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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
iI have some aged crab apple wood in a pile . Do ypu have to remove the bark from it before you use it for smoking to avoid it leaving a bitter taste
post #2 of 7
Don't worry about the bark unless it looks moldy, diseased, or houses a bunch of nasty bugs or something. Go ahead and smoke away!

The bitterness will come from the creation of creosote and not from bark. To minimize the potential of this, leave the outlet open and control your fire at the air intake. Also, make sure your wood is nice and seasoned. A lot of people take their dry wood and then soak it prior to adding to the firebox...you don't need to do this either, as the water penetrates very little, and only serves to delay smoking while the water boils off.

Here is a link to a discussion of wood...check out the video in the center of this...I thought it was informative.


Happy Smokes!
post #3 of 7
What he said ^^^^^ You shouldn't have a problem at all with the bark it such be pretty thin anyway.
post #4 of 7
I almost never remove the bark unless it's moldy looking.
post #5 of 7
Crab apple perty much the same as apple, long as the bark is tight an clean don't worry bout it.

Keep yer smoke thin an blue, not puffin like a steam engine an all will be well!PDT_Armataz_01_01.gif
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all of you.
post #7 of 7
UDSisbest, here is the list of Woods for Smoking. Crab apple is listed.
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