I can't' imagine getting into full blown pyro either but I'm farther from imagining carving a Santa without a burner.
How's that for confusing?
I sure could not carve a beard without my burner. I'm completely sold on my Colwood but I've never even tried anything else. I buy my handpieces and tips directly from Colwood and never have a problem.
I do sign every carving with my burner like this photo