Has anyone tried it? I might be crazy enough to do it to mine if the outer plies look nice. If it helps, my years are '67 and '69.
this happened to me as well, smoke then poof!I'd be careful using heat. Those old Ludwigs will go up in flames pretty easy. I had that happen once. It's was very quick, and only burnt up the wrap, not the shell. Scared the daylights out of us. The re-wrap instructions said to watch out for this, and they weren't kidding.
When mine went up, it was very quick and short lived. Just like you are saying. I don't remember any shell damage, but we were recovering them with wrap, so if it did get damaged, I might have forgotten. It seems like I've heard of others who deliberately did it that way.I was told by Joe Partride of Famous Drum Co. that the best way to de-wrap an old Ludwig is to stick a match to it. The cellulose covering will indeed incinerate quickly but it's such a fast thing that no damage will occur to the shell. I tend to believe what Joe tells me because he's been doing it for 40+ years.
Just take it outside before you set it on fire. ;D