I was able to hook up with a group of wood workers that had a bunch of cherry and plum turning blanks and logs that they were tossing out because they had cracked. Turning blanks are large pieces of wood that have been trimmed down to fit onto a lathe. The exposed wood is sealed with something. I was able to cut the sealing compound off. It didn't penetrate very far so there was little wood loss. But the logs that I got have lots of moss growing on the bark. Any tips for getting the moss off before I feed the wood to the smoker? I was thinking of using a torch to burn off the moss before sticking into the pit.