Here's a tip from Volume 5 - Issue #1 issue of RodMaker magazine:
Heat seems to be the one thing that will budge nearly any rod
component and get it off the rod if need be. But the heat from
a flaming torch or heat gun can be too high and damage the rod
itself. Open flames can be dangerous as well.
I have been using a pot of boiling water for my heat source,
immersing the rod and component I want removed right into
the water. In the event that I am removing something like a wood
insert seat that could be damaged by the water, I will enclose the
rod butt in a heavy plastic bag which keeps it dry but does not keep
it from being exposed to the heat. You still must be cautious of
the danger of boiling water and what it can do to you if spilled.
But over all I find this a very effective method for component
removal and safer than using an open flame.
~ Burt Reese
If you have any tips or techniques, send them
along! Help out your fellow rodmakers!
~ Publisher, FAOL