Originally Posted by Ambercelt
Fair play to you for your certainty on the subject, I like to keep an open mind until the evidence clearly shows otherwise. Having seen, felt and smelt the variability of presentation of Ambergris, from the freshest stinking blackish pieces, to the fleetingly elusive chalky white and about 40 other pieces of Ambergris, I'll withhold judgement for the moment.
I agree. I found some slightly similar "fake" ambergris, and during the process of disproving it as ambergris, I saw quite a few pictures of the real thing. They ranged in appearance from styrofoam to limestone to excrement to solidified molten green glass to black pebbles to brown rocks.
Originally Posted by Nymphaea
A quick test might help : If you put a hot needle to it, does it melt and give off any scent?
That's how I disproved mine - the smoke smelled perfectly woody when I did that. Turned out that it was just a knot from a certain tree with very rubbery bark, which had been sun-bleached and water-polished into looking almost mineralic. Floating on water conflicted with the mineralish appearance. Woody smoke showed that it was vegetable, not animal.
Originally Posted by treeman5823
No, bad advice: it is
wood, so he'll burn his house, the surrounding countryside, and all the humble townsfolk therein. Don't die, OP--I just won't have it.
LOL! If I had that much luck starting fires, I'd say forget the propane stove!