Most makers use an alcohol based stain. Burning it off right after application doesn't allow the stain to penetrate the briar very deeply (remember, each piece of briar is different). Letting the stain dry on the stummel will allow it to penetrate more deeply into the wood. I think it all depends on what look you are trying to acheive with your stain. Personally, I let my stain dry on the stummel and then sand (at whatever grit I am currently working). Sometimes I will wipe with denatured alcohol after then stain is dry....again, depends on what I am going for.