I have a Dunhill estate pipe that I really like. When I received it, the pipe stem was tight. After the first smoke it became loose, however. When it becomes loose, I've been heating the stem by rotating the stem near a candle flame and that tightens it up pretty good. Very tight in some instances, that is, until the next smoke. Then the same thing. Loose again. I've read all the different ways of tightening the stem, but I would really like to know the physics/mechanics of what is actually going on. Any ideas as to why this is happening?