Originally Posted by Coyotero
I would like to add that if it were mine, I'd keep the patina on the outside. It's rustic and beautiful, I don't know if removing it would damage the value or not, but it shouldn't affect smokability at all.
I agree here, keep the patina on it, thats all the years of history built up on it. But I would definitely say smoke it, at least once. That is an amazing piece.