Well, I get all my wood from my neighbors farm, and it's primarily black cherry and black locust... (he pushes them over with his dozer, I drive up to them, cut, load, haul @$$ outta there and get back for another load lol). I always referred to the locust as 'night wood'... no pun intended
.... cause I typically will burn the cherry during the morning/afternoon and early evening, then for my over-night load, I'll throw in mostly locust splits... burns HOT, and AALLLLL night long. Other than that, I only use the locust whenever the temps are gonna be below 10*, which now seems a bit pointless since I've started using anthracite when it's that cold. lol As for the bark, I always remove it while splitting.... I kid you not, I had a pile..... BIIGG pile, of cut/split BL that was tarped on top and bottom, only 'opened up to air flow' when it wasn't raining or gonna rain... after 4 years, I peeled some bark off and it was still friggin wet! lol Like I said, I did supply it PLENTY of air flow during that time, and it wasn't rained/snowed on during that time either... that locust bark REALLY holds in the moisture.