Hi, my name is Keith and I'm a beginner to smoking and I had a question about some wood. My aunt just had this tree chopped down a couple of days ago and I found out that it was cherry which I know is good for smoking. My question is: Do I need to still let it season for several months before using since most people soak their wood prior to smoking anyway? I figured if it were already wet that it would be ready to go but wasn't sure and thought I'd check in here with some experts. I didn't want to put $30 worth of meat on it before knowing if this were a good idea or not. I have plenty of mesquite and hickory that I could use. Also, should I remove any bark that's on it or leave it? Thanks in advance. Sincerely Keith W.