Re: Hot stuffing box...
Both me and the yard I use prefer flax, however it's tight enough that it drips 2-3 drops per minute running and almost nothing when stopped. If you can wrap your hand around the nut and hold it there comfortably it's warm, otherwise too hot.
12 wraps of 1/4 each makes 3 inches of packing ? Even high speed packing glands aren't that thick. Any chance there's a piece missing ? Maybe a packing seat that used to go on the stainless threads ?