Yeap, white plugs are not good......and melting plastic is even worse.
How many hours are on the machine, and when did the problem start? I assume that you have done NO mod's to it?
If it is glowing all the way to the muffler (which is NOT normal, contrary to my previous statement), the first thing that comes to mind is maybe a mouse built a nest in your exhaust over the winter. I know you said that you have replaced the muffler, but maybe you need to check for obstruction a little further upstream???