I just got a new Brebbia, and there was a nice little instruction manual in the box. The break in procedure was explained as follows: RUNNING IN Please always smoke a pipe with short gentle puffs to enjoy the smoke taste in your mouth. If you cannot hold the bowl of your pipe for more than ten seconds without burning your hands, you are also burning your pipe because you are overheating it (your puffs are too long and too frequent). This observation is fundamental if your pipe is to last a long time, but is essential until he cake inside the bowl has formed enough to protect the briar wood from the direct fire. The cake should therefore be left and not scraped away. It must however be trimmed away to 2 mm, because if it is too thick, when it heats up it could crack the bowl. Please never forget that although briar wood is resistant to fire it is still wood. Consequently if you do not run your pipe in or you overheat it you could burn it. All punctuation and syntax is rendered exactly as it appears in the manual. It seems like a little is lost in translation. I guess "running in" is a Europianization of "breaking in". What are your thoughts?