You are probably right - could have a red stain.. its the same color as most pipe I own, just glossier..Awfully red for natural. Briar tends to be a dull, pale tan until stained. As for the bowl coating, it's supposed to have real honey as a component, but whatever else they added to it turned it into an almost plastic. Hard to remove.
Haha, That is actually the part that worries me.. if its that flame resistant, WTF is it.Leave it alone. I have seen plenty of well smoked estate Yello Boles and when you clean out the cake, that coating is still there. That coating may be around longer than you.
Oh no, yeah - I was reading the same thing earlier. That is why I am trying to find out WTF it is really made of before I light-er-up, or even if it will sand out. I know if goes into the draft hole a bit too.
Mmm, delicious shellac... All my Yello Boles are from before Frank bought the company (1955), so I don't know if it's the same stuff, but whatever it is, the pipes smoke fantastically well. It sure seems a whole lot harder than shellac.According to the president of S.M. Frank, Bill Feuerbach
"Our black bowl lining is a mix of thick natural shellac (3 1/2 pound cut) and FDA approved coloring. Black for use in Kaywoodie and Medico and yellow for use in Yello-bole. The shellac when warmed will get tacky and help the ash adhere to the walls of the chamber and help the initial cake start building up."