I'm doing some thinning and getting a fair amount of wood that would make good poles for a porch or a barn or something. At first I was going to peel them, but some of that bark really doesn't want to peel! My brother pointed out the wood on a dead snag. The wood seemed plenty strong. The bark came of easily. There were little bug trails all over the outside of the wood, but nothing on the inside. He made a very compelling argument to just leave the bark on. Stack the poles and let them dry. When the time comes to build anything, make sure the overhang from the roof keeps 99% of the water well away from the pole in the ground. And make sure there is ample trenching around the structure to keep any ground water away. So I saw stars in my eyes and the lazy putz in me said "sounds good!" Am I gonna regret this?