahoma Joe's owners manual, which you can Google.

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