I have been mentioning 950 degree wood burners at Michaels. I just bought a spare one and the only 950 degree ones they have are the Walnut Hollow multi tip ones, at least at my local store they had 600 and 750 too. For burning wood a cool burner is like using a dull knife. For burning gourds , maybe not . Perhaps, I should get a cooler burner and see how it works on gourds , for my interested pupils.... Any thoughts ?