Taste Tip: We suggest breaking it in with a bit of honey or pipe sweetener until it becomes your seasoned favorite. To break it in simply means to get the wood accustomed to the heat of glowing tobacco in the bowl. As you gradually build up a carbon layer the pipe will adjust itself. Still, slightly burning the surface of the RAW wood to some extent is natural. To keep this at a minimum, puff and drag carefully and gently during the first dozen fills.