Re: Hot stuffing box...
Ok, totally skipping the oddess of 12 strands of flax, and that these people are eschewing the new packing material, I think what you should do, is buy an IR thermometer from Harbor Frieght and get an actual temperature of the stuffing box.
They are cheap, and will tell you if you're carving a collar in your shaft.
Oh- I think Zeehag has a Formosa. You might try asking her about this.
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