Thankfully I’m relatively immune to tongue bite so far. The one time I was bit it was pretty bad though. I rubbed out some Blackwoods Flake fresh from a newly opened tin and filled a brand new briar with it. I was puffing like a locomotive to keep it lit. It really needed drying. I damn near scorched the prints off the fingers holding the bowl and came away with a sore tongue that lasted 3 days. The pipe appears unharmed, and both pipe and smoker emerged from the experience a little wiser. Lesson learned: Puff VA, especially flake, slowly.