1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Do you de-bark?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by cannonballcobb, Oct 20, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. cannonballcobb

    cannonballcobb Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    83
    Loc:
    ATL
    I have mostly oak in my wood pile. I find that when I'm ready to bring wood inside, if I chip the bark off with a hatchet, I wind up bringing less bugs and moths into the house.

    Does anyone else do this, or am I just wasting fuel?

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. moondoggy

    moondoggy New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Messages:
    518
    Loc:
    Long Island NY
    sometimes i do sometimes i dont.
    depends on the split/bark.....
    and your not really wasting fuel... for the most part the bark is not great in the BTU department and normally known to have moisture and hamper your
    total heat output slightly.
    if it wants off, i'm ok with that.
  3. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,523
    Loc:
    SE Mass
    Most of my rounds have the bark fall off when I split them.
    I haven't split oak green in quite a while.

    I once had a cat that couldn't meow, though.
  4. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    I dono't. Sometimes I peel a little off as kindling before lighting though.
  5. Redox

    Redox Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    Messages:
    1,099
    Loc:
    Burbs of B'more, MD, Hon!
    I thought it was disembark....

    I tend to let the rounds sit for a while before I can get around to splitting them. After they have dried for a while, a lot of the bark falls off. I don't really like it as it probably slows down the seasoning process a little, but I don't worry about it. I do collect it up and let it dry under cover for a while. It burns, but doesn't last long and creates buckets of ashes in the process. I just burn it to get rid of it...

    Chris
  6. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Messages:
    4,515
    Loc:
    Northern MN
    Never debark; bark that falls off, pick it up and burn it. We have a pet bat. Really hard to find inexpensive bat food, but found that the moths and flying bugs were enough to keep it happy.
  7. derecskey

    derecskey New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    168
    Loc:
    Geauga, OH
    A... pet... ... ... bat. Really....
  8. drewboy

    drewboy New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    185
    Loc:
    Lakes Region, NH
    I wish I could De-Bark my Australian Shepherd !!
  9. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,700
    Loc:
    CNY
    Down in Atlanta it's probably warm enough so the bugs don't go dormant. Up here once you split the critters disappear in 7/10 days or so but flys do come alive occasionally cause they hide in the bark. but not enough flys to go threw de-barking though...if I see bark is lose enough to pull off we'll do that and throw it in the kindling box. Sounds very labor intensive do you have a trick or special tool for doing that?
  10. cannonballcobb

    cannonballcobb Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    83
    Loc:
    ATL
    Nope. Just 1 hit with the hatchet and the bark on seasoned oak pops right off.
  11. Tfin

    Tfin New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2007
    Messages:
    556
    Loc:
    Central Maine
    If it falls off while outside it goes into my firepit. Other than that it goes into the stove still attached to the split.
  12. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,700
    Loc:
    CNY
    HUH! that pretty amazing to hear that...but yeah a lot of our bark just sheds off in the wood tent I jsut never thought about it that way.

    I've never burned oak and have only very recently discovered them growing on our land. The bark looks very much like elm bark...would you agree with that. My neighbor ID'd it as 'white oak' and he's a pro tree guy.
  13. cannonballcobb

    cannonballcobb Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    83
    Loc:
    ATL
    Down in the South, Red Oak is more common. I do have some White Oak as well, although the bark on the Red comes off easier.

    If you have the chance to burn White Oak, do it! BTUs are some of the highest and White Oak coals for a looooong time.
  14. chad3

    chad3 Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2007
    Messages:
    453
    Loc:
    Southeast CT
    I get rid of it if I can.
  15. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,700
    Loc:
    CNY
    Well about 6 years ago or so I started to notice some white oak saplings and I've marked them off with engineer tape so I don't brush hog or trample 'em during winter wood cutting. We only have one tree that's fit to harvest, I've been driving by it for years and never noticed it. Can't cut it cause I call it the Mother tree...the bark looks like elm that's why I was asking and yes I'm looking forward to burning oak someday.
  16. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,665
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Debarking wood . . . sounds like a lot of unnecessary work -- I guess I would rather devote the time spent debarking wood on cutting, splitting and stacking next year's wood. If the bark falls off I throw it aside for use as kindling . . . otherwise the wood goes into the stove bark and all. To date, bugs haven't been an issue and excessive ash hasn't been a major problem either.
  17. cannonballcobb

    cannonballcobb Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    Messages:
    83
    Loc:
    ATL
    I hear ya. Yeah, if it weren't for the months that get in our house I wouldn't worry about the bark either.
    I guess our climate in the Fall and Spring is not cold enough to keep the critters out of the fire wood.
  18. precaud

    precaud Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2006
    Messages:
    2,293
    Loc:
    Sunny New Mexico
    Since I only cut standing dead, I often debark in the woods. With pinon it actually goes quite fast if you stand a log on end.
  19. sl7vk

    sl7vk New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Messages:
    262
    Loc:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    LOL!
  20. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,523
    Loc:
    SE Mass

    It could be a really bad non-hitting streak.
  21. bdog

    bdog New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    48
    Loc:
    Western NY
    de-barking - sometimes I'd kinda like to do that to my dog - just kidding

    if the bark falls off, then it is debarked, otherwise bark stays on, too much work to intentionally debark
  22. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    6,446
    Loc:
    S.NH- Mass's smoking section
    I'm burning lots of pine in these shoulder months and none of it has bark (just happened to fall off before/during splitting). I have had several fires, and have not had to clean out ash. Maybe I've burned less wood (pounds), but definitely less bark. Pine also tends to have lighter/fluffier ash that carries through my wood kiln easily- maybe some gets sucked up in the draft as well. I dunno.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page