Getting peeved now...I'm somewhere around ten bowls in on a NOS Kaywoodie I purchased a while back, mostly full bowls of Sugar Barrel. Each one except for the last were gawd awful. The last one was, eh,ok. Good to go, I assumed, and dropped a half flake of OGS in it. Mistake. It was like smoking an over pitched hull board of off of a Spanish Galleon. Positively foul. I ask those who have been through it...does it really take this bloody long to break in? I bought a new Pete last year that I didn't even notice the dreaded dip stain issue. I just figured this KW would go as smoothly. I know this pipe sat on a shelf for forty five or more years, but surely it isn't a dirt and neglect thing...i think. Input is most assuredly appreciated. BTW, no need to tell me to toss it into a fire, since Puff already suggested it! (I'll keep that thought, just in case, Ed...) Thanks.